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Kids get headache in new school year

A new study has revealed that children and teens become more susceptible to the pain and discomfort of headaches and migraines as the new school year begins.
More than a third of children suffer from recurrent headaches — headaches that occur more than once a month. Most are tension headaches, which are less severe and do not occur with nausea or vomiting.
“Try to get your kids back into a routine schedule at least two weeks before school starts,” said Ann Pakalnis, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“Begin enforcing earlier bedtimes, and make sure children are well-rested before beginning a new school year,” the expert added.
In the new study, researchers found that sleep and emotional disorders were common in adolescents with migraines.
Sleep disorders and mild, chronic depression became more common as headaches became more frequent. In addition those who regularly consumed caffeine also reported more depression and were poorer sleepers.

Eat melons to lower your blood pressure

People suffering from high blood pressure are advised to eat lots of potassium-rich vegetables and fruits such as melons, oranges, say nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Centre.
“Melons like cantaloupe and watermelon are particularly high in potassium,” said Lona Sandon, clinical nutrition, UT Southwestern, and spokesperson, American Dietetic Association.
“One fourth a cantaloupe contains 800 to 900 milligrams of potassium, roughly 20 per cent of the recommended daily value,” she added.
Dried apricots, avocados, figs, kiwi, oranges, raisins, dates, beans, potatoes, tomatoes and even grapefruit are other good sources of potassium.

Teetotallers at increased depression risk

A new study has found that people abstaining from alcohol are at greater risk of suffering from depression as compared to those who consume it.
Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT study), which was based in Norway, was based on 38,000 individuals.
The report showed that those individuals who avoided alcohol over a two-week period were more likely than moderate drinkers to get symptoms of depression.
Especially, individuals who additionally labelled themselves as ‘abstainers’ were at the highest risk of depression.
Some other factors, which could be the reason for feeling low, are age, physical health problems but it still does not explain all the increased risk.
The authors also had access to reported levels of alcohol consumption 11 years prior to the main survey.
However, the current guidance is for men to drink no more than three to four units each day, and women to drink no more than two to three units.

Feeling hopeless can up stroke risk in women
Scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School say that the feeling of hopelessness may make increase the risk of stroke in women.
Writing in ‘Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association’, the researchers have revealed that even healthy middle-aged women, when feeling hopeless, seem to experience the thickening of arteries in the neck, a precursor to stroke. Linking hopelessness with negative thinking and the feeling of uselessness, they say that it affects arteries independent of clinical depression, and before women develop clinically relevant cardiovascular disease.
For their study, the researchers looked at 559 healthy women-average age 50, 62 per cent white, 38 per cent African American — who did not show any signs of clinical cardiovascular disease.

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