Migraines may change your brain, according to a new study published by the journal Neurology. Approximately 37 million Americans have had a migraine or suffer chronic migraines and scientists now say the intense headaches may permanently affect the brain. According to the recent data, the risk of white-matter brain lesions jumps 68% for individuals who suffer migraines with aura, a warning sign before the migraine such as wavy vision, difficulty speaking, flashing lights or seeing dots. A neurologist at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Dr. Messoud Ashina said, “our review and meta-analysis study suggests that the disorder may permanently alter brain structure in multiple ways.” More here
Danish researchers have found four signs of aging that may signal poor heart health and a higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. The research followed 11,000 men and women over the age of 40 for 35 years and discovered that those who had a receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of their head, earlobe crease, or fatty deposits around their eyelid were 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack. Fatty deposits around the eyelid were the strongest predictor of heart trouble. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, MD, of the University of Copenhagen, said looking old for your age is a marker of poor health. Individuals in their 70s were at highest risk. Participants over the age of 70 who exhibited three of the four signs of aging had a 40 percent increased risk of heart disease over the next 10 years. More here.
A new study from the University of Copenhagen found that, in addition to an expected rise in mortality rates among people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood, individuals with elevated levels of the vitamin were also shown to have higher death rates. The research was the largest of its kind and looked at the blood of nearly 250,000 people. The surprising results suggest there are limits to the amount of vitamin D a person should be consuming, despite its many health benefits. Vitamin D is said to help prevent depression, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and is also essential in helping calcium reach our bones. More here.