Headaches & Pain News


Oct 31, 2016
Researchers affirm diet can impact migraines
Literature review of more than 180 research studies on the subject of migraine and diet finds that ultimately a healthy headache diet excludes processed foods, minimizes caffeine and includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, fish, and lean meats.
Oct 28, 2016
Placebo sweet spot for pain relief identified in brain
New research findings from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago are the first to pinpoint a unique brain region, within the mid frontal gyrus, responsible for placebo response in pain. Findings could result in the design of more personalized medicine and more accurate clinical trial results.
Aug 31, 2016
Scientists discover noninvasive technique to monitor migraines
Amplified EEGs can produce diagnostic results of cortical spreading depression - associated with migraines and epilepsy - that are comparable to the current, more invasive, standard -- a discovery that could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of these conditions.
Jul 28, 2016
‘Pain paradox’ discovery provides route to new pain control drugs
New research has found that in the peripheral nervous system Substance P makes nerve cells less responsive and excitable, thereby reducing sensations of pain. This is in direct contrast to its role in the CNS, where it triggers very different signals, exciting neurons and so promoting pain. The new finding potentially paves the way to new methods of pain control.
Jun 08, 2016
New drug to prevent migraine may start working in days
The drug TEV-48125, an antibody that blocks the calcitonin gene-related peptide, was associated with fewer headache hours for people with chronic migraine within 3 to 7 days after the first injection, according to a study published in the June 8, 2016, online issue of Neurology®.
May 03, 2016
No evidence of an association between silent brain infarcts and having migraine with aura
A large cross-sectional study focused on women with migraines with aura and compared their brain MRI images with those of women not suffering from migraine. No differences between these 2 groups of women were found with regard to number of silent infarcts and white matter hyperintensities. The findings were published today in Brain.
Mar 30, 2016
Managing migraine during pregnancy and lactation
A review of medical treatments by doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center finds medications and treatments long considered safe to treat pregnant women with migraines may not be. The review can serve as a guide for doctors and patients on how to interpret new findings, especially regarding 4 treatment options that doctors have commonly used for their pregnant patients with migraines.
Feb 29, 2016
New targets for reducing nerve pain identified
Results of a Hiroshima University study show promise for relieving nerve pain with a chemically specific approach that is convenient for patients. This is the first study to link HMGB1 and MMP-9 together in the cellular process of maintaining pain.
Feb 25, 2016
Migraine, tension headaches and irritable bowel syndrome linked?
Researchers who will be reporting at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver in April found that irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, and tension headache study groups had at least 1 serotonin transporter or serotonin receptor 2A gene that differed from the genes of healthy participants.
Feb 05, 2016
Pilot study shows meditation can help US veterans manage chronic pain
A small pilot study conducted at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center reveals that veterans who practiced a form of mindfulness meditation reported a 20% reduction in pain intensity, as well as pain interference. The reductions were consistent across several methods by which doctors commonly measure pain in patients.
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