A new partnership between CEFALY Technology and QB Medical puts wearable medical devices in the hands of health care providers and grants active military immediate relief from migraine headaches

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NEW YORK, November 5, 2019 _ Move over lengthy approval process, a new partnership between CEFALY Technology and QB Medical, Inc. means waiting for migraine relief will be quicker, and less of a headache for active military and their dependents.
“We are excited to team up with QB Medical and help active military and their dependents more easily find migraine relief,” said Jennifer Trainor-McDermott, CEO with CEFALY Technology. “It’s an honor to be able to offer these brave men and women less obstacles on their path to recovery.”

Prior to the partnership, active military and their dependents, had to navigate a lengthy approval process to obtain a device through TRICARE, a health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families. From start-to-finish, a service member could be looking at several weeks of potential migraines before receiving their CEFALY device. Under the new partnership, health care providers will have the ability to have inventory on hand to provide patients’ during their scheduled appointments.

“This is a big difference that will be felt immediately among soldiers seeking help from migraine headache,” said Shawn Nelson, CEO with QB Medical, Inc., who completed his service as a healthcare provider for the US Navy and later started his Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). “The CEFALY device has proven to be instrumental to soldiers, particularly those that have to be careful what medications they consume or who simply cannot tolerate more drugs in their system.”

The CEFALY device is the first FDA-cleared medical technology of its kind for the treatment of migraine headaches. It is a non-invasive device placed on the forehead that uses two distinct programs (ACUTE and PREVENT) to stimulate and desensitize the area research identifies as a center for migraine pain, the Trigeminal nerve. Since CEFALY is not a drug, it can be used with an existing treatment or as a standalone option. Patients who use the device consistently show a decrease in migraine days and in intake of migraine medication.

It’s estimated that about one-third of returning soldiers have migraine pain in the first months after coming home, per the American Migraine Foundation1; and yet studies repeatedly show the condition is frequently underdiagnosed. In 2017, there were more than 15,000 active-duty soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center2, which is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. So far for 2018, more than of 3,600 cases of TBI have been reported for the first quarter3. Headache is one of the most common symptoms after TBI.

About CEFALY Technology
CEFALY Technology is a Belgium-based company, with US offices based in Wilton, Connecticut, specializing in electronics for medical applications. It has developed external cranial stimulation technology for applications in the field of neurology; in particular for treating migraines. For more information, visit https://www.cefaly.us.

About QB Medical
QB Medical, Inc. is a medical supply distributor located in Chula Vista, Ca. Founded in 2005, QB Medical services over 100 government-funded medical centers. QB Medical is passionate about discovering the most effective medical products for our military service members, veterans, government healthcare providers and patients. For more information, visit https://www.qbmedical.com.


Sources

1 Migraine facts. American Migraine Foundation website. https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/post-traumatic-headache. Accessed October 29, 2019.

2 TBI facts 2017. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center website.
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/system/files/tbi-numbers/worldwide-totals-2017_may-10-2018_v1.0_2018-07-26_0.pdf. Accessed October 29, 2019.

3 TBI facts 2018. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center website.
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/system/files/tbi-numbers/worldwide-totals-2018Q1_jun-21-2018_v1.0_2018-07-26_0.pdf. Accessed October 29, 2019.

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Name:  Carolyn
Age:  56
Location:  Midland, Michigan
Years with Migraines: 16
Occupation: retired, finance director

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines since 1999. I don’t know what brought them on…  that’s a million dollar question. Every few months I develop a different theory.

When do you usually get migraines?
More often than not, I don’t know what caused my migraine. I do know that bright light can trigger it, so can fragrance and other smells, like exhaust or any chemical smell. Excessive tenseness, stress, and heat, and hormonal imbalance can bring on a migraine. If I have an empty stomach, pressure on my head (hat too tight or headband that’s too tight), a fluctuation in caffeine, excessive alcohol, or sleep disturbances, I can also get a migraine. I also suffer rebound headaches when I take too much medication.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I have a list of about 50 things I’ve tried… basically migraine medications, anti-depressants to relive the migraines, blood pressure medications, different herbs, and supplements. I’ve also tried, massage, physical therapy cranial sacral therapy, neurotoxin injections in the head, acupuncture, several different diets. I also do mindfulness and somatic relaxation techniques to calm the mind and the body.

What does your migraine feel like?
It’s changed over the years but right now what happens is I first feel an uncomfortable pressure in my head without pain, that’s how I know that there’s probably a migraine coming. The actual migraine starts with pain behind one eye, almost always the right side. if I don’t use Cefaly or take any medication to combat it, it can turn into a full migraine and put me in bed, make me feel like throwing up; what I typically do is try to nip it in the bud.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My husband was just Googling on the Internet and read about it, then I talked with my doctor.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
If I feel head pressure, the first thing I do is use the Cefaly. When I have the Cefaly on, I don’t notice the head pressure, probably because the sensation is so intense. If the headache is gone, great, if not I’ll take some medicine. I find medicines and treatments work better for me at first and then taper down. Still, I use my Cefaly every day first thing in the morning to try to prevent a migraine. I had to work my way up to the full intensity but it didn’t take long to get used to it. I used to get about 25 migraines a month and now I get about 20; anything that helps me take less medication is a good thing.

What made you want to share your story?
Migraines are a huge part of my life and a huge part of a lot of peoples’ lives — anything we can do to help each other, we should do.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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First Name: Carol
Age: 69
Location: Greensboro, NC
Years with Migraines: 60+
Occupation: musician/conductor/voice teacher

How long have you had migraines?
I’ve had migraines my entire life.

When do you usually get migraines?
I have certain triggers, living in North Carolina I’m tremendously bothered by changes of barometric pressure. I’m still on topiramate as a preventive and I’m on rizatriptan benzoate tablets as an abortive.

What have you tried pre-Cefaly?
I’ve been exposed to every type of solution but very little has worked. I’ve tried many different medications but they’ve had many side effects. Over time, some of the medications that did work got lost on me and stopped helping.

What does your migraine feel like?
I know immediately which side it’s going to be on. I have a 20-minute aura. It’s a severe, burning, pounding pain – predominantly on the right side. You can see it on me. You can look at me and instantly know if I have a migraine and what side it’s on. I have severe nausea and need to lie down. I can’t move. I can’t see people moving or it makes it worse.

How did you hear about Cefaly?
My doctor recommended it. The first time she told me I laughed. The second time she mentioned it, two months later, I thought I’d give it a try. Cefaly has taken away 98% of my migraines.

What’s your Cefaly experience like?
I got my Cefaly in 2015 and I have had a wonderful experience. I had to go on disability in 2005. I had a concussion, just fell on the sidewalk carrying some books and then started having 4 to 5 migraines a week. I was a conductor, a church musician and an organist. I had a group and would sing all over the world and I had to give it up. I’d been mostly in bed for 10-years. I tried everything, been everywhere – clinics, hospitals, etc. Then my doctor recommended Cefaly and now I’m living my life. I use it every night for 20-minutes.

What made you want to share your story?
Cefaly has given me my life back. I want everybody to know how wonderful this is. I had to go on disability and I’m so much better. If my story can help somebody else I want them to know how much Cefaly has helped me.

Want to share your story too? We’d love to hear from you! Please send an email to m DOT coder AT cefaly DOT us. Please include your name, contact information, and let us know where you’re located so we can set up a good time to talk.

If you’re wondering if Cefaly is right for you, click here for more information and, of course, check with your doctor.

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If you’re a migraine sufferer, chances are you’ve experienced a migraine at work; and probably at the most inopportune time: right before a big presentation, during an important one-on-one with your boss, or early in the morning with a jam-packed day. While the migraines can be debilitating, they’re also frustrating – and you’re not alone if you feel overwhelmed. More than 157 million workdays are lost each year in the US to migraine, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

So, what can you do to minimize the chances of getting a migraine at work? The key may be to mind your triggers.

Many migraineurs say overhead lighting is a big trigger. Others tell us workplace perfumes, colognes, and air fresheners are to blame. Every headache is different and what triggers one may remedy another, or another person’s, which makes bulk solutions difficult to come by. Most migraine sufferers; however, will agree that changes in sleep and mealtimes will usually cue a throbbing head.

At work, many things are outside one’s control but not everything.

Here are five things you can do to help prevent a migraine:

Manage the light: You may not be able to switch your seating arrangement but maybe you can dim the lights, or bring a desk lamp, or swap a lightbulb in an existing lamp. If you’re near a window, see if you can lower the blinds or swivel your seat so the natural light is to your side – or better yet — behind you, instead of straight on.

Stay hydrated: Dehydration is a common migraine trigger but if you stay hydrated, you can likely avoid a migraine. Bring your own cup or water bottle and refill it often during the day. Limit your amount of caffeine. A recent study showed that three cups of a caffeinated beverage, like coffee, could cause an aching head. Along this same line of thought, avoid salty foods as they can also dehydrate you.

Eat lunch: Eat your lunch every day – and if possible, eat it at the same time every day. Pack some easy-to-sneak snacks in case a meeting runs over. Also considering keeping some healthy options stashed in a desk drawer to prevent hunger pains and possibly eating something else in a preventive panic without the available time to check the ingredients for food triggers.

Map your route: Make note of colleagues who wear strongly scented perfumes or colognes and find alternate ways to navigate the office. It may not be possible to avoid scents that trigger your migraine but you can minimize your exposure.

Use Cefaly: Whether you’re on a conference call or your lunch break, grab your Cefaly for a quick 20-minute PREVENT session (or an hour-long ACUTE session and find relief fast). The Cefaly device will help desensitize the Trigeminal nerve, which is considered the pain center for migraine. Over time, you’ll be able to reduce your migraine days. In the meantime, Cefaly can could be your go-to treatment on days where you cannot afford the common side effects typical of some migraine medications. This way, when your session is over, you can get back to work. In fact, many people can continue to work throughout their session too.

Drinking too much coffee (or other caffeinated drinks) may be a trigger for migraines if you’re already prone to severe headaches, according to a recent study in The American Journal of Medicine. But how much is too much?

Researchers found that drinking three or more caffeinated beverages a day was tied to a higher likelihood of experiencing a migraine, among people with periodic migraine. Luckily for caffeine lovers, the study also found one or two caffeinated drinks a day were generally not considered a tipping point toward a migraine.

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed information from nearly 100 adults who experienced migraine headaches at least twice a month, but no more than 15 times a month. Participants filled out an online survey twice a day for six weeks to record their caffeine intake and noted if they experienced a migraine headache that day.

“While some potential triggers – such as lack of sleep – may only increase migraine risk, the role of caffeine is particularly complex, because it may trigger an attack but also helps control symptoms,” said Elizabeth Mostofsky, who led the researchers; in a press release. The study was the first to examine the daily relationship between caffeine intake and the onset of migraine.

Overall, participants were more likely to experience migraine headaches on days they consumed three or more caffeinated beverages, compared with days they didn’t consume any.

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