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Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study

Posted 19 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury – even a severe one – during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suffer headaches and 10 times more likely to suffer migraines. Among the 47 who had suffered at least one injury during sleepwalking, 79 percent said they did not feel pain at the time and remained asleep despite the injury, according to the study in the November issue of the journal Sleep. "Our most surprising result was the lack of pain perception during the sleepwalking episodes," principal investigator Regis Lopez, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine ... Read more

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Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's a common and legal practice. It's also hard to track, because U.S. doctors aren't required to document the reason for prescribing a treatment. But in what may be the most extensive review of the practice to date, a Canadian-U.S. research team found reason for concern. Patients prescribed off-label drugs without strong scientific evidence were 54 percent more likely to experience an adverse event, such as a drug reaction, drug interaction or allergic response, forcing them to stop taking the drugs, the study found. "We are not saying that off-label is bad," said Dr. Tewodros Eguale, who led ... Read more

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Blood Test Might One Day Help Spot Migraines

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Researchers report that measuring levels of certain fats in the bloodstream might one day help spot women at high risk for migraines. "While more research is needed to confirm these initial findings, the possibility of discovering a new biomarker for migraine is exciting," wrote study author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin, associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In the study, the researchers assessed 52 women with episodic migraine (average of nearly six migraines a month) and 36 women who did not have the debilitating headaches. Blood samples from the women were checked for fats called ceramides, which help regulate energy and brain inflammation. Women with episodic migraines had lower levels of ceramides than those who did not have headaches. Every standard deviation increase in ceramide levels was associated with ... Read more

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Severe Headache During Pregnancy May Signal Trouble

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – A severe headache can sometimes be a warning sign that a pregnant woman and her fetus are in danger, researchers report. "Headaches during pregnancy are quite common, but it is not always easy to distinguish between a recurring, preexisting migraine condition and a headache caused by a pregnancy complication," lead author Dr. Matthew Robbins, director of inpatient services at Montefiore's Headache Center in New York City, said in a Montefiore news release. "Our study suggests that physicians should pay close attention when a pregnant woman presents with a severe headache, especially if she has elevated blood pressure or lack of past headache history," added Robbins, chief of neurology at Weiler Hospital. Robbins is also an associate professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The researchers found that these women ... Read more

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Headaches Are Common in Kids, Teens

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – A number of things can trigger headaches in children and teens, a pediatrician says. About 10 percent of school-aged children and up to 27 percent of teens have headaches from time to time, according to Dr. Nick DeBlasio, a pediatrician in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. One of the leading causes of headaches in children and teens is not drinking enough fluids, especially when youngsters are active outside during warm weather. The cure in this case might be as simple as having your child drink more water. Missing a meal can also trigger a headache. Parents need to make sure their children eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Too much caffeine and certain foods can also cause a headache, DeBlasio said. Lack of sleep is another potential headache trigger. Middle and high school students ... Read more

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Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face. The study participants were followed for an average of 11 years to see how many had a heart attack or stroke. The findings were published online July 22 in the journal Neurology. The researchers did not find an association between migraine and the risk of either heart attack or stroke in nonsmokers. But among smokers, migraine was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. However, even though the study found an association between migraine and stroke risk in smokers, it did not ... Read more

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Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

Posted 3 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 – Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine," study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "For those who reported all three types of adversities – [witnessing] parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse – the odds of migraine were a little over three times higher for men and just under three times higher for women," Brennenstuhl said. The findings were reported online recently in the journal Headache. To reach their conclusions, researchers looked at data from a mental health survey involving nearly 23,000 men and women over the age of 18. "The most surprising finding was the ... Read more

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Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People who have migraines have a greater risk for heart disease, but their genes may not be to blame for the connection, new research suggests. Scientists looked at two large studies that pinpointed genetic variations that can increase the risk for migraine and heart disease. The first study included almost 20,000 people with migraine and more than 55,000 people who didn't have these severe headaches. The second study involved more than 21,000 people with heart disease and just over 63,000 people who didn't. Led by Dr. Aarno Palotie, of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, the researchers tried to find shared genetic variants in people with migraines and heart disease. But they found no common gene variations between migraine with aura and heart disease – even though evidence suggests these patients have a greater risk for heart disease than those ... Read more

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Health Tip: Log Symptoms in a Headache Diary

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

-- A headache journal can help you track symptoms and determine possible triggers for your chronic pain. The University of California San Francisco Medical Center says the journal should include: Date and time of each headache. Duration of each headache. Activities that preceded each headache. Food and drink consumed before the onset of each headache. Treatment used to manage each headache, such as prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal treatment, or other remedy. Location and severity of each headache, and accompanying symptoms such as nausea or dizziness. How each headache impacts your daily life. Read more

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Surgery May Help Teens With Frequent Migraines, Study Contends

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – Migraine surgery may be an effective choice for teens who haven't gotten relief from standard treatment, a small study suggests. In the study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland reviewed the medical records of 14 patients, with an average age of 16. In teens with migraine who haven't responded well to other treatments, "migraine surgery may offer symptomatic improvement of migraine headache frequency, duration and severity in patients with identifiable anatomical trigger sites," wrote the study's authors. However, at least one headache expert questioned the value of the procedure, citing a possible placebo effect. Results of the study were published in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Migraines are recurring bouts of moderate to severe head pain, according to the U.S. National Institutes of ... Read more

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New Drugs Might Prevent Migraines Before They Start

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Competing teams of researchers are closing in on a new class of drugs that can prevent chronic migraines by interrupting the chain of events thought to create the headaches. The drugs target a biochemical called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). The results from phase 2 clinical trials show that these drugs can effectively prevent migraine in a substantial portion of headache sufferers, according to the studies. "It's very exciting, because this would be a form of prevention that might not have a lot of side effects and would be highly effective for people who have not had good treatment," said Dr. Thomas Ward, a professor of neurology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. "The hope is these drugs will be clean, reduce the number of headaches people get, and won't carry a lot of baggage." Findings from these studies were to be ... Read more

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High School Football Players May Be at Doubled Risk of Migraine

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – High school football players appear to be twice as likely to have migraines as the average person, which may be due to head injuries and concussions the athletes endure during play, two small new studies suggest. The first study found that one-third of a group of 74 football players from Louisville, Kentucky-area high schools reported migraine-like symptoms. "In the general population, anybody out walking the streets in America, there's a 16.2 percent prevalence of migraine," said senior researcher Dr. Tad Seifert, director of Norton Healthcare's Sports Concussion Program in Louisville and head of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Headache Task Force. "We found that almost 34 percent of our players self-reported a history of migraine." Even that number is likely understated, said Dr. David Dodick, a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic and chair of ... Read more

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Many Migraine Sufferers Given Narcotic Painkillers, Barbiturates

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Many people with migraines, including children, get ineffective and potentially addictive drugs for their pain, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that more than half of adults with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. A similar number had been given a barbiturate. This group of sedatives includes the drug butalbital, which is in certain combination medications for severe headaches. In the other study, 16 percent of children and teenagers with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller. The problem, experts said, is that narcotics and barbiturates are considered last-resort, "rescue" drugs for migraines that won't subside. Both drug classes are potentially addictive, can cause withdrawal symptoms, and may make migraines worse in the long run. "These findings are upsetting," said Dr. ... Read more

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Most Children With Migraines Don't Get Proven Treatments: Study

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Despite the availability of medications proven to ease migraines in children, most kids seeking care for severe headaches are not given these drugs, a new study suggests. Using data from electronic health records to analyze care given to nearly 40,000 American children aged 6 to 17, the researchers also found that nearly half presenting with severe headaches for the first time weren't prescribed or recommended any pain medicine at all – not even over-the-counter medications. "Unfortunately, too many kids are not getting the right kind of medication," said study author Robert Nicholson, director of behavioral medicine at Mercy Clinic Headache Center in St. Louis. "Too many aren't getting a full evaluation to be able to actively determine what kind of headache they're having. But undertreatment of kids is a real concern." The study was to be presented ... Read more

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FDA Approves Zomig (zolmitriptan) Nasal Spray for Migraine in Pediatric Patients (Ages 12-17)

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by

HAYWARD, Calif., June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Impax Specialty Pharma, a division of Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zomig Nasal Spray for use in pediatric patients 12 years of age and older for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura. Zomig Nasal Spray is the first nasal-delivered prescription medicine approved for the treatment of acute migraine attacks in pediatric patients. Nasal sprays may offer an alternative method of administration when patients experience migraine-associated nausea, have difficulty taking oral formulations, or do not have liquids available. Zomig Nasal Spray's approval came after the FDA's review of safety and efficacy data from pivotal clinical trials demonstrating that Zomig Nasal Spray 5 mg is significantly more effective than placebo in providing no ... Read more

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