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Researchers find painkilling power in venom

Although the idea of a spider bite can be frightening, the creature’s venom could help scientists discover new painkillers, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Pharmacology. The Australian study shows seven compounds in spider venom that could help prevent the body from passing pain signals to the brain. Just one of those compounds could create new options for painkillers, according to the study.

After screening 205 spider venoms, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia found that 40% contained NAV1.7 channels, which interfere with pain signals, the study said.

By | 2015-08-06T15:16:24-04:00 April 6th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news|0 Comments

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