HealthDay Article: FDA Approves New Magnet Device to Treat Migraines

In December, the FDA approved a device called a magnetic stimulator that is intended to treat migraine pain.  Here is an excerpt from the article by EJ Mundell found on WebMD:

“The Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator would be obtained through prescription, the FDA said in a statement released Friday. Patients use both hands to hold the device against the back of their head and press a button so that the device can release a pulse of magnetic energy. This pulse stimulates the brain’s occipital cortex, which may stop or ease migraine pain.

‘Millions of people suffer from migraines, and this new device represents a new treatment option for some patients,’ Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in the statement.

The agency’s approval is based on a trial involving 201 patients who had suffered moderate-to-strong migraine with aura.  One hundred and thirteen of the patients tried treating their migraines while an attack was in progress, and it was the testimony of this group that led to the approval of the new device, the FDA said…”

Read the full article here:  http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/news/20131215/fda-approves-new-magnet-device-to-treat-migraines

 

 

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