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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Do Your Sleep Habits Trigger Migraines?

    If you suffer from migraines, you may want to pay more attention to your sleep habits. That's the message from several studies which show that sleep problems, like insomnia, may actually trigger migraines. Migraines begin when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to blood vessels, causing them

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  8. Are Migraine Sufferers Sexier?

    If you're a migraine sufferer, sex may be the last thing on your mind -- especially when painful migraine symptoms force you to seek solitude in a dark, quiet room. Yet new findings suggest that sex may be linked to migraines and headache relief. According to a study published in the journal Headach

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  9. Migraine Sufferers Have Different Brains

    Nov. 19, 2007 -- Researchers have identified specific differences in the brains of migraine sufferers linked to the processing of sensory information, including pain. In earlier research, Harvard Medical School investigators used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show structural differences betwee

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  10. Nasal Spray May Ease Cluster Headaches

    Aug. 28, 2007 -- The prescription nasal spray Zomig, which is used to treat migraines, may ease cluster headaches. That's according to a new study published in today's edition of the journal Neurology. Cluster headache, which is a severe type of headache disorder, affects less than 1% of the public,

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