curelatorAs Curelator Headache tracks the factors and symptoms for individuals’ headache and migraine, one thing is becoming clear: individuals are not great at determining their own triggers. Curelator Headache is a digital tool that guides individuals to identify personal triggers, discover personal protectors (factors associated with decreasing an individual’s chance of an attack), and dismiss factors not associated with attacks. The results of an initial study released by Curelator Headache and the National Headache Foundation in December 2015 showed that some frequently cited triggers, such as chocolate and red wine, may be just as responsible for protecting against attacks as contributing to them.

Iceberg Ad The National Headache Foundation has been supporting clinical and basic science research in headache and its causes for over 25 years. These grants have served as springboards to obtaining over $7 million in federal funding of headache-related research. Newer resources have facilitated the application process and the review process. Grants are now available, up to $100,000 per protocol, for research support. We are focusing the current campaign to protocols dealing with cluster headaches. This effort is supported by the Hope Schwab Fund in partnership with the National Headache Foundation.

Over the last couple of years the National Headache Foundation has developed a program to better help you—the headache and migraine sufferer. The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Headache Medicine was reinstated to better set the standards for headache practice and assist those with headache in locating clinicians who could provide optimal headache-related health care.

Individuals with asthma who also experience episodic or occasional migraine may be more likely to develop chronic migraine, according to a National Headache Foundation-sponsored study, recently published online in the journal Headache. “If you have asthma along with episodic or occasional migraine, then your headaches are more likely to evolve into a more disabling form known as chronic migraine,” said Vincent Martin, MD, professor of medicine in UC’s Division of General Internal Medicine, co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the UC Neuroscience Institute and lead author in the study. Dr. Martin is Vice President of the National Headache Foundation.

[embedyt][/embedyt] For 45 years, the National Headache Foundation has been inspiring hope. You can live an amazing migraine-free life with the right treatment and care. Hear the story of Sheila McMillan, who is living a migraine-free life after years of dealing with this disease. "Life without migraine...

Although author Jennette Fulda had the will power to lose half her body weight, she did not have the magic power to get rid of the headache that she has had for over a year and a half. Tired of the pain and countless treatments, Fulda, whose online alias is “PastaQueen,” decided she needed to take action. On August 15, the PastaQueen put on her running shoes and finished A Midsummer Night’s Run, a 5K race in Lexington, KY with a time of 47:53. “There weren't many water stations so my time suffered, but I was happy to complete the race,” Fulda said, “I hope to improve on [my time] next month at my next 5K.”

Fact Sheet A study conducted for the National Headache Foundation (NHF) and underwritten by a grant from Glaxo Wellcome Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline) measures the prevalence of migraine headache in America and quantifies the impact this disabling disease has on the lives of migraine sufferers. Despite the development of medications specifically designed to treat migraine over the past decade, the study shows most patients are not receiving optimal treatment. In a startling comparison between the new data and that of a similar study conducted in 1989, it was found that patient treatment has not kept pace with scientific breakthroughs. Migraine is a legitimate, biological disease characterized by throbbing head pain, usually located on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and/ or sound. Migraine is more common than asthma, diabetes or congestive heart failure. The combination of disabling pain and associated symptoms often prevents sufferers from performing daily activities. Attacks occur periodically and can last from four to 72 hours. Symptoms, incidence and severity vary by individual and by attack.