Trending Clinical Topics for February 2018

Ryan Syrek

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March 02, 2018

Clinical Trend of the Week (February 10-16): Headache

Given the concern over a condition leading to a record-setting number of hospitalizations, a study about a new treatment, and information on potential associated features, this week's top search term had plenty of reasons for increased popularity. Although headaches are exceedingly common and often innocuous, this year's flu season has become disquieting. With the number of influenza hospitalizations the highest ever recorded, many are convinced that their headache isn't "just a headache" but a sign that they may soon add to those record numbers. In more positive news, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for migraines. The noninvasive, self-administered vagus nerve stimulator has been cleared for the treatment of migraine pain in adults. Finally, a study published in the journal Headache found that patients with persistent posttraumatic headaches have less cortical thickness in certain regions of the brain. Considering the dizzying amount of news related to headaches, its status as this week's top search term isn't exactly a head scratcher.

For more information on migraine headaches, read here.

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