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Migraine headache is the leading condition of recurrent cephalalgias of moderate or severe intensity. It is the most common type of headache presented by patients that seek medical treatment, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked migraine in the top fifteen most disabling medical conditions. The condition has been identified as one of the most common neurological disorders, and in the United States, its prevalence in the general population is approximately 12%. In children, the prevalence ranges from 1% to 4% and does not present more commonly in either sex. However, after menarche, its prevalence in females (18%) is approximately three times higher than in males.
While the mechanism behind migraine headaches was long thought to be the result of cerebral arterial vasoconstriction and reactive vasodilation, that theory has since been discredited. More recently, research points in the direction of trigeminovascular activation of pain receptors located throughout the central nervous system. Irrespective of cause however, migraine has long been underdiagnosed in the United States in spite the availability of accepted guidelines for diagnostic criteria and effective agents for prophylaxis and treatment.
There have been a wide array of advances in the realm of migraine management with respect to pharmacotherapeutic options, including both presently approved as well as more novel, potential ones on the horizon. Helping the clinician discern the role of each of agent – present and future – merits continuing healthcare professional education.
Healthcare professionals who are: primary care physicians, neurologists, headache specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, OB-GYN specialists, pharmacists, and those who otherwise commonly care for or clinically encounter patients who may experience migraine headache.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Amgen and Promius.
Release Date: July 20, 2016 -- Expiration Date: July 20, 2018
Faculty: Andrew Charles, MD
Primer and updates on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of migraine headaches
Updates in the treatment of patients with migraine headaches
Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap
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Faculty Disclosure: Dr. Andrew Charles, MD, Professor of Neurology, Meyer and Renee, Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies; Director, UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA discloses that he has received financial compensation as consultant or researcher for Takeda, Amgen, Lilly, Trevana, and eNeura.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is an officer and part owner of ScientiaCME, LLC with no relevent financial disclosures.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from AMGEN and Promius.
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