Gillian NeffThe Brain News Brief
Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff has been covering health topics for 16 years. She is currently a freelance reporter and anchor at News 12 Connecticut and also pursues her passion for medical news through Gillian Neff Health Reports’ blogs and videos.
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“It was like an ice pick was right in my head, the pain was unbelievable,” says Margie Bliga Margie Bliga says she’s been hit with migraine headaches almost every day for 24 years. And she’s not the only one. Dr. Peter McAllister, of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache says, “Chronic migraine, 15 or […]
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While putting together this video blog I was laughing at myself. What a hypocrite! I am anxious to get you these soundbites from doctors outlining exact headache triggers, thinking the information may help you out of a painful cycle… only to realize I’m drinking too much coffee (they spell out exactly how much is too […]read more
If you’re a frequent migraine sufferer and find yourself reaching for medication to stem the pain and nausea often, your doctor probably brought up the option of taking one of the new CGRP blockers. If the cost of it scared you off at first, listen to this: “Now you can get it for free” ~ […]read more
It seems TV reporter Ali Warshavsky never stops… delivering live TV reports, coaching sports, and making time for the VIPs in her life! Plus, see that smile that screams authentic. It is. This is starting to sound like a LinkedIn reference, haha. I’ve known Ali for years, and those awesome posts you see on her […]
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Many doctors see CGRP blockers, a whole new type of treatment for migraine, as a treatment breakthrough. So you can bet migraine patients have questions. They had a chance to ask about CGRP blocking drugs at a recent Migraine & Me talk by Dr. Peter McAllister of NEINH.read more
“The World Health Organization says migraine is in the top 10 most disabiling medical conditions on the planet,” says Dr. Peter McAllister, of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache. (Click on above for video.) Which is where the newest weapon in the fight against migraine comes in. This once a month shot, Aimovig, is […]read more
LISTEN UP MOM & DAD: If your child plays tackle football, you’ll want to hear the latest research findings in the Annals of Neurology. They show playing tackle football before the age of 12 can lead to earlier onset of brain problems… Researchers found players who start this young are hit with cognitive and behavioral […]
The post LITTLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BIGGER RISK OF CTE BRAIN ISSUE appeared first on Brain News Brief.read more
To figure out if sweets (like chocolate, for example, argh!) or any other foods or drinks trigger your migraines, the National Headache Foundation suggests you “Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack, and see whether the removal of these foods from your diet reduces […]read more
Shaken brain, with every hard hit to the head. Even if you don’t get a concussion, a new study in the Journal Brain adds to evidence that’s it’s these high impact hits that lead to CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Peter McAllister of the New England Institute for Neurology & Headache says studies are […]
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This bomb cyclone has not only made it dangerous to go anywhere, it has triggered lots of migraines. Dr. Peter McAllister of New England Institue for Neurology & Headache says you can blame it on the low barometric pressure. He says this bomb cyclone has caused the biggest dip in barometric pressure since Super Storm […]read more
SEEING THIS VIDEO MAY MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR APPETITE FOR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. *** CLICK ABOVE FOR VIDEO *** Doctors say scientific findings show artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on various body systems, and when it comes to your brain… Dr. Peter McAllister of NEINH, New England Institute for Neurology & Headache, points to the findings of […]read more
At medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut, you can get cannabis infused lollipops, pot brownies, or a plain old pill bottle of the dried herb for smoking… if you have a prescription… and if your medical condition is on the “eligible” list. The board of doctors in Connecticut who decide on the list recently gave the […]read more
After 17 years of interviewing doctors and others on the frontline treating stroke patients, I am realizing I’ve missed an important “quality of life” issue. I’ve been so focused on covering how patients can recover brain function and prevent additional strokes that I haven’t been covering the “arm problem.” THE ARM PROBLEM Technically it’s called […]
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Okay, I’ve done the math. I have experienced an estimated 2,880 days of migraine so far in life (12 per month X 20 years). If it wasn’t for the triptan medication I take, all of those days would have been 100% ruined. Many of them weren’t salvaged and the pain and nausea went off the […]
The post NEW CLASS OF DRUGS TO TURN OFF MIGRAINE AT ROOT – Clinical Trials of CGRP Drugs Accessible Now appeared first on Brain News Brief.read more
Dr. Peter McAllister of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache says the form of brain cancer that Senator John McCain is facing – glioblastoma – is tough to treat because it grows so rapidly. He says it sends projections (tentacles) deep into the brain. So it’s hard for doctors to completely remove the tumor and […]
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To find a clinical trial, go to SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR A CLINICAL TRIAL? New England Institute for Clinical Research CEO Angelo Termine says you can ask if the clinical trial you are interested in has a site close to where you live.read more
Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff is an anchor and “12 on Health” reporter for News 12 Connecticut.
She regularly seeks out stories that will help viewers make informed health care choices. She spotlights medical cases that have had remarkable outcomes or cases in which patients have run into major obstacles such as denial of health insurance coverage or a medical mishap.