Could This Device Help Migraine Sufferers?

About 36 million Americans suffer from migraines, a severe type of headache often accompanied by visual problems, nausea and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. Could a device that zaps the nerves in the forehead help prevent them? Migraine sufferers will soon be able to find out. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved a medical device called Cefaly to help prevent the debilitating headaches. Similar to a headband that’s worn across the forehead, the battery-powered device delivers …

Can Achy Joints Really Predict the Weather?

My grandma swore by her arthritic knee. When it throbbed, she said it meant the weather was about to change. My husband, on the other hand, maintains he can predict rain because the incoming weather front gives him a headache. Is there any truth to these claims? Can the change in weather pressure really trigger physical pain? The Wall Street Journal recently tackled this subject by asking scientists if there was some factual evidence behind all the tales of weather-related …

When the Brain Stops Working

We were in a movie theater watching a long and boring subtitled foreign film when it suddenly occurred to me that I didn’t know where I was. Literally. I had been slumped down in my seat day-dreaming about sex and money when the realization flashed into my head like a light globe in a cartoon illustration: I’m lost. I turned to my wife, the perceptive Cinelli, and whispered “Where are we?” She whispered back, “At the Laemmle,” which was the …