Botulinum toxin – a new method in long-term prevention of recurring atrial fibrillation

iStock_000055110862_XXXLargeBotulinum toxin (botox, BTX) and bacteria which produce it were identified for the first time in 1897 by Belgian bacteriologist Emile Pierre van Ermenghen [1]. Although many decades have passed since this historical moment, its “hidden” properties are still an unsolved mystery. However, already today it can be said that botulinum toxin is an amazing substance. The best evidence of that are results of research published on 20th October 2015 in American magazine Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. On the basis of conducted randomized study it was shown that in the nearest future botulinum toxin may be used on a large scale in long-term prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation recurrence (PAF), especially in patients after cardiac surgeries [2]. Read full text »

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 »

Preventing botulinum toxin poisoning owing to specific 3D structure

Scientists from University of California Irvine and Institute for Toxicology at Germany’s Hannover Medical School have discovered spatial structure of botulinum toxin’s protein ingredient which has a key role in its transportation from gastro-intestinal tract to the blood. Owing to the discovery it will be possible to prevent the absorption of the toxin, thereby preventing occurrence of serious neurotoxic results in the organism. Read full text »