Category Archives: Headache
New hope has arrived for migraine sufferers following a Griffith University study with the people of Norfolk Island.
Led by Professor Lyn Griffiths from the University’s Griffith Health Institute, the team has identified a new region on the X chromosome as playing a role in migraines.
The research provides compelling evidence for a new migraine susceptibility gene involved in migraines. The study also indicated that there may be more than one X chromosomal gene involved and implicated a gene involved in iron regulation in the brain.Read more
Here is a wonderful resource : a compilation of articles on the clinical management of pain. Articles span a variety of topics — trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, low back pain, cancer pain, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), migraine, and more.Read more
Research shows that many treatments can help prevent migraine in certain people, yet few people with migraine who are candidates for these preventive treatments actually use them, according to new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology. The guidelines, which were co-developed with the American Headache Society, were announced at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans and published in the April 24, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.Read more
A migraine isn’t just a headache; it’s a neurological disorder, often inherited, in which triggers ranging from stress to certain foods to even changes in the weather set off a chain reaction in the brain that results in intense pain. Two options proven to help: biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy.Read more
News outlets reported that the new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology emphasize the use of everything from prescription medications to poisonous plants to prevent and reduce the frequency and severity of chronic migraine headaches. Director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia Dr. Stephen Silberstein said, “About 38 percent of people who suffer from migraines could benefit from preventative treatments, but only less than a third of these people currently use them.” Migraines are intense headaches that commonly result in nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Infrequent migraine sufferers can usually gain [...]Read more
News agencies reported that researchers have identified roughly 100 different migraine triggers. The good news for migraine sufferers is that they don’t have to memorize them all, because there are simple things that they can avoid to prevent chronic migraines. Sleeping patterns play a large role in triggering migraines, so it’s very important to stick to a regimented sleep schedule. Try to get around 7 to 9 hours of continual sleep every night. Go to bed and get up at the same times. Avoiding caffeine and light exposure prior to going to bed will help, as will practicing relaxation techniques. [...]Read more
News sources reported that a recent study found that intense resistance training exercises can not only give patients with Parkinson’s disease extra strength, they can reduce their symptoms in the long term. Researchers found that the resistance weight-training program reduced scores in the motor section of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) by an average of 7.3 points. According to lead investigator and professor of Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois in Chicago Daniel Corcos, PhD, says the data represents a “meaningful and clinically important” change in the lives of Parkinson’s patients. Throughout the study, [...]Read more
According to multiple recent studies conducted in Japan and Germany, there is a scientific backing to the commonly given advice of not looking at a needle during an injection because it only makes the pain worse. Researchers at Hiroshima University conducted a study to gauge individual response to pain while the participants were shown faces depicting different emotions. The study involved 19 participants that were shown pictures of human faces that were happy, sad and with no emotion. Researchers believed showing the pictures would evoke similar feelings in the participants. The researchers then applied a painful electrical shock to the [...]Read more
News sources reported that a recent study published in The Journal of Pain found evidence that a lack of sleep is not a reliable predicting factor in the pain intensity and duration for fibromyalgia patients. Researchers at the University of Florida recently conducted a study to determine if lack of sleep or poor sleep quality is related to higher levels of pain intensity in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. The study followed 74 adult patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia for two weeks. The patients recorded the quality and amount of each night’s sleep in journals. Though fibromyalgia patients are known for having [...]Read more
In a recent study, researchers at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine found evidence suggesting that colic, the frequent, unexplained crying in babies, could be a symptom of migraine headaches. Study researcher and child neurologist Dr. Amy Gelfand said the results of the study showed that mothers with a history of migraines were almost three times as likely to deliver babies with colic than women without migraines, suggesting that genetic factors that predispose individuals to migraines could manifest themselves early in life as colic. Researchers, however, concede that there is no way to prove that colicky babies [...]Read more