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Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Your Health -

Mi­graines are de­bil­i­tat­ing and can in­ter­fere greatly with daily life. Try these nat­u­ral reme­dies for re­lief as an al­ter­na­tive – or sup­ple­ment – to painkillers.

Bet­ter You Mag­ne­sium Oil Orig­i­nal Spray

Mag­ne­sium de­fi­ciency is thought to be com­mon in mi­graine suf­fer­ers so re­plen­ish your re­serves with this ve­gan-friendly mouth spray. £12.20 for 100ml at bet­teryou.com/mag­ne­sium-oil-orig­i­nal-spray

Hol­land & Bar­rett Fev­er­few Mi­graine Re­lief

This tra­di­tional herbal rem­edy is de­rived from a mem­ber of the daisy fam­ily and some mi­graine suf­fer­ers claim it eases symp­toms with­out side-ef­fects. £7.99 for 30 cap­sules from Hol­land & Bar­rett stores and hol­lan­dand­bar­rett.com.

Arkopharma Mi­gra­stick Roll-On Mas­sage

Ap­ply this blend of pep­per­mint and laven­der oils di­rectly into the tem­ples, fore­head and back of your neck to soothe dis­com­fort and ease ten­sion.

£10.19 for 3ml from ama­zon.co.uk. Search for Arkopharma/mi­gra­stick. ARTHRI­TIS is a con­di­tion caus­ing pain and in­flam­ma­tion in a joint – and peo­ple of all ages are among the UK’s 10 mil­lion suf­fer­ers.

The most com­mon kind is os­teoarthri­tis, which af­fects eight mil­lion – mostly adults over 40.

More typ­i­cal in women and peo­ple with a fam­ily his­tory of arthri­tis, it oc­curs most of­ten in the hands, spine, knees and hips – ini­tially af­fect­ing the smooth car­ti­lage lin­ing of the joint.

Rheuma­toid arthri­tis af­fects more than 400,000 peo­ple – three-quar­ters of them women.

It oc­curs when the body’s im­mune sys­tem tar­gets af­fected joints.

Symp­toms of arthri­tis de­pend on which kind you have, but can in­clude ten­der, stiff, in­flamed and painful joints and warm, red skin over the af­fected joint.

There is no cure for the con­di­tion but treat­ments for os­teoarthri­tis in­clude painkillers, an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drugs and steroids.

In se­vere cases surgery to re­place or fuse joints may be rec­om­mended.

For rheuma­toid arthri­tis, painkillers, anti-rheumatic drugs and phys­io­ther­apy can help.

For more tips on how to man­age arthri­tis, visit arthri­tis­care.org.uk.

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HIGHER RISK Women smok­ers with high blood pres­sure or di­a­betes are more lik­ley to have a heart at­tack than men suf­fer­ing from the same con­di­tions.

A study by Ox­ford Univer­sity re­searchers, which tracked al­most half a mil­lion Brits, found that fe­male smok­ers are three times more likely to have a heart at­tack than those who don’t smoke.

But men only dou­bled their risk by light­ing up.

Type 1 and type 2 di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure also have a greater im­pact on women’s hearts but ex­perts say that, as yet, they have no idea why this is the case.

ffer from arthri­tis. Here y tells Richard Bar­ber s of the dis­ease

FOR­GET feel­ing guilty about the odd after-work snack.

Ex­perts have found that late af­ter­noon and early evening is when we burn off an ex­tra five calo­ries an hour.

Re­searchers at Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal in the US city of Bos­ton also dis­cov­ered that peo­ple burn fewest calo­ries be­tween 4am and 6am.

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