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Your brain with a migraine

28-Jun-2018

When migraine sufferers see the tell-tale squiggly lines, light flashes and blind spots of a migraine aura, they prepare for a migraine. When researchers see the brain image of an aura, they try to figure out what causes it and if there is a way to stop the start of the migraine. Now an ...

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Potential source of gender differences in migraines discovered

24-Apr-2018

Of the more than 38 million Americans who experience migraine headaches, 28 million are women. Compared to men, women also experience more frequent and severe migraines and don't respond as well to drug treatments. Findings from a new study conducted in rats reveal that females may be more ...

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Even Open-Label Placebos Work – if They Are Explained

28-Sep-2017

For some medical complaints, open-label placebos work just as well as deceptive ones. As psychologists from the University of Basel and Harvard Medical School report in the journal Pain, the accompanying rationale plays an important role when administering a placebo. The successful treatment of ...

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Migraine breakthrough could lead to improved drugs

18-Nov-2016

A PhD student at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China is carrying out work that could have a significant impact on drugs developed to prevent and treat migraines. Fan Bu's doctoral project has revealed a previously unknown mechanism, involving a protein within brain cells, which ...

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Unconventional natural gas wells associated with migraine, fatigue

26-Aug-2016

New research suggests that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe ...

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Restricting the use of methysergide-containing medicines

New recommendations follow concerns over association with fibrosis

25-Feb-2014

The European Medicines Agency has recommended restricting the use of methysergide due to concerns that it could cause fibrosis, a condition in which fibrous (scar) tissue accumulates in the body’s organs potentially damaging them. Methysergide medicines are now only to be used for preventing ...

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How botox binds to neurons

Researchers elucidate how botulinum neurotoxin A binds to its protein receptor and thus provide a basis for the development of new drugs

20-Nov-2013

Botulinum neurotoxin A, better known as botox, is a highly dangerous toxin that causes paralysis in man that may prove fatal. In cosmetic applications the paralysing action of small doses is used in a specific manner for the temporary elimination of wrinkles and in medicine as a treatment for ...

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MRC Technology and Oxford University Collaborate to Develop Novel Pain Therapeutics for Migraine

19-Nov-2013

MRC Technology, a technology transfer organisation, announced it is collaborating with Dr Zameel Cader at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, to screen selective and potent potassium channel activators to develop novel therapeutic interventions in migraine. Drawing ...

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The secrets of Nobel Prize-winning pump

24-Sep-2013

Jens Chr. Skou was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the sodium-potassium pump. Now, a team of researchers from Aarhus has completed the description of its structure. A result which is of vital importance for our understanding of the body's functions and essential for our understanding ...

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Migraine may permanently change brain structure

30-Aug-2013

Migraine may have long-lasting effects on the brain's structure, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology. "Traditionally, migraine has been considered a benign disorder without long-term consequences for the brain," said study author Messoud Ashina, MD, PhD, with the ...

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