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  1. Migraines and Sex

    Migraines, like other chronic illnesses, can put a real damper on intimacy. To keep the spark alive, couples may need to strengthen other parts of their relationship. "[Chronic] migraine can create strain, and if unspoken, create distance," says Rodney Shapiro, PhD, a family therapist and psychiatry

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  2. Identifying Food Triggers for Migraines

    As headaches go, migraines are in a league of their own. Migraines typically produce pulsating pain on one side of the head. That can lay you low for up to 72 hours. About 20% of people with migraines have headaches preceded by aura, which can include: Blinking lights Blurred vision Blind spots or z

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  3. FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first device aimed at preventing migraines. The device, called Cefaly, is a headband-like device that runs on a battery and sits across the forehead and over the

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  4. Power of Suggestion Revealed in Study of Migraine Drug

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of migraine sufferers suggests that what you're told when your doctor prescribes medication can influence your body's response to it. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Med

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  5. FDA Approves New Magnet Device to Treat Migraines

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device aimed at easing the pain of migraines preceded by aura -- sensory disturbances that occur just before an attack. The Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator

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  6. Nasal Allergies, Hay Fever Tied to More Migraines

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Allergies and hay fever may increase the number and severity of migraine headaches, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 6,000 migraine sufferers who filled out a questionnaire in 2008 as part o

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  7. What Not to Do for Migraines

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription pain medications should not be the first treatment for migraines. And doctors shouldn't routinely order brain scans for patients with these debilitating headaches, according to new guidelines. Taking

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  8. Obesity May Increase Migraine Odds

    By Marijke Vroomen Durning HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people may be at higher risk for episodic migraines, a new study suggests. Episodic migraines -- the more common type of migraine -- occur 14 days or fewer per month, while chronic migraines occur at least 15

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  9. Migraines Linked to Changes in Brain Structure

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- People with migraines -- either with or without an aura preceding the headache -- show changes in the structure of their brains on imaging tests, researchers say. A new review of previous research shows that people who have m

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  10. Migraine Doctors in Short Supply Across U.S.

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- There are too few migraine headache specialists in the United States, a new study finds. Migraines affect about 36 million Americans over age 12 (more than 11 percent of the population). That's more than the number affected by a

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