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Daily Archives: January 16, 2006

Botox smooths over bladder problems for injured

Published: January 16, 2006

botox008AUSTRALIA’S biggest trial of Botox — a toxin most commonly associated with cosmetic surgery — aims to put an end to the embarrassing bladder weakness experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries.

And trial participants are already hoping the West Australian Government will come to the party and provide funding to allow them to continue receiving the treatment.

Commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, Botox blocks the sensory nerve signals being sent from the bladder, while relaxing the muscle.

‘Hwang myth’ spurs dubious stem cell tests

Published: January 16, 2006

009040-001Rush to develop therapies leaves 12 dead, 80% in worse condition

KOREA – Hwang Mi-sun, 39, was once hailed as proof that miracle cures can happen. Paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury she suffered when she was 19, she met the press on Nov. 25, 2004, and took a few steps with the aid of a walker.

The press conference was called by a team of researchers at Chosun University’s medical school, Seoul National University’s veterinary college and Seoul Cord Bank, a Biotechnology company, who had treated Ms. Hwang with injections of adult stem cells.