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Neurostimulation Blocks, Eases Pain

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18Apr 12

News sources reported that electrical signals designed to inhibit pain signals throughout the pathway has come back into fashion, after centuries of use, in the way of neurostimulation. Statistics have shown that roughly 80 percent of adults in the United States will experience some form of back pain at some time in their lives. Neurostimulation operates on the same concept as pacemakers, using electrical devices that are inserted into the body to inhibit or reduce pain signals traveling along the spine to the brain. Patients can even control how much and how often the nerves receive stimulation via handheld remote. [...]

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Botox Celebrates 10th Anniversary of FDA Approval

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13Apr 12

In a press release, Allergan, Inc announced the 10-year anniversary for the approval of Botox Cosmetic, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, to improve the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Allergan, Inc, David E. I. Pyott said, “When approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox Cosmetic changed the way that physicians could treat patients who were interests in improving the appearance of their vertical frown lines between the brows. Botox Cosmetic has become the number one neuromodulator in the United States and the number [...]

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Stress Shown to Trigger Pseudo-Epilepsy

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12Apr 12

Media outlets reported that a recent study from Johns Hopkins University discovered that more than a third of patients that are thought to have neurologically based seizures were really suffering from stress-triggered symptoms. Several physicians and psychologists at Johns Hopkins found that more than 33 percent of the individuals admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit were displaying stress symptoms, not seizure disorders. The patients were from all walks of life and suffering from what is referred to as psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). Symptoms of PNES include uncontrollable movements and far-off stares or convulsions. The study found [...]

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Migraine, Severe Headache Pains Increase Risk of Suicide

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11Apr 12

Media outlets reported that a recent study published by Drs. Breslau, Schultz, Lipton, Peterson and Welch found that, when compared to individuals that do not suffer from chronic migraines or headaches, chronic migraine and headache sufferers have an increased risk of attempted suicide. The study included more than 1100 participants that were randomly selected by phone and met certain criteria dictated by the International Headache Society’s International Classification of Headache Disorders. The participants were separated into three groups, one with migraines, one with severe non-migraine headaches, and one compromised of individuals with no history of anything more severe than a [...]

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Horseradish Nasal Spray Relieves Allergies, Headaches

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11Apr 12

News sources reported that GSC Products, in cooperation with Next Level Products, Inc, recently launched the first horseradish-based natural nasal spray under the Sinus Plumber brand. The main ingredients of Sinus Plumber are horseradish, wintergreen oil and capsaicin. Horseradish and wintergreen oil have shown to relieve pain, pressure and congestion. Horseradish contains high levels of glucosinolates, compounds known for their antibacterial, anti-cancer and pain relieving properties. Wintergreen oil is composed of large amounts of methyl salicylate, the main ingredient in aspirin. Capsaicin has proven to be an effective, though temporary, headache reliever; and when combined with horseradish and wintergreen, the [...]

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Cosmetic Surgery Provides Migraine Relief

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10Apr 12

News sources reported that a surgical procedure known as nerve decompression utilizes plastic surgery techniques to alleviate the excruciating pain caused by chronic migraines. The nerve decompression surgical technique was developed by Dr. Bhaman Guyuron, chairman of the University Hospital Case Medical Center’s plastic surgery department in Cleveland about 12 years ago. Dr. Guyuron noticed that many plastic surgery patients reported improvement in their migraine symptoms after undergoing cosmetic forehead lifts and receiving Botox injections to cosmetically smooth their brows through muscles paralysis. Guyuron stated, “We put two and two together and designed a surgical procedure to help these patients.” [...]

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Alternative Treatments for Cluster, Sinus Headaches

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5Apr 12

News sources reported that cluster and sinus headaches affect millions of Americans every year. But what many people may not know is that there are treatment options for these headaches that do not require the use of medications or invasive procedures. Cluster headaches are often referred to as “suicide headaches”, due to the excruciating pain that is associated with them. They are often brought on by drinking or smoking and commonly appear in episodic clusters that can last for weeks or even months, followed by lengthy periods of remission. The pain is typically focused around the eyes, but can occasionally [...]

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Alternative Home Remedies for Migraines

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3Apr 12

News sources reported that migraine headaches affect roughly 17 percent of women and six percent of men. They are the result of an abnormal constriction and dilation of the arteries that supply blood to the brain. The intense pain is commonly localized on one side of the head and usually results in nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines tend to be genetic, and sufferers are generally prone to depression and irritability. Migraines have many potential triggers, which can include a variety of foods, stress, hormonal imbalances, oral contraceptives, caffeine withdrawal, seasonal shifts, inadequate amounts of sleep, and [...]

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Treating Facial Pain, Migraines

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2Apr 12

News sources reported that facial pain results from a variety of sources like allergies, neuralgia, ear pain, optical or dental issues, neck pain and different kinds of headaches like migraines. Facial pain can be difficult to diagnose accurately, and it requires specific methods of treatment and care to alleviate the symptoms. Many times, stress is a key element in the intensifying of facial pain. Identifying the stress triggers in your life and working to actively limit or remove them is essential if stress is causing you pain. It’s also important to realize that stress can never be completely removed, so [...]

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Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches, Migraines

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30Mar 12

News sources reported that headaches come in many varieties. They can be dull, sharp, focused in one area or spread out throughout the head. Analgesics and other medications can provide some relief, but it’s a temporary fix because these only fix the symptoms and not the underlying source of the pain. Chiropractic care can address the source of many types of headaches, aiding in the prevention of future headaches for longer periods of time. Tension headaches are commonly caused by the build up of stress, fear and anger in our lives that manifests itself as increased tension in the shoulder, [...]

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