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FDA approves medical device to treat migraine headaches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel new nerve-stimulating headband designed to treat and prevent migraine headaches. The device offers a new option for migraine sufferers who cannot tolerate migraine medications. The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic headband that is worn across the forehead. The band emits a low electrical current through an adhesive electrode to help stimulate nerves that trigger migraines. The headband is designed to be worn for up to 20 minutes a day in adult patients age 18 and older. The device was approved based on a 67-person study that showed those using ... Read More

FDA approves magnetic device for treating migraines preceded by auras

A new, magnetic device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve pain caused by migraine headaches proceeded by an aura. Migraines are a common type of headache that often occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Migraines can last anywhere between 4 to 72 hours if left untreated. About a third of migraine suffers experience warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. Auras produce strange symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, ... Read More