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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/18/2004, 13:47:42


Does botulinium therapy or treatments basically have its roots in this particular field of medicine??



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Re: Nanomedicine
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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
03/19/2004, 20:14:40


BOTOX is made from Botulinum A toxin, which is a very toxic poison occuring naturally in, e.g. badly canned tomatoes. It was originally suggested as a possible control for strabismus, of cross-eyedness. Later it was adapted for the treatment of BEB and is currently used to control a number of other movement disorders, as well as its cosmetic use to smooth out "crow's feet" wrinkles, etc. In all these therapies VERY low doses are used.

AFAIK it has no relation to nanomedicine.

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/20/2004, 05:55:25


But isn't the toxin refined down to a very very fine particulate matter, well i know it is. What is your understanding of nanomedicine?



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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
03/20/2004, 12:47:31


Take a look at this site:
http://www.foresight.org/Nanomedicine/

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
03/20/2004, 13:19:44


... and then read the following review of Dr. Freitas' book:

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2000/oct2000_review.html

It's exciting stuff with enormous promise for the future, but it ain't here yet!

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Mary, upstate NY
03/20/2004, 19:52:32


---Lynn, it sounds completely crazy! But when my husband started working for IBM in the 50's, I remember how amazed he was by the "tiny" engineering work being done by the Swiss, in particular. And look what happened to computers! Starting out the size of a room, they now can be amazingly small. It won't happen in my lifetime, but I wouldn't say it's impossible in the future! Another Medical Revolution! Mary



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Posted by: Ann Doyle
03/23/2004, 11:51:44


Who says it can't happen in our life time? I'm only 73 1/2. Speak Oh ye of little faith!
Ann Doyle



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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/22/2004, 08:29:00


I did briefly look at this site when they were mentioning nanotechnology and there was a link to nanomedicine and i thought 'what on earth are these??". So you are saying it is in the future, but mary is saying there has already been alot of work done on this? I must confess it is mindboggling and somewhat scary.



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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
03/22/2004, 12:58:13


According to my sources there is a fair amount of experimentation already going on with "Guinea Pig" patients, some of which are reporting very good results, but we're still in the infancy of this technology.

One patient reporting starting with glaucoma and arthritis and after a couple year's treatment with microcsopic medications (designed to attack calcium deposits and whatever) is now seeing and walking - about 90% improvement. So I'm encouraged by such results as these.

But BEB is a different kind of beast, for which the attack chemicals have not yet been identified, and while we may see results in a few years, it may be a long time for the techniques to be perfected. My guess is that most of the efforts will be focussed on cancer and heart disease for decades, perhaps. BEB is well down on anybody's priority list, and I prefer it that way: I'd far rather have my heart survive long enough for the BEB to rise in the priority list. Of what use is it for me to recover my vision just in time for my funeral? :-)

Cheers,

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/24/2004, 08:04:37


Well, yes i agree with you sort of. But if they could just hasten the process of reconnecting the damaged neurotransmitters......
This is something that has to be visualized. If this process can remove calcium deposits that it maybe could also add what is missing in our neuromuscular disorder.



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