Latest Antivenom Stories
Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.
It turns out that rattlesnakes are not only dangerous, but sneaky too, as the nature of their venom varies depending on geographical location and greatly affects the treatment for bites.
The American College of Medical Toxicology will sponsor the Natural Toxins Academy: Clinical Applications of Cutting-Edge Research in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 2014.
New research has found the venom of the brown recluse and other spiders in the genus Loxosceles produces a much different toxic reaction in the body than previously thought, which could eventually lead to more effective anti-venoms, study researchers said.
A team of California researchers has developed a novel approach to treating venomous snakebites by administering antiparalytics topically via a nasal spray, a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce the estimated 125,000 global snakebite fatalities each year.
The American College of Medical Toxicology has launched a national registry of patients with snakebite, with the goals of advancing our understanding of how venoms affect the human body and improving
Scientists say they have engineered a spider protein that could be the start of a new generation of anti-venom vaccines, with the potential to save thousands of lives worldwide.
Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it’s important to know what to do after a snake bite.
Box jellyfish are known to lurk in the waters off the coast of Hawaii and a pair of researchers from the island state have found a treatment that takes some of the sting out of the invertebrate’s deadly venom.
The venom from one of the world’s most dangerous snakes contains a potent painkiller that works as well as morphine, but without the toxic side effects, French researchers reported on Wednesday.
The Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a species of arachnid that is native to the USA from the southern Midwest south to the Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in Canada as well around southeast Ontario, and southern Quebec. Its range lies from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the south, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia. It is not usually found west of the Rocky Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, this...
The Black Mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is a venomous snake from Africa. They can be found in scrub land, bushes and small trees. They tend to live in permanent lairs for long periods if not disturbed. They usually make their homes in vacated insect mounds or hollow trees. The Black Mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa and the second largest venomous snake in the world. It grows to an average length of 8 feet and may even grow to over 14 feet. It gets its name from the inky...
The American copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) is a species of venomous viper native to eastern North America. Mature copperheads have a beautiful coppery colored head and neck. They tend to be smallish snakes, generally about 1.5 ft long (50 cm), but specimens up to 3 ft long (1 m) have been encountered. The body is thin by pit viper standards. There are four clearly defined subspecies. The Northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen) is found throughout the northeastern United...
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