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22
Jun

In Search of the “Magic Bullet”

The past year shapes up to be a particularly productive one in terms of research, and in some cases product roll-out, for potential relief from migraines and related disorders. Oral triptans have been the first line of treatment for migraines for the past several decades, with precious little to look forward to, until recently. Why the new interest from Big

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22
Jun

Migraine Disorders and Relationships

How is it possible that such a devastating illness in all its expressions could not have far-reaching, negative effects in all relationship areas of a migraineurs life? It’s not, of course. Only recently have we begun to see research that looks at subjects like family burden and the disruption chronic migraine causes in the lives of sufferers. Very few of

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26
Feb

First Migraine Symposium at Brown a Success!

The inaugural Migraine Disorders Symposium was held on Tuesday, February 17 at the Brown Institute for Brain Science. Frederick Godley, MD provided introductory remarks about the new partnership between the Brown research center and the Association of Migraine Disorders. The featured speaker Daniela Pietrobon, PhD of Padova, Italy, an expert on calcium channel physiology was unable to attend due to the blizzard

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11
Jul

Multi-disciplinary Collaboration in Migraine Research: A Call to Arms

The Fable of the 7 Blind Men and the Elephant (slightly revised) “Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg. “Oh, no! It is like a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail. “Oh, no! It is like a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of

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6
Jul

The Stigma of Migraine

Stigma (From the Oxford English Dictionary) NOUN A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person When we speak of the stigma Migraine sufferers (migraineurs) experience we are really talking about an ingrained set of cultural attitudes that strongly imply that this crippling, neurological disease is somehow something that can be discounted, that it is a “lifestyle

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23
Jun

Migraine Sufferers at Risk for Brain Injury?

This question has haunted migraineurs, clinicians, and researchers for decades: how can such an excruciatingly painful condition not result in some damage to the central nervous system? It appears that some research bolstered by technological advances (MRI, etc.) is shedding some light on this question. In this blog I’ll attempt to condense some of the research and make some sense

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17
Jun

The Cost-effective Potential of Migraine Research and Treatment

The lack of funding, both public and private, in the area of migraine disorders is truly a puzzle to me. Perhaps it is because migraine disorders lack the impact of a “butcher’s bill” that other potentially lethal diseases like HIV, Cancer, Lymphoma, and Hepatitis C lay claim to. Or, as suggested in last week’s blog on stigma, ingrained attitudes on

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1
Jan

Give Local America, May 6, 2014

We are excited to announce that we are participating in an 24-hour online giving event for charities called Give Local America on May 6, 2014. On that day from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 pm, supporters can donate to our organization through our Give Local donation page. We are listed among the other participating charities on the Give Local Everywhere website.

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5
Dec

Not Just in Your Head – An Art, Video and Writing Contest

Here’s a chance for Migraine Disorder Sufferers to get really creative! We’re holding a contest, with prizes awarded in each category, in order to raise public awareness of non-traditional migraine symptoms (Migraine Disorders) and raise money for further research. We are looking for Art, Video and Writing projects that capture the experience of a non-traditional migraine symptom. You might view a

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8
May

Acceptable Packaged Products for the Migraine Diet

​Cereals: Cheerios, Life, Uncle Sam, Grape Nuts, Cornflakes. Try Grape Nuts hot: 1/4 cup grape nuts, 3/4 cups milk, plus frozen blueberries. Microwave 2 minutes on high. Add sugar to taste. Smucker’s Blackberry Jam: this is important for those of us who previously used raspberry jam. Strawberry and grape is also allowed but blackberry is less ordinary! Miss orange juice?

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4
May

Migraine Safe Foods by Category

Bread  Acceptable purchases: Any white, wheat, rye or pumpernickel store-bought bread. Plain or sesame seed bagels, English muffins, quick breads like pumpernickel or zucchini breads. All yeast bread must be 24 hours old. What to avoid: Fresh baked bread, either homemade or from the grocer’s bakery, fresh donuts, fresh breakfast Danish, nut breads, cheese bread, chocolate bread, raisin bread, bagels with dried

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4
May

What Do I Do When I Get to the Grocery Store?

It is difficult to follow a diet based on a list of foods to avoid and the last thing you need is a difficult stressful task added to your life. Here is a “Yes” list of foods you can eat. It was created by a patient who is also a nutritionist to save others the stress of following the “No”

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3
May

How Can My Vertigo be Migraine?

Joyce looked at Dr. Teixido with profound skepticism. She had been sent to him for an evaluation of vertigo attacks which had become more frequent and which now prevent her from driving. She does not get headaches to speak of; her mother, brother and sister have very severe migraine problems and she has never had anything like theirs, only dull

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3
May

Managing Headaches Without Medicine

Sandra had suffered with headaches for years just like her mother and two sisters. She knew she had to do something about them because her headaches had gotten worse and were interfering with her work and her ability to care for her 2 young children. She did not want to start taking medications though because she had always been sensitive

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3
May

How Do Hormones Cause Headaches?

Melanie was having headaches three times per week. After seeing Dr Teixido and Kelley Lester- Garrett RNP, she became aware of diet choices she was making that were causing headaches. After eliminating just a few foods the only headaches left were occurring at the time of her menstrual period. Although happy with her progress, she was frustrated that additional dietary

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1
May

Magnesium: What Does Research Tell Us?

Although prescription medicines have been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches and migraine-related conditions (migraine equivalent neuropathies), the side effects of these medications make them unattractive to some people. As an alternative, high doses of oral magnesium taken daily have proven to offer relief with more tolerable side effects. Low brain magnesium levels

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1
May

50 Shades of Migraine

Migraine Disorder is a new, descriptive term intended to include a currently disparate group of medical symptoms and conditions which might have a common pathophysiologic etiology. The unifying idea is that there are a number of complaints that are related to a malfunction, or hypersensitivity of the sensory and autonomic nervous system in these people. Furthermore, there appears to be

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