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The Science of Brain Freeze, Harvard Medical School Study


9/26/2012 7:28:39 AM

Everyone loves summer with its long days, blazing sun and ice-cold drinks – all too often accompanied with the head-splitting pains associated with so-called ‘brain freeze’. The culprits range from ice-creams and milkshakes to chilled drinks, all having the same effect of leaving you feeling like you’ve been poked in the brain by a large sharp object. Suffering from brain freeze is not uncommon so you’re not alone. In fact approximately 40-80% of the population experience brain-freeze at some point in their life. The scientific name for this is Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia which literally means nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion, the nerve found at the roof of your mouth.

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