Narrator: This is Science Today. The popular wrinkle treatment known as Botox is also the most potent poison known to medical science. It's derived from a molecule that's made by the chlostridium bacteria, the poison that accumulates in improperly canned food that causes botulism. Dr. Richard Glogau, a dermatologist at the University of California, San Francisco says while Botox is used to erase wrinkles, every medical specialty is starting to find a use for this drug.
Glogau: It's turned out to be useful for other things like uncontrolled sweating and treatment of headache. Chronic nerve pains of certain types like shingles. Many of which heretofore have had no effective therapy at all. So it's definitely a molecule for the new Millennium.
Narrator: Glogau previously found that Botox treatments alleviated migraines.
Glogau: We actually found that we could reliably affect migraine headache by treating not only the same areas that we were treating with wrinkles, but adding the injections at the side of the head and back of the base of the neck.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.