'Brain freeze' is a nearly universal experience -- almost everyone has felt the near-instantaneous headache brought on by a bite of ice cream or slurp of ice-cold soda on the upper palate. However, scientists are still at a loss to explain this phenomenon. Since migraine sufferers are more likely to experience brain freeze than people who don't have this often-debilitating condition, brain freeze may share a common mechanism with other types of headaches, including those brought on by the trauma of blast-related combat injuries in soldiers.
Reader Susann writes in to ask, “What exactly is the cause of brain freeze?” You may know ice cream headaches by one of its other names: brain freeze, a cold-stimulus headache, or sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (“nerve pain of the... Read Post
Did you ever get a brain freeze? Scientists have just discovered the cause (well, they get a bit more detailed than just "eating ice cream and drinking cold drinks, duh!"): The researchers brought on brain freeze in the lab by havin... Read Post