Pediatric Migraine Camp Benefits Patients and Parents

A paper published in Headache® details how a youth camp helps teens and their families cope with pediatric migraine Teenage patients and their parents can benefit from one-day intervention in the form of a pediatric migraine camp, according to a paper published in Headache®.  Christina L. Szperka, MD, MSCE, FAHS of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and colleagues developed the Migraine Youth Camp. The camp a comprehensive, one-day intervention aimed at providing expanded headache education. It also teaches coping strategies for living with chronic pain and encouraging the development of a supportive community for adolescents living with chronic headache disorders,...

Treating Pediatric Migraine

Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO, FAHS, talks about how to make children living with migraine more comfortable Lauren Doyle Strauss, DO, FAHS, of Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Brenner Children's Hospital, recently spoke about what physicians should think about when treating pediatric migraine treatment. Watch the full interview from the 2018 Scottsdale Headache Symposium here: When she trains someone without pediatric headache experience, Strauss underscores the difference between pediatric visits and those with adult patients.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs3xVdhJ4QM&t=31s “We are not just treating pediatric migraine," she says. "We're also treating the child's parents or guardians, so our visit is...

Advocating for Patients with Migraine: Q&A

Amaal Starling, MD, FAHS, discusses how doctors also function as migraine warriors  Healthcare providers can be some of the biggest and best advocates for their patients. But many doctors are unsure of how they can get started advocating for patients with migraine.  Amaal Starling, MD, FAHS, is an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. We recently spoke with Starling about how providers can get involved more with advocacy efforts—as well as how their daily responsibilities already qualify them as migraine warriors. https://youtu.be/2EMv_O_hSj4 How do you explain the value of advocating for patients with migraine in clinical practice? I...

OTC Migraine Treatment: Q&A

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, discusses working with patients and getting honest answers about their OTC migraine treatment strategies Headache treatment plans often involve over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. But there are several things for healthcare providers to consider about OTC migraine treatment when working with patients. This is especially true when it comes to misconceptions about safety and efficacy. OTC medications carry the potential to cause harm, and their unrestricted use can also lead to medication-overuse headache. This can complicate treatment.  Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, is the director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C....

Infant Colic and Maternal Migraine Linked in New Study

A study published in Headache® shows that moms with migraine are more likely to have infants with colic, but more research is needed to find out why The causes behind infant colic—excessive crying in an otherwise healthy infant—are not known despite the condition’s common nature. But Amy Gelfand, MD, FAHS, of the University of California at San Francisco and her colleagues found a link between maternal migraine and increased chances of infant colic. “The hypothesis is that babies who inherit migraine genes from their mothers, their brains are wiring-up in a way that is more sensitive to all of the...

Migraine Sleep Quality Examined in New Study

Researchers find sleep apnea and poor sleep quality are closely associated with chronic migraine, and patients must be properly educated  Sleep apnea and poor sleep quality are more common among people with migraine, compared with the general population. This finding was reached during the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) study. The research—conducted by Dawn C. Buse, PhD, FAHS, and Richard B. Lipton, MD, FAHS, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and colleagues—was published in Headache®. Buse says the study suggests that assessing sleep quality and screening for sleep apnea is valuable among people with migraine....

Adverse Pregnancy Risks Linked to Migraine in Women

The impact of migraine treatment not associated with pregnancy complications, but further research needed, expert says Women with migraine and their offspring are at greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, compared with women without migraine, according to a study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain®. Stanford Medicine’s Nada Hindiyeh, MD, says the research offers a look at some aspects of migraine and pregnancy that have not yet been explored. “What’s new in this study, which hadn’t really been looked at before, was the finding that maternal migraine may increase the risk of several neonatal and neurological...

Migraine Specialist

Migraine Specialist Department of Neurology Brown Neurology/Alpert Medical School JOB DESCRIPTION The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Brown Neurology is seeking a full-time faculty person to be a Migraine Specialist in the Department of Neurology. This position will be an Endowed Chair through the Alpert Medical School to develop a multidisciplinary academic Migraine program.   He/she will qualify for appointment at the rank appropriate to experience and accomplishments, up to Professor level.  The individual selected must have a record of accomplishment in scholarly productivity appropriate to the academic rank of initial appointment.  The successful candidate must be Board...

Holistic Migraine Therapies as Integrative Treatment: Q&A with Deena Kuruvilla, MD

Dr. Kuruvilla wants to remind healthcare providers that holistic therapies have a place in migraine treatment, but they should not be trusted as the sole course of action Holistic medicine is one of the routes that patients with migraine often take when seeking treatment for their condition. But none of them have enough evidence to support their use as an exclusive therapy.  We recently spoke with Deena Kuruvilla, MD, assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and chair of the Special Interest Section for Complementary and Integrative Medicine for the American Headache Society, about what role holistic treatments...

AHS Members Share Painful Truth About Migraine

“The painful truth about migraine is that it's one of the world's most disabling disorders.” This year’s World Brain Day is dedicated to raising awareness for the most common brain disease in the world—migraine. The American Headache Society is proud to join the World Federation of Neurology, International Headache Society and more than 120 like-minded organizations worldwide to share the painful truth and end the stigma around migraine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVHPMmiLsvE “The painful truth about migraine is that there are millions of people battling this disease,” says Howard Rosen, CEO of the American Headache Society. The Society’s mission is to improve the...