Thursday, May 29, 2008

In the future, stroke survivors might thank snakes

Stories about snake venom treating stroke victims have appeared from time to time, so it's high time to link to one for Stroke Awareness Month.

This one is from the Tallahassee Democrat. A particular study, in which the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Stroke Center is taking part, focuses on the use of Malayan pit viper venom. According to the article, the venom might work up to six hours after a stroke; a drug derived from the venom "is believed to have anti-coagulation and anti-clotting effects, which may improve blood flow to the brain."

The worldwide study started in 2005, and it bears watching.

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