Snakebite treatment buys time

Snakebite treatment buys time

Ointment slows venom’s progress to vital organs

By Nadia Drake, 18:12 PM June 24, 2011

Indiana Jones, intrepid cinematic archaeologist, is famously afraid of snakes. Perhaps he wouldn’t need to be if he had a new ointment developed by scientists in Australia. Quickly applying a nitric oxide–containing ointment near the bite site slows the spread of some venoms, including the notorious eastern brown snake’s, the researchers report online June 26 in Nature Medicine.

“This treatment might make all the difference between dying on the road and getting to the hospital in time,” say...

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