There is some breaking news today about Botox, and it doesn’t involve a celebrity or sweating arm pits.
The NIH, along with Allegran is now conducting a research experiment using Botox in order to discover a possible link between a group of nerves that are responsible for sending messages in the brain. This could be a breakthrough in an overall question that research scientists have been looking for in order to fully understand how the brain functions while the body is diseased.
Ling-Gang Wu, Ph.D, a scientist at the NIH stated: “The results were very surprising, like many scientists we thought SNAREs were only involved in fusion.”
The brain normally sends out 100s of billions of signals throughout the body called synapses. The communication between these synapses are what controls everything that your body does (thinking, moving, smelling, tasting, wondering, etc). This could now provide a new target for a number of brain disorders including epilepsy and other seizure disorders. We are very happy to hear that Botox has further extended its reach from cosmetic uses.
Various different neurotransmitters in the brain send synapses through the brain and are stored inside tiny bubbles. Various different messages (speech, movement, etc) are then tunneled through it and releases neurotransmitters into the synapse.
Here is where Botox comes into play.
Botox disrupts this process all together. Research scientists at the NIH describe how Botox is able to work with the brain in order to help these diseases. During this process, researches use technology to monitor in real-time what is going on and what signals the brain is sending out.
“Until now most scientists thought fusion and retrieval were two separate processes controlled by different sets of molecules,” said Dr. Ling-Gang Wu, the lead research scientist for this project at the NIH.
The results that are being received have a number of different dialogues. Scientists are learning more and more information that could help them solve the last piece to the puzzle in a number of different diseases.