Narrator: This is Science Today. In a case of scientific serendipity, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco discovered a cosmetic treatment called Botox that's commonly used to alleviate facial wrinkles - may also relieve migraines. Dermatologist Richard Glogau based the study on his observation that patients receiving Botox injections to the upper face also reported suffering fewer headaches.
Glogau: And these are patients that had been taking some fairly heavy series medication for chronic migraine. So we started to actively track it when patients came in and wanted wrinkle treatment we made a note of whether or not they had migraine or history of what medicine they were taking and then followed what their response to the treatments were.
Narrator: Glogau found Botox - which temporarily paralyzes voluntary muscle movement - reduced migraines for up to six months in three out of four of his patients.
Glogau: Clearly for a significant segment of the population with headache, there's another avenue, another therapy available. If nothing else, it'll let them get by with a lot less medication.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.