Migraine headaches as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women

In a BMJ journal, a study describing the relationship between the occurrence of migraine among women and the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, was published. An increased mortality rate for these diseases in the population of women with migraine headaches was also observed. Read full text »

Endometriosis – migraine’s bad sister

The comorbidity of endometriosis and migraine was first discovered in 1975, but until now has not been fully acknowledged. Although both diseases share some epidemiological and clinical features, the nature of their relationship remains unclear. Does endometriosis cause headaches? Or is it migraine that makes endometriosis more detectable? Why do they have so much in common? These issues are discussed in the population-based study performed by Taiwanian scientists, which proves that indeed „women with endometriosis are more likely to suffer from migraines” (1). Read full text »

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome – What’s wrong with Alice?

L. Carroll, the author of a fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland” describes the situation when the Alice drinks a potion and eats a piece of a cake to change the size of her body. Of course, the scene is only literary fiction, but what if it could be true? Read full text »

Tinted glasses for migraine – mystery unraveled

Precision ophthalmic tints (POTs) have been gaining increasing popularity in preventing migraine attacks. Over the last 10 years about 25 thousand tinted glasses have been prescribed (1). The hypothesis explaining how the specs work was based on presumably soothing effect of the lenses on visual cortex hypersensitivity. The recent study (2), published in the journal Cephalgia, was designed to investigate the neurological basis of a beneficial effect of POTs. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was successfully used. Scientists from Michigan and Essex Universities managed to explain how the use of simple glasses can change a brain activity and what it has to do with migraine. Read full text »

Foreign accent syndrome

Is it possible that our deep-rooted accent disappeared in the blink of an eye without our consent? Could it suddenly be replaced with another, foreign accent? Many people around the world fell victim to the mysterious syndrome which deprived them of the regional affiliation through a prosody disorder. What exactly is the foreign accent syndrome? Read full text »

Botox for chronic migraines ­- new uses of an old drug.

In July 2010 UK drug regulators approved Botox as a treatment for chronic type of migraine(1). The next to go was FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), which made the same move in October last year(2). The use of botulinum toxin in prevention of migraine attacks has been discussed for more than 10 years but due to extensive research only now has it become possible to make full use of a substance associated mostly with cosmetic surgery. Read full text »

New drugs to combat migraine

Migraine is a problem that affects approximately 15% of adults. A splitting headache is often accompanied by a number of neurological and non-neurological manifestations. Patients affected by this ailment are put under a higher risk of developing such conditions as anxiety or depression. Migraine has an influence on the visuo-spatial memory and seriously affects selective attention tasks. This malady disables the proper function of the human body – it brings a headache of such a severe intensity that it may be aggravated by just a normal physical activity. Therefore migraine is a major problem for a working community. Read full text »