by Hannah Cock
Headache is felt at some time by nearly everybody, and the WHO estimates that almost half the world’s adults at any one time have recent personal experience of one or more of the three common primary headache disorders. Evidence based treatments are also increasingly available, yet headache remains frequently under-recognized and undertreated. Whatever your sub-speciality interest is, both within and outside neurological practice you will encounter patients complaining of headache, or may have one yourself, so you should be familiar with at least the common primary headaches. As there are also rarer secondary causes it is crucial not to miss, but you also need to know who to investigate and refer on.
To support the WHO global campaign to lift the burden of headache, we recommend everyone to remind themselves of some general considerations, which are covered in the two introductory sessions:
ebrain headache & facial pain module http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/category.php?id=6
You will also find sessions on tension type headache, migraine, trigeminal autonomic cephalgias and trigeminal neuralgia, as well as other secondary headaches such as low CSF pressure headaches (http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=105), sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=103), and Vasculitis (http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/mod/scorm/view.php?id=468)
For those who didn’t make it to Istanbul in the summer, webinars from
Symposium 7: Headaches: an update on neurobiology, genetics and management are also now available via Ebrain (http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/category.php?id=30),
with talks by
Dr Tim Jurgens on Neurobiology on the transformation from episodic to chronic headache, Professor Jean Shoenen on strategies for chronic headache,
Dr Cenk Avata on genetics & neurobiology of stroke and migraine, and
Dr Anne Ducros on acute headache units.
Ebrain is the largest and most comprehensive web-based training resource in clinical neurosciences, both for training and continuous professional development. Access is free for EAN members, and membership applications & individual passwords can be received via the EAN Head Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are over 600 sessions each with built-in self-assessment questions. If you have difficulty accessing the ebrain content please ensure your computer is set to allow pop-ups. There is also a guide to using ebrain and getting the most out of it at (http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=576) . If you have password or technical issues please contact email@example.com
New eHeadache School: We are happy to also announce on behalf of the European Headache Federation the launch of a new eHeadache School for Physicians
Users can self register at no cost, and at present there are 3 elearning modules -1 on cluster headache, and 2 on migraine, developed with educational grants from Allergan and Linde healthcare. Links to videos provided by the UK cluster headache charity (OUCH UK) are also available, as well as to the International Classification of Headache Disorders and the Journal of Headache and Pain.