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Smoking, weight and exercise related to headache incidence

September 16, 2010
A Norwegian study has found that lifestyle decisions such as quitting smoking, exercising and losing weight may reduce discomfort in teens who have recurring headaches.

The study, published online in the journal Neurology, surveyed 5,800 adolescents and found that those who took these steps could reduce the number of headaches they get and forestall headaches in those who don't yet have them.

Overall, teens with at least two of the negative factors were nearly twice more likely to have frequent headaches than those who had none of the risk factors, reported researchers led by Dr. John-Anker Zwart from the University of Oslo in Norway. Among the participants, 55 percent who smoked, were sedentary and overweight had recurrent headaches, compared to 25 percent with none of these factors.

Implanting pacemakers for deep brain stimulation (DBS), and surgically placing tiny "neurostimulators" in the brain to disrupt headache pain signals is offered among the surgical services at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. The hospital, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is the only medical center in Long Island and Queens to offer DBS surgery.
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