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How is Botox being used in medical care?

I'm excited by advances in the applicability of neurotoxins like Botox -- as well as Dysport and dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm -- for indications that extend way beyond their original U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved uses. For example, Botox is not just for treating lines and wrinkles in the forehead. It's now being used for lines and wrinkles around the mouth and for the little tight bands in the neck. It's also being used to treat migraines, excess sweating in the armpits and a variety of medical conditions to help fine-tune the imbalances that people may have as a result of strokes, cerebral palsy, or other neurologic conditions. Some research is showing that the botulinum toxin molecule could potentially be modified so it could be applied as a cream instead of given by injection.

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