Botox is the latest innovation in cosmetic improvements, using a substance derived from lethal bacteria to prevent or get rid of "worry lines" on the forehead. But it’s long been used as a therapeutic agent for treatment of certain neuromuscular disorders. A panel talks about how Botox works and how it’s used today.

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  • Dr. Cheryl Burgess medical director of the Center for Dermatology in Washington, DC
  • Dr. Cynthia Kleppinger medical officer and clinical reviewer in the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
  • Dr. Stephen Reich associate professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

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