A simple press of a button could provide much needed relief from pain among migraine sufferers, according to a group of American researchers.
Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have developed a hand held device that emits a magnetic pulse when applied to the back of the head. The pulse, known as single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS), stops the electrical activity in the brain that is thought to start the onset of migraine.
While the device has been tested on nearly 200 patients, the researchers admit that more testing is needed in order to specify the correct amount and timing of each dosage.
In his report published in the journal The Lancet, lead researcher Dr Richard Lipton said, "Our findings are relevant in view of the disabling nature of migraine. For patients who commonly have aura as a signal of an impending migraine, treatment with sTMS may abort progression of the attack and abate disabling pain and other symptoms."