A single injection of cosmetic botulinum toxin into the facial muscles related to emotional expression can alleviate symptoms of depression, researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany reported at the American Psychiatric Association 2014 Annual Meeting. Patients with chronic and treatment-resistant depression who received a botulinum toxin injection in glabellar frown lines experienced higher reductions in depression indicators than patients who received saline injections.
A new study suggests that drinking coffee lowers the risk of developing liver cancer, a conclusion reached after compiling data for 20 years. Two cups of coffee per day reduces liver cancer by 43%, according to the findings.
A recent study found that a daily regime of antioxidant vitamins can decrease the incidence of pain associated with pancreatitis. Patients treated for six months with daily supplements of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and methionine reported less pain and less use of narcotics than did those treated with placebos.