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Health Tips for September 13

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: Tension Headaches

A tension headache is characterized by tight, painful pressure across the forehead. The pain may also extend into the neck, and is usually steady, rather than sharp or stabbing.

Tension headaches may be brought on by everyday stress and frustration, eyestrain and poor posture, says the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Other symptoms may accompany these headaches, including fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping.

Tension headaches may be prevented by prescription medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, beta blockers and divalproex sodium. Over-the-counter medications -- such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen -- can help alleviate pain.

Health Tip: Early Signs of Pregnancy

While morning sickness and a missed period are classic signs that a woman may be pregnant, there are others.

While symptoms differ from woman to woman, here are additional early signs of possible pregnancy, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association:

* Spotting, cramping or a period that is shorter and lighter than usual.
* Swelling or tenderness of the breasts, and a darkening of the skin around the nipples.
* Fatigue.
* Nausea.
* Lower back pain and headaches.
* Frequent need to urinate.
* Strong cravings for certain foods.
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