FDA approves new device aimed to prevent and treat migraines

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FDA approves new device aimed to prevent and treat migraines: Watch the report during Action News at 5pm on March 29, 2018. (WPVI)

A new device is on the market which can treat - or event prevent - migraines.

"The device is called a single-pulse magnetic stimulation device. It is now FDA approved for the as-needed for acute attacks, as well as the preventative treatment of migraine attacks," said Dr. Amaal Starling, Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Stirling says it transmits a signal to the brain to lower brain sensitivity.

"Place it on the back of the head just like that and then you push these two buttons. And that administers a pulse," said Dr. Sterling.

The STMS device is available by prescription only.

It was cleared by the FDA last fall.

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