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Botox ‘could be used to treat asthma’

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Botox 'could be used to treat asthma'Researchers in Australia are preparing a medical trial to find out if Botox injections could be used as a treatment for asthma.

The landmark experiment will see botulinum toxin type A injected into the vocal cords of 30 asthma sufferers at Monash University in Melbourne.

Medical experts believe the treatment could help patients to breathe easier, as a previous study found many severe asthmatics suffer problems with their voice box as well as their lungs.

"We won't cure asthma, but it may be possible for us to relieve people's symptoms to the extent where their severe asthma turns into a mild or moderate disease," the Monash Medical Centre's Phil Bardin told the Herald Sun.

Asthma, a condition that causes tightness in the chest and shortness of breath, is thought to affect 5.4 million people in the UK.

Botox is most commonly used as an anti-wrinkle treatment, but has been trialled for numerous medical purposes in recent years.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800602336-ADNFCR

Older people ‘have better teeth’

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Older people are keeping their teeth for longer.

Improvements in oral care are leading to more older people having healthier teeth than ever before, it has been claimed.

The Auburn Reporter revealed that in times past it was unusual for people aged over 60 to have all of their own teeth, but medical advances in recent years, as well as an increase in the number of preventative treatments against gum disease, decay and other oral ailments has meant this is now not the case.

“Older teeth may need additional treatment to keep them healthy. But today, most people can keep the majority of their existing natural teeth for a lifetime,” the publication noted.

Elsewhere, the Herald Sun recently reported 22-year-old Nicky Welfare has been told he will have to have all his teeth removed due to the amount of alcohol he consumes.

The publication revealed Mr Welfare drank 24 cans of lager every day, as well two litre bottles of cider and as such, his alcoholism has cost him his teeth, as he will now need to have dentures fitted.

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