Two stories on migraine seem to surface year after year: Acupuncture, whether real or a “sham,” can help prevent migraines and taking birth control pills can increase migraine and non-migraine headaches in women. Each story is based on findings of new studies and the topics don’t seem to be over-researched. Still, new studies come to the same conclusions as old studies, but the findings are presented as brand new every time. Snarkiness aside, it’s good information.
“German researchers treated almost 900 patients with either standard drugs, traditional Chinese acupuncture or ‘fake’ acupuncture.”
“Virtually the same proportion of people in each group found the number of days affected by migraine was halved.”
“Women who take oral contraceptives have increased chances of suffering from both migraines and non-migraine headaches, a large new population-based study shows. . . .”
“Migraines were 40 percent more common among women taking oral contraceptives, the researchers report in the medical journal Neurology, and non-migraine headaches were 20 percent more common.”