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New Technique Eases Migraines

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:27 PM

A new form of shock therapy – where a mild electrical current is used to stimulate the brain from electrodes attached to the scalp – has been found to be an effective treatment for migraine sufferers.
The technique -- called transcranial direct current stimulation – significantly eased the intense pain typical of migraine headaches and could provide a new means of relief for people who do not get relief from – or cannot tolerate – over-the-counter and prescription medications.
The study, conducted by scientists from City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, also found the brain stimulation technology might even prevent migraine attacks.
"We developed this technology and methodology in order to get the currents deep into the brain," said Dr. Marom Bikson, who helped conduct the study, published in the journal Headache. He said researchers aimed to tap into the so-called “pain network”-- a collection of brain regions involved in perceiving and regulating pain.
Bikson and colleagues from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Harvard Medical School found repeated sessions – over a four-week period – significantly reduced the duration of attacks and pain intensity of migraines.
Bikson suggested a patient could use the system every day to fend off attacks, or periodically, like a booster.
Thirty-six million Americans suffer from migraine, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. More than a third experience daily headaches.
"The fact that people still suffer from migraines means that the existing treatments using electrical technology or chemistry are not working," said Bikson.

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