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Chronic Migraines Take Big Toll on Families, Survey Finds

Posted 2 days 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 – When one family member has chronic migraine, the family as a whole can suffer, too, a new study finds. Between 3 million and 7 million Americans suffer chronic migraines – defined as having the debilitating headaches 15 or more days a month, the researchers said. The goal of the study was to analyze the effect of chronic migraines on family life "and enhance the understanding of the extent [to which] family responsibilities are impacted by this disorder," said study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. A migraine is characterized by symptoms such as intense throbbing on one side of the head, visual disturbances, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and an intense sensitivity to light, noise, smell and sound. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 113 million workdays are lost annually due to ... Read more

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Migraines Often Undiagnosed, Doctor Says

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – If you don't know whether or not your headache is just a headache, or if it's actually a migraine, you may be missing out on effective treatments, suggests an expert at the American Migraine Foundation. "Migraine is not just a headache, but a neurological disorder that has a wide variety of symptoms and specific treatments," foundation chair Dr. David Dodick, who's also a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in a foundation news release. Dodick said that between 36 million and 40 million Americans experience migraines. He added that many of those people never get a formal diagnosis or proper treatment from a migraine specialist. You might have migraine if you experience two or more of the following symptoms: Moderate to severe head pain Throbbing head pain, often on one side of the head Head pain that lasts ... Read more

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Migraine Drug May Up Risk of Eating Disorders in Some Teens

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 – A new report has linked a migraine medication to increased odds of eating disorders in some teens. The drug in question is called topiramate (Topamax). It's an established migraine drug for adults that was just approved for use in teens in 2014. Appetite reduction and weight loss are common side effects of the drug, according to the report authors. "For most kids, it's a great medicine, but for a handful of kids the weight loss can trigger symptoms of an eating disorder," said report author Jocelyn Lebow, a child and adolescent psychologist for the eating disorders treatment program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. It's important to note that the report only showed an association between taking the drug and eating disorders; it did not prove the drug can actually cause an eating disorder. The report was published online April 6 in the ... Read more

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Migraine, Carpal Tunnel May Be Linked

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – Carpal tunnel syndrome appears to increase risk for migraine headaches, and migraines may make it more likely that you'll also have carpal tunnel syndrome, new research suggests. The study is the first to find a link between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine, but the connection is unclear, said Dr. Huay-Zong Law and colleagues of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The two conditions may share some "common systemic or neurologic risk factor," they wrote. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 26,000 Americans who took part in a health survey. About 16 percent said they'd suffered a migraine within the past three months, and nearly 4 percent had carpal tunnel syndrome within the past year. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include hand numbness and weakness, caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, the researchers noted. ... Read more

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Could Your Child Have Migraines?

Posted 16 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – Determining if your child has migraine headaches may be difficult because the symptoms aren't always obvious, experts say. A child who complains about severe headaches should be seen by a doctor, but there are other symptoms that parents may not associate with migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. They may include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and sensitivity to light, sounds and odors. Another clue: wanting to lie down in a dark room, says the foundation. "While migraine can be extremely debilitating, it is also often treatable. The key thing is to get your child to a headache specialist if he or she exhibits potential migraine symptoms," said Dr. David Dodick in a foundation news release. He is professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the foundation's chair. Dr. Marcy Yonker, a pediatric ... Read more

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Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 – A procedure that delivers the anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to nerves in the back of the nasal cavity appears to offer significant relief to migraine sufferers, preliminary research indicates. Early findings suggest that a single outpatient treatment can reduce migraine pain levels by about 35 percent for up to a month after the procedure, according to this small, ongoing study. The technique is "a minimally invasive treatment option," said the study's lead author Dr. Kenneth Mandato, a vascular and interventional radiologist at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. He added that he views the new procedure as "a clear simple alternative" to standard migraine treatments. "This nasal spray option is safe, convenient and innovative," said Mandato. In the new study, his team focused on 112 patients averaging about 45 years of age. All had been diagnosed ... Read more

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Kids Can Get Migraines Too

Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – Migraines aren't just a problem for adults – about 6 percent of children and more than one-quarter of teens aged 15 to 17 have migraines, according to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF). "There are many things that can be done if your child suffers from migraine, or if you suspect that he or she does," foundation chair Dr. David Dodick, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in an AMF news release. If you suspect your child has migraines, take him or her to a doctor to be assessed and receive treatment if necessary. Options include treatment to stop the pain and prevent a migraine from getting worse, along with measures to prevent or reduce the frequency, severity and duration of migraines. If your child is prescribed a migraine medication, it's important for you to make sure he or she takes the medicine ... Read more

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Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – Medication-related problems – from side effects to improper use – may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb. 2 in Pediatrics, do not mean that parents should be afraid to give their children needed medications, the researchers noted. Instead, parents – and older kids – should have a "clear understanding" of why a medication is being prescribed and how to use it properly, said lead researcher Peter Zed, a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His team found that allergic reactions and drug side effects were ... Read more

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Study Rates Migraine Medications

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study. Researchers reviewed recent scientific literature and concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine. These include triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE) and many NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen). Also on the list: butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medications sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine. Several other medications are "probably effective" or "possibly effective," according to the study in the January issue of the journal Headache. While powerful opioid pain drugs such as butorphanol, codeine/acetaminophen and tramadol/acetaminophen are likely effective migraine treatments, they are not recommended for regular use, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Expert Offers Tips for Preventing Holiday Migraines

Posted 24 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 – The holidays can be a challenge for people who suffer migraines, which can be set off by certain foods and drinks. "This is the season in which many people overindulge in things that can trigger attacks of migraine," Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a news release from the foundation. "It's important to think through food and beverage choices, to help reduce the risk of having a migraine attack," added Dodick, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. The first step is to identify the foods and beverages that can trigger a migraine. You can do this by keeping a diary to track what you eat and when you have a migraine. "Knowing your food triggers and planning in advance can increase your enjoyment of holiday activities with fewer migraine attacks," Dodick said. "If you don't know whether you have food ... Read more

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Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 – People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds. According to background information in the study, between 11 and 40 people per 100,000 develop Bell's palsy each year. Most of them recover completely. Reporting in the Dec. 17 online edition of Neurology, Taiwanese researchers followed two groups of almost 137,000 adults – one group of migraine sufferers and another group without migraines – for an average of three years. During that time, 671 of the people in the migraine group developed Bell's palsy, compared with 365 of the those in the non-migraine group. Even after the researchers accounted for other factors, such as sex, high blood pressure and diabetes, the study found that people with migraines were twice as likely to develop Bell's palsy than those without ... Read more

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No Link Between Migraine, Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says

Posted 12 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 – A large, new study should reassure the millions of American women who have migraine: The debilitating headaches don't raise the risk for breast cancer. "There is no association between migraine and breast cancer risk," said lead researcher Rulla Tamimi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "There is no positive association, so there is no reason for concern, and there is no protective effect either." About 18 percent of American women and 6 percent of men suffer from migraine, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Migraine is a syndrome involving severe headaches that are often accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sound and light. Attacks can last from four to 72 hours. The idea that migraine and breast cancer might be connected arose because both involve sex hormone levels, Tamimi explained. ... Read more

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Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA Says

Posted 22 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 – Two new prescription devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide some relief for people with migraine headaches who don't tolerate migraine medications well, according to a new study. One device – the Cefaly – is designed to prevent migraines, while the other device – the Cerena – is meant to be used when migraines first start, according to an FDA news release. "Patients have been looking for alternative migraine treatments. Because these devices aren't ingested or metabolized like drug therapies, they don't necessarily have the same types of side effects," Michael Hoffmann, a biomedical engineer with the FDA, said in the news release. Migraines involve severe pulsing or throbbing pain in one part of the head. These intense headaches can also cause people to develop nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light and ... Read more

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Are Migraines in Middle Age Tied to Raised Parkinson's Risk Later?

Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Migraines in midlife may be associated with increased odds of developing Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders in later years, new research suggests. The study, which did not prove a cause-and-effect link between the two brain-based conditions, also suggested that the migraine-Parkinson's association was stronger in women with migraines preceded by aura. An aura is a warning sign of a pending attack that includes flashes of light and skin tingling. "We should emphasize that while the risk is increased for Parkinson's disease and these [similar] symptoms, they're still uncommon among those with migraine," said study author Ann Scher, a professor of epidemiology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md. "I don't think people should necessarily worry that if they have migraines, Parkinson's disease is [in their future]." The research is ... Read more

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Cosmetic Eye Procedure May Ease Migraines, Small Study Says

Posted 22 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 – Cosmetic eyelid surgery involving specific nerves may do more than improve your looks – the procedure may also provide migraine relief for some, according to new research. The technique involves making incisions in the upper eyelid to deactivate so-called "trigger" nerves. This process also lifts the lid, a technique known as blepharoplasty. The new approach is an alternative to another surgery sometimes used to treat migraines. That one approaches the nerves under the skin but starts at the scalp. Both procedures are known as trigger-site deactivation surgeries. Some neurologists and others who care for people with migraines view the procedures as unproven. But when the surgery is used in appropriate patients, migraine improvement is common, said study researcher Dr. Oren Tessler, an assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Louisiana State University ... Read more

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