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HeadWay, Issue #149 -- Migraine and Headache News Stories of 2016
December 21, 2016
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In this issue:
Migraine and Headache News Stories of 2016
On a Personal Note
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Migraine and Headache News Stories of 2016It's worth your time to take a quick look back at 2016, to see the migraine and headache stories that have been developing. So that's just what we're going to do today.
There are many, many things that could be mentioned - but here are a few key ones that we've covered.
One of the hottest topics in migraine news right now is the development of "CGRP blockers" for migraine. In fact, the very first post of 2016 covered the development of one such drug. The race is on to be the first and the best in this area of treatment. More than one of this class of treatment should be available within 2-3 years.
In other "new treatment" news, there is growing interest in using certain eye drops - yes, eye drops - to treat migraine.
There has also been continuing debate on the value of certain treatments. Just how helpful are preventative medications for children? Just how helpful are those "specialized painkillers" on the shelf at the pharmacy?
Speaking of pills for migraine, the debate about medication overuse headache continues. And are you sure you know what triggers your migraine attacks?
And then there was the sad (hopefully temporary!) fall of a new treatment - Zecuity.
Part way through the year, the World Migraine Summit took place, bringing together (online) many experts, researchers, doctors and advocates from around the world. I had the privilege of taking part as one of the speakers. And, as one of the learners, I'm still absorbing all the information that the summit provided!
2016 saw a continued drop in price and improvement of technology of LED light bulbs, finally provided relief for many of us who are trying to avoid "flickering lights".
There was a lot of media interest this year in the connection between wine and migraine, something we're still confused about.
We learned about the connection of headache and migraine with various other diseases and disorders, including fibromyalgia.
On the bright side, we saw continued research and development of products, medications, and supplements to help patients - everything from vitamin D to "nose powder".
On a Personal NoteIn this part of the world we put down those imaginary stakes to mark the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It's natural for us to reflect on the past and hope for a better future.
I certainly have changed some things in my life as a result of what I've learned this year, and I hope you have too. If not, I hope you can take a small step - or maybe a few - in 2017. Steps that will improve your health.
While we wait for better treatments, and get frustrated by a lack of funding, understanding, and concern about headache and migraine conditions, we have the chance to make a difference in 2017 and beyond. Yes, we - individually, and as a group. By taking those small steps. By sharing helpful information. By giving to migraine research. By eating just a little differently, exercising just a little more. By helping another person in a practical way - whether they suffer in the same way we do or not.
It's been a pleasure serving you in 2016. Let's make 2017 the best year ever - by doing something to fight migraine and headache. There's never been a better time to fight back.
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