LONDON - People who suffer from chronic migraines could find relief from a drug found to relieve previously untreatable headache pain, said The Times.

In a study, nine in ten patients with debilitating migraines reported immediate pain relief after receiving an infusion of a local anaesthetic called lidocaine, which researchers believe could “break the cycle of pain”.

Migraines affect six million people in Britain and they are the second leading cause of work absence, costing the economy £2.25bn a year, added the paper.