August 21, 2014 | Rohan

I'm amazed what some people do in the name of beauty... wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections, for instance. It turns out these nerve-paralysing chemicals may have a deeper use too.

Researchers in New York have found that Botox chemicals can slow the growth of stomach tumours in mice and even make them less resistant to chemotherapy. Surprisingly, nerve cells play a role in stomach cancer and this treatment can disrupt them.

Trials have already begun. I've got my fingers crossed that the idea is effective, as it could save lives.

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Botox disrupts the vagus nerve, which goes from the brain to the stomach.

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