National Headache Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Cluster Headache Research

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The National Headache Foundation has been supporting clinical and basic science research in headache and its causes for over 25 years. These grants have served as springboards to obtaining over $7 million in federal funding of headache-related research. Newer resources have facilitated the application process and the review process.

Grants are now available, up to $100,000 per protocol, for research support. We are focusing the current campaign to protocols dealing with cluster headaches. This effort is supported by the Hope Schwab Fund in partnership with the National Headache Foundation. Continue Reading

Decreased Mood and Cognitive Function Linked With Cluster Headache

A new study suggests people who suffer from cluster headache experience increased memory issues, more disturbances of mood, and a poorer quality of life than people without the disorder, considered to be one of the most painful headache disorders.

Researchers led by Mariam Torkamani, BSc, at the Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Group at the University College of London, recently conducted a small study to learn more about the daily effects of cluster headache, which is studied less than migraine, but causes such intense pain some sufferers resort to suicide. Continue Reading

New Procedure May Bring Migraine Relief

lidocaineMigraineurs and those who suffer from cluster headaches may find relief from the pain with the help of a new procedure that uses lidocaine, a common topical anesthetic.

When evaluating the treatment, called image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) blocks, researchers inserted a spaghetti-sized catheter through the nasal passages of patients and administered 4% lidocaine to the sphenopalatine ganglion, a nerve bundle just behind the nose associated with migraines. This procedure was assisted with fluoroscopy, a type of imaging that could be compared to an X-ray movie. Continue Reading

Chili Pepper Plant Extract Brings Relief to Headache Sufferers



An extract from a chili pepper plant is showing promise in the treatment of cluster headache and migraine.

The extract—capsaicin, from the plant capsicum annuum—has been used as a pain reliever for centuries, and a study showing its success as treatment for headache and migraine pain was presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in late April and early May. Continue Reading