Migraine with Aura

Approximately one-fourth of those with migraine experience aura, a sensory experience that occurs before or during an attack. It’s important to identify this type of migraine because those who have migraine with aura can potentially turn chronic, have a higher risk of stroke, and should have a different treatment plan. Our experts share how to identify and manage aura.

Migraine in the Elderly

Many patients experience a reduction in migraine attacks in their later years, but this is not true for all patients. Managing migraine in elderly patients means factoring comorbidities, like high blood pressure and stroke risk, into a treatment plan. Our experts explain more age-related considerations that physicians should recognize in patients 65 years and older.

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Vestibular Migraine

The association between vestibular symptoms and migraine attacks has been long-recognized with 30-50% of those with migraine experiencing a sense of spinning, feeling off-balanced or dizziness. Leaders in headache medicine explain the relationship between vertigo and migraine as they cover vestibular migraine.

Pediatric Migraine

Approximately 10% of children experience migraine, but it often goes undiagnosed and untreated as symptoms present differently in children compared to adults. Leaders in headache medicine explain the signs, symptoms, treatment options, accommodations during school and avoiding chronic attacks for pediatric patients.

Comparing the Effectiveness of Acupuncture Treatment Versus Standard Medications Used for Prevention of Migraine

A new review gathers evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness but also shows the need for a more standardized protocol Acupuncture is becoming a more widely available therapy for the prevention and treatment of migraine.  But its effectiveness is still in question in comparison to pharmacological treatments. This is despite few treatments having Class A and B evidence for migraine prevention. A new systematic review published in Headache® analyzes data from existing randomized trials that compare the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment with conventional migraine preventative medications. Data shows a correlation but also demonstrates a need for protocol standardization The authors found, out...

Diagnosing Migraine

With over 39 million people living with migraine and other severe headache disorders in the U.S., primary care physicians are often the first point of contact for patients. Practitioners will learn more about the burden of disease and epidemiology of headache disorders, as well as learn to identify common subtypes of migraine and other headache disorders. 

Diagnosing Migraine – clone

With over 39 million people living with migraine and other severe headache disorders in the U.S., primary care physicians are often the first point of contact for patients. Practitioners will learn more about the burden of disease and epidemiology of headache disorders, as well as learn to identify common subtypes of migraine and other headache disorders. 

New Research Explores Migraine and Opioids

Sait Ashina, MD, FAHS, and Richard Lipton, MD, FAHS, discuss their research on migraine and opioids Richard Lipton, MD, FAHS, director of the Montefiore Headache Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Sait Ashina, MD, FAHS, director of the Comprehensive Headache Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, were co-authors on the Observational Survey of the Epidemiology, Treatment and Care of Migraine (OVERCOME) to Advance Understanding of Burden, Impact and Epidemiology of Migraine. This new research revealed new information about how providers use opioids to treat migraine disease in a range of acute care settings....

Managing Migraine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nina Riggins, MD, PhD, explains safe and effective alternative treatment plans for migraine in the era of telemedicine With the COVID-19 pandemic shifting many in-person visits to telemedicine, healthcare providers are developing effective protocols for telehealth visits and treatment. AHS Member Nina Riggins, MD, PhD, a neurologist at the University of California San Francisco, hosted a Facebook Live where she discussed alternatives to in-person migraine treatments like injections and infusions. “We need alternatives to procedures and safe options for treatment for people living with migraine,” Dr. Riggins explained. Learn more about safe and effective treatment plans that physicians can implement...

MAST Study Identifies Most Bothersome Symptom (MBS) for Patients with Migraine

Photophobia topped the list and Nausea more likely to be reported as MBS for women Among nausea, phonophobia, and photophobia, one of these symptoms are reported as the most bothersome symptoms (MBS) in individuals with migraine. For the first time, the baseline information on MBS was collected in a cross-sectional, observational Migraine in America Symptoms and Treatment (MAST) study. While patient profiles differed among the groups defined by their MBS, the most common MBS was photophobia. These findings were published in a recent issue of Headache®. The results, says Sagar Munjal, MD, MS, vice president of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and...