First Medical Device for Migraines Is Approved
FDA gives OK to headband that delivers electrical impulses
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2014 6:22 PM CDT
A photo illustration of the headband.   (Cefaly Technology)

(Newser) – Migraine sufferers will soon be able to strap on a headband and try to zap away the pain through electrical impulses. It sounds a little futuristic, but the FDA has approved just a headband from Belgium's Cefaly, reports Reuters. It's the first medical device approved for the treatment of migraines, but the Boston Globe notes that only 67 people were in the test sample. In those tests, the device didn't completely prevent migraines or reduce their intensity, but those who used the headband suffered fewer headaches per month than those who used a placebo.

The battery-powered device delivers an impulse that stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which has been linked to migraines, explains the LA Times. The Cefaly headband will be available by prescription only, and the FDA cautions that it should be used only once a day for no more than 20 minutes. (Click to read about an earlier study that found the power of suggestion makes a difference when it comes to migraine cures.)

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Lefty_Libby
Mar 12, 2014 10:29 PM CDT
Use for 20 minutes, once a day. As a migraine sufferer, I'd rather learn how to meditate. I'm sure the results would be just as good.
cornelison
Mar 12, 2014 12:48 AM CDT
Be wary since there are over 150 triggers that cause migraines. If it's a food trigger, that device may be useless. Caffeine is trigger of migraines. Caffeine has an ingredient that causes constriction followed by over dilation of blood vessels in the brain. The migraines usually last 24 hrs. and severe vomiting can last for hours. That's a powerful reaction to overcome.
No-Left-Turn
Mar 11, 2014 8:19 PM CDT
They should combine this with Google Glass. I mean, why have two dumb looking things on your head?