Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Engadget -- Migraine zapper stops headaches before they start

By Donald Melanson

BBC reports
that a group of researchers lead by Dr. Yousef Mohammad of
Ohio State University Medical Center have developed a device that can
stop migraine pain at the first signs of a headache -- and, no, it
doesn't work by clobbering someone over the head with it. The device,
called the TMS, actually works by creating a short-lived
electromagnetic field that interrupts the "aura phase" of a migraine
before it leads to a serious headache. The researchers also say that
they device can be effective in treating nausea, and noise and light
sensitivity, but that further study is necessary before the device gets
put into widespread use. Still, the early results look fairly
encouraging, with 69% of the patients treated with the TMS reporting
mild or no pain, compared to 48% of those in the placebo group.
Stranger still, however, is the 2% of the control group who experienced
exploding-headitis when using this device. Eh, go figure.

This post
reproduced verbatim from Engadget.

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