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Evidence That Really Matters

Ice cream evoked headaches (ICE-H) study: randomised trial of accelerated versus cautious ice cream eating regimen

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7378.1445 (Published 21 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1445

Cold Stimulation of Palate

The authors concluded that the study confirmed "that cold stimulation
of the palate induced by gobbling ice cream more than doubles the
likelihood of developing ice cream headache..."
Whereas cold stimluation via ice cream gobbling was associated with double
the headache potential, the role of palate exposure was not disclosed in
experimental method or refernce and the word "palate" appeared only this
once.
Why do the authors feel palate exposure was the effective means - esp. in
contrast or in addition to exposure of cheek, tongue, throat, lips, gum,
tooth or undiscovered wads of chewing gum?

Competing interests:  
prefers cold beer

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 January 2003
Philip A. Geis
none
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