Thursday, April 30, 2009

Woo Hoo!

It must be a new administration, because Botox will now bear a black box warning label. The FDA now recognizes that the botulin toxin in Botox sometimes acts like, well, botulism by affecting other parts of the body and creating difficulty swallowing or breathing.

I don't know why anyone would want anti-frown treatments. Wrinkles be damned, everyone and their uncle will think you're the dumbest sap on the planet if you can't frown or glare at them. Being able to make an unhappy face can sometimes be a woman's greatest weapon.

Of course, one of the things I really liked about the NY Times article on the subject was this comparison to antidepressants:

Antidepressants, for example, carry black boxes warning of the increased danger of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Now this isn't news. But it's amazing that we can live in a country where many people are prescribed medications to relieve depression but those same meds increase suicidal tendencies - and no one seems to have a problem with this.

Eh, as long as it keeps most employees from being too depressed to come to work.

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