Archive | October, 2007

UCLA Study Shows Tai Chi May Help Alleviate Tension Headaches

FINDINGS: Researchers found that Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese low-impact mind-body exercise, provided significant health benefits for adults suffering from tension headaches. Compared with a control group, patients who participated in a 15-week Tai Chi program were helped not only with headache pain, but also perceived improvement in other areas, reporting increased energy, emotional well-being, social functioning and improved mental health. IMPACT: According to researchers, Tai Chi’s emphasis on relaxation, breathing and coordination may address stress, the underlying cause of the pain associated with tension headaches. The patients who participated in the Tai Chi program showed improvement on a quality-of-life based measurement called SF-36 and also on a test called HIT-6TM designed to capture the effect of headaches. The source of this article is 

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Parents May Play Role In Their Kids’ Migraine Headache Pain

According to preliminary results of an ongoing study at Columbus Children’s Hospital, to be presented at the American Headache Society’s June meeting in Chicago, parents of adolescents with migraines may have an influence on the level of pain reported. Approximately 10 percent of children and adolescents get migraines, and as many as two percent suffer from chronic migraines, meaning 15 or more headaches a month. Nearly nine times out of 10, those kids come from families who have a history of migraines, and although the migraines may be shared, researchers aren’t convinced the pain is necessarily the same. “We want to know how much of a child’s response to migraine pain is learned and how much is hereditary,” said lead author Ann Pakalnis, MD, a neurologist at Columbus Children’s and a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The study examined the relationship between parental reports of their own disability due to chronic pain conditions and migraine related disability as reported by their adolescents. Researchers looked at twenty adolescents, ages 12 to 17 years, who averaged between one and 15 moderate to severe migraines each month, and their parents. Nearly 93 percent of parents in the sample […]

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Migraines: Symptoms Disappear With The Right Prevention

Migraines and chronic headaches are wide-spread phenomena. Twelve percent of the population, three quarters of them women, suffer at least occasionally from migraines and about 5 percent from chronic headaches. New effective methods of treatment were presented at the Congress of the European Neurological Society (ENS) in Rhodos. According to Greek researchers, migraine sufferers can eliminate symptoms altogether if they take higher doses of anti-migraine medicine for a longer period of time than is now customary. Another team of researchers has found that certain psychopharmaceuticals could serve as a new therapy option for persistent chronic headaches. Twelve percent of the population, three quarters of them women, suffer at least bouts of migraines, that much-feared type of paroxysmal pulsating headache that generally occurs in just one half of the skull and is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms like nausea and vomiting, dizziness or sensitivity to light and sound. New tools that could relieve these discomforts for millions of people were just presented at the annual Congress of the European Neurology Society (ENS), held this year on the Greek island of Rhodos from June 16 to 20 June. The new findings are from a group of researchers led by the psychiatrist Dr. Nikolaos […]

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Migraine Sufferers Report Substantial Health Impairment

Migraine sufferers report worse health-related quality of life than the general population and have similar health status scores as people with debilitating chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. A recent study, “Migraine frequency and health utilities: findings from a multi-site survey,” published in Value in Health, surveyed 150 migraine patients in the U.S. to study how migraine frequency affects quality of life. The study was co-authored by Jeffrey Brown, PhD (Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Peter J. Neumann, ScD (Tufts-New England Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy), George Papadopoulos (Schering-Plough Corporation), Gary Ruoff, MD (Westside Family Medical Center), Merle Diamond, MD (Diamond Headache Clinic), and Joseph Menzin, PhD (Boston Health Economics, Inc.). The lead author, Dr. Brown, says, “We found that 45% of patients reported that their migraines were moderately or very disruptive to their families and friends. The health status of these patients was similar to that of patients with other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. These findings help quantify the substantial impact that migraine headache has on sufferers and their families and friends, and highlights the need for effective migraine treatment and prevention.” Approximately 6% of men and 18% […]

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There are nearly 28 million people in the United States aged 12 and older – nearly 13 percent of the population – suffering from headaches that fit the medical definition of migraine established by the IHS.  This means one in every four U.S. households has a migraine sufferer.  More than half of these sufferers have never received a physician diagnosis and most are not receiving the most appropriate treatment, despite new and effective therapies designed specifically to treat the pain and symptoms of migraine.  There have been no dramatic changes in the way physicians approach the treatment of migraine in the last ten years.   Key Findings Total U.S. migraine prevalence was virtually the same in 1999 (12.6 percent of the total population aged 12 and older) vs. 1989 (12.1 percent).  However, the total number of sufferers has increased from 24 million in 1989 to 28 million in 1999. One out of every four U.S. households has a migraine sufferer.  Since there have been significant advances in treatment, including the development of migraine specific therapies over the past 10 years, one might think the medical approach to migraine would have changed dramatically in that time.  It has not.  Six out of […]

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