Migraines could be an immune system disease, opening up new treatment paths – via QM.com

Current treatment for migraines is eclectic by necessity of the mystery of the disease, and includes everything from antidepressants to beta blockers to highly potent painkillers.  None of it is entirely effective.  It’s hard to treat a disease you don’t understand and current theories as to the elusive cause of this disease fall way short […]

CAM Use Among Migraine/Headache Sufferers Investigated – via empr.com

According to a study published in the journal Headache, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of migraine and headache is “relatively low” in the U.S. While some CAM products have shown beneficial effects in clinical studies of headache and migraine, “there has been little research exploring the reasons for using CAM, and the types […]

Lilly plans 2018 filing for acute migraine drug after second phase 3 win – via FierceBiotech.com

Eli Lilly‘s bid to bring a new class of migraine therapy to market has just been lifted by a second positive trial that sets up first-marketing applications next year. The top-line results of the SPARTAN trial show that oral serotonin 5-HT1F agonist lasmiditan provided relief from the headache pain and other symptoms associated with acute […]

Low energy LED lightbulbs could be giving us all headaches – via DailyMail.co.uk

Energy-saving lightbulbs could be giving us all headaches as they flicker too much. LED bulbs can bring on feelings of dizziness and pain within just 20 minutes of switching them on, an expert has warned. Arnold Wilkins, Psychology professor at the University of Essex, said the flickering of the unpopular lights is stronger than for traditional […]

High Headache Frequency Associated with Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – via ClinicalPainAdvisor.com

An association was established between excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and a high frequency of headaches, but not between EDS and chronic migraine or chronic tension-type headache (CTTH).  The results were published in Cephalalgia. Espen S. Kristoffersen, PhD from Akershus University Hospital in Norway, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional survey of 30,000 people age 30 to 44 via […]

Treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism May Help Migraine – via Medscape.com

New research shows that patients with migraine who have subclinical hypothyroidism and receive thyroid treatment have significantly fewer and less severe headaches. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study showing that treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism was effective in reducing both the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and improved the quality […]

Study Finds Marijuana Treats Migraine Pain Better Than Prescription Medication – via Forbes.com

A study has found that the active compounds in cannabis are more effective at reducing the frequency of acute migraine pain than prescription migraine meds, and with fewer side effects. The study included a total of 127 participants who suffered from chronic migraines and cluster headaches.  The cannabis-based medication the researchers gave the participants was […]