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Sea Snail Venom Paves Way for Potent New Painkiller

...sed the magical properties of the deadly sea snail venom to create a drug that can kill pain in humans. The snail uses venom to paralyze passing fish, but scientists found that chemicals in the poison could also obstruct pain...

Scorpion Venom may Help Treat Cancer

Scientists in the US have claimed that scorpion venom may help in the treatment of a wide range of cance...umours, the chemical chlorotoxin found in scorpion venom can distinguish cancer from healthy tissue, even when it affects only a few hundred cells and could ...

Increase in the Rate of Food Allergy

...ng to food, like we already can with hay fever and venom allergies....

Chilean President's Cousin Successfully Tests Allergy 'Knockout' Technique on Mice

... constriction, and lethal shock known from food or venom allergies occur when, as a result of exposure to allergens, mast cells react violently and release an enormous array of pro-inflammatory substances, of which histamine is a well-known example. They later on attract inflammatory cells that will mainta...

Fire Ants are Emerging Nuisance for Virginians

...ants repeatedly sting their enemy, injecting toxic venom and leaving a small, acutely painful wound. A day or two later, small, blister-like pustules will develop on the victim, which may lead to secondary infection or permanent scarring without proper care. "This is a horrid, obnoxious pest that we do n...

Investigational Drug Being Pursued for the Treatment of Ischaemic Stroke

...inex is a defibrinogenating agent derived from the venom of the Malayan pit viper. "The ancrod data presented this week in Glasgow draws positive conclusions that support a new dosing regimen for ancrod and revised inclusion/exclusion criteria for the current clinical trials," said David Sherman, MD, Uni...

Brazil Spider Offers Hope for Those Suffering from Erectile Dysfunction

...s separated the different components of the spider venom and ran tests on rats to eek out the erectile enha...a combination of a synthetic version of the spider venom with a drug like Viagra would result in a magnified effect. “So the combination of the two drugs ...

Black and White in ‘Shades of Grey

...e voyeuristic world reeled under the impact of the venom spewed on Shilpa Shetty by fellow contestants on UK’s reality show, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. The participants, who were drawn from various sections of the western society, were living in social isolation, as the rules of the game demanded. Sharing sp...

WHO on an Anti Rabies and Snake Bite Mission

...ady decline in the number of manufacturers of anti venom against African snake bite. Hence global guidelines are being formulated to combat this issue. Educating the people about the snake bite, rabies is very essential. Secondly a uniform standard in the production, quality and marketing of therapeutic ...

Tidbits on Tarantula bites and fiery Pepper sensations!

...that the same nerves are sensitized when tarantula venom is introduced to mice as hot chili peppers when fe...rted by the online journal Nature. The tarantula venom and fiery chili pepper targets the same heat sensor on nerve cells. The researchers examined over 22...

Health Benefits from the Ocean Snail

...ctions and Parkinson's disease may be benefited by venom from an ocean snail according to researchers at th..."Toto" Olivera, found the synthetic version of the venom which can latch onto a brain receptor commonly activated by nicotine during smoking. He explained ...

New Carrier Developed To Deliver Drugs to Gliomas

...mas is under investigation.// Synthetic scorpion venom is used as carriers for radioactive iodine. The fi...or protein particle, which naturally occurs in the venom of the Giant Yellow Israeli scorpion. TM-601 binds to glioma cells and has an unusual ability to p...

New Way to Open Cellular Ion Channels, Implications for Drug Design

Using an enzyme found in the venom of the brown recluse spider, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a new way to open// molecular pores, called ion channels, in the membrane of cells. The research team – Zhe Lu, MD, PhD; Yajamana Ramu, P...

Venomous Cone Snails Relieve Chronic Back Pain

...For years Olivera has been working with cone snail venom to develop a drug that would provide relief to people with chronic pain. He also has been working in his native Philippines. There are more than 500 species of cone snails, which are found in warm seas worldwide. Each species produces many different ...

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 t...he 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 ...

Brain Cancer Could be Safely Treated with Radioactive Scorpion Venom

...n going study with radioactive version of scorpion venom protein showed possibilities of treating brain gli...f a protein resembling the yellow Israeli scorpion venom protein named TM-601, as a safer and different way to destroy proliferating brain cancer cells. R...

Arthritis Pain Can Be Eased Using Snake Venom

Scientists have found that snake venom can be used for easing the debilitating pain from ...ied out, believes that an analgesic based on snake venom could be on sale within five years. The researchers studied the Palestinian viper - the most comm...

Australian Snake Venom Can Arrest Bleeding During Surgery And Trauma

It has been found that the venom of Australian snakes can rapidly arrest bleeding d...neration of therapeutic drugs for humans. Taipan venom has been found to contain high amounts of a blood-clotting protein, referred to as factor X. The gen...

More Lizards, Including Pets, Found Venomous

...ity of Melbourne, lead author of the research, the venom is the perfect knockout punch by monitor lizards t...he feeling of bite pain. They assume that lizard venom may have gone unnoticed for so long because it is not fatal, and yet, it may help lizards catch prey...

Oral Edible vaccine for Allergy Vaccines

...gainst allergy diseases such as hay fever, cat and venom allergies requires continuous monitoring after antibody therapy as the patients may develop adverse immune reactions. Researchers jointly from University of Tokyo and Shimane University team of Japan developed the new edible vaccines. The results o...

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