Vets Returning From Middle East Conflicts Have Lower Employment Success If They Experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury

VETS RETURNING FROM MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS HAVE LOWER EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS IF THEY EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WASINGTON, DC, JUNE 17, 2015 – In a study of military veterans who had experienced a deployment_related Traumatic Brain Injury (D_TBI), a research team led by James R. Couch, MD of the University of Oklahoma Medical School found that those veterans had a significantly lower rate of successful employment two to 11 years after experiencing the brain injury. "In addition to the medical and headache aspects that TBI produces, we sought to determine if TBI produces psychosocial problems that may impair employment and...

American Headache Society Wants Patients, Physicians to Know About New FDA Warning on NSAIDs About Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

For Immediate Release AMERICAN HEADACHE SOCIETY WANTS PATIENTS, PHYSICIANS TO KNOW ABOUT NEW FDA WARNING ON NSAIDS ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND STROKE RISK People Taking These Anti-inflammatory Drugs Should Speak With Their Physician; When Prescribed, Low Dose and Short Duration Recommended MOUNT ROYAL, NJ (July 16, 2015)– The American Headache Society wants people with migraine and other headache disorders, as well as their physicians, to know that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about possible heart attack and stroke risk for people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  The FDA has identified an elevated risk,...

Effects of deployment and traumatic brain injury on headache

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which occurs in 15–20% soldiers deployed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, and stress, an inherent part of deployment, are individually associated with headache. To evaluate the effects of combat deployment and TBI on headache, this study compared attack type, severity, and frequency in 92 veterans with or without post-deployment TBI.   Couch recruited 46 subjects diagnosed with deployment TBI (DTBI) and then matched them by age, sex, race, and time of deployment with 46 controls who were negative for TBI. Data were collected through telephone interviews with both groups using identical questionnaires about TBI, headache,...

CBT Improves School Functioning and Quality of Life in School Age Children

Migraine impairs quality of life (QoL) and school functioning in children at levels similar to cancer and arthritis. The burden is most pronounced among those with chronic migraine.    Powers et al conducted a randomized clinical trial to compare the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline (CBT+A) with headache education plus amitriptyline (HE+A) on school functioning and quality of life. Treatment effects were measured at baseline, 20 weeks post-treatment, and 12 months post-treatment using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), a 23-item generic QoL instrument and School Functioning subscale.   Both treatment groups improved over the course of...

Mindfulness Meditation #ACHETuesday

Patients who have a high number of migraine days every month will be interested to know that a medicine in development has shown some success in preventing frequent migraine attacks — with just a single shot.   Developed by Alder Biopharmaceuticals, the drug is currently known by its experimental name: ALD403. It works on a small protein in the body thought to play an integral role in migraine headaches. The study involved patients with a history of 5-14 migraine days per month. They received a single dose of the new medicine by intravenous injection.   Information to be presented at...

Photophobia, Part I – What Is It? Can It Be Treated? #ACHETuesday

Patients who have a high number of migraine days every month will be interested to know that a medicine in development has shown some success in preventing frequent migraine attacks — with just a single shot.   Developed by Alder Biopharmaceuticals, the drug is currently known by its experimental name: ALD403. It works on a small protein in the body thought to play an integral role in migraine headaches. The study involved patients with a history of 5-14 migraine days per month. They received a single dose of the new medicine by intravenous injection.   Information to be presented at...

Tension Type Headaches: Diagnosis and Management #ACHETuesday

Patients who have a high number of migraine days every month will be interested to know that a medicine in development has shown some success in preventing frequent migraine attacks — with just a single shot.   Developed by Alder Biopharmaceuticals, the drug is currently known by its experimental name: ALD403. It works on a small protein in the body thought to play an integral role in migraine headaches. The study involved patients with a history of 5-14 migraine days per month. They received a single dose of the new medicine by intravenous injection.   Information to be presented at...

Sex, Family History of Headache and Low Income More Associated with Persistent Headache in Children who Suffer from Mild Brain Injuries

Severity of Injury not as Important as Pre-Injury Factors, Says New Study Presented at International Headache Congress BOSTON, JUNE 26, 2013 – Children who have a family history of headache, chronic pain, poor quality of life, and/or loss of consciousness with amnesia at the time of injury are more likely to have headache three months after a mild brain injury, according to a new study presented at the annual scientific meeting of the International Headache Congress here this week.  Investigators found that even skull fracture and intercranial hemorrhage were less predictive of post-injury headache than these other factors. "We found...

Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Military Veterans may Play a Role in the Relationship between Psychologically Traumatic Events and Headache

BOSTON, JUNE 26, 2013 – The relationship of headache to traumatic events that occurred during military service may be different than the relationship of headache to other traumatic experiences, according to a new paper presented this week at the International Headache Congress meeting this week in Boston. In light of the fact that veterans of military service in Iraq and Afghanistan have high rates of headache, traumas and post traumatic stress, investigators sought to determine if the relationship between trauma and headache is independent of post-traumatic stress or if this relationship occurs primarily in the context of post-traumatic stress. The...

Facts About Sports Concussion from the American Headache Society

SCOTTSDALE, AZ November 10, 2011     INCREASE IN CONCUSSIONS AND CONCUSSION AWARENESS Between 2001 and 2009, emergency room visits for brain injuries among children and adolescents increased 62% (up from 153,375 to 248,314). (CDC) Most likely causes are from recreational activities with bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer most likely to lead to injuries. (CDC) More than 500,000 concussions in the United States are sustained by the 4.4 million children who play tackle football. (Nat. Center for Sport Injury Research) Among males 10-19 football is the most common cause of concussion; among females 10-19 the most common causes are...