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  1. Migraines May Increase Stroke Risk

    Dec. 14, 2004 -- Migraine sufferers have double the risk of strokes, a new study shows. And those who also take birth control pills have about eight times the risk, say researchers. However, people should not get too upset - unless they smoke, the researchers say. "I have been receiving emails from

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  2. Melatonin May Help Prevent Migraines

    Sept. 9, 2004 -- Taking melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime can help curb migraine headaches, according to a small study by Brazilian scientists. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain's pineal gland; it helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. Imbalances in the level of melatonin in the body may be

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  3. Migraine Headaches, Sex Hormones Linked

    Aug. 20, 2004 -- A small group of Dutch male-to-female sex-change patients may have helped unravel some of the mystery of migraine headaches. Scientists already knew that women report getting migraines three times as often as men. But what explains the gender difference? Thinking that sex hormones m

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  4. FDA Approves Topamax for Preventing Migraines

    Aug. 12, 2004 -- A drug commonly used to control epilepsy seizures may also control migraine headaches. Today the FDA approved the drug Topamax for preventing migraine headaches in adults.   Nearly 14 million Americans suffer frequent or severe migraines, but only about one in 10 takes prevention me

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  5. Hope for Preventing Menstrual Migraine

    July 27, 2004 -- For women who get migraines, these disabling headaches are especially common and intense around the time of menstruation. But two new studies in this week's Neurology offer new insights that may help ease their suffering -- one that better identifies what days menstrual-induced migr

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  6. Migraine Drugs Pose Little Heart Risk

    July 22, 2004 -- Drugs like Imitrex and Zomig are safe for millions of women who need migraine relief. But for those at high risk of heart disease, think twice about taking them, a new study shows. Both Imitrex and Zomig belong to a class of drugs called triptans and are highly effective in cutting

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  7. 9 in 10 Sinus Headaches Really Migraines

    June 10, 2004 -- Got a bad sinus headache? Odds are, it's really a migraine. If your head hurts, does it really matter what you call it? Yes, says headache specialist Eric Eross, DO, associate consultant in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. People spend lots of money on over-the-coun

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  8. Weather Change Can Bring on Migraine

    June 10, 2004 -- Weather forecast: cloudy, with chance of migraine. You won't likely see that forecast in your local weather report. But a new study shows that changes in the weather mean migraine headaches for some people. And it may affect half of all migraine sufferers. The report comes from Marc

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  9. Migraines Create Financial Headaches

    May 11, 2004 -- Talk to anyone who's had them: Migraines are costly. The quality-of-life costs are enormous. So is the impact on the pocketbook. In fact, a migraine sufferer's family total health-care costs often run 70% higher than families without a migraine sufferer, a new study shows. It is the

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  10. Panel: Triptans Safely Relieve Migraine Pain

    May 5, 2004 -- As many as four out of five people who suffer from painful migraines could benefit from treatment with a class of drugs known as triptans, according to a new report. But as little as one in five migraine sufferers actually get the drugs. A panel of headache experts found that the pote

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