New portable device 'can prevent the onset of migraines'

24 September 2012

A new portable device could soon be used by people to thwart the onset of an agonising migraine attack.

The technology works by delivering a brief magnetic pulse to the back of a patient's head, thus preventing the condition from reaching painful levels.

In research analysed by the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress in London, 73 per cent of migraine sufferers prescribed with the device reported a reduction or alleviation of pain.

On top of this, migraine symptoms were improved in 63 per cent of those who used the portable device, while 53 per cent of participants saw the number of headache days decline significantly.

Professor Peter Goadsby, the joint chair of the congress discussing the research and a neurologist, said: "For the many migraine sufferers whose medicines just do not do the job, it is exciting to see such an innovative, novel approach to treatment that provides new optimism."

Around eight million people in the UK alone suffer from migraines, with the condition more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined, the Migraine Trust has previously underlined.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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