Wednesday, January 23, 2008

migraine news roundup 51

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I wanted to get this post up earlier today, but I just didn't have it in me to put the finishing touches on it. Between nursing a migraine last night and today and generally feeling very down, it has been hard to do much of anything today.

Since I'm now on the hunt for information about diabetes and hypothyroidism and other related conditions I'll be including news about those topics from now on in addition to the latest on migraines, headaches, depression and chronic pain.

Migraine Chick's haiku have been included in the Pain & Creativity Art Exhibit.

Bad Migraine Haikus Honored

Rena at the Dealing with Headaches blog recently reported on FDA approval for Stavzor, delayed release valproic acid, for migraine prevention.

Stavzor for Migraines Gets FDA's OK

An update on a legal issue I reported on a while ago:

Court Declines Experimental Drug Case

For diabetics with a lot of weight to lose, surgery may be an option worth considering.

Obesity Surgery Helps Diabetics, Study Finds

A genetic variation identified by researchers seems to explain why some antidepressants work better for some people than others.

Researchers Unravel Brain's Barrier to Antidepressants

Only about one-third of depressed patients feel better after taking any given antidepressant. And there’s no way to tell in advance which drug will work for a particular patient.

A person’s response to antidepressants is thought to be related, in part, to how well a drug can move from the bloodstream into the brain. And the ease of access appears to vary. The walls of blood vessels feeding the brain form a barrier that protects the organ from infections and toxins. But the barrier can also block some helpful substances, such as drugs.

Some day there could be more personalized forms of depression treatment based on a patient’s genetic profile. The authors of the paper in Neuron say their findings represent the first time a genetic marker has indicated in a clinical sample who will respond to antidepressant treatment.

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