The Checkup: Your New Headache Cure—Have More Sex

One word: endorphins.

• A new study out of Germany found that sex is a pretty darn good antidote for migraines. Half of the subjects reported an improvement in migraine symptoms when they had sex during an episode, and one in five had no pain at all. Why? Good ol’ endorphins (the same chemical released during exercise, I might add), which pumped through their systems during sex and relieved pain. And in what sounds like a not-so-subtle jab at women and their excuses for not wanting to hit the sack, this: “The study, from the University of Munster, suggests that instead of using a sore head as an excuse to refuse sex, making love can be more effective than taking painkillers.” Groan. But read more here anyway.

• Ladies, you may want to think twice about getting gel manicures: a doctor at the NYU School of Medicine is sounding the alarm about their potential for increasing your skin-cancer risk. The light used to harden the gel is to blame, as it entails UV exposure. More here.

• Not that I think you should go for a run every three hours or anything, but a new study found that if you did, your bones wouldn’t be any worse off. The study basically eases the minds of runners who’ve ever worried about not giving their bodies enough time to heal between runs. More here.

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    The only problem is that when you have a migraine the last thing you feel like doing is having sex. Or much of anything else.