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American Headache Society: New Curelator Data Questions Popular Belief That Many Common Foods Act As Migraine Triggers

  (June 29, 2018)
American Headache Society: New Curelator Data Questions Popular Belief That Many Common Foods Act As Migraine Triggers

People with migraine who give up a wide range of popular foods may be misdirecting their efforts to reduce the frequency of their attacks, according to the latest data presented by Curelator at the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) June 28-July 1, 2018.

In an analytical study of 774 individuals with migraine who used Curelator Headache (now named N1-Headache™) for 90 days, Alec Mian, PhD, the CEO and founder of Curelator, explains that “Contrary to the widespread expectations of our users, the data reveals that foods containing chocolate, MSG and nitrates are rarely associated with migraine attacks and surprisingly, for a minority of individuals, they may be associated with a lower risk of attack."

Highlights from three presentations at the AHS meeting:



Chocolate. Of individuals who suspected chocolate as a trigger, 306 entered sufficient data to conduct an N=1 analysis. Chocolate was shown to be associated with increased attack risk in 4 and decreased risk in 12.

Monosodium Glutamate. Of those who suspected MSG as a trigger, 122 individuals entered sufficient data to conduct an N=1 analysis. MSG was shown to be associated with increased attack risk in 5 and decreased risk in 2.

Nitrates. Of those who suspected nitrate as a trigger, 182 individuals entered sufficient data to conduct an N=1 analysis. Nitrate was shown to be associated with increased attack risk in 4 and decreased risk in 2.

Dr. Stephen Silberstein, Director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University, and co-author of the chocolate study, shared this observation: “Curelator Headache is an effective way to monitor migraine outcomes remotely and has the potential to identify individual response to acute and preventative treatments over time. Such clinical decision support would be an important first for a digital application."

Curelator Inc. collaborated with the following neurologists on these studies:

Chocolate: Stephen Silberstein MD, Headache Center, Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
· Dr. Silberstein is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University, and a past president of the American Headache Society®.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): Jessica Ailani MD, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC
· Dr. Ailani is Associate Professor of Neurology at MedStar's Georgetown University Hospital and Director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center.

Nitrates: Erik Viirre MD PhD, UCSD Departments of Neurosciences, La Jolla CA
· Dr. Viire is Associate Research Professor in the UCSD Department of Cognitive Science and the Director of the Applied Cognitive Science Laboratory at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego.

About Curelator Inc.

Curelator Headache (now named N1-Headache™) is a unique digital platform that combines a simple smartphone data entry process with personalized N=1 analytics. The system generates individualized ‘trigger', ‘protector' and no association maps for each user after 90 days of data entry, incorporated within a Personal Analytical Report. The information featured in the Personal Report enables patients and their clinicians to manage risk factors, assess therapeutic response to drugs and facilitate prevention of medication overuse.

Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/06/prweb15589844.htm.


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