C2 JHJJRSDAY, MAY 15, 1997 HEALTH THE SALINA JOURNAL T ICE CREAM HEADACHES Ice cream's temperature sometimes triggers pain About 30 percent of frozen dessert lovers experience headaches, neurologist finds By SUSAN GILBERT N. Y. Time! News Service Los Angeles Times Syndicate Cold temperature touching the rear of the palate stimulates a mass of nerves, which In turn, causes blood vessels in the head to dilate. T CAR SEATS Warm weather ushers in warnings about deer ticks, poison ivy, sunburn and a host of other seasonal hazards. But one risk factor that is often overlooked by health officials and picnickers alike is ice cream. Fat content aside, the problem with ice cream is its temperature. When the mercury rises, ice cream and other frozen desserts as well as ice-cold drinks often set off so-called ice cream headaches, says Dr. Joseph Hulihan, a neurologist at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Other foods can cause headaches, including chocolate, cheese and Chinese food made with monosodium glutamate. But, Hulihan said, "ice cream is the most common cause of food-induced head pain." Research has found that at least 30 percent of people suffer from ice cream headaches, said Hulihan, whose review of the slim scientific literature on the subject appears in the current issue of The British Medical Journal. Within seconds after these people take a mouthful of ice cream, a stabbing pain begins in the face or around the head, he said. It usually peaks after 30 seconds to 60 seconds, though it can be very intense and it can last for up to five minutes, he said. Experiments for 30 years Much of the scientific information on ice cream headaches comes from experiments that Dr. Robert Smith, an ice cream headache sufferer, conducted on himself over the last 30 years. Smith, founder of the Cincinnati Headache Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, applied crushed ice to areas of his mouth and discovered that it only caused a headache when it touched the back of the palate. Smith said that the pain pathway in an ice cream headache is the spheno-palatine ganglion, a mass of nerves that stretches from the back of the palate into the head and controls the contraction and dilation of blood vessels. He said cold temperature touching on the rear of the palate caused a headache by stimulating the ganglion to make blood vessels in the head dilate. Some doctors think ice cream headaches are related to migraines. According to one theory, Smith said, migraine pain, like ice cream headaches, is caused by the sudden expansion of blood vessels in the brain. . They have other similarities, he said. Both kinds of headaches are characterized by sharp pain that comes on suddenly. And, like ice cream headaches, migraines can be induced by cold temperatures. One study showed that ice cream headaches were more prevalent among migraine sufferers than other people, but another reached the opposite conclusion, Smith said. In his experiments on himself, Smith was able to cause ice cream headaches only on hot days, though he does not know why outdoor temperature should be a factor, given that the inside of the mouth maintains a constant temperature year-round. Hulihan has a theory. People tend to devour ice cream and guzzle cold drinks when it is hot outside, he said, and food and drink consumed in a hurry may be more likely to hit the back of the palate. Parents, do homework before selecting safety seat for child 70,000 children injured last year in improperly installed car seat By ALMA E. HILL Cox News Service It took months to decide what to name the baby. It took weeks to decorate the nursery. So what makes you think you can install a car seat in a matter of minutes? Selecting and installing a child safety seat is almost like choosing day care. You need convenience, a good fit and maximum safety. An investment of time on the front end can help prevent an injury later. Unfortunately, 80 percent of parents don't install car seats properly. Worse, 40 percent of children ride unrestrained in cars, the National Transportation Safety Board reports. More than 600 children under 5 died last year from not being properly restrained during an accident, and 70,000 were injured, according to the NTSB. The grim statistics on motor vehicle child fatalities, coupled with pressure from consumer groups, prompted Dr. Ricardo Martinez, who heads the NTSB, to form a panel to recommend new standards. The panel found that the main reason parents have trouble properly installing child restraints is that there are 900 makes of cars and 100 types of car seats. Some child seats are not compatible with some vehicles, and some seat belts are too short to hold a safety seat securely. The NTSB's proposed standards would ensure that any car seat TTEA Car seat tips Safety guidelines recommend: • Infants ride in rear- facing car seats until they are a year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. • Children who weigh more than 20 pounds, but who are under age 1, ride rear-facing in infant seats that accommodate larger babies. • Children older than 1 who weigh 20 to 40 pounds ride face-forward in convertible seats. • Belt-positioning booster seats for youngsters 40 to 60 pounds. • Older children wear seat belts. • All children ride in the back seat, even if the car does not have passenger air bags. would fit into any vehicle. Standard latches in car By 1999, every child safety seat would be equipped with two standard buckles at the base. Every new car would have standard latches in the back seat that would fasten to the buckles. A tether would be equipped on the top of the child seat that would clip on to the shelf of the car's back seat. "There is a lot of evidence that shows it is necessary," said Joe Colella, a panel member and executive director of the Dana Foundation, a nonprofit organization that stands for Drivers' Appeal for Na- Interest in ilavonoids steeped in tradition Our grandmas knew a cup of tea can help stimulate digestion By CAROLYN POIROT fort Worth Star-Telegram Tea for two reasons: • You may drink tea simply for pleasure, but modern science says there's also a medicinal value to sipping tea, which has a 5,000-year history as a folk remedy. • Recent research has found the benefits of tea include less tooth decay, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and protection against heart disease and some forms of cancer. Tea, especially unfermented green tea, has antioxidant properties similar to those of fruits, vegetables and wine. The health benefits are thought to result primarily from a group of plant substances known as flavonoids, which prevent the damaging effects of oxidation. "All of us baby boomers are concerned about wrinkles and stress and the way coffee makes us lose all our vitamins and minerals," says Letha Hadady, author of "Asian Health Secrets" (Crown Publishing, $27.50). "Some have claimed that tea makes you beautiful, others that it makes you smart," says Hadady. "The greatest benefit is that tea is digestive, and that's no small thing." Unlike coffee, which stimulates nerves, tea contains tannic acid, which stimulates digestion and speeds metabolism, Hadady says. All real tea — deriving from the tea plant Camellia sinenssis — also contains small amounts of theo- phyline, the chemical compound used in the treatment of asthma, points out Pam Wyatt-Aaron of Arlington, the "Texas Tea Queen," who sells and promotes tea through her company, Let's Talk Tea. "Everyone is looking for alternatives to antibiotics to give the immune system a little boost," Wyatt-Aaron says. A medical sales representative who sold cancer- care products for 16 years, she became interested in tea three years ago when her doctor told her she had to quit drinking coffee and Mountain Dew because all that caffeine was contributing to severe fibrocystic breast disease. She began researching tea and opened her own mail-order business, specializing in teas not generally available in grocery stores. She also presents work site wellness programs on the health benefits of tea for major industries including American Airlines. Tea is probably the first herb any of us were introduced to in this country. Our grandmothers knew how to use tea for pleasure and for healing, but the war generation drifted away from that knowledge after the introduction of powerful antibiotics. Effective as of Monday, May 12th, the Central Mall Cinema 4 will be closed temporarily due to expansion and remodeling. The date for the Grand Re- Opening of the Central Mall Cinema will bo announced shoitly. Tliank you for your support and cooperation. Basquiat "EXPLOSIVE" Times: I'liurs. 5:00 7:00 •'ri. 5:00 7:00 0.00 ill. 2:00 0:00 7:00 11.00 Suii. 2:00 6:00 7:00 Slmu I ),ik^ 5/15-5/IX )(:.(<•<! R tional Awareness. The guidelines, if adopted, will help parents and car buyers, but what about the millions of families who already own car seats or who need to purchase one soon? Colella and other experts say: • A properly fitted seat cannot be moved from side to side or pulled forward more than 1 inch. If the seat has a lot of give, try pushing it against the seat of the car or tightening the seat belt. If that doesn't work, purchase locking clips to hold the seat belt in place. • Before purchasing a car seat, try out the display model, to make sure it fits with the seat belt system in the car. Experts also warn parents to never buy a used car seat, because an older seat might not meet federal safety standards, and a seat that has been in an accident might not function properly. Any seat involved in a wreck should be discarded, Colella advises. Last December, Consumer Reports rated the safety of car seats based on tests simulating a 30- mph head-on collision. Of the 25 models tested, the consumer watchdog said almost any model would be a good choice provided it fits the car. The one exception was the Century 590, which it rated "Not Acceptable" for two years in a row, when used with the base. Consumer Reports' top seats, based on crash tests, ease of use, cost and installation: • Century 565 Infant Seat. • Century 1000 STE Classic convertible seat, or one of the higher- rated Century models that use a five-point harness. • Century Breverra 4880 booster seat, with a harness or shield. >l-,,« feu't *^? c. £* A* Wednesday, May 28 • 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Sunset Park Fitness walks and games ... maybe a little dancing! We will have blood pressure screenings, a speed walk competition, a horseshoes contest and line dancing! Register by May 20th! For more information, call Sharon Ibarra at 452-7272, or clip the entry form below and send it in. D Yes! I would like to participate in Senior Health & Fitness Name "Life's a hit when you're feeling fit!' Address Phone Number I would like to order a red, white and blue Senior Health Fitness T-shirt for $6 (Send check with this coupon). My size is: D XXL DXL DL DM D S Mail to: Salina Regional Health Center Attn. Sharon Ibarra 400 S. 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