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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chewing gum & Headaches

Researchers in Israel recruited 30 patients who have chronic headaches and chew gum for certain hours in the day to participate in an experiment.  After the participants filled out questionnaires, they were then divided into four groups.  The participants were asked to stop chewing gum for one month, 19 of the patients reported that their headaches went away and seven of them reported a decrease in the frequency and intensity of headaches.
"By advising teenagers with chronic headaches who chew gum to simply stop chewing gum, doctors can provide many of them with quick and effective treatment without the need for diagnostic tests or medications."

-Taken from JADA 145(3) March 2014

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