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Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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Pregnancy Often Leads to Changes in Migraines

Posted 5 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 – Women who suffer from migraines may notice changes in their headache patterns when they're pregnant, experts say. For example, many women will have fewer migraines during pregnancy. "If you suffer from migraine, there's a good chance your migraine attacks will improve during pregnancy," Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Research has shown that 50 to 80 percent of women who have migraine before pregnancy may notice a reduction in migraine attacks, especially in the second and third trimesters, likely due to a rise in estrogen levels," said Dodick, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona. Women who have migraines associated with menstruation are particularly likely to have fewer attacks during pregnancy, the study authors pointed out. However, Dodick said that some women ... Read more

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FDA Approves Treximet (sumatriptan and naproxen sodium) for Migraine in Pediatric Patients

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MORRISTOWN, NJ – May 15, 2015 – Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Treximet (sumatriptan and naproxen sodium) for use in pediatric patients 12 years of age and older for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.1 Treximet is the first approved combination prescription medicine, and the first to contain sumatriptan, for the treatment of acute migraine attacks in pediatric patients.1 The two medicines – sumatriptan and naproxen sodium – in combination provide more effective, sustained control of the pain and associated symptoms of migraine compared to either medicine taken alone.2,3 Approval came after the FDA’s review of pivotal phase 3 safety and efficacy clinical trial, plus long-term safety and pharmacokinetic data, demonstrating that Treximet is ... Read more

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Many Women Unaware of Female-Specific Stroke Symptoms

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, a new study says. Of 1,000 women surveyed, only one in 10 was aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women, said researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. Although men and women share some risk factors for stroke – such as smoking, being sedentary and having high blood pressure – others are specific to women, the researchers explained. But only 11 percent of women polled knew that pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy increase their stroke risk, the study found. "I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors," Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, ... Read more

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Chronic Migraines Take Big Toll on Families, Survey Finds

Posted 22 Apr 2015 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 17 Apr 2015 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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