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 ...

Immunology

Venoms are sources in the search for new medicines

Animal venoms are the subject of study at the Butantan Institute in São Paulo. But in this case, the idea is not to find antidotes, but rather to use the properties of the venoms themselves to identify molecular targets ...

Medications

Fruit- derived rutin combats the effects of jararaca viper venom

Rutin, a bioflavonoid (plant pigment) found in certain vegetables and fruits, protects mice against snake venom by minimizing bleeding and inflammation, according to a study performed at the Butantan Institute, a research ...

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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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