View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
By State Requirement
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
THURSDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Low physical activity, smoking, and being overweight all significantly increase the odds of recurrent headache in adolescents, according to research published online Aug. 18 in Neurology.
L. Robberstad, of the University of Oslo in Norway, and colleagues conducted a study of 5,847 adolescents, aged 13 to 18 years, to examine the separate and combined effects of low physical activity, smoking, and being overweight on the frequency of three types of headache. Adolescents with none of these behaviors were classified as having a good lifestyle status; the prevalence of a headache diagnosis (either migraine, tension-type, or unclassifiable headache) as well as headache frequency in the students with this status were compared to that of students with one or more of the negative lifestyle factors.
The researchers found that all three negative lifestyle factors were individually and significantly associated with recurrent headache (odds ratios of 1.4, 1.2, and 1.5 for overweight, low physical activity, and smoking, respectively). An additive effect on the prevalence of recurrent headache was seen with more than one negative lifestyle factor. The authors concluded that these lifestyle factors should be considered as possible targets for headache prevention.
"This report is an important step in clarifying the effects of lifestyle factors on headache," write the authors of an accompanying editorial. "Managing these negative factors by making positive lifestyle changes plays an important role in the biobehavioral treatment of headache disorders in adolescents."
One of the authors disclosed financial ties to multiple pharmaceutical companies.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top