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Lumbar Puncture (LP or Spinal Tap)

Lumbar Puncture (LP or Spinal Tap)

What is a lumbar puncture (LP)? A lumbar puncture (LP) is the insertion of a needle into the spinal canal to collect and examine the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (cerebral spinal fluid). It is termed a “lumbar puncture” because the needle is placed in the lumbar portion of the back and […]

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Headache: Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Headaches

Headache: Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Headaches

Medical Author: Dennis Lee, MDMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Headache is defined as pain in the head that is located above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck. Headache, like chest pain or dizziness, has many causes. There are two types of headaches: primary […]

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Vestibular Migraine and Janet Jackson

Vestibular Migraine and Janet Jackson

Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEMMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Imagine standing on stage, the music pulsing, the lights flashing, thousands of people at your feet, and all of a sudden, the world starts to spin and your head throbs. Trying to sing takes second place to trying to stand up straight and […]

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Non-Drug Migraine Treatments Often Ignored

Non-Drug Migraine Treatments Often Ignored

Latest Migraine News TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many migraine sufferers skip recommended behavioral treatments, such as stress management and talk therapy, a new study finds. Lack of time, cost and skepticism are among the reasons why, said Dr. Mia Minen, director of research for NYU Langone’s headache division in New York City. […]

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Migraine Headache

Migraine Headache

Migraine headache definition (meaning) and facts Migraine headache is a result of specific changes within the brain. It causes severe head pain that is often accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Common symptoms include: Eye pain Sensitivity to light or sound Nausea Vomiting Severe pain, usually on one side of the head that […]

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Another Drug to Prevent Migraines Shows Promise

Another Drug to Prevent Migraines Shows Promise

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Migraine News TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Migraine sufferers could soon turn to a number of new medications to avoid their crippling headaches. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aimovig (erenumab), the first migraine prevention drug ever developed. On its heels comes a successful […]

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When should I use a cold compress?

When should I use a cold compress?

A cold compress is a frozen or chilled material, such as an ice pack or a cool, wet washcloth. When used correctly, they can help to relieve pain and swelling or cool a fever. Cold compresses take a variety of forms, including commercially available products and homemade solutions. A cold compress can aid in treating: […]

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Aimovig Approved to Prevent Migraines

Aimovig Approved to Prevent Migraines

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent migraine headaches in adults. Latest Migraine News Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule involved […]

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FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

Latest Migraine News FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope — the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday. Researchers have found that the injected drug, called Aimovig (erenumab), can prevent […]