Migraine news this week: February 3

Catch up on the latest headlines.


Is it sinus headache or migraine?

Do you know someone who complains about their “sinus headaches” a lot? Show them this.

Most “sinus headaches” are migraines! Doctors often misdiagnose a migraine as a sinus headache. It’s important to find an informed doctor who can make a correct diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment. Use our lists to find a headache specialist near you.

New research alert: The latest on hemiplegic migraine

Dr. José Fernández-Fernández of Barcelona, Spain recently finished his MRF-funded study on hemiplegic migraine.

HM is a rare form of migraine with stroke-like symptoms and temporary paralysis. He studied the hyper-excitability of neurons thought to be associated with HM. Using computer simulations, he evaluated 3.5 million compounds. He successfully identified six that could prevent the excessive brain activity that researchers think leads to HM.

This is the first step in developing new therapies to target the underlying mechanisms of HM. It could also point to new therapies for migraine in general.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Pediatric Migraine

There are few effective migraine treatments for adults, but even fewer for kids and teens. It’s especially hard to find one that works without negative side effects. This article explains how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help reduce migraine frequency and intensity in kids. The author recommends it as a first choice for treating childhood migraine.

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Marijuana And 6 Other Migraine Headache Cures

Medical Daily reports on six unique (and some controversial) migraine treatments. While migraine cannot be cured as the headline states, some sufferers have reported marijuana, Botox, acupuncture, ketamine, yoga, meditation, and peppermint oil to be helpful.

Psychological Factors Associated With Chronic Migraine and Severe Migraine-Related Disability

A group of headache doctors conducted a study of the regular patients in their clinic. They investigated the link between migraine and some common psychological factors.

They found that patients with chronic migraine had more symptoms of depression. Additionally, patients who were severely disabled by their headaches also had more depression, plus higher levels of anxiety and pain catastrophizing. These results will aid in understanding the connection between migraine and psychological disorders.

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