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Headache & Migraine

Clinical trial data show Topamax (topiramate) safely and effectively reduces the frequency of migraine in adolescents compared to placebo.
Long-term use of valproic acid is associated with a reduced risk of smoking-related cancers of the head and neck, according to a study published online March 24 in Cancer.
Morbidly or severely obese individuals develop migraine disorders significantly more often than patients who carry less weight.
Although they have all participated in the development of treatment guidelines for a variety of pain conditions, 3 comprehensive pain experts openly acknowledged and discussed the practical limitations of published evidence-based recommendations during the closing session of the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is superior to headache education, when combined with amitriptyline, for the treatment of chronic migraine in children and adolescents, according to research published in the Dec. 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for a national surveillance program that will help create enough data on concussions in young athletes to counter the lack of information on the phenomenon, as well as resist what the agency calls “a culture of resistance” pervading youth sports.