Migraine news this week: October 22

Catch up on the headlines you missed.

Ketamine May Treat Migraine, Chronic Pain

An article on WebMD discussed a study using ketamine (an anesthesia medicine) in a nasal spray. Researchers found it could reduce the migraine aura and pain. They note that ketamine would be used only in particularly hard-to-treat migraine cases. If found safe and effective, sufferers with complex issues may have another treatment option.

Hartford HealthCare Headache Center Awarded First Ever IMPACT Grant from Migraine Research Foundation

We’re so proud to be funding Project Status Migrainosus, a groundbreaking $250,000 study investigating status migrainosus treatments. Leading the study are Dr. Rami Burstein and Dr. Brian Grosberg, 2 of the top migraine researchers in the world. Read their announcement of this potentially life-changing project.

Alternative Treatments for Migraine: A Research Update

Headache specialist Dr. Huma Sheikh writes about 2 current drug-free migraine treatments that are getting lots of attention. The first is a study on spinal cord stimulation. It had promising results for reducing migraines. Second, she mentions the form of sound therapy that’s being studied to treat migraines. If effective, these new treatments could mean fewer drugs, less side effects, and better treatments for sufferers.

Old Treatments For Migraines That Will Make You Happy To Be Alive Now

Wear a goat-hair headband? Tie a clay crocodile to your head? Put a vulture up your nose? Bustle entertains you with some of the craziest migraine treatments documented throughout history.

Can New Smartphone Apps Help Migraine Sufferers?

Migraine in the Wall Street Journal! This article analyzes a couple of the apps available to sufferers to help track their headaches. For more, check our Resources and Links page.

Bacteria in our mouths may hold clues about why people get migraines

This Mashable article reports on a new study about mouth microbes in migraine sufferers. Researchers at UC San Diego found that sufferers have more of a certain kind of bacteria than non-sufferers. These bacteria are responsible for reducing nitrates in our mouths. Many sufferers report foods containing nitrates as triggers. Researchers aren’t sure what underlies this connection, but it’s another step to understanding the link between migraine, diet, and possibly the microbiome.

Who You Vote For Can Influence Your Migraine Health

With all the craziness of this election, it’s easy to forget that our next president will impact our healthcare. Migraine Again breaks down each candidate’s stance on some issues.