Botox – an effective remedy for stomach cancer?

Botox, which is a botulinum toxin, has been inextricably connected with medicine for many years. It was first used in ophthalmology and neurology in early 1920s. Currently, it became an integral part of beauty parlors and salons. Scientists from Columbia University in New York and Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet in Trodheim in cooperation with researchers from Germany, Japan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston during their research on three mice models of stomach cancer have discovered that vagus nerves have a significant influence on the development of the cancer in its all stages and botulinum toxin, due to its properties, can block nerves thus contributing to increase of the chances to cure the disease. Read full text »

Botox for chronic migraines ­- new uses of an old drug.

In July 2010 UK drug regulators approved Botox as a treatment for chronic type of migraine(1). The next to go was FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), which made the same move in October last year(2). The use of botulinum toxin in prevention of migraine attacks has been discussed for more than 10 years but due to extensive research only now has it become possible to make full use of a substance associated mostly with cosmetic surgery. Read full text »