exome sequencing

An Opportunity to Participate in Important Genetic Research

If you spend much time in the facial pain community online, you’ll probably notice the many references to facial pain within same families. You’re not alone in noticing that phenomenon. Scientists at Yale University have noticed it too, and they believe that there may be a genetic factor at work. Meet Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhDContinue reading An Opportunity to Participate in Important Genetic Research

clinical trial

New Clinical Trial of a Device for Facial Pain: Hopeful News From the Business World

The medical appliance industry has long been source of potentially very lucrative investments. When a company first develops an innovation, taking a gamble on its viability and eventual sales can pay rich rewards. That is why financial news outlets often report on new medical appliances when those appliances reach the clinical trial phase, a big step towards entry intoContinue reading New Clinical Trial of a Device for Facial Pain: Hopeful News From the Business World

Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves

The emerging technology of 3D printing stands to greatly enhance a facial pain patient’s medical journey by improving accurate imaging of cranial nerves. Currently, a patient seeking surgical intervention for cranial nerve pain relies upon his neurosurgeon’s expertise in radiologically identifying nerve compressions. This is the foundation upon which he will base his decision as to whether orContinue reading Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves

cranial neuralgia, folate

#ICYMI: Researchers are Developing a New Drug for Facial Pain

In case you missed it: Currently accepted medical approaches to the management of chronic facial pain can be burdensome at best, and wholly ineffective, at worst. A new study coming out of Switzerland claims to have found a better medicine for the management of chronic facial pain. The substance, known as BIIB074, is a sodium channel blocker. What’s novel aboutContinue reading #ICYMI: Researchers are Developing a New Drug for Facial Pain

Face Facts Personal Profile: Beth Margolis

From time to time, Face Facts will spotlight people who have distinguished themselves through their service to the chronic facial pain community. For this, our first personal profile, we chose the founder of the largest TN support group on Facebook, Beth Margolis. With nearly 11,000 members, Beth’s group – Trigeminal Neuralgia Support – holds a place of great importance in the array of online chronic facialContinue reading Face Facts Personal Profile: Beth Margolis

neurostimulation

New Tech: Neurostimulation for Cluster Headaches

Those of you suffering with cluster headaches (CH) know that there are few satisfactory treatments. Currently, the mainstay of cluster headache treatment consists of inhaled oxygen and parenteral triptans, but the ATI Pulsante SPG Microstimulator may change that. Neurostimulation for CH? From their website: Autonomic Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has developed the Pulsante™ SPG Microstimulator System to provideContinue reading New Tech: Neurostimulation for Cluster Headaches