Welcome to your daily roundup of important health news.
Ease Your Headache
A wireless device using electromagnetic stimulation may be the key to migraine treatment: When migraine sufferers wore the patch on their arms, it reduced pain by about 50 percent, according to a preliminary study in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The results of that pain reduction are similar to that patients see with migraine meds.
Scientists have already known that probiotics—or good bacteria in your gut—can help ward off digestive symptoms, but they may have found another new use: Probiotics may help ease seasonal allergy symptoms, researchers from the University of Florida found. Allergy sufferers who took a probiotic with the active strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria bugs reported a reduction in nose symptoms and a spike in quality of life.
Check Your Pool For Pee
Ever wonder how much pee is in that pool? Previously, it’s been hard for scientists to nail down, but now, they’ve discovered that measuring the amount of an artificial sweetener called acesulfame potassium—which is carried in most people’s urine—can serve as a proxy for how much urine is in the pool. In fact, scientists calculated that one 220,000-gallon, commercial-size pool contained almost 20 gallons of urine, NPR reports.
Prevent a Second Heart Attack
Only 16 percent of heart attack survivors get the recommended amount of physical activity after hospitalization, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center found. And that’s a problem, since exercise has been shown to lower the risk of second heart attack.
Protect Your Brain
People with autoimmune disease may be at higher risk of dementia, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. People admitted to a hospital with an autoimmune disorder were 20 percent more likely to admitted later on with dementia, compared to those initially admitted for another cause.