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hey’re known colloquially as “suicide headaches,” because the pain can be so severe that people who suffer from them take their own lives at a disproportionately high rate.

Cluster headaches, as the rare condition is known, are characterized by bursts of severe pain in cyclical patterns. They’re often misdiagnosed and undertreated. But on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a new, first-of-its kind option for such patients: a handheld device, designed to be used by patients to zap their own necks with a mild electrical signal to relieve symptoms.

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