Friday, June 27, 2008

AHS meeting news: transcranial magnetic stimulation research to be presented


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Research findings on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a method of aborting migraine attacks will be presented today at the American Headache Society meeting in Boston.

First Rigorous Test of Magnetic Stimulation Device Shows Promise for Short-Circuiting Migraine Headaches

TMS uses a device to transmit a quick magnetic pulse to the head.
The pulse aborts the migraine attack by interrupting the aura phase of the migraine.

The device is an important development because it provides the opportunity for a quick and non-invasive end to a migraine attack.

Previous studies on the use of TMS for migraine have been conducted on larger stationary units in a clinical setting. The research being presented today was conducted on a portable device that can be used by patients at home.

A different type of TMS has been studied as a possible treatment for depression. It was in the final stages of FDA review when its efficacy was criticized by members of the FDA advisory panel in 2007. The approval process seems to have stalled out as a result.

Patient advocate and migraine expert Teri Robert, who is attending the AHS meeting this week, has generously agreed to help get answers to questions arising out of the research presented at the meeting. I've e-mailed her a list of my TMS-related questions, so I hope to be able to share the information I receive with all of you.

Sources:
An Electronic Device 'Zaps' Migraine Pain
The Magnetic Brain Stimulator Will See You Now
Zapper Brings Hope to Migraine Sufferers
New Technology Provides Drug-Free Approach to Treat Migraine

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