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Scientists may have finally figured out Brain Freeze
Everyone has probably experienced brain freeze - that horrible feeling in your head when you eat something cold. Until now, researchers didn’t really understand what caused it, but they think they might have finally figured it out. 
The researchers brought on brain freeze in the lab by having participants sip ice water, and asked them to raise their hands if and when they felt brain freeze come on, and again when it disappeared. While this was happening, the researchers monitored blood flow. 
They say that they saw increased blood flow to the brain via a blood vessel called the anterior cerebral artery, located behind the eyes. This increase in blood flow means that this artery increases in size, which they claim results in the pain associated with brain freeze. 
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    Scientists may have finally figured out Brain Freeze

    Everyone has probably experienced brain freeze - that horrible feeling in your head when you eat something cold. Until now, researchers didn’t really understand what caused it, but they think they might have finally figured it out. 

    The researchers brought on brain freeze in the lab by having participants sip ice water, and asked them to raise their hands if and when they felt brain freeze come on, and again when it disappeared. While this was happening, the researchers monitored blood flow. 

    They say that they saw increased blood flow to the brain via a blood vessel called the anterior cerebral artery, located behind the eyes. This increase in blood flow means that this artery increases in size, which they claim results in the pain associated with brain freeze. 

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    This seems a little obvious to have not been figured out until now.
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    and now you know..
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