Navigation Links
Painkiller Based on Sea Snail Venom Made Available in Britain

New painkiller, Prialt, based on the venom of a sea snail will be available in Britain from today.

The drug Prialt, or ziconotide, has resulted from over// 20 years' of research by the scientist, Baldomera Olivera, a professor at the University of Utah.

The advantage of Prialt is that it is 1,000 times more potent than morphine but not addictive like morphine. It is mainly aimed at people suffering from severe, chronic pain who are usually treated with morphine.

The drug is administered by injection into the fluid around the spine. It has become the first non-opioid painkiller that is administered in this method to be approved in Europe.

As many as one in seven people have been known to suffer from chronic pain. Arthritis and back pain are the commonest causes of chronic pain in addition to headache and injury.

While painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen that are administered orally are the first resort those whose pain still persists can be treated with painkillers injected into the spinal fluid, using a pump worn by the patient.

Prialt is a synthetic version of the venom used by the sea snail Conus magus, popularly known as the Magician's Cone Snail, to hunt prey.

As a boy Professor Olivera used to collect the shells of these snails and study them. These two-inch sized snails shoots out a thin worm like tube into fish swimming by. When the venom is injected into the fish it is paralyzed and can be swallowed whole.

A teenager, Michael McIntosh, who started to help with the research soon after leaving school, discovered the venom. Now, 25 years later, he is a research psychiatrist at the University of Utah and still works with Professor Olivera.

On analysis of the venom they identified one peptide that stopped nerve cells from sending signals to the brain. It does this by blocking the calcium channels on the nerves, which transmit pain signals. After the channels are blo
'"/>




Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients Lives
2. Painkiller Linked to Deaths
3. Canine Painkiller unveiled by Novartis
4. Painkillers may protect against Alzheimers disease
5. Painkillers may raise miscarriage risk
6. Painkillers Increase Risk of Miscarriage
7. In The Habit Of Taking Painkillers For Your Chronic Headache? Time To Switch Over
8. Aspirin Might Counter Side Effects of Cox-2 Painkillers
9. Botox Can Be a Competent Painkiller
10. Painkillers Lead To Liver Failure
11. Study Advocates Use Of Oral Painkillers After Cesarean Section
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Painkiller Based Sea Snail Venom Made Available Britain

(Date:11/26/2014)... Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk ... was linked with a number of factors associated with ... according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked ... peers, and having friends who were prone to getting ... found an association between early puberty and these factors, ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens prescribed ... to abuse those drugs than other teens, a ... need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers ... said. "Prescribers and parents don,t realize the ... professor at the University of Michigan School of ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to peanut protein ... allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a ... children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. ... food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, the researchers noted. ... to 15 months. The researchers examined the amount of ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter ... as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria ... and other problems, a small new study suggests. ... likely users will become ill, and study authors aren,t recommending ... However, these antacids "should be used at the lowest dose ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... Recently, Fecbek.com ( http://www.fecbek.com ), a leading ... and introduced the history of the Black Friday to its ... after Thanksgiving? It is the Black Friday! It is a ... 11th in China. However, not everyone knows the history of ... about this special day. , The fourth Friday in November ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens 2Health News:Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse 2Health News:Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study 2Health News:Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs? 2Health News:Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs? 3
... North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have revealed that inhaling ... by cystic fibrosis (CF). Hypertonic saline// is a water-based ... ,The researchers arrived at this conclusion after testing 24 patients ... inhaling the salt solution improved the health of the lungs ...
... Pharmaceutical companies have been called upon to stop marketing ... Organization (WHO), as the parasite which causes malaria may ... Kochi, director of the WHO's malaria department, said that ... effective anti-malarials, on its own would result in the ...
... experts have warned that the new wristwatch invented by South ... can turnout to be a health hazard. They have warned ... HIV/AIDS.// There are some who have also expressed doubts if ... ,'In my mind it's a potential public health ...
... 1.107 million fowl have been killed in Turkey with the ... in the country. This has been revealed by the Turkish ... detected in as many as 13 provinces in the country, ... the bird flu has been detected are Van, Aydin, Bursa, ...
... by having their ovaries and uterus removed, if they have ... is because these women face higher chances of contracting ovarian ... as high as 40% to 60%, while it is between ... ,Women who do not have the Lynch syndrome ...
... of African Subcommittee, House Committee on International Relations has ... AIDS testing and counseling as done in Uganda. //Uganda ... effective in early diagnosis of HIV and also helps ... person due to ignorance about the disease. ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:11/26/2014)... and LONDON , Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... AZN ) today announced that AMAGINE-2 TM , ... brodalumab in more than 1,800 patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, ... (ustekinumab) and placebo at week 12. Brodalumab 210 mg ... were each shown to be superior to Stelara on the ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 / -- China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD ... chain in China based on ... appointment of Ms. Rebecca Yingnan Zhang as ... Ms.Zhang has over 20 years of experience in ... Prior to Ms. Zhang,s appointment as the Company,s Chief ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... SEATTLE , Nov. 24, 2014 ... granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to the company,s JCAR015 ... for the treatment of relapsed or refractory B-cell ... collaboration partner, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where ... "The FDA,s action is important news ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 2Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 3Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 4Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 5Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 6Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 7Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 8Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 9Amgen And AstraZeneca Announce Positive Results From Third And Final Pivotal Phase 3 Study Of Brodalumab In Patients With Moderate-To-Severe Plaque Psoriasis 10China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Appoints Ms. Rebecca Yingnan Zhang as Chief Operating Officer 2China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Appoints Ms. Rebecca Yingnan Zhang as Chief Operating Officer 3Juno T Cell Therapy For Leukemia Granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation 2Juno T Cell Therapy For Leukemia Granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation 3
... Cardiac Science Corporation , a global leader in automated ... monitoring devices that connect to electronic medical record ... it has completed certification with Allscripts Professional ... connectivity solution for its resting ECG, stress, and Holter ...
... and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg today conducted an unusual ... a forum hosted by the National Organization for Rare Disorders ... Hamburg could share with the patient advocates her vision for ... concerns. "I come today to ask for your ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Cardiac Science Extends Device Connectivity to Allscripts Professional™ Electronic Health Record 2Cardiac Science Extends Device Connectivity to Allscripts Professional™ Electronic Health Record 3Cardiac Science Extends Device Connectivity to Allscripts Professional™ Electronic Health Record 4Cardiac Science Extends Device Connectivity to Allscripts Professional™ Electronic Health Record 5NORD Hosts Forum for FDA Commissioner and Patient Leaders 2
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
Medicine Products: