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    Genetic variants influence migraine treatment response, according to new Mayo study

    Susan Murphy,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Migraines affect nearly 40 million people in the U.S. Yet pinpointing an effective prophylactic medication ― the most commonly prescribed drugs for people diagnosed with migraines ― remains a long and complex process. Patients often cycle through medications for weeks or months until achieving a therapeutic response. Now after years…
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    Frontotemporal dementia

    The following is an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic Press book Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias byJonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. and Angela M. Lunde, M.A. Frontotemporal degeneration is one of the most…
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    An underrecognized form of Alzheimer’s disease affects people in their younger years

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    In 2020, Mayo Clinic researchers defined a form of Alzheimer’s disease that strikes younger people as early as their 40s or 50s, involves atypical symptoms, and affects a different part of the brain not usually associated with Alzheimer’s. Their paper was published in Brain Communications in May of last year.
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    Cognitive decline prevention: Brain stimulation and lifestyle choices

    Alisa Bowman
    To protect your cognitive health, you don’t need to shop for expensive superfoods for the brain. Nor do you need to buy brain teaser apps or specific brain exercise products. In fact, the list of lifestyle changes that benefit the brain isn’t very surprising. A healthcare professional — probably more…
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    Migraine treatment: What to tell your neurologist

    Alisa Bowman
    To get the most from an appointment with a healthcare professional who specializes in migraine, you‘ll want to show up prepared. “Detailed information is necessary to make a diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan,” says Amaal J. Starling, M.D., anassociate professor of the Department of Neurology with Mayo Clinic.
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    How to weigh the pros (and cons) of migraine medicines

    Alisa Bowman
    For tension-type headache attacks, the typical nonprescription pain reliever will usually put an end to the mild pain. However, for the millions of people with migraine, nonprescription pain relievers often aren’t enough. Not only do these medicines fail to stop the pain, nausea, light-sensitivity and other migraine symptoms, but they…
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    Mayo Clinic Q and A: Botox for migraines

    Cynthia Weiss
    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have suffered with migraines on and off for about five years. Recently, the oral therapy I’ve used seems to be less effective. While I know newer medications are available, a friend suggested I try Botox injections. She swears it brought her chronic headaches under control. How safe…
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    How to cope when migraines are affecting your mental health

    Candace Nelson
    “It’s just a headache. Can’t you take an aspirin?” “Why can’t you come to work? You don’t look sick.” “If you’d just get more sleep, you’d feel better.” If you have migraines, you’ve likely heard comments like these. Even though migraines are one of the most common health conditions in…
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    5 chronic migraine lifestyle do’s and don’ts

    Alisa Bowman
    Figuring out what triggers your migraine attacks can feel as if you’re involved in a never-ending game of Clue. First, you suspect that the culprit is chocolate. However, even after giving it up, your migraine attacks continue. Rest assured; you’re not doing anything wrong. “There are countless potential migraine triggers,…
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    Advances in migraine treatment

    Lisa Speckhard Pasque
    Migraine is a common and potentially disabling disorder. Migraine attacks can not only cause severe throbbing head pain or pulsing sensations, but also nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. There are as-needed treatments to stop symptoms of a migraine attack (acute treatment) and long-term treatments to decrease…
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    Central Sensitization and Chronic Migraine

    Central Sensitization occurs when the central nervous system amplifies signals that are sent to the brain’s sensory cortex and motor cortex, triggering a wide range of symptoms. This video explains the relationship between central sensitization and chronic migraines. It also discusses treatment options and suggestions to reduce symptoms. Relevant…
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    3 small ways to live better with migraine

    Living with chronic migraines is never easy. Learn what daily habits to prioritize so you can keep them to a minimum. Relevant reading Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief, Third Edition Are you tired of living with chronic pain? Do you want to move past it and…

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