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

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 […]

Ptosis Repair Effective for Reducing Tension-Type Headache – via

Common cosmetic surgical procedures for reducing droopy eyelids were shown to improve quality of life in people with frequent tension-type headaches, according to a recent study. The results of the study, by Ilke Bahceci Simsek, MD, of Yeditepe University in Istanbul, were published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.  Headache Impact Test (HIT) scores obtained from two […]

Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines – via

The drug prochlorperazine is more effective than the opioid hydromorphone in treating emergency room patients with acute migraine, a new study reports. According to Dr. Peter Goadsby, chairman of the American Headache Society’s Scientific Program Committee, the opioid painkiller Add to dictionary is given in about 25 percent of all emergency department visits for acute […]

Pharma companies betting big on new migraine prevention drugs – via

Four major pharmaceutical companies are in a race to be the first to offer a drug they say may rapidly reduce—and even prevent—migraines to the more than 38 million Americans affected by the debilitating illness each year. Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Amgen, and Teva Pharmaceutical have all developed migraine drugs which have completed or are […]

For Headache, Telemedicine May Be as Effective as In-Person Visit – via

For people with headache, seeing the neurologist by video for treatment may be as effective as an in-person visit, according to a study published in a recent online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. New technology is available to diagnose and treat people through telemedicine, but few studies have […]

How weather can affect headaches – via

Weather can fluctuate dramatically this time of year.   Whether it’s an approaching thunderstorm or a bright sunny day – both can wreak havoc on a headache. It may be surprising to know just how much weather can affect your headaches.  Research shows that changes in barometric pressure can be linked to migraine headache attacks. In […]

Incidental Findings on MRI Scans for Primary Headache Are Not Uncommon – via Neurology Today

Diagnostic imaging for headaches can lead to a plethora of incidental findings, many of which may prompt more worries and needless procedures, according to a new paper, discussed here.  But headache specialists say unnecessary imaging can be avoided if neurologists follow certain diagnostic processes, including a thorough neurologic exam. It happens often. A magnetic resonance […]

Headaches You Can Set Your Clock To – via

The pain from a cluster headache is worse than childbirth, patients say. Worse than kidney stones.  More like getting shot in the head or being jabbed in the eye by a sharp object. Mark Burish, director of the Will Erwin Headache Research Center, and his team of neurologists, nurses, scientists, and industry startups hope to demystify and find new treatments for cluster headaches […]

Headache experts to gather in Boston for scientific meeting

2017 American Headache Society Annual Scientific Meeting Highlights Advances in Migraine Treatment and Research Leading clinical researchers on headache disorders, particularly migraine, cluster headache, and post-traumatic headache, will present the latest data on new therapies at the American Headache Society (AHS)’s 59th Annual Scientific Meeting.  The AHS accepted more than 220 scientific abstracts, which include […]