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  1. Closing a Heart Hole May Help Migraines

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- Can closing a hole in the heart be an effective treatment for migraines? New research suggests that it may for migraine sufferers with a common heart abnormality known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO). But a researcher who has studied the issue for almost a decade tells WebMD that th

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  2. Belly Fat Linked to Risk of Migraines

    Feb. 13, 2009 -- Belly fat has been linked to increased risks for heart disease and diabetes. Now new research suggests it may also be linked to an increased risk for migraines, at least until middle age. Waist circumference was found to be a better predictor of migraine activity than general obesit

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  3. Migraines May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

    Nov. 6, 2008 -- Women who suffer from migraine headaches may be at significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer, a new study shows. "Many of the triggers of migraine in women are known to be hormonally related, and also are important in the development of breast cancer," Christopher Li, MD,

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  4. Janet Jackson's Vestibular Migraines: FAQ

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- Janet Jackson has a "rare form of migraine called vestibular migraine or migraine-associated vertigo," according to a statement released by her publicists. Those migraines prompted Jackson to cancel several recent concert dates, but since then, she's gotten a thorough medical examin

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  5. Migraines Linked to Vein Blood Clots

    Sept. 15, 2008 -- Migraine sufferers appear to be at increased risk for stroke, and now a new study may help explain why. One theory has been that people with migraines develop hardened plaque within the arteries -- known as atherosclerosis -- earlier than people without migraines. Atherosclerosis i

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  6. Magnetic Pulses May 'Zap' Migraine Pain

    June 27, 2008 -- A lightweight, handheld device helps migraine sufferers zap away pain, sometimes within two hours, according to a new study. Called a transcranial magnetic stimulation device (TMS), it transmits magnetic pulses that interrupt the "hyper-excitability" of neurons in the brain, which s

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  7. Migraines May Up Risk of Painful Skin

    April 22, 2008 -- A new study shows migraine sufferers are more likely to have a type of pain condition called "allodynia" -- pain from something that normally should not evoke pain, such as rubbing the head, combing hair, or wearing necklaces and earrings. The study looked at questionnaire answers

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  8. FDA OKs New Migraine Drug Treximet

    April 16, 2008 -- The FDA has approved a new migraine drug called Treximet for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, with or without aura, in adults. Treximet is a combination of sumatriptan (the active ingredient in the migraine drug Imitrex) and the anti-inflammatory painkiller naproxen sodium

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  9. High BP May Lower Migraine Risk

    April 14, 2008 -- Having high blood pressure was associated with a reduced risk for migraines in a new study, but the preliminary findings don't prove that high blood pressure is protective, researchers say. Participants in a Norwegian population study who had higher-than-normal systolic blood press

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  10. Headaches From Sex?

    Feb. 15, 2008 -- In a National Headache Foundation survey of some 170 headache patients, 46% reported having had sex-related headaches. The survey, conducted on the National Headache Foundation's web site during December, included 182 people, mainly women aged 21 and older. Nearly all participants -

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