BOSTON, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Headache specialists meet today in Boston for the 50th annual meeting of the American Headache Society. Learn more about headache and face pain developments of the last 50 years -- including the top five advances in headaches -- and what researchers envision for the future.
Among the topics being presented, include:
-- WHY PAIN BECOMES CHRONIC: Research shows previously unknown role certain
brain cells play in triggering chronic headaches for 9 million Americans
Think that pain medication is helping you ease the throbbing of a
headache? Think again. Researchers discovered neurons are not the only
carrier of pain signals to the brain. Glial cells, which outnumber
neurons 20:1, have been shown to prompt chronic pain in a variety of
ways, such as by a virus, nerve damage or even medication. Morphine and
other opiates also activate glial cells, which mean those drugs
you're taking to alleviate pain might actually be making it worse.
-- FIRST RIGOROUS TEST OF MAGNETIC STIMULATION DEVICE SHOWS PROMISE FOR
SHORT-CIRCUITING MIGRAINES: Research shows 7 million Americans could
benefit from this treatment
Imagine simply zapping away the pain at the onset of a migraine, instead
of gulping medication and waiting for relief. Researchers are presenting
encouraging results showing a portable transcranial magnetic stimulation
device would help an estimated 39 percent of migraine sufferers. The
device, about the size and weight of a hairdryer, works by placing it to
the back of the
|SOURCE American Headache Society|
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