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PFO and Migraine: "Hole in the Heart" and Migraine Connection?

One of the biggest topics of discussion amongst Migraineurs today is that of PFO, "the hole in the heart" that may contribute to Migraines. Migraineurs are asking their doctors to test them to see if they have this condition. Many of those who do want to have the hole repaired -- immediately. However, questions remain and the closure procedure is not yet being performed on the basis of Migraine disease because it has not yet been proven effective. Trials are underway to determine the efficacy of PFO closure for Migraine disease. Feature Article

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Intradermal Botox To Treat Pain Disorders

We've all heard a lot about Botox, botulinum toxin type A (BoNTA). It seems as if it's being used for something different every day. There are both cosmetic and medical applications for it. In the right hands, Botox is very helpful; in the wrong hands, it can be disastrous. If you're considering Botox treatments, don't hesitate to ask how much experience your doctor has with Botox administration.

Research into the most effective ways to use Botox for headache and Migraine treatment continues and is promising. Here, we'll take a look at research performed by John Claude Krusz, Ph.D., M.D., and William R. Knoderer, M.D., D.D.S., in Dallas. Please note that this research is based on intradermal (into the skin) administration of Botox. What you're probably used to reading and hearing about is intramuscular (into the muscle) administration of Botox... Feature Article

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Effectiveness of IV Therapy in the Headache Clinic for Refractory Migraines

Too many Migraineurs share this problem — finding treatment for intractable or refractory Migraines. Those are the Migraines that don't seem to respond to treatment no matter what they try, be it preventives, abortives, or pain management. This situation often leads to feelings of desperation on the part of the patient and extreme frustration on the part of their physicians. John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD; (Ask the Clinician) and his colleagues; Virginia Scott-Krusz; Jeanne Ballanger, RN; and Jane Cagle, LVN; have been using outpatient IV treatment for refractory Migraines in Dr. Krusz's Dallas clinic since 1994 and collecting research data... Feature Article

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MedicAlert E-HealthKEY Available at Amazon

The MedicAlert E-HealthKEY is a USB flash drive that allows you to carry your medical records with you. It's an excellent supplement to emergency medical identification. You can not only record emergency information such as conditions, medications, and contact information, but you can also store medical images and your complete medical history. With your computer, the E-HealthKEY will also remind you of prescriptions and appointments and much more. You may remember my review of the E-HealthKEY from August. Until now, MedicAlert items have been available only through MedicAlert. Now, in order to reach more people with their vital services, MedicAlert has listed the E-HealthKEY on Congratulations to the fine folks at MedicAlert, and thank you for the life-saving services you provide!

Namenda for Chronic Headache and Migraine Prevention

Another medication can now be added to the growing list of medications shown to be effective for prevention of headaches and Migraine attacks. Namenda (memantine HCL, Forest Pharmaceuticals) was approved for use in the United States in October, 2003, more than a decade after its use began in Europe under the brand names Ebixa and Axura. It's classified as an orally active NMDA receptor antagonist. Namenda (memantine hydrochloride) is approved for the treatment of "moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type."

John Claude Krusz, Ph.D., M.D., and Diane Cammarata, ANRP, BC, have been studying the use of Namenda in the treatment of chronic Migraine disease and tension-type headache (TTH) in Dr. Krusz's Dallas practice. The results have been quite promising. Feature Article