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New way to protect crops from insect plagues in safe and environmentally responsible way

New way to protect crops from insect plagues in safe and environmentally responsible way

Using spider toxins to study the proteins that let nerve cells send out electrical signals, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have stumbled upon a biological tactic that may offer a new way to protect crops from insect plagues in a safe and environmentally responsible way. [More]

Wake Forest Baptist Physician offers tips to prevent bites and rashes in summer

When summer rolls around, nothing beats soaking up the rays, hiking in a forest or playing Frisbee with the family … until a mosquito, bee or poisonous plant ruins the fun. [More]
New research collaboration aims to develop better therapies for autoimmune diseases

New research collaboration aims to develop better therapies for autoimmune diseases

Seattle Children's Research Institute and biotechnology company Kineta, Inc. today launched the Alliance for Children's Therapeutics (ACT), a first-of-its-kind pediatric research and funding collaboration designed to speed development of new medications for children and teens with lupus nephritis and other autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
Researchers take another promising step toward developing universal antidote for snakebite

Researchers take another promising step toward developing universal antidote for snakebite

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Matthew Lewin of the California Academy of Sciences and Dr. Stephen P. Samuel of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland has taken another promising step toward developing a universal antidote for snakebite. [More]
Researchers show how cone snails venom inhibits neuronal calcium channels to reduce neuropathic pain

Researchers show how cone snails venom inhibits neuronal calcium channels to reduce neuropathic pain

The venom from marine cone snails, used to immobilize prey, contains numerous peptides called conotoxins, some of which can act as painkillers in mammals. A recent study in The Journal of General Physiology provides new insight into the mechanisms by which one conotoxin, Vc1.1, inhibits pain. [More]
Watch out for snakes as weather warms, warns UAB emergency medicine specialist

Watch out for snakes as weather warms, warns UAB emergency medicine specialist

With the first warm weekend of spring, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital saw its first snakebite. [More]
Cedars-Sinai researchers develop unique imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors

Cedars-Sinai researchers develop unique imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. [More]
Mutations in small proteins that help convey electrical signals may influence nerve health

Mutations in small proteins that help convey electrical signals may influence nerve health

​Mutations in small proteins that help convey electrical signals throughout the body may have a surprisingly large effect on health, according to results of a new Johns Hopkins study study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in December using spider, scorpion and sea anemone venom. [More]
Nanosponge vaccine blocks adverse effects of alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA

Nanosponge vaccine blocks adverse effects of alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA

Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) could serve as a safe and effective vaccine against this toxin. This "nanosponge vaccine" enabled the immune systems of mice to block the adverse effects of the alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA-both within the bloodstream and on the skin. Nanoengineers from the University of California, San Diego described the safety and efficacy of this nanosponge vaccine in the December 1 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. [More]
Allergy shots for insect stings decreases anxiety and depression

Allergy shots for insect stings decreases anxiety and depression

Stinging insects are everywhere making them nearly inescapable. The thought of being stung can cause depression and anxiety for the two million Americans that are allergic to their venom. [More]
Report suggests venom immunotherapy can make sufferers less allergic to insect stings

Report suggests venom immunotherapy can make sufferers less allergic to insect stings

If you think summer insects are done setting their sights on ruining your outdoor gathering, think again. August's hot and dry climate is the perfect breeding ground for insects, especially yellow jackets. And for the millions of Americans allergic to insect stings, these late summer bugs can be deadly. [More]
Synthetic compound derived from sea anemone toxin shows potential to treat obesity

Synthetic compound derived from sea anemone toxin shows potential to treat obesity

Scientists at UC Irvine reported this week that a synthetic compound ShK-186, originally derived from a sea anemone toxin, has been found to enhance metabolic activity and shows potential as a treatment for obesity and insulin resistance. [More]
New nanosponge safely removes dangerous toxins from bloodstream

New nanosponge safely removes dangerous toxins from bloodstream

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream - including toxins produced by MRSA, E. coli, poisonous snakes and bees. [More]
Genetic mutation that alters PIEZO1 ion channel in RBCs contributes to familial xerocytosis

Genetic mutation that alters PIEZO1 ion channel in RBCs contributes to familial xerocytosis

A genetic mutation that alters the kinetics of an ion channel in red blood cells has been identified as the cause behind a hereditary anemia, according to a paper published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by University at Buffalo scientists and colleagues. [More]
Melittin-loaded nanoparticles can destroy human immunodeficiency virus

Melittin-loaded nanoparticles can destroy human immunodeficiency virus

Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. [More]
Sanofi Canada announces new option for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis

Sanofi Canada announces new option for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis

Sanofi Canada announces a new option for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Allerject is the first and only 'talking' epinephrine auto-injector in Canada. [More]
Basal tryptase linked to severe reactions in children with sting allergy

Basal tryptase linked to severe reactions in children with sting allergy

Elevated levels of serum basal tryptase are associated with an increased risk for systemic reactions in children with insect venom allergy, research shows. [More]
Researchers learn how E2-79 molecule destroys complexes that induce allergic responses

Researchers learn how E2-79 molecule destroys complexes that induce allergic responses

Researchers have learned how a man-made molecule destroys complexes that induce allergic responses - a discovery that could lead to the development of highly potent, rapidly acting interventions for a host of acute allergic reactions. [More]
Researchers investigate African plants effective in treating snakebite

Researchers investigate African plants effective in treating snakebite

A PhD student at the University of Copenhagen has drawn on nature's own pharmacy to help improve the treatment of snakebites in Africa. [More]
Novel method of identifying molecules that can help prevent diabetes

Novel method of identifying molecules that can help prevent diabetes

Pancreatic beta cells produce insulin, responsible for controlling blood sugar levels and thus essential for our survival. Among the numerous factors that affect the workings of these cells, a protein called Cx36 was identified a few months ago by a research team at the UNIGE. [More]