The Zoomer Report: Migraine Zapper

Anyone who’s had a migraine knows how debilitating it can be. Now, U.S.
researchers say a device that zaps migraine pain by emitting electromagnetic
pulses has shown a lot of promise.

39 per cent of the study participants were pain-free two hours after using
the device called a transcranial magnetic stimulator.

The hand-held device sends an electric current through the brain. Researchers
say it interrupts auras — visual disturbances, such as shooting stars,
zigzagging lines or flashing lights — that are caused by neuron excitability.
According to researchers the device’s pulses are painless and safe.

The study was funded by the device’s manufacturer, NeuraLieve. Its findings
were reported at the annual American Headache Society.

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Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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