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Botox production boosts Irish economy


Like many towns in Ireland, Westport in Co. Mayo was struggling economically, but an unlikely saviour has come forward in the form of cosmetic enhancements, more specifically, the production of Botox. Allergan – manufacturers of the anti-aging drug – first began trading in 1977, before Botox became so widely used, now it is fighting back against the recession and expanding throughout the west of Ireland.

Councillor Sean Staunton spoke to the Irish Times, explaining that the town did not have high hopes for the company when it initially arrived, and he said that Westport was ‘like a lot of towns on the west coast of Ireland, [it] was on its knees.’

The Botox produced by Allergan is used for muscle treatments as well as for facial lines and wrinkles, and the company are looking to expand business over the next five years, building their workforce by over a thousand people. The new research and development centre will also bring more jobs to the local area, to add to the thousands of people they are keeping in work with the production plant, the beauty salons, and the ten hotels situated in the town. Tourism is expected to boom in the coming years also, as holidaymakers travel to the coast for some pampering and relaxation.

Local hotel owner Joe Corcoran credits the Botox company with keeping the town alive; ‘There have only been two construction projects here in the last three years,’ he said, ‘a school and the Lidl supermarket, so these jobs will be very welcome.’

Irish research looks into Botox for chronic pain


Could Botox be useful for people with chronic pain syndrome? A team of researchers in Ireland is looking onto the possibility of using Botox to manage chronic pain syndrome.

According to the Irish Times, Professor Oliver Dolly and his scientists have been testing the drug to see if it is able to block pain that has otherwise been resistant to treatments.

He explained that Botox is internalised by the nerve and works within it, so could be used to block the sensory neurons responsible for pain signaling.

Professor Dolly has now created a newly-engineered version of Botox and will soon begin testing to see if it can be used on humans, with the results set to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

According to, the condition is defined by pain that lasts longer than six months and may have physical, neurological or psychological roots.

It has previously been very difficult and complex for doctors to treat due to its unpredictability.

Swimming regularly ‘could result in emergency dentistry’


Swimming could result in emergency dentistry.People who swim regularly should take care to ensure their teeth are not damaged so much that they are left needing emergency dentistry.

This is the advice of Louise Chidlow from the British Dental Health Foundation, who told the Daily Mail that a recent study of 500 swimmers found 66 per cent had damaged teeth.

"Chlorine affects the pH of the water and makes it acidic, so swallowing it can lead to tooth erosion," she explained.

The expert added that exposure to the water can also make teeth look yellow by stripping away the enamel and exposing the darker-coloured dentine underneath.

In order to prevent emergency dentistry, people who take a dip in the pool regularly were advised to keep their mouth shut and avoid brushing straight afterwards, as the enamel may be softer then.

Earlier this month, the Irish Times reported research from scientists in the US and Denmark which found that those who snack during the night could be at risk of damaging their teeth.


Midnight feasts ‘could result in emergency dentistry’


Midnight feasts could result in emergency dentistry.People who snack during the night could be more at risk of needing emergency dentistry than those who do not.

This is according to scientists in the US and Denmark, whose study on eating after bedtime was published in the journal Eating Behaviours, the Irish Times reports.

After examining a number of subjects, it was found that nocturnal snackers were at much higher risk of tooth loss than people who mostly ate during the day.

It was suggested that this could be because saliva flow is lower at night, making it more difficult to get rid of the damaging substances in the food.

The newspaper commented: "It is a salutary reminder to everyone to brush and floss before bedtime to give those pearlies a proper rest."

Earlier this month, Liverpool John Moores University discovered that a third of children aged 12 could soon be in need of emergency dentistry if they do not take better care of their teeth.

Mouth-breathing ‘could cause a need for invisible braces’


Could mouth-breathing result in a need for invisible braces?People who breathe through their mouth rather than their nose could begin to suffer from a number of different health problems, as well as making themselves more likely to need invisible braces.

This is according to Marese McDonagh, a health expert who told the Irish Times that while it may not seem important, mouth-breathing can have long-lasting repercussions.

“Mouth-breathing has far more serious consequences for health than almost any other factor, even diet. Every facet of life is affected,” he warned.

Indeed, it could cause crooked teeth because those who breathe through their mouth have small, V-shaped jaws, he explained.

Furthermore, they could develop asthma because they are over-exposed to pollutants.

People who have unwittingly been breathing through their mouth may be pleased to know that invisible braces are not as obtrusive or painful as their metal counterparts, Emma Hill of the Telegraph recently reported.

She said many adults are now flocking to have them fitted to treat teeth they have been unhappy with for years.

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