Reduce Harsh Fluorescent Lighting (and a chance to WIN!)

Fluorescent lights have been a bane of headache patients for a long time. Outdated workplaces that still rely primarily on fluorescent light are still out there, and you may be working in one.

Working under bad fluorescent lightThough many employers can’t afford to change the lighting right away, there is another solution – a simple filter that cover the tubes, or the whole panel at once.

The advantage is that these filters do not need to be replaced, they cost a lot less than replacing the lighting system, and they can even be used just in specific rooms (the ones you work in).

If you live in the United States, you have a chance to win four of these filters! Keep reading for more details.

To find out more, check out this video about NaturaLux Fluorescent Light Filters:

So, you would like to win 4 filters? No problem. All you need to do is tell me where you would use your filters, and enter your information into the giveaway page before the end of November 5th 2017 (giveaway now closed). Only US residents may enter.

The panel filters are also available for purchase here: Premium Fluorescent Light Covers

Many thanks to the people at Make Great Light for providing these filters for our giveaway!

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10 Headache and Migraine News Highlights from the past 3 Months (October 2017 edition)

It’s time to check out your favourite articles from the past three months! Once again, the most popular posts come first, with the three in bold currently having the most “likes” on Facebook.

Today, lots of new research, a new look at old issues, and more on Botox.

  1. Glutamate Levels Higher in People with Migraine
  2. Coming Soon: The “ADAM” System for Zolmitriptan
  3. New Drug-free Device for Migraine Tested
  4. Serotonin Syndrome: Are Triptan Users Really at Risk?
  5. Yawning and Migraine: New Insights
  6. Earplugs for Weather Migraine?
  7. Migravent: Migraine Preventative (Supplement)
  8. The Link between Skin Rashes and Migraine
  9. New Study Suggests that Botox is working for Chronic Migraine, but …
  10. In Search of a Simpler Botox Treatment
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More on Migraine, Flying, and Current Research

There is a lot of interesting research out there regarding headaches and airplane travel. The fact is, there are probably various causes and types of headache that are brought on during flight, and there isn’t always agreement on what the cause is.

Airplane travelResearch has been going on at Aalborg University (Denmark) to better understand and better treat these headaches.

Last year, a study of 254 passengers found that 35% had headaches during travel. However, wanting to specifically study airplane headache, they evaluated each person and found that only 8.3% had actual airplane headache as defined by The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition (beta version).

Still, that’s almost 1 in 10, with more than 1 in 3 suffering from some kind of headache!

Earlier this year, research was published in an attempt to find a cause for these headaches. An increasingly important testing method was used – testing saliva for certain chemicals.

In this case, participants were on a flight simulator. Regular saliva samples were taken. The patients with headache were found to have higher levels of cortisol and PGE2.

Now cortisol is a common indicator of stress. Were these people anxious about flying, even though it was just a simulation? Or is there another reason for the high levels?

PGE2, otherwise known as dinoprostone, may be at increased levels to fight inflammation. It could be that changes in cabin pressure may actually cause inflammation, leading to the release of PGE2.

PGE2 has been linked to migraine before, and it is leading to other possible migraine treatments. So there could be a connection here between airplane headache and migraine, leading to better treatments of both.

The next step of research is indeed to find treatments. It has been noted that triptans can help with airplane headache, so researcher Sebastian Bao Dinh Bui wants to test patients taking triptans – again using saliva samples.

Triptans may be something to try, along with nasal decongestants, vitamin C, and simply staying hydrated.

To find out more: Researchers aim to cure headache during flight

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Staying Hydrated when Flying

A recent article at Lifehacker has a good reminder for those prone to migraine attacks – stay hydrated when you fly.

flight over water

Water on the outside, dry on the inside!

We’ve discussed tips for avoiding “airplane headache” here before. But airplane headache is, oddly enough, not the only type of headache you can get from flying. You may also trigger another type of headache from changes in pressure, not moving around enough, or not staying hydrated.

The Lifehacker article notes that airplanes are extremely dry. Plus, added sweating and activity before and after travel, and limited access to fluids – it’s very easy to get dehydrated.

I’ll let you read their tips for yourself. These tips alone could help many people avoid headache on travel days, although it will depend on what type of headache you have.

However, as you’re motivated to stay more hydrated on your next flight, you might also want to plan ahead – and get an isle seat. Just sayin’.

How to Keep Properly Hydrated on a Long Flight (Lifehacker)

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Yawning and Migraine: New Insights

Yawning is a common symptom of migraine, in both adults and children. A new study has confirmed the link once again, and is giving us more insight into what kinds of attacks are connected to yawning.

Yawning and MigraineThe study looked at 339 patients, of which 45.4% reported repetitive yawning as a part of their migraine attacks. 11.2% reported yawning as a “warning sign” before an attack, with the rest experiencing yawning as either a symptom during the headache phase or a symptom both before and during.

An interesting aspect of the study was how yawning was associated with other symptoms. The symptoms that were more associated with yawning included:

  • Aura
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Osmophobia (hypersensitivity to odors)
  • Cutaneous allodynia
  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability/anxiety
  • Changes in appetite

The most associated were aura and nausea and/or vomiting.

As the researchers understood, yawning may be associated with drops in dopamine levels. It may be that, for some patients, dopamine drops during a migraine attack (read Why Migraine Attacks may make you withdraw Into Darkness (or, Your Brain on the Holodeck).

Interestingly, yawning is also related to hypoglycaemia/hypoglycemia. Low sugar levels have a complex relationship with migraine, but both have been associated with yawning – and low dopamine levels.

For more, check out this article on Migraine and Hypoglycaemia.

To read the abstract of the recent study, see Migraine and Yawning.

For more strange symptoms of migraine, check out this infographic – Are these the 10 Strangest Migraine Symptoms?

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