Hand-held home device could ease migraine sufferers' pain

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London, March 4 (ANI): A new hand-held device could prove to be an alternative treatment in relieving migraine sufferers from pain, a trial of the gadget has shown.

Experts from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York tested the safety and effectiveness of the device that can be used at home.

Boffins found 40 per cent of patients were free from pain two hours after using the device, with no serious side-effects, the BBC reported.

The device that delivered a single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) to the back of the head was said to be more effective than placebo treatment.

Dr Hans-Christoph Diener, from University Hospital Essen in Germany, said: "The use of sTMS could be a major step forward in the treatment of migraine with aura, particularly in patients in whom presently available drug treatment is ineffective."

Wendy Thomas, chief executive of the Migraine Trust, added: "We look forward to hearing the results of further sTMS trials in the future."

The findings were due to be published in The Lancet Neurology. (ANI)

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