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Waistline size may link to migraine headaches

Monday, February 16th, 2009



Researchers studied the issue in 22,000 people and found that both men and women with excess belly fat had a greater chance for migraines.

Carrying extra weight around your middle might increase the pain in your head. New research links big waistlines to migraine headaches in young and middle-aged adults.

Researchers from the Drexel College School of Medicine studied the relationship between belly fat and migraines in more than 22,000 people. They found that 37 percent of women with abdominal obesity had migraine attacks compared to 29 percent of women with normal waistlines.

In men, 20 percent of those with excess belly fat experienced migraines, compared to 16 percent of those with no abdominal obesity.

Waist size and migraine attacks were linked only in young and middle-aged adults. Migraine rates in seniors showed no difference depending on obesity levels.

Previous research has suggested that overweight patients experience more frequent headaches as well. Some doctors theorize that perhaps hormones changes in obese people may partly increase their risk, while others blame a lack of exercise.

Experts say the best way to test the connection is to see whether migraine attacks subside once patients shed their excess weight.

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New research finds that waistline size may be linked to a person’s odds of experiencing migraine headaches.

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Goodwill: Nonprofit program thankful for fair

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Katie H. Hill with the Guardian ad Litem program wrote about the positive impact she saw from the 2009 Star-News Conscience Fair that highlighted opportunities for volunteer work with charities and nonprofit organizations."Thanks to the Star News and Si Cantwell for hosting (the Feb. 7) Conscience Fair.

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Pink Ribbon Spa Day gives cancer survivors time to relax

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Heartfelt support and a caring touch will accompany the free beauty treatments or massages for cancer patients who participate in the 12th annual Pink Ribbon Spa Day.

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Police break up large fight downtown after bars close early Sunday morning

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Wilmington police working downtown called in backup from around the city early Sunday morning to break up a large fight downtown, officials said.

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Crossroads: Bill aims to outlaw texting for drivers

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

At least three bills have been filed this session seeking to ban drivers from text messaging.

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