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People suffering from long-term effects of COVID-19 face uncertainty about the nature of their symptoms and how long they might last. Halfpoint Images/Moment via Getty Images

Deciphering the symptoms of long COVID-19 is slow and painstaking – for both sufferers and their physicians

Researchers are piecing together clues to better understand the puzzling array of symptoms in those who never seem to fully recover from COVID-19.
Tens of millions of people worldwide suffer from migraines, according to the World Health Organization. Maridav/Shutterstock.com

How does a piece of bread cause a migraine?

Many migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods. Recently, a lot of attention has focused on gluten. An expert explains how a piece of bread can cause pain in your head.
A brain freeze is an intense ‘squeezing’ sensation on your head. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

Curious Kids: what is brain freeze?

There are several different science ideas around why, but the answer may have something to do with what happens when we cool down the roof of our mouth.
Pain from migraine headaches is a major cause of disability. A new drug could prevent them, in some cases. R. Nial Bradshaw/Flickr

New migraine drug: A neurologist explains how it works

A new preventive drug for migraines was approved recently by the FDA. Here’s how it works, and how others in the pipeline might be able to help the millions who suffer from migraines.
When a pain signal gets to the brain, it lets your brain know there’s a big problem so we can respond. AAP Image/DAN PELED

Curious Kids: How does pain medicine work in the body?

In short, pain medicine is able to block the processes that cause the feeling of pain. To understand why, you need to know a bit about how pain works.
Little does this woman know what happens to her brain when she licks the ice cream. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: does my brain really freeze when I eat ice cream?

It’s a long, hot summer’s day and you’re looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What’s going on?

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