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Journal of Headache and Pain

Ali Sazci, Gensay Sazci, Bilgen Sazci, Emel Ergul, Halil Atilla Idrisoglu
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common neurovascular disorder affecting 10 to 20 % of the world population usually subdivided into migraine with auro (MA) and migraine without auro (MO). Homocysteine is involved in the pathophysiology of a number of neurological disorders. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the plasma is produced by the MTHFR gene rs 1801133 and rs 1801131 variants as well as the NNMT gene rs 694539 variant. METHODS: With the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method developed recently in our laboratory, we were able to show an association between the NNMT gene rs694539 variant and migraine for the first time...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Jiyoung Kim, Soo-Jin Cho, Won-Joo Kim, Kwang Ik Yang, Chang-Ho Yun, Min Kyung Chu
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is a common complaint among individuals with migraine. The close association between insomnia and migraine has been reported in clinic-based and population-based studies. Probable migraine (PM) is a migrainous headache which fulfills all but one criterion in the migraine diagnostic criteria. However, an association between insomnia and PM has rarely been reported. This study is to investigate the association between insomnia and PM in comparison with migraine using data from the Korean Headache-Sleep Study...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Licia Grazzi, Gabriella Egeo, Anne H Calhoun, Candace K McClure, Eric Liebler, Piero Barbanti
BACKGROUND: Menstrual migraine and menstrually related migraine attacks are typically longer, more disabling, and less responsive to medications than non-menstrual attacks. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation for the prophylactic treatment of menstrual migraine/menstrually related migraine. METHODS: Fifty-six enrolled subjects (menstrual migraine, 9 %; menstrually related migraine, 91 %), 33 (59 %) of whom were receiving other prophylactic therapies, entered a 12-week baseline period...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Zheng-Wei Li, Bin Wu, Pin Ye, Zhi-Yong Tan, Yong-Hua Ji
BACKGROUND: A previous study found that brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) inhibited inflammatory pain via activating its receptor natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPRA) in nociceptive sensory neurons. A recent study found that functional NPRA is expressed in almost all the trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons at membrane level suggesting a potentially important role for BNP in migraine pathophysiology. METHODS: An inflammatory pain model was produced by subcutaneous injection of BmK I, a sodium channel-specific modulator from venom of Chinese scorpion Buthus martensi Karsch...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Zhiye Chen, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengqi Liu, Shuangfeng Liu, Siyun Shu, Lin Ma, Shengyuan Yu
BACKGROUND: The marginal division of neostriatum (MrD) is a flat, pan-shaped zone between the neostriatum and the globus pallidus, and previous documents demonstrated that it was involved in the modulation of pain. The aim of this study is to investigate the roles of the MrD of the human brain in the chronicization migraine using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). METHODS: Conventional MRI, 3D structure images, and rs-fMRI were performed in 18 patients with episodic migraines (EM), 16 patients with chronic migraine (CM), 44 patients with medication overuse headache plus chronic migraine (MOH + CM), and 32 normal controls (NC)...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Michail Vikelis, Alan M Rapoport
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is considered the most excruciating primary headache syndrome; although much less prevalent than migraine, it is not rare as it affects more than 1/1000 people. While its clinical presentation is considered stereotypic, atypical features are often encountered. Internationally, cluster headache is often misdiagnosed, undertreated and mistreated. METHODS: We prospectively studied 302 CH patients, all examined by the same headache specialist...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Marialuisa Rausa, Daniela Palomba, Sabina Cevoli, Luana Lazzerini, Elisa Sancisi, Pietro Cortelli, Giulia Pierangeli
BACKGROUND: Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a major clinical concern and a common health risk. Recent literature stressed the need to manage chronic headache by using integrated biobehavioral approaches. Few studies evaluated how biofeedback can be useful in MOH. The aim of the study is to evaluate in a randomized, controlled, single-blind trial the effects of biofeedback associated with traditional pharmacological therapy in the prophylactic treatment of MOH. METHOD: Twenty-seven subjects were randomized to frontal electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback associated with prophylactic pharmacological therapy (Bfb Group) or to pharmacological treatment alone (Control Group)...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Anna Steinberg, Simona D Frederiksen, Frank W Blixt, Karin Warfvinge, Lars Edvinsson
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December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Huahua Jiang, Yong Deng, Yixin Zhang, Jieli Jin, Xueying Kong, Qiuwen Zhu, Kuiyun Wang, Jiying Zhou
BACKGROUND: Chronic headache (CrH) occurs commonly in the population, and chronic migraine (CM) accounts for much of the CrH. Diagnostic criteria for CM remain controversial, and this could lead to undertreatment of CM. The purpose of this study was to analyze the clinical profiles of CM and to field test the International Classification of Headache Disorders-3β criteria (ICHD-3β) and Expert Opinion criteria (EO) for CM application. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of CrH patients in our headache clinic during the period...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Michail Vikelis, Andreas A Argyriou, Emmanouil V Dermitzakis, Konstantinos C Spingos, Dimos D Mitsikostas
BACKGROUND: Chronic migraine is a disabling condition, with limited treatment options. We conducted an open label, single arm, prospective clinical trial, to assess the efficacy and safety of onabotulinumtoxin-A in Greek patients with chronic migraine. Since recent evidence suggests that a meaningful clinical response may be delayed until after a third onabotulinumtoxin-A administration, we aimed at assessing outcomes at this time point. METHODS: A total of 119 patients with CM, scheduled to be treated with Onabotulinumtoxin-A (Botox ®) every 3 months, according to the approved indication and standard clinical practice, were prospectively enrolled...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Yajing Zhang, Zhihong Shi, Duncan Hock, Wei Yue, Shuling Liu, Ying Zhang, Shuai Liu, Lei Zhao, Hui Lu, Yalin Guan, Xiaodan Wang, Thomas Wsiniewski, Yong Ji
BACKGROUND: Primary headache disorders are among the most common neurological complaints worldwide, and are significant causes of disability. Data are limited on the prevalence of primary headaches among individuals aged 60 years and older in China. The purpose of our study was to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of primary headaches among people aged 60 years and older in a rural area of northern China. METHODS: A door-to-door survey was conducted in Ji County of Tianjin Province...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Vincenzo Guidetti, Noemi Faedda, Michael Siniatchkin
It is well documented that headache is a multifactorial disorder which includes not only genetic, biological, medical and neuropsychological factor but also psychological and personality traits. The close relationship between stress and migraine attacks and the significant psychiatric comorbidities in migraine provide evidence of a "paradigm" of tight interaction between somatic and psychological aspects in paediatric migraine. In particular in younger children, an uncomfortable situation, a psychological problem or an emotional distress is rarely expressed directly but usually through physical symptoms...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Hai-Qiong Shang, Yan Wang, Yan-Yan Mao, Li-Gang Kong, Gao-Ying Sun, Lei Xu, Dao-Gong Zhang, Yue-Chen Han, Jian-Feng Li, Hai-Bo Wang, Zhao-Min Fan
BACKGROUND: Neurotrophic factors have been implicated in hyperalgesia and peripheral levels of these molecules are altered in migraine pathophysiology. Artemin, a vasculature-derived neurotrophic factor, contributes to pain modulation and trigeminal primary afferent sensitization through binding its selective receptor GFRα3. The distribution of artemin and GFRα3 in the dura mater raises an anatomy supports that they may be involved in migraine. In this study we evaluated the expression of artemin and GFRα3 in an animal migraine model that may be relevant for migraine...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Noemi Faedda, Rita Cerutti, Paola Verdecchia, Daniele Migliorini, Marco Arruda, Vincenzo Guidetti
Headache is the most frequent neurological symptom and the most prevalent pain in children and adolescents, and constitutes a serious health problem that may lead to impairment in several areas. Psychosocial factors, social environment, life events, school and family stressors are all closely related to headaches. A multidisciplinary strategy is fundamental in addressing headache in children and adolescents. Applying such a strategy can lead to reductions in frequency and severity of the pain, improving significantly the quality of life of these children...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Norazah Abu Bakar, Mariam Torkamani, Surat Tanprawate, Giorgio Lambru, Manjit Matharu, Marjan Jahanshahi
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is a rare, excruciating and highly disabling primary headache disorder. Using non cluster headache specific measures, previous studies have shown that CH has a significant negative impact on patients' quality of life (QoL), but a CH-specific QoL scale is currently unavailable. Thus, the objective of this study was to develop and validate a CH-specific QoL scale. METHODS: Based on a literature review, semi-structured patient interviews and expert panel consultation, we produced a 54-item questionnaire, which was pre-tested in a sample of CH patients and subsequently reduced to 47 items...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Anna Steinberg, Simona D Frederiksen, Frank W Blixt, Karin Warfvinge, Lars Edvinsson
BACKGROUND: Migraine and Cluster Headache (CH) are two primary headaches with severe disease burden. The disease expression and the mechanisms involved are poorly known. In some attacks of migraine and in most attacks of CH, there is a release of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) originating from parasympathetic cranial ganglia such as the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). Patients suffering from these diseases are often deprived of effective drugs. The aim of the study was to examine the localization of the botulinum toxin receptor element synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV-2A) and the vesicular docking protein synaptosomal-associated protein 25 (SNAP25) in human and rat SPG...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Dominik A Ettlin, Isabelle Sommer, Ben Brönnimann, Sergio Maffioletti, Jörg Scheidt, Mei-Yin Hou, Nenad Lukic, Beat Steiger
BACKGROUND: Medical symptoms independent of body location burden individuals to varying degrees and may require care by more than one expert. Various paper and computer-based tools exist that aim to comprehensively capture data for optimal clinical management and research. METHODS: A web-based interdisciplinary symptom evaluation (WISE) was newly designed, constructed, and technically implemented. For worldwide applicability and to avoid copyright infringements, open source software tools and free validated questionnaires available in multiple languages were used...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Gabriella Santangelo, Antonio Russo, Luigi Trojano, Fabrizia Falco, Laura Marcuccio, Mattia Siciliano, Francesca Conte, Federica Garramone, Alessandro Tessitore, Gioacchino Tedeschi
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of cognitive dysfunctions and psychological symptoms, as well as their mutual relationships, in migraine patients are still debated. The aim of the study was to characterize the cognitive profile and psychological symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety and apathy) in drug-naïve migraine without aura (MwoA) patients. METHODS: Seventy-two consecutive MwoA patients, referred to the Italian University Headache Clinic and 72 healthy subjects (HCs) were enrolled...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Moritz Nöbel, Stephan Feistel, Jens Ellrich, Karl Messlinger
BACKGROUND: Tension-type headache and other primary headaches may be triggered or aggravated by disorders of pericranial muscles, which is possibly due to convergent or collateral afferent input from meningeal and muscular receptive areas. In rodent models high extracellular concentrations of ATP caused muscle nociception and central sensitization of second order neurons. In a rat model of meningeal nociception we asked if spinal trigeminal activity induced by ATP can be modulated by local anaesthesia of distinct muscles...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Timothy J Steiner, Girish N Rao, Girish B Kulkarni, Gopalkrishna Gururaj, Lars J Stovner
BACKGROUND: The Global Campaign against Headache has pioneered evaluation of the prevalence and impact of headache on the preceding day ("headache yesterday") as a new approach to the estimation of headache-attributed burden, avoiding recall error. We report its application in Karnataka State, southern India. METHODS: In a door-to-door survey, biologically unrelated adults (aged 18-65 years) were randomly sampled from urban and rural areas in and around Bengaluru and interviewed by trained researchers using a validated, structured questionnaire...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
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