Migraine news this week: September 3

Catch up on the migraine headlines over Labor Day weekend!

Lancaster teen designs dress that reads brainwaves to help mom detect migraines

A very smart 15-year-old girl in Pennsylvania is tired of feeling helpless while her mom struggles with migraines. She decided to invent something to help. She designed an outfit to help detect her mom’s migraines before they start. She attached optic fibers to the dress and linked them to a game that detects brainwaves using EEG. When her mom wears the dress and a migraine is coming on, the fibers light up to warn her.

If accurate, the girl’s invention won’t just help her mom. Early warning can allow sufferers to take medication before a migraine starts. This can help reduce or prevent the entire migraine attack.

If You Get Migraines You Might Be Low In This Essential Nutrient

Self Magazine spoke with MRF Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Richard Lipton about why magnesium is used to prevent migraines. He discussed how it affects sufferers’ brains, the standard dose for migraine prevention, and more.

Surprisingly, Headache Doctors Face Migraine Stigma Too

Reasons why it’s so important to see a migraine specialist instead of a neurologist or general practitioner.

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

This article discusses the use of virtual reality headsets to help treat pain. While they don’t specifically mention migraine, they say VR works like other relaxation techniques do for some chronic pain. Relaxation techniques help many migraine sufferers. More research is needed, but this exciting discovery means virtual reality could be a new, drug-free chronic migraine treatment in the future.

New non-invasive method could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of migraines

Some researchers think cortical spreading depression is a mechanism underlying migraine. Studying it can help them understand how migraines start and spread. However, CSD is hard to see, and current methods of observing it are very invasive.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia tested a new method of observing it. They used EEG sensors placed on rats’ scalps to read electrical signals from the brain while CSD occurred in the rats. The signals they saw were the same as typically seen during CSD. This means that researchers can now attempt to study CSD without having to go into a person’s head. This could help researchers more easily determine migraine’s causes and search for new treatments.