After erasing wrinkles, botox jab to fix bladders

Botox, best known for smoothing out facial wrinkles, could be an effective treatment for women suffering from overactive bladder syndrome, scientists have claimed. Researchers at Leicester University in the UK found that injecting a small quantity of the toxic directly into the wall of the bladder improves symptoms in women who too often hear the call of the bathroom.

It halved the numbers of times when women with moderate to severe urinary incontinence urgently needed the lavatory, or ended up having a little accident, the researchers found.

It also cut the number of times they needed the bathroom by a quarter, they said.

Dr Douglas Tincello, who led the study, said: "Overactive bladder syndrome is a relatively common health issue which affects up to a fifth of women aged 40 and over."

"The study hopefully means much better treatment for this condition which can severely impact on quality of life and cause women considerable embarrassment," Dr Tincello was quoted as saying by the Daily Tlegraph. The study was carried out at eight urogynaecology centres in the UK from 2006 to 2009, involving of 240 women having the bladder problem.

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