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Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Survivors of terror attacks may be at risk of developing frequent migraines or tension-type headaches, a new study suggests. Norwegian researchers examined the aftermath of a 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway that left 69 people dead and 33 severely wounded. Most of the dead were teenagers. The investigators followed more than 200 of the young survivors, looking at how many were suffering recurrent headaches. They found that many were – and at a rate much higher than would be expected in the general population. Specifically, the teens had a three-times higher rate of weekly or daily headaches. "We found that the survivors more often suffer from headaches as compared to controls, with more frequent and severe complaints such as migraine," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Synne Stensland, of the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic ... Read more

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New Migraine Drugs, Erenumab and Fremanezumab, Show Promise

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Two new migraine drugs have shown promise in late-stage clinical trials. The drugs were designed specifically to target a pathway believed to be important in these headaches. In stage 3 clinical trials, the drugs were found to work exceptionally well for some people, but not as well for others. Still, headache experts are enthused about the new research. "It's exciting to have a new choice in prevention of migraine, especially for those without a complete response to current effective treatments," said Dr. Andrew Hershey. He's director of neurology and director of the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "About 20 to 25 percent of those studied had a huge response," Hershey said. "If we can keep whittling away at 15 percent or 20 percent of patients at a time, soon we'll get to 100 percent of those treated for migraine becoming ... Read more

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Why a Headache Feels So Draining

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why. In experiments with mice, researchers at Duke University found that sensory neurons in the head and face are directly linked to one of the brain's main emotional signaling hubs. Sensory neurons in other parts of the body are only indirectly linked to this hub. The findings could lead to more effective treatments for headache and other types of head and facial pain, according to the team. "Usually doctors focus on treating the sensation of pain, but this shows we really need to treat the emotional aspects of pain as well," said study senior author Fan Wang, a professor of neurobiology and cell biology. "There has been this observation in human studies that pain in the head and face seems to activate the emotional system more extensively," Wang ... Read more

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Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Botox injections may help bring relief to children suffering from migraines, a small study suggests. Botox (botulinum toxin) appears to reduce the frequency of migraines and shorten the length of episodes when they do occur, while also diminishing migraine pain. At the moment, Botox is only approved as an adult migraine treatment. And the new findings are based on testing among just nine children, aged 8 to 17. But the results raise hope that a new alternative therapy for pediatric migraines is on the horizon, given that only a single preventive migraine medication – topiramate – is currently approved for the treatment of adolescent patients. "When children and teens have migraine pain, it can severely affect their lives and ability to function," said study author Dr. Shalini Shah, chief of the division of pain medicine at the University of California, Irvine, ... Read more

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Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn't seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a new study finds. "People go to U.S. emergency departments 1.2 million times a year with migraine, and the opioid drug hydromorphone is used in 25 percent of these visits, yet there have been no randomized, high-quality studies on its use for acute migraine," said study author Dr. Benjamin Friedman. He is with the department of emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Doctors should consider available alternatives before giving patients the opioid painkiller, the study authors suggested in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers investigated if opioid use led to addiction among 127 ... Read more

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Migraine Matters

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Most headaches quickly respond to over-the-counter medications. But if you're among the millions of Americans with migraines, you struggle with a severe pounding that can make you nauseous and sensitive to light and sound. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, but when one strikes, it's debilitating for anyone. If painkillers don't help, or migraines are more than once a week, see your doctor. They're often related to other health problems, and the more migraines you have, the worse they get. Besides prescription medications, take steps to lower their frequency and make them more bearable when they do occur. The most important prevention tool is identifying your triggers so you can then avoid them. Triggers can be anything from foods to flickering lights or ... Read more

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Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – The drug prochlorperazine is more effective than the opioid hydromorphone in treating emergency room patients with acute migraine, a new study reports. Acute migraine – an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by visual disturbances and sensitivity to light and sound – is a disabling condition that results in 1.2 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms each year. The opioid painkiller "hydromorphone is given in about 25 percent of all emergency department visits for acute migraine. However, it's well known that the use of prescription opioids can lead to serious risks of addiction, abuse and overdose and adversely impact treatment of migraine," said Dr. Peter Goadsby, chairman of the American Headache Society's Scientific Program Committee. The new study was led by Dr. Benjamin Friedman of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The ... Read more

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Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Seeing a neurologist via video conference may be as effective as an in-person visit for people with headaches, researchers say. The new study included just over 400 headache patients in Norway who were referred by their primary care doctor to see a neurologist. Half of the patients had an in-person appointment with a neurologist, while the others consulted with the specialist via video conference – also known as "telemedicine." At the study's start, three months later and again after a year, the patients completed surveys about their pain and the impact of their headaches on daily life. No differences were found between people who had traditional office visits and those treated through video, the researchers said. "Headache is the most common neurologic disorder, yet is often not diagnosed or people don't receive adequate treatment," study author Dr. Kai ... Read more

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New Drugs Show Promise as First to Prevent Migraine

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – A host of new drugs that appear to prevent migraine headaches are in the final stages of testing and approval in the United States. "What's really exciting about this is that until this development, we have not had a migraine-specific preventive at all," said Dr. Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. These are the first drugs to prevent migraine made specifically for migraine patients, said Goadsby. He led a research trial, with findings scheduled for presentation Saturday at an American Headache Society meeting, in Boston. The new injectable drugs work by blocking a migraine-related protein called the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or the receptor it acts on. "CGRP is a small molecule that's released from pain nerves in the head, and is a key part of the process of migraine," said Goadsby. Migraine is a ... Read more

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Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds. These symptoms were seen in 41 percent of 185 children, aged 5 to 18, diagnosed with migraines. The two symptoms are also common in adults with migraines. But four other common pre-migraine symptoms in adults were insignificant in children: yawning, neck stiffness, food cravings and urinary changes, according to the Nationwide Children's Hospital study. "Migraine treatment is based on treating as soon as possible," senior study author and headache specialist Dr. Howard Jacobs said in a hospital news release. "Knowing which of these premonitory signs a child experiences before a migraine can lead parents and physicians to early recognition and treatment of an impending migraine attack." The study also found that children with chronic migraines ... Read more

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FDA Approves Device to Help Curb Cluster Headaches

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face. But there's new hope for at least some patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a hand-held device to treat these attacks. The noninvasive device, called gammaCore, works to reduce cluster headache pain by transmitting mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve through the skin on the neck. This is a large nerve that runs from the brain to the colon. One headache specialist said effective therapies are needed. Cluster headaches "can be devastating to a person," said Dr. Noah Rosen. "Although they are uncommon, affecting about 1 in 2,000, they are severe, disabling and poorly understood," said Rosen, who directs Northwell Health's Headache Center in Great Neck, N.Y. While certain medications such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) are used to ... Read more

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A Healthier Weight May Mean Fewer Migraines

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Your weight just might influence your risk of migraine headaches, a new review finds. "Those with migraine and [their] doctors need to be aware that excessive weight and extreme weight loss are not good for [migraine sufferers], and that maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk of migraine," said study corresponding author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin. She is director of headache research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "Healthy lifestyle choices in terms of weight management and diet and exercise are warranted," she added. Migraines affect about 12 percent of U.S. adults, according to background information from Johns Hopkins. These debilitating headaches are often accompanied by throbbing, nausea and sensitivity to light and sounds. Peterlin's team evaluated 12 previously published studies with nearly 300,000 people, a process ... Read more

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Study Ties Some Migraines to Artery Tears in Neck, Raising Stroke Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that the probability that migraine sufferers would develop this condition – called arterial dissection – is still quite low. "Overall, migraine is a benign condition in the great majority of affected individuals," said Pezzini, a professor of neurology at the Universita degli Studi di Brescia in Italy. Of the nearly 2,500 stroke patients studied, aged 18 to 45, only 13 percent had strokes related to neck artery tears. This group was more likely to have high cholesterol, diabetes or be current smokers. When the researchers looked closer at the pattern of migraines linked with ... Read more

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Nasal 'Nerve Block' May Help Ease Kids' Migraines

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 5, 2017 – Kids and teens who suffer with migraines may find relief from a nasal "nerve block" that's commonly used in adults with the debilitating headaches, a new study suggests. During the procedure, a catheter is placed in each nostril and inserted until it reaches a bundle of nerves at the back of the nose. At that point, an anesthetic is released that deadens those nerves, thus relieving the headache pain. "The treatment does not require needles and often gives relief in just minutes, and relief can last for up to months," said lead researcher Dr. Robin Kaye, from Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Migraine headaches are really common in the pediatric population, and affect up to 12 percent of kids over the age of 12," she noted. These headaches can be debilitating for kids, and especially for teenagers, Kaye said. "When kids have these, it prevents them from ... Read more

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Wireless Arm Patch May Blunt Migraine Pain

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – A wireless arm patch may be a promising new treatment for migraine headaches, researchers report. Rubber electrodes and a chip in the patch produce electric impulses that block pain signals from reaching the brain, the study authors said. When a migraine starts, you can control the intensity of the electric impulses using a smartphone app, explained lead researcher Dr. David Yarnitsky, chair of neurology at Rambam Medical Center, in Haifa, Israel. "You can use skin stimulation at an intensity which is not painful and be able to stop or substantially diminish the development of a migraine attack, as long as you do it early enough in the migraine attack," he said. "There are no side effects," Yarnitsky added. "You feel a tingle in your upper arm." Before, when stimulation devices had been tested on migraines, they needed wires and were attached to the head, ... Read more

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