Chronic Headaches & Migraines' New Treatments

sick woman getting out of bed( — Migraines and chronic headaches are wide-spread phenomena.

Twelve percent of the population, three quarters of them women, suffer at least occasionally from migraines and about 5 percent from chronic headaches. New effective methods of treatment were presented at the Congress of the European Neurological Society (ENS) in Rhodos. According to Greek researchers, migraine sufferers can eliminate symptoms altogether if they take higher doses of anti-migraine medicine for a longer period of time than is now customary. Another team of researchers has found that certain psychopharmaceuticals could serve as a new therapy option for persistent chronic headaches.

Twelve percent of the population, three quarters of them women, suffer at least bouts of migraines, that much-feared type of paroxysmal pulsating headache that generally occurs in just one half of the skull and is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms like nausea and vomiting, dizziness or sensitivity to light and sound.

New tools that could relieve these discomforts for millions of people were just presented at the annual Congress of the European Neurology Society (ENS), held this year on the Greek island of Rhodos from June 16 to 20 June.

The new findings are from a group of researchers led by the psychiatrist Dr. Nikolaos Kouroumalos from the Second Department of Neurology of the General Hospital in Chania on the Greek island of Crete: “In treating migraines, optimizing the effect of already available agents is at least as important a task as developing new substances.”