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Can migraine increase your risk of stroke?
Jul 24, 2015
New research suggests older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers. The study is published in the July 22, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Temporal migraine surgery techniqes are ‘equally effective’
Jul 01, 2015
A randomized trial in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® reports that decompression and neurectomy are "equally effective" techniques for reducing the frequency and severity of temporal migraine headaches.
Childhood adversities linked to later migraines
Jun 24, 2015
Adults who were exposed to childhood adversity, including witnessing parental domestic violence, and childhood physical and sexual abuse have higher odds of experiencing migraine headaches in adulthood, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto.
New class of drugs might change the landscape for migraine treatment
Jun 22, 2015
There is growing excitement among headache specialists about initial research (phase 2 clinical trials) into CGRP monoclonal antibodies, as these drugs appear to substantially reduce the frequency of migraine.
It doesn’t take a brain injury to have headache, dizziness, cognitive impairment
May 08, 2015
A team of researchers based at McMaster University has developed a new understanding of postconcussion syndrome, answering questions that have been plaguing researchers in the field. Their study, published in the medical journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, provides an explanation for why many people with even very trivial head injuries, or even injuries to other parts of their bodies, experience incapacitating postconcussion like syndromes.
Headaches common in year following traumatic brain injury, especially among females
Aug 18, 2011
Recurring headaches are common during the year following a traumatic brain injury, regardless of the severity of the traumatic brain injury, and they tend to occur more often among females and those with a pre-traumatic brain injury history of headache, according to an article in Journal of Neurotrauma.
Caffeine can ease a spinal tap headache
Aug 10, 2011
Researchers now show that caffeine treatment can decrease the number of patients with persistent puncture headaches, when compared to a placebo. Both oral and intravenous caffeine work, with the IV form especially helpful in lessening the duration of the headaches.
Study finds behavioral treatment for migranes a cost-effective alternative to meds
Jul 07, 2011
A cost analysis of migraine treatments comparing pharmaceuticals to well-documented behavioral approaches such as relaxation training, hypnosis and biofeedback found behavioral treatments often come out cheaper, particularly after a year or more.
Gastric bypass alleviates migraine headaches
Jun 17, 2011
Bariatric surgery can lead to total or partial alleviation of migraines in nearly 90% of morbidly obese patients diagnosed with migraine headaches, according to a new study presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
The association of alcohol drinking with migraine headache
Jun 13, 2011
Researchers from the Headache Center in Empoli, Italy conclude that reports overestimate the role of alcohol, as well as other foods, in the triggering of migraine.
A pill to prevent migraine?
Jun 01, 2011
The discovery of a gene for migraine holds great promise in the quest for new approaches—possibly even a pill—for preventing the disease, says a panel of experts presenting data at the annual scientific meeting of the American Headache Society.
More men with migraine suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than women
Jun 01, 2011
A recently published paper highlights that while the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder is more common in those with migraine than those without migraine irrespective of sex, the risk is greater in male migraineurs than female migraineurs.
Many migraine sufferers can predict their migraine attack—may create new treatment possibilities
Jun 01, 2011
As many as one third of sufferers of migraine with aura experience forewarning symptoms even the day before an attack that might create an opportunity for intervention and prevention.
Precision-tinted lenses offer real migraine relief
May 26, 2011
For the first time, researchers have shown why precision-tinted lenses reduce headaches for migraine sufferers, a finding that could help improve treatment options for patients battling the debilitating ailment.
Substantial recovery rate with placebo effect in headache treatment
May 23, 2011
In a study published online today in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, a group of Dutch researchers analyzed 119 randomized controlled clinical trials and determined the magnitude of placebo effect and no treatment effect on headache recovery rate.
Botox injected in head ‘trigger points’ reduces migraine crises
May 11, 2011
Scientists at the University of Granada have confirmed that injecting a local anesthetic or botulinum toxin (Botox) into certain "trigger points" of the pericraneal and neck muscles reduces migraine frequency among migraine sufferers.
Over 3 million go to hospitals for headache relief
May 05, 2011
The latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides data about headaches in US hospitals and emergency departments.
Study suggests a relationship between migraine headaches in children and a common heart defect
Mar 31, 2011
Although the causes of migraines are unclear, a new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests a connection between migraine headaches in children and a heart defect called patent foramen ovale.
Weight loss surgery can significantly improve migraines
Mar 28, 2011
Bariatric surgery may provide an added benefit to severely obese patients besides weight loss: it can also help alleviate the excruciating pain of migraine headaches, according to new research from The Miriam Hospital, published in the March 29, 2011 issue of Neurology
Migraine rates up for no apparent reason
Mar 21, 2011
Migraine rates in a comprehensive Norwegian health study have climbed by 1% in a decade, and researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are baffled by the cause of this trend.
Migraine surgery offers good long-term outcomes
Feb 02, 2011
Surgery to "deactivate" migraine headaches produces lasting good results, with nearly 90% of patients having at least partial relief at 5 years' follow-up, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Migraines and headaches present no risk to cognitive function
Jan 19, 2011
Recent work has used MRI to study the brains of migraine sufferers and has shown that a higher proportion of these patients exhibit lesions of the brain microvessels than the rest of the population, however, this does not appear to increase the risk of cognitive decline.
Women with migraine with aura have better outcomes after stroke
Dec 09, 2010
Women with a history of migraine headache with aura are at increased risk of stroke. However, according to new research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, stroke events in women with migraine with aura are more likely to have mild or no disability compared to those without migraine.