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FDA Approves Preventative Treatment For Migraines

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(ABC NEWS)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it’s approved a preventative treatment for migraine headaches.

The new treatment, a monthly injection, is called Aimovig.

It works “by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks,” the FDA said in a statement.

“Aimovig provides patients with a novel option for reducing the number of days with migraine,” Dr. Eric Bastings, deputy director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the statement. “We need new treatments for this painful and often debilitating condition.”

Many migraine sufferers report symptoms including intense or pulsing pain, as well as nausea and acute sensitivity to light and sound.

Often, migraines are reoccurring. They are three times more likely in women than in men. About 10 percent of people worldwide are affected by them, according to the FDA.

Aimovig is produced by Amgen and Novartis, and it’s expected to be available within a week, according to The New York Times.



Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woaynewswatch.com


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