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Migraine do's and don'ts

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Lifestyle awareness: Migraine do's and don'ts (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

A kind of vascular headache, migraines are caused by nerve swellings that result in expansion of blood vessels in the brain.

Inflammation leads to further enlargement of arteries, which in turn escalates into debilitating pain. Usually accompanied by nausea and photophobia, it is one of the most under-diagnosed and under-treated problems. Today we have, Dr Praveen Gupta, Consultant, Neurology at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon take us through the top 12 list of do's and don'ts when you are suffering from migraines.

- Patients, who have been diagnosed with migraine, should continue to take the prescribed medication.

- Migraine patients should avoid exposure to frequent temperature change.

- Avoid any alternative treatments at home.

- It is important to remember that migraines, at times, can be fatal. So, it is advisable to seek medical advice.

- Ensure that you get 6-8 hrs of sound sleep.

- Yoga, m…

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday - 13 November in 2015

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize people and make them want to attack us. The French military wasted no time bombing Syria in retaliation for the attacks, though it is not known where exactly the attackers were from. Thousands of ISIS fighters in Syria are not Syrian, but came to Syria to overthrow the Assad government from a number of foreign countries -- including from France and the US. Ironically, the overthrow of Assad has also been the goal of both the US and France since at least 2011. Because the US and its allies are essentially on the same side as ISIS and other groups – seeking the overthrow of Assad – many of the weapons they have sent to the more “moderate” factions also seeking Assad’s ouster have ended up in the hands of radicals. Moderate groups have joined more radical factions over and over, taking their US-provided training and weapons with them. Other…