Is Migraine a Vascular Headache?
For many years, people have tried to understand where the pain of a migraine headache comes from, and what causes it. Over time, our understanding of migraine and what causes migraine attacks has improved, although there are still many things about migraine that are unknown….
What is the placebo effect?
Placebo comes from the latin word meaning «to please». A placebo is an inactive treatment (sugar pill) given to patients in medical studies to compare them to patients receiving the active treatment. Why are placebos important? For centuries, medicine has been plagued by worthless treatments…
What is the nocebo effect?
In another page, we have explained the placebo effect. The nocebo effect is the negative version of the placebo effect. Placebo comes form the latin word «to please». Nocebo comes from the latin word «to harm». The nocebo effect involves symptoms that are generated by…
The Future of research in Migraine
During the opening session of the International Headache Conference, Dr Messoud Ashina, working in Copenhagen, was asked to present the future of migraine research. Here are some research ideas he discussed and presented as important topics of interest for researchers. Migraine with or without…
What is the cause of migraine auras?
Aura symptoms clearly originate from the brain itself. Based on several lines of evidence, it is widely accepted that the aura symptoms occur because of a phenomenon called spreading depression. This consists of a slow moving wave of nerve cell activation which spreads across the…
History of Triptans
Did you know that the creation of triptans such as Zomig and Maxalt was inspired by a toxic fungus? To know the fascinating history of ergots, read this article! Imitrex, Zomig, Maxalt, Relpax, Axert, Frova, Amerge… these pills are sort of the heirs of ancient…
What causes migraines?
Migraine headache are considered a “Primary” headache type. This means that it is not caused by or is secondary to other medical conditions, such as head trauma or brain tumors. Migraine is cause by a complex cerebral phenomenon. There is an electrical perturbation of the…
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