return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
Chameleons, Geckos, Tortoises, Tegus and Ball Pythons for sale online
Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Chicks, Quail
Available Now at RodentPro.com!
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Boa . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Anole . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - June 17, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - July 08, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  York County Reptile Show - July 09, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Richmond Reptile Expo - July 15, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  East Coast Reptile Super Expo - July15, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Western Maryland Reptile Show - July 29, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Aug. 12 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - Aug. 26, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Sept. 09 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Reptiles At The York Expo Center - Sept. 16, 2023 . . . . . . . . . . 

full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
click here for Rodent Pro
pool banner - $50 year

FL Press: Slowing Down Snake Venom

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Venomous Reptiles ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: W von Papineu at Mon Jul 4 12:20:25 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by W von Papineu ]  
   

MIAMI HERALD (Florida) 29 June 11 Slowing Down Snake Venom (Sammy Mack)
Victims of venomous snake bites might soon be getting the gift of time.
A new study out this week in the journal Nature Medicine shows a treatment traditionally used in heart patients can slow the speed of snake venom hitting the blood stream.
The eastern coral snake is one of six venomous snakes indigenous to Florida. (Image: John Edwards Holbrook)
Australian researchers applied an ointment with nitric oxide around snake bite areas on mice. The mice that got the ointment lived 50% longer than the control mice.
Then human subjects were injected with a dye that simulates venom. Without the ointment, it took about 13 minutes for the dye to travel from the foot to the groin. With the ointment, the process slowed down to about 54 minutes. That quadruples the amount of time before the venom hits the blood stream.
“If you’re in a remote area it gives you time to get in contact with somebody,” says Captain Jeffrey Fobb of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Response Program.
Fobb’s department maintains the country’s only antivenom bank. The Florida Department of Health doesn’t have statewide numbers, but Miami’s antivenom unit responds to about 100 calls in South Florida every year.
But don’t go antagonizing your venomous snakes just yet.
Fobb points Florida’s snakes are a little different from the Australian varieties. The venom in Florida snakes tends to cause tissue death. It’s one of the reasons snake bites sometimes lead to amputations. It’s not clear yet from the study if slowing down the the process will cause tissue-killing venom to pool in one area and do greater damage.
“It may not benefit us,” says Fobb. “If it was the case of life over limb, then perhaps it would.”
Fobb also points out that the best way to prevent a bad snake bite is to keep your distance from snakes.
Slowing Down Snake Venom


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Hide Replies ]


>> Next topic:  PAK Press: College girl dies snake bite - W von Papineu, Tue Jul 12 07:18:47 2011
<< Previous topic:  GBR Press: Snake breeder dead after bite - W von Papineu, Wed Jun 29 12:44:57 2011