A new migraine cure has been discovered by Richard B. Lipton and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. It was specifically developed for migraine sufferers who experience an aura (sensation of lights) immediately prior to the onset of the migraine.
Researchers have found that the aura is caused by a wave of electrical activity in the brain, followed by a stage known as cortical spreading depression. It is during this stage that the pain sets in.
The migraine cure is a hand-held magnetic device that emits a magnetic pulse to the cranium in order to prevent the onset of the migraine.
This study involved 201 patients. Some were given the real magnetic device, and some were given a sham device.
Four out of ten people using the real magnetic device experienced relief from their migraines, which is not a high percentage, especially when you consider that two out of ten people using the sham device claimed to have relief of migraine pain. The other problem is that not every person suffering from migraines experiences the aura beforehand.
The good news is that there were no side effects from the device, in contrast to many migraine medications which do cause side effects.
In conclusion, further research needs to be done to see if this device would help more migraine sufferers when combined with medications.
This study was published in The Lancet Neurology (April, 2010).