Single Dose of Aspirin Effective in Relieving Migraine Pain

Men's Health, Woman's Health
A single 1000-mg dose of aspirin is an effective treatment of acute migraine headaches for more than half of people who take it, and the addition of 10 mg of metoclopramide (Reglan) may reduce nausea, according to the findings of a literature review published by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Here are the details from MedScape: "Aspirin plus metoclopramide would seem to be a good first-line therapy for acute migraine attacks in this population," write Varo Kirthi, MD, and colleagues, with the Pain Research and the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, United Kingdom. The researchers selected 13 studies, including 4222 participants, that were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, or active-controlled; evaluated the use of aspirin to treat a single migraine headache episode; and included at…
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Certain Ankle Braces May Protect Girl Volleyball Players

Children's Health, Woman's Health
Many of you know that I served as a sports medicine physician much of my career, including a stint as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee. So, I was interested to hear that there's a new study showing that ankle braces help prevent ankle injuries in female high school volleyball players. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: The study included 957 high school varsity volleyball players (59.3 percent female, 40.7 percent male) who wore five different types of ankle braces (including rigid, semi-rigid, and non-rigid) for an entire season and 42 who didn't wear ankle braces. During the season, inversion ankle sprains were suffered by 9.3 percent of players with ankle braces and 9.5 percent of unbraced players. However, use of the braces was…
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Statins can reduce sex drive

Men's Health, Mental Health
I have heard from male readers that when they began taking the cholesterol reducing statin medications (such as Crestor, Lipitor, lovastatin, simvastatin, etc.), they have experienced decreased libido (sexual drive). Now, there is some research that may confirm this. One study, in 2009, concluded, "the present study suggests that statins may induce or worsen ED (erectile dysfunction) in accordance with other data." More recent research shows that statins may interfere with the production of cholesterol and that this may alter hormone synthesis, resulting in reduced testosterone levels, which may decrease the libido (sexual drive) in men on statins. For example, Italian researchers have reported a link between statin therapy and hypogonadism (reduced testosterone). So, if you're taking a statin and notice a decrease in your libido, DON'T STOP THE STATIN.…
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