Medications

Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain

Increasing chronic pain patients' opioid prescription doses does not seem to improve pain, according to a Veterans Affairs study. Researchers from the Central Arkansas and Minneapolis VA health care systems and three universities ...

Medications

Got a migraine? Relief may already be on your medicine shelf

According to a new report in The American Journal of Medicine, aspirin can be considered an effective and safe option to other, more expensive medications to treat acute migraines as well as prevent recurrent attacks. A review ...

Neuroscience

Predictors of chronic migraine

A meta-analysis published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, highlights the predictors of chronic migraine. The study, entitled "Predictors of episodic migraine transformation ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why do people develop chronic pain?

Mood disorders and the discovery of a pain signalling organ in the skin could explain why chronic pain occurs—and how to treat it.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New migraine clinical trial guidelines

Experts from the International Headache Society (IHS) have developed new recommendations for conduct of acute and preventive migraine clinical trials. The third edition of Migraine Clinical Trials Guidelines is now available ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study rates migraine medications

(HealthDay)—The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Blood levels of fat cell hormone may predict severity of migraines

In a small, preliminary study of regular migraine sufferers, scientists have found that measuring a fat-derived protein called adiponectin (ADP) before and after migraine treatment can accurately reveal which headache victims ...

Neuroscience

Migraine drug commonly used in ER may not be best option

A drug commonly used in hospital emergency rooms for people with migraine is substantially less effective than an alternate drug and should not be used as a first choice treatment, according to a study published in the October ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

FDA approves first drug aimed at preventing migraines

(HealthDay)—The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope—the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday.

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