Migraine sufferers - relief is on the way.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has approved a new nerve-stimulating electric headband that will be the first medical device that could be used to prevent headaches.

The headband - called the Cefaly device - is a battery-powered headband that fits across the forehead, directly above the eyes, where it emits a low electrical current to stimulate the trigeminal nerve that is associated with migraine pain.

Manufactured by Belgium-based CEFALY Technology SPRL, the prescription-only device can be used by migraine sufferers once per day for 20 minutes.

In a small study, the manufacturer was able to show that patients using the device experienced fewer migraines per month than patients using a placebo device. It didn't eliminate migraines nor did it reduce the intensity of migraines that did occur.  But it just made those migraines fewer and further between.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 10 percent of Americans suffer from migraines.  Symptoms include intense pain, nausea or vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.  

And as I'm sure any migraine sufferer could tell you, any relief is welcome relief when it comes to that kind of pain.  

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