Scientists Working on Botox Medication to Treat Cerebral Palsy

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It’s interesting when you consider the fact that Botox is, in its most basic form, one of the most toxic substances known to mankind. For centuries exposure to this substance was deadly, but in recent years medical researchers have uncovered several potential uses for it in different forms. Of course, the most common way in which Botox is used to help people is in the form of an injection that helps to reverse the appearance of the aging process. While this is helpful to many people, it does not necessarily affect someone’s actual health.

That could be in the process of changing if researchers from the United Kingdom succeed in proving a theory that they have formulated and that they are currently studying and testing. That theory states that Botox could potentially be used to help treat patients who suffer from such conditions as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease and chronic migraine headaches. The essence of the theory rests in how this substance works inside the body.

When someone takes in an injection of Botox, the substance blocks the signals from the brain that tell the facial muscles to contract. This results in the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles that tend to show up under the eyes. The researchers at the University of Lincoln are currently looking at the possibility of this same type of function playing a positive role in conditions like cerebral palsy that hinder the brain if used in small doses.

It is way too early to know if this theory is going to play out into reality in such a way that the use of the Botox protein can actually help people who suffer from these conditions. However, every treatment that’s been discovered for every condition that has been successfully managed began with a starting point that seemed somewhat far-fetched. The researchers are going to continue with their efforts and they will report any progress that is made.

Parents of children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy would no doubt like to remain up-to-date with regards to any progress that is made in the fight against this condition. At this point, cerebral palsy is a permanent condition for which there is no cure. As such, children who live with it basically need to learn to maximize their potential while dealing with their symptoms.

These situations are only made worse when a child contracts cerebral palsy because the medical professionals who were delivering the child made a mistake and allowed the infant to suffer from a loss of oxygen that damaged his or her brain. These are situations that could have been avoided, and parents and children who have suffered from this mistake face a very difficult situation.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you feel it was the result of a mistake made by doctors, contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.