• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: What causes an ice cream headache?

June 12, 2017

three ice cream cones in a wire basket rackTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Ice cream headaches
Does your favorite ice cream or frosty treat give you "brain freeze?" Ice cream headaches — officially known as cold stimulus headaches — are brief, stabbing headaches that can happen when you eat, drink or inhale something cold. Learn what's behind this type of headache and the easy step that can help you avoid discomfort.

Sunscreen options: Learn what's best
Are you confused about sunscreen? Do you know that sunscreen expires? Do you need to wear sunscreen when it's cloudy? Here's what you need to know about sunscreen ingredients, the different types of sunscreen and how to protect yourself from the harmful effects of sun exposure.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Are there long-term risks from kidney donation?
Donating a kidney can save someone's life, and most kidney donors recover from the procedure with minimal complications. But are there long-term risks? Learn more from Dr. Erik Castle, a Mayo Clinic urologist.

What's the difference between herniated and bulging disks?
Disks act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. Over time, disks dehydrate, and their cartilage stiffens and can crack. These changes may result in a bulging disc or a herniated disc. Find out more about these two conditions, and which one might be the cause of your back pain, from Dr. Randy Shelerud, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine specialist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry
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Scleroderma: Symptoms and causes
Hiccups: Lifestyle and home remedies

HEALTHY RECIPES
Spiced melon salad
Broccoli, garlic and rigatoni
Grilled chicken breasts with roasted yellow tomato sauce
Lemon pudding cakes

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Do you know how to do a proper pushup?
Strength training includes exercises that use your own body weight for resistance. Pushups, for example, work your chest, arms, shoulders and upper body. Here's how to do a proper pushup:

  1. Position yourself on your hands and feet with your eyes facing the floor.
  2. Place your hands slightly greater than shoulder-width apart and your feet comfortably apart.
  3. Keeping your back and legs straight, slowly bend your elbows and lower your chest until your chin reaches the ground. You'll feel tension in the muscles in your back, abdomen and upper arms.
  4. Then, slowly return to the starting position.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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