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Scientists invented a device for migraine treatment

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Girl Having MigraineMillions of people suffering from migraines may finally be pain-free within two hours, after scientist invented a magnetic device based on a technique called single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) for migraine treatment.

The device is about the size of a hair-dryer and must be held against the back of the head at the first signs of a migraine. Pushing the button on it releases two bursts of electricity which short-circuits the ‘electrical storm’ in the brain that causes pain and other sensations associated with migraines.

A study was conducted to assess the device on more than 160 man and women who suffered headaches. Half of them were given the real device and half a dummy device that looked identical to the original and were told to treat up to three attacks at the first sign of symptoms and to record the results.

Almost 40% of people using the device were pain-free within two hours, compared to 22% of those who used the fake one. Also those who used the device were more likely to be pain-free 24-48 hours later.

According to World Health Organization migraines affect one person in eight and drugs are not effective in all cases. The device which could offer hope to millions it’s assessed for sale in Britain at a cost of about 1000 pounds.

Source: DailyMail

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