Study: New tool zaps away migraines

Posted by Amanda Lents

Patients who suffer from migraine with aura may be able to zap their pain away literally!

Researchers from several institutions across the country studied a hair dryer-size device called transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

The device emits a magnetic pulse into the brain that researchers say short-circuits pain signals.

One-hundred-and-sixty-four migraine sufferers participated in the trial.

Half were given the TMS device.

Researchers found close to 40 percent of the device users were pain free after two hours, compared to 22 percent of those who didn't use TMS.

Experts warn this is a small study, and much more research needs to be done before this device can be widely used.