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want to see more research on this! 
23rd-May-2006 09:10 am
out of these shadows
According to a study reported in the May issue of Dermatologic Surgery, the official journal of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), forehead injections of Botox may relieve depression in some patients. It was a very small study (10 subjects) with a short follow-up time, so these results "must be considered anecdotal", said the president-elect of the ASDS in a commentary on the article.

I don't like Botox when used for cosmetic purposes — I think an immobile forehead looks weird and artificial. But according to one of the study subjects, "There was no dramatic cosmetic change, so that wasn't it. But I began to feel more like doing the things that I had been avoiding."

Intriguing. I hope someone does a properly-designed large-scale study on this.
23rd-May-2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
This just screams for a They Might Be Giants reference.

Ten subjects does seem like an exceedingly small sample set, though...
23rd-May-2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's really only enough to say "hey, this is intriguing and we need to do more research."

Of course, the first article I came across about it quoted the "90% of patients improved" stat, and didn't happen to mention that 90% = 9 out of 10. *sigh*

If I were Dictator of the Universe, basic statistics would be part of the standard junior high/high school curriculum.
23rd-May-2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Toss in some basic rhetoric and logic, and you've got my vote for dictator. Only four billion more to go...
23rd-May-2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to suspect that people self-medicate all the time, and they frequently make the correct decisions.

23rd-May-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think people make right choices when self-medicating a lot more often than the medical profession would have us believe. Not always, of course, and it probably depends on what they're using to self-medicate. Alcohol, not so good. Meth, very very bad. But there are lots and lots of functional, self-supporting, reasonably well-balanced pot smokers out there.
23rd-May-2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
i can see the logic in this, because the mind-body connection works in mysterious ways. i always -- and i mean always, even immediately after a massage -- feel like my forehead muscles are drawn into the 'frown' formation. it doesn't necessarily show (or maybe i'm just so used to seeing myself that way), but those muscles are just tense all the time. i'm willing to bet that if they let go, i'd start to feel less tense overall.

very interesting idea.
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