Headache-Information-Page

Headache Information Page


What research is being done?

Research conducted and supported by NINDS, part of NIH, is revealing much about the headache process and may lead to new treatments or perhaps ways to block debilitating headache pain. Other NIH Institutes and Centers also support studies on headache and pain. Current research efforts include:

  • Studies to learn more about headache mechanisms, underlying causes, and genetics;
  • Studies aimed at developing new drugs and other treatment options;
  • Studies on headache in children and adolescents;
  • Studies using diagnostic imaging to provide valuable insight into the pathophysiology of headache disorders; and
  • Studies to explore the roles behavior and sleep play in headache disorders.

Additionally, NIH funds Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop resources to help train clinicians at medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing schools across the nation in pain management and treatment. For more information, see: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2012/nih-21.htm.

NINDS recently released a set of common data elements (CDEs) to more effectively communicate and standardize headache research data. For CDE information, visit: http://www.commondataelements.ninds.nih.gov.

NINDS also is supporting a ten-year study on overlapping pain conditions that mainly affect women. This project seeks to identify common and unique psychological, physiological, and variances in genetic DNA that influence pain amplification in five complex persistent pain disorders, including episodic migraine.

The ultimate goals of headache research are to improve diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and to find ways to prevent them.

Information from the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus
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What research is being done?

Research conducted and supported by NINDS, part of NIH, is revealing much about the headache process and may lead to new treatments or perhaps ways to block debilitating headache pain. Other NIH Institutes and Centers also support studies on headache and pain. Current research efforts include:

  • Studies to learn more about headache mechanisms, underlying causes, and genetics;
  • Studies aimed at developing new drugs and other treatment options;
  • Studies on headache in children and adolescents;
  • Studies using diagnostic imaging to provide valuable insight into the pathophysiology of headache disorders; and
  • Studies to explore the roles behavior and sleep play in headache disorders.

Additionally, NIH funds Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop resources to help train clinicians at medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing schools across the nation in pain management and treatment. For more information, see: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2012/nih-21.htm.

NINDS recently released a set of common data elements (CDEs) to more effectively communicate and standardize headache research data. For CDE information, visit: http://www.commondataelements.ninds.nih.gov.

NINDS also is supporting a ten-year study on overlapping pain conditions that mainly affect women. This project seeks to identify common and unique psychological, physiological, and variances in genetic DNA that influence pain amplification in five complex persistent pain disorders, including episodic migraine.

The ultimate goals of headache research are to improve diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and to find ways to prevent them.

Information from the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus
Headache

Research conducted and supported by NINDS, part of NIH, is revealing much about the headache process and may lead to new treatments or perhaps ways to block debilitating headache pain. Other NIH Institutes and Centers also support studies on headache and pain. Current research efforts include:

  • Studies to learn more about headache mechanisms, underlying causes, and genetics;
  • Studies aimed at developing new drugs and other treatment options;
  • Studies on headache in children and adolescents;
  • Studies using diagnostic imaging to provide valuable insight into the pathophysiology of headache disorders; and
  • Studies to explore the roles behavior and sleep play in headache disorders.

Additionally, NIH funds Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop resources to help train clinicians at medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing schools across the nation in pain management and treatment. For more information, see: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2012/nih-21.htm.

NINDS recently released a set of common data elements (CDEs) to more effectively communicate and standardize headache research data. For CDE information, visit: http://www.commondataelements.ninds.nih.gov.

NINDS also is supporting a ten-year study on overlapping pain conditions that mainly affect women. This project seeks to identify common and unique psychological, physiological, and variances in genetic DNA that influence pain amplification in five complex persistent pain disorders, including episodic migraine.

The ultimate goals of headache research are to improve diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and to find ways to prevent them.

Information from the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus
Headache


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Chronic pain information page compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Migraine information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Information about headaches, including migraines, compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Chronic pain information page compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)