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Researchers Develop An Electric Device For Relief From Migraine

ur symptom assessment, with 84% of the episodes in patients using the TMS occurring without noise sensitivity. He also explained that the work functioning also improved, and there were no side effects reported.

A second study that was conducted on 12 patients found that it was possible for people to self-administer the electric current using the device at the onset of migraine. The researchers are now planning to conduct a further study on a larger number of patients.

Ann Turner, the director of the Migraine Action Association said: "The Association welcomes this new approach to migraine treatment and the results of this initial trial are encouraging. "However more research in a wider population is required before it can be considered as an addition to the treatment options available to migraine sufferers generally."

Dr Andrew Dowson, director of headache services at Kings College Hospital said that it is a very interesting concept though the device wouldn't be regarded as 'mainstream medicine'. He further stated that migraines were initially thought to be a problem with constriction of blood vessels but now a days it had become evident that neural pathways were also involved. He said, Since the triptan drugs were developed there hasn't been a big breakthrough in the treatment of migraines and this type of research is the only way we are going to find the next breakthrough. He also expressed his feelings that the results are somewhat unassuming still and it's a small study, and so he would like to see a study done in a much bigger population.


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