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11/20/02

HealthWise at 5 From 11.20

  • New Clinical Guidelines to Treat Migraines

From the American Academy of Family Physicians. The first line of treatment is non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, followed by prescription drugs called Triptans and DHE Nasal Spray for more severe headaches. These guidelines advise treating Migraines immediately, and also treating the nausea and vomiting that accompany them.

Headaches are the 7th leading reason patients in the United States visit their doctor. With about 28 million people suffering from migraines the new guidelines also point out that the most successful treatments result from patients who chart their Migraines and identify headache triggers such as chocolate, caffeine and alcohol.

The nation's two largest groups of primary care physicians say Migraines should and can be treated and in many cases prevented. The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have developed these new guidelines which will be published in Tuesday's issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • SIDS Risk Factor

A heart defect help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Mayo Clinic researchers studied the genetic makeup of heart tissue from nearly 100 infants who died of SIDS, which is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant less than one year old. In 5% of the cases, the scientists found genetic evidence consistent with an electrical problem in the heart.

Researchers say the condition is similar to long QT syndrome which can cause the heart to beat out of control and can lead to sudden death . Five percent may not sound like much of a breakthrough, but scientists say the finding could at last lead to screening and prevention strategies for those babies at risk. According to U.S. vital statistics, about 3,000 infants die each year of SIDS. Several possible causes or triggers have been suggested for SIDS, including babies sleeping on their stomachs, nervous system problems related to breathing, abnormal metabolism in the liver and flaws in the heart's electrical channels.

Researchers say parents should continue to follow simple preventive measures. that have decreased the frequency of SIDS:

  1. Don't place a baby on his/her stomach to sleep
  2. Don't expose a baby to cigarette smoke
  3. Don't cover a baby with heavy blankets
  • Flu and Stress

If your job has you stressed out, you better hold off on getting that flu shot. Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center say the more stressed out you are, the less effective a flu vaccine will be. Scientists say your body reacts to a vaccine by making protective germ fighters, but with increased stress, those fighters get knocked down. So do yourself a favor and get that flu shot when things calm down.

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