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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.
A headache is not from your brain itself hurting, but it might mean some of the muscles, membranes and tissues surrounding the brain or its blood supply system could be hurting. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: what is a headache? Is it our brain hurting?

The brain itself can’t actually feel pain. It can't sense damage to itself the way your finger can. We know this because people can have brain surgery while they are totally awake.
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.
Tension-type headaches feel like a dull or heavy, non-pulsating band of pain, usually on both sides of the head. RXAphotos/Flickr

Health Check: what causes headaches?

Nearly every second person in the world had a headache at least once in the past year. But these can feel very different, depending on which of the nearly 200 types of headache you have.
Migraines often cause nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. Shutterstock/Emilia Ungur

Explainer: what are migraines?

If you, or someone close to you suffers from migraine, you’ll know it is much more than your average headache – migraine is a debilitating disorder that can even affect your sight and speech. Migraine…
Scientists have discovered a group of genes that predispose people to migraine. Flickr/mickebear

Group of genes hold the clue in migraine cases

Researchers have identified four new genes linked to the most common form of migraine, in a discovery that could eventually…

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