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Archive for the 'Migraine' Category

CAM use among people with migraine

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, report patterns and reasons for its use.

It’s not what you think. (more…)

Acupuncture to prevent migraine

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment.

Here’s the latest from researchers in China. (more…)

Exercise to prevent migraine

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, compared the effects of exercise and topiramate (Topamax) in migraine prevention. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture to treat pain

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague reviewed previous Cochrane reviews. (more…)

Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

At the University of Turin, in Italy, researchers reviewed the evidence.

And contributors to the US Headache Consortium tell us why it’s important. (more…)

Product review: CoQ10 and ubiquinol

Monday, April 25th, 2011

CoQ10 and its activated form, ubiquinol, are popular supplements for treating or preventing a range of conditions including congestive heart failure, migraine headache, high blood pressure, and Parkinson’s disease — although none of the evidence is conclusive. tested 31 products for content and dosing. (more…)

Ginkgo to prevent migraine without aura

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Researcher from Italy and Florida studied Ginkgolide B (a component in Ginkgo biloba) as preventive treatment in a group of young patients suffering from migraine without aura. (more…)

Making the connection between static magnets and TMS

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter makes the connection between static magnets and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

You’ll have to subscribe to read the whole article, but it’s interesting that Mayo places both treatments in the same category. (more…)

Ginkgo biloba for preventing migraine

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

migraine2Researchers from the Villa Margherita Neurology Clinic, in Vicenza, Italy studied the use of ginkgolide B — an herbal constituent extract from Ginkgo biloba tree leaves — in patients suffering from migraine with aura. (more…)

Making a case for an endocannabinoid deficiency

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Dr. Ethan Russo (no relation) is a consultant for GW Pharmaceuticals and a proponent of medical marijuana.

This article is the latest justification that “migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.” (more…)

Butterbur for prevention of childhood migraine

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Proponents say butterbur (Petadolex; Petasites hybridus) reduces the frequency of migraines in adults, although it doesn’t treat them once they occur.

Here are the results of a study in children. (more…)