Childhood emotional abuse may lead to migraines in young adults, according to a study that was presented this month at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Researchers found that the link between migraine and abuse was stronger for emotional abuse than for physical or sexual abuse. The study included 14,500 people between the ages of 24 to 32 from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

Individuals who suffer from tension-type headaches may wish to turn to strength training for relief. A recent Danish study has revealed that compared to a control group, patients who experience tension-type headache have decreased neck strength and also have less shoulder strength. Researchers say that when neck extensor muscles are weak, the flexor muscles over compensate and may pull the head forward, contributing to headache.

Winter Patients who experience migraine and tension-type headache frequently report weather as a trigger, although research to support those claims has been mixed. Now, researchers from Taiwan say many of those individuals are right in their perceptions. A recent study has found that individuals who believe they are sensitive to weather experienced an increase in their headaches during the winter, particularly with mild headaches.

[caption id="attachment_2735" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A recent study indicates that aspirin taken with acetaminophen and caffeine is more effective than aspirin alone.[/caption] Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches and affect more than 20% of the population. Frequently, tension headache sufferers turn to over-the-counter medications for relief. A recent study indicates that medication containing a combination of acetylsalicylic acid, (aspirin), acetaminophen, and caffeine is more effective than acetaminophen alone.

Headache affects many children during their school years, and a recent study from Brazil suggests what many may suspect, that severe headache is often associated with lower quality of life and poor academic performance in that age group. In fact, researchers say that headache can have a more devastating effect on children’s quality of life than abdominal, back, or limb pain and can produce effects similar to those of arthritis or cancer.

Q. I’ve had chronic daily headaches for more than four years. I just cannot get relief. I have tension headaches that typically start at the same time each day. Recently, I’ve been having more and more nausea and visual problems. I fear I may have rebound headache from using ibuprofen nearly daily for so long. I would like to know if there is an invasive but guaranteed method for eliminating head pain so I can have my life back. I’m doing a trial with an implant in my forehead, but I haven’t gotten the results I was hoping for. I am now hoping my doctor will allow me to try again with an occipital area implant.