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Scientists develop antidote to new anticoagulants

(Medical Xpress)—Anticoagulants have saved the lives of those at risk for heart attack or stroke. However, because they prevent blood clotting, they can be dangerous to patients who suffer traumatic injuries or who require ...

Mar 05, 2013
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Researcher studies protein's role in aging

With time, the amino acid known as asparagine will eventually degrade. Long considered a type of protein "damage," the phenomenon has come to be accepted as yet another part of aging: our hair turns gray, our joints begin ...

Jul 24, 2013
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Teen girls who exercise are less likely to be violent

Regular exercise is touted as an antidote for many ills, including stress, depression and obesity. Physical activity also may help decrease violent behavior among adolescent girls, according to new research to be presented ...

May 06, 2013
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Antidote

An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning. The term ultimately derives from the Greek αντιδιδοναι antididonai, "given against".

The antidotes for some particular toxins are manufactured by injecting the toxin into an animal in small doses and extracting the resulting antibodies from the host animals' blood. This results in an antivenom that can be used to counteract poison produced by certain species of snakes, spiders, and other venomous animals. A number of venoms lack a viable antivenom, and a bite or sting from an animal producing such a toxin often results in death. Some animal venoms, especially those produced by arthropods (e.g. certain spiders, scorpions, bees, etc.) are only potentially lethal when they provoke allergic reactions and induce anaphylactic shock; as such, there is no "antidote" for these venoms because it is not a form of poisoning, though anaphylactic shock can be treated (e.g., by the use of epinephrine).

Some other toxins have no known antidote. For example, the poison ricin, which is produced from the waste byproduct of castor oil manufacture, has no antidote, and as a result is often fatal if it enters the human body in sufficient quantities.

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