Immunology

Q&A: Bee sting allergy—here's what you need to know

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 52 years old and recently experienced a severe reaction when I was stung by a bee. I do not have any other allergies and I do not recall having a reaction to a bee sting as a child. Is it normal to ...

Oncology & Cancer

Venom from honeybees found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells

Using the venom from 312 honeybees and bumblebees in Perth Western Australia, Ireland and England, Dr. Ciara Duffy from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia, tested the effect ...

Cardiology

Exploring how a scorpion toxin might help treat heart attacks

Scientists are discovering potential life-saving medicines from an unlikely source: the venom of creatures like snakes, spiders and scorpions. Scorpion venom, in particular, contains a peptide that has beneficial effects ...

Medical research

Researchers demonstrate a novel way to treat snakebite

Snakebite is one of the world's biggest hidden health problems with up to 138 000 victims dying every year, and around 400 000 victims left with permanent physical disabilities or disfigurements. Those most affected live ...

Medications

How to save a country from snakebite

The evening that a snake bit Mahfudin was one like any other. The sun had set behind Mount Lawu, to the west of Mahfudin's village in the central part of Java, Indonesia. Crickets chirped in the hedges. Goats bleated in a ...

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Venom

Venom is any of a variety of toxins used by certain types of animals. Generally, venom is injected by such means as a bite or a sting.

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