Med Use Examined in Migraine & Headache Care – via eMPR.com

According to results of a retrospective study presented at PAINWeek 2017, opioids are not only prescribed to a large proportion of patients diagnosed with headache (H) and/or migraine (M), but are also more commonly used than triptan medications. During the analysis, 547,558 adults with at least two ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM diagnostic code claims for H […]

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 […]

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 […]

Electric Stim Armband May Reduce Migraine Pain – via PracticalPainManagement.com

Electrical stimulation has shown promise in the treatment of migraines and one device worn on the forehead, the Cefaly, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of migraines.  A recently reported study has found that a second electrical stimulation (electric stim) device that is worn on the arm, rather […]

Ptosis Repair Effective for Reducing Tension-Type Headache – via NeurologyAdvisor.com

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 USNews.com

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 FoxBusiness.com

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 AAN.com

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 […]

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 TMC.edu

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 […]