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FDA approves new device to treat cluster headaches

FDA approves new device to treat cluster headaches

April 19, 2017 04:03 PM

Cluster headaches are difficult to treat, but a new device could help.

The gammaCore nerve stimulator was approved Tuesday by the FDA. The handheld device transmits a mild electrical signal to the vagus nerve, which runs all the way from the brain to the colon. In tests, it helped about a quarter of cluster headache patients who tried it.

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The device should be available in the United States later this year.

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