snakes

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    June 18, 2014  

    Although snake bites are rarely fatal in the United States, every year about 100,000 people die worldwide after being bitten by venomous snakes. A California doctor has developed a nasal spray treatment that may be able to help some snake bite victims halt paralysis before they reach a hospital. Special correspondent Spencer Michels has the story. Continue reading

  • Researchers in California are hoping to produce an inexpensive and easy way to save patients from venomous snake bites, especially in rural areas where access to a hospital is difficult. Photo by Flickr user katsrcool
    June 18, 2014   BY Spencer Michels 

    Despite their notoriety, snakes — according to some enthusiasts — aren’t getting the attention they deserve, especially when they bite people, which they do with some frequency. The World Health Organization estimates that between 94,000 and 125,000 people die every year from snake bites, to say nothing of 400,000 amputations and other severe health consequences.
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  • June 21, 2011   BY Katherine Harmon and Scientific American  

    Snakes have been around for some 150 million years, but their ancient physiology might hold some important clues to developing new drugs. Continue reading