Hot Magnets Soothe Migraines

A hairdryer-size magnetic device held to the back of the head may reduce the severity of migraine headaches if it is used during the "aura" phase that some patients experience before the onset of their migraine, according to two new studies presented at the American Headache Society meeting in Los Angeles. In most cases, the magnetic pulses did not prevent the migraine entirely but prevented some of the more unpleasant symptoms usually associated with migraine, like sensitivity to light or noise. The device is not available for home use, but researchers plan to test an at-home device in a trial.

STAT is a brief look at the latest medical research and is compiled by Joanna Schaffhausen, who holds a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience. She works in the ABC News Medical Unit, evaluating medical studies, abstracts and news releases.