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New forms of botulinum toxin

Posted Jun 10 2009 6:46pm

Botulinum toxin, which most people know as Botox is produced by a bacteria - Clostridium botulinum.  This bacteria actually produces 7 different type of this toxin: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.  Botox is botulinum toxin, type A, while another commercial product, Myobloc is botulinum toxin, type B.  Researchers, Drs. Dolly, Aoki and their colleagues managed to combine type A and E, according to a report in The Journal of Neuroscience.  Test tube experiments suggest that this combination could prove to be more effective for the treatment of pain than type A alone.  This is a very promising discovery, since Botox is effective for only about two thirds of chronic migraine sufferers.  The combined toxin could be also effective for other types of pain.

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