Fox News is reporting on studies presented Friday at the American Headache Society’s annual meeting in Boston suggesting that new technologies may lead to promising treatments for sufferers of migraine headaches. One study found that stimulating the back of the head with a handheld magnetic device – at the onset of a migraine – reduced migraine pain significantly. Another study found that stimulating the occipital nerve with an implanted device would relieve patients who don’t respond to conventional treatments.
Although these studies are potentially good news for people with migraines, they are not applicable. In other words, for most people, this is NOT medical news you can use.
First of all, neither of these treatments is FDA approved or available to the public.
Secondly, these studies were published as a abstracts and presented orally at the conference.
Therefore, these data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.