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2011-09-13 09:00:00

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rare Disease Therapeutics, Inc. (RDT) announced today that its recently approved Anascorp® (Centruroides (Scorpion) Immune F(ab')2 (Equine) Injection) is now available on the market through Accredo Health Group, Inc. - a wholly owned subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS). On August 3, 2011, Anascorp became the first treatment approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration...

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2011-08-04 12:40:00

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever drug as scorpion-sting antivenom. Anascorp, an antivenom produced in Mexico, was tested in U.S. clinical trials. This is the first time a drug that was fully developing in Latin American that has been approved by the FDA. "This is an historic event," Dr. Leslie Boyer, director of the University of Arizona's VIPER Institute (Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response Institute) and lead investigator on the clinical...

2011-08-03 16:04:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Anascorp, the first specific treatment for a scorpion sting by Centruroides scorpions in the United States. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Venomous scorpions in the U.S. are mostly found in Arizona. Severe stings occur most frequently in infants and children, and can cause shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs, breathing problems, excess saliva,...

2011-02-07 15:55:13

Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex"”structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide"”are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era. Previously the oldest molecular signature of chitin-protein complex was discovered in 25 million year old Cenozoic fossils and remnants of structural protein have also been discovered in 80 million-year-old Mesozoic fossils. Carnegie's George Cody...

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2010-12-23 14:07:50

Experiments by a team of researchers in New York and New Jersey have generated evidence that questions the common belief that the pterygotid eurypterids ("sea scorpions") were high-level predators in the Paleozoic oceans. This group, which ranged the seas from about 470 to 370 million years ago (long before the dinosaurs appeared), included the largest and, arguably, scariest-looking arthropods known to have evolved on planet Earth. Reaching lengths of 2 ½ meters with a...

2010-10-22 18:54:52

A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion (Centruroides margaritatus) could hold the key to reducing heart bypass failures, according to research from the University of Leeds. The study, published online in Cardiovascular Research, reports that one of the scorpion's toxins, margatoxin, is at least 100 times more potent at preventing neointimal hyperplasia - the most comon cause of bypass graft failure - than any other known compound. Neointimal hyperplasia is the blood...

2010-06-21 10:11:00

ORLANDO, Fla., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Scorpion munition was successfully flight tested June 17 from a C-130 aircraft at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ. Ejected at an altitude of 5,000 feet through a Common Launch Tube on the aircraft, Scorpion successfully deployed its fins and wing, allowing it to precisely glide 1.65 nautical miles to the target. Utilizing a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System to locate the target area, Scorpion...

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2010-03-29 14:58:12

A Brazilian scorpion has provided researchers at North Carolina State University and East Carolina University insight into venom's effects on the ability of certain cells to release critical components. The findings may prove useful in understanding diseases like pancreatitis or in targeted drug delivery. A common result of scorpion stings, pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. ECU microbiologist Dr. Paul Fletcher believed that scorpion venom might be used as a way to discover how...

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2010-03-12 12:25:00

New evidence that specialized adaptations are not evolutionary dead ends Blind scorpions that live in the stygian depths of caves are throwing light on a long-held assumption that specialized adaptations are irreversible evolutionary dead-ends. According to a new phylogenetic analysis of the family Typhlochactidae, scorpions currently living closer to the surface (under stones and in leaf litter) evolved independently on more than one occasion from ancestors adapted to life further below the...

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2010-02-16 15:32:44

Scorpion venom is notoriously poisonous "” but it might be used as an alternative to dangerous and addictive painkillers like morphine, a Tel Aviv University researcher claims. Prof. Michael Gurevitz of Tel Aviv University's Department of Plant Sciences is investigating new ways for developing a novel painkiller based on natural compounds found in the venom of scorpions. These compounds have gone through millions of years of evolution and some show high efficacy and specificity for...