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New Migraine Treatments

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Pain medication may not bring relief to smartphone users with headache.

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Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines?

Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusively heterosexual have a notably higher migraine risk.

"Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals were 58% more ...

1 Woman in 5 With Migraine Avoiding Pregnancy: Study

Many women with severe migraines don't want to get pregnant because of concerns about their headaches, a new study finds.

Migraine, one of the world's leading causes of disability, particularly affects women of childbearing age.

Researchers surveyed 607 U.S. women afflicted with severe migraines. One in 5 said they're avoiding pregnancy due to their migraines.

Amon...

There May Be 6 Types of COVID-19

COVID-19 may not be just one disease, but six distinct types, a new British study claims.

Each type differs in severity and in the need for respiratory support during hospitalization, the researchers added.

Cough, fever and loss of smell are the usual symptoms of COVID-19, but the range of symptoms can include headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, confusion, loss of a...

COVID-19 Can Start With Neurological Symptoms

While a fever and cough have seemed to be the early warning signs of COVID-19, new research shows almost half of hospitalized patients experience a host of neurological problems.

In fact, headaches, dizziness, strokes, weakness, decreased alertness or other neurological symptoms can appear before the more commonly known symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus (known as S...

Gentle Yoga May Deliver Migraine Relief

People suffering from regular migraines despite medication might consider investing in a yoga mat.

That's according to a new trial that tested the effects of a gentle yoga practice -- with slow-paced physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. Researchers found that people who added the practice to their usual migraine medication suffered about half as many headache attacks...

Have a Hangover? Try This Herbal Remedy

For as long as humans have been drinking alcohol, they have sought a cure for hangovers. Now, a small study suggests that a mix of plant extracts might help ease the misery.

Researchers found that the herbal blend -- of Barbados cherry, prickly pear, ginkgo biloba, willow and ginger root extracts -- seemed to lessen certain hangover symptoms.

The supplement also contained va...

Trial Finds Acupuncture May Help Prevent Migraines

A new clinical trial supports acupuncture as an option for reducing migraine headaches, and researchers believe doctors should inform patients it is a possible treatment.

The Chinese study "helps to move acupuncture from having an unproven status in complementary medicine to an acceptable evidence-based treatment," said Dr. Heather Angus-Leppan, a neurologist who wrote an editorial th...

When Chronic Pain Leads to Depression in Kids

Chronic pain can keep kids from being social and active, leading to anxiety and depression, a child psychiatrist says.

Unfortunately, this can turn into a vicious cycle -- worsening depression and anxiety can also worsen pain perception.

Between 5% and 20% of children live with chronic pain. It usually takes the form of bone and muscle pain, headaches or abdominal pa...

10 New Weapons in the War on Migraines

There is no cure for migraines -- a headache disorder that can cause sensory disturbances and nausea -- but several new treatments may help people with the debilitating condition, a neurologist says.

"Ten new treatments for migraines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] over the past six years," said Dr. Stephen Ross, from Penn State Health Neuroscience In...

Could Smartphones Be Making Migraines Even Tougher to Treat?

If you have raging headaches and you spend a lot of time on your smartphone, a new study suggests you might want to put your phone down whenever you can.

Researchers found that folks who use their smartphones frequently and have headaches or migraines also tend to need to take more medications than those with headaches who do not have smartphones.

Of course, this study can't...

Meds May Not Prevent Migraines in Kids

Migraine drugs that might work for adults won't prevent the debilitating headaches in kids and teens, a new study shows.

A number of drugs are used to prevent migraines, but treatment of youngsters has largely been based on the results of adult studies, the international team of researchers pointed out.

What really works in kids? To find out, the researchers reviewed 23 stu...

Workers With Cluster Headaches Take Twice as Many Sick Days

People afflicted with cluster headaches miss work twice as often as colleagues without the debilitating headaches, a new study finds.

Cluster headaches are extremely painful headaches that last from 15 minutes to three hours, for many days, or even weeks, in a row. They're more common in men.

For the study, Swedish researchers compared more than 3,200 working-age people who ...

FDA Approves New Type of Drug to Treat Migraines

Migraine sufferers who cannot get relief from existing medications have a new treatment option, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

The pill, called ubrogepant (Ubrelvy) is for the immediate treatment "of migraine with or without aura [a sensory phenomenon or visual disturbance] in adults," the agency said in a news release.

Ubrogepant is not to be used t...

Sometimes, Aspirin May Be Enough to Ease Migraines

A cheap, century-old drug in most Americans' medicine cabinets -- aspirin -- may come to the rescue for people suffering from migraines, a new study finds.

While there are effective prescription medications, many migraine patients in the United States don't have access to them due to limited access to doctors or good insurance, or high insurance co-pays, sa...

Marijuana Could Offer Relief From Migraine Pain

Headache and migraine patients, take note: medical marijuana may help ease your pain.

The findings follow an analysis of data collected by a Canadian phone app that gathered feedback offered by 1,300 headache sufferers and nearly 700 migraine sufferers who used marijuana to treat their head pain.

"We found that self-reported headache and migraine severity were reduced by nea...

New Type of Drug Might Ease Migraines

Migraine sufferers who cannot get relief from existing medications may soon have a novel treatment option, a new trial suggests.

The study, of nearly 1,700 patients, found that a pill called ubrogepant worked better than a placebo pill at halting migraines in progress.

The drug has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But it belongs to a new class ...

'Nerve-Release' Surgery Helped Ease One Man's Tough Migraines

Chronic migraine headaches plagued Adam Pressley from childhood, and by his 30s they had become a near-daily occurrence.

Pressley, 31, had tried everything to stop them: blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, seizure medications, and even quarterly injections of Botox.

Then his doctor suggested something surprising, saying plastic surgery could potentially relieve nerve pres...

New Hope Against a 'Dizzying' Form of Migraine

People who suffer bouts of vertigo and dizziness may be suffering from a type of migraine for which treatments rarely work.

But a new, preliminary study of 18 such patients found that stimulating the vagus nerve in the neck can help relieve vertigo.

"Vestibular migraine can occur with or without headache. It's an uncomfortable feeling, an abnormal sense of motion. A lot of p...

Facing Up to a Lesser Known Form of Migraine Pain

It's bad enough to have an aching head, but about one in 10 people who suffer from headaches also experience facial pain, researchers have found.

The study included more than 2,900 people with primary headaches. These are ones not caused by another condition and they include migraine and cluster headaches. Participants completed questionnaires about their headaches and any facial pain...

How Much Coffee Is Too Much for Migraine Sufferers?

If you have migraines, one or two cups of coffee a day may be okay, but three or more could raise your risk of an attack, a new study concludes.

"Interestingly, despite some patients with episodic migraine thinking they need to avoid caffeine, we found that drinking one to two servings/day was not associated with higher risk of headache," said study principal investigator Dr. Suzanne...

New Migraine Drug Might Help When Other Meds Don't

A new migraine drug might offer an alternative to people who do not get relief from current medications, a new trial suggests.

The drug, called rimegepant, hasn't yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But it belongs to a new class of drugs that has come to the market within the past year -- known as CGRP inhibitors.

CGRP is a small protein that is relea...

Money Worries Around Food May Spur Migraines

It's a link that few might consider, but new research suggests young adults who worry about affording groceries may be more likely to suffer migraines.

The study, of nearly 15,000 Americans aged 24 to 32, found that migraines were common among those reporting "food insecurity." About one-quarter said they'd been diagnosed with the headaches, compared to just under 14% of other y...

FDA Approves First Drug to Help Tame Cluster Headaches

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the nod to Emgality, an injected medication that's the first to cut the frequency of cluster headaches.

Episodic cluster headaches are "an extremely painful and often debilitating condition," the FDA's Dr. Eric Bastings noted in an agency news release. He's deputy director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center...

Migraine Pain Linked to Raised Suicide Risk

People with migraine may be much more likely to attempt suicide than others, a new study suggests.

It found that 1 in 12 adults with migraine had attempted suicide -- and those with a history of sexual abuse or long-term exposure to domestic violence had a significantly higher risk.

The findings come from data on nearly 22,000 Canadians who took part in a 2012 community men...

Fewer Excess Pounds May Mean Fewer Migraines

For people who carry too much weight and suffer from migraines, dropping some pounds might help ease their pain, new research shows.

"When people lose weight, the number of days per month with migraine decreases, as does pain severity and headache attack duration," said lead researcher Dr. Claudio Pagano. He is associate professor of internal medicine at th...

Half-Dose of Mountain Sickness Med Works as Well as Full Dose

A lower dose of a medication to prevent acute mountain sickness is as effective as the standard, higher dose, a new study finds.

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can cause headaches, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, weakness, vertigo and sleep problems.

Many hikers and climbers use a drug called acetazolamide (Diamox) to prevent AMS. The standard adult dose is 125 milligrams (m...

Ebola Survivors Continue to Suffer Years After Recovery

Many survivors of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa have ongoing health problems, a new study finds.

More than 28,000 people were infected and more than 11,000 died in the outbreak.

Researchers compared 966 Ebola survivors from Liberia with 2,350 close contacts and sexual partners. They found that survivors were more likely to have increased urinary frequency, head...

Dry Eye and Migraines Might Be Linked: Study

People with migraines may be at higher odds of also having chronic dry eye disease, and that's especially true for seniors, new research shows.

The 10-year study of almost 73,000 people cared for at ophthalmology clinics in North Carolina found that -- after accounting for certain medication use and other factors -- people with migraine had a 20 percent higher risk of having dry eye ...

For Preventing Hangover, Wine First or Beer First?

In drinking lore, it's said that having beer before wine, instead of the other way around, can help prevent a hangover. Well, it's not true, a new study finds.

You'll suffer the next day if you drink too much, regardless of how you sequence your drinks, according to researchers at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

"U...

Migraine's 'Silver Lining':  Lowered Risk for Diabetes?

A study of more than 74,000 French women has turned up an unexpected finding: Those who suffer from migraines have a significantly lower risk for type 2 diabetes.

The finding is based on surveys sent to thousands of women born between 1925 and 1950. The study found that -- after adjusting for body weight and other health factors -- women who said they had migraines had a 30 percent lo...

Study Hints at Why Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men

New insight into why women get more migraines than men could lead to better treatments, researchers say.

The results of lab and animal experiments suggest changing levels of the female sex hormone estrogen make cells around a key nerve in the head and connected blood vessels more sensitive to migraine triggers. And that increases migraine risk.

The study was published Aug. 1...

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