Does the rate of heart attack and other heart emergencies increase during sporting events? That's the questions asked by researchers in a study ( http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/358/5/475 ) published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. They determined that soccer fans experienced more than double the number of heart attacks while watching televised matches of the 2006 World Cup soccer championships in Munich, Germany, compared to other times of the year. (The World Cup is Europe's soccer equivalent of America's Super Bowl, the one sports event that builds fan momentum until the big game.) Only half of the people going to the hospital had a known history of heart disease. That means that the other half had no idea that heart disease was lurking in them. It took the excitement of the game to unmask it. It makes sense: The adrenaline-buzzed excitement that builds during the game, often compounded by smoking, drinkin...
We often hear that suicide rates are highest during the holidays. I even heard a character in a Christmas TV movie warn about the risk during the last holiday season. Seems to make sense, in a way. After all, the holiday season even has its own syndrome - the holiday blues . Many people are stressed out, and for anyone who's alone and depressed, the contrast between the ideal of the holidays and reality can be hard to take. Here's the problem - the prevailing wisdom is wrong. In fact, we're not heading away from the most dangerous time of the year for suicide, we're heading towards it. Suicide rates are actually at their highest during late spring and early summer, and at their lowest around the holidays. There does appear to be a jump on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, which is thought to be due to the holiday season ending and harsh reality settling in. So why, despite all the stress (even Jimmy Stewart tried to throw himself off of a bridge), does the...
Despite the advances in research and the increased efforts to spread accurate information, there are still misconceptions about the pain of a migraine attack. Many people think that the pain is always severe. In reality, the pain can range from mild to severe, or be absent altogether. A migraine attack can occur without the headache phase. When this occurs, the migraine is described as "acephalgic" or "silent." You can read more about that in Acephalgic or Silent Migraine - The Basics .
Migraine pain is usually different from the pain of other headache disorders. It differs in location and other characteristics. Let's take a look at the characteristics of migraine pain as well as how it's measured.
Characteristics of migraine pain:
The pain is often, but not always, unilateral (one-sided).
It's often, but not always, pulsatile (throbbing).
It's usually aggravated by routine physical activity, such as climbing stairs or bending over.
It may also occur along the three ...
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