Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

Scientists discover that a cream can slow the spread of a serpent’s poison

By Stephen Ornes, 16:32 PM July 20, 2011

Brown Snake

For a person who has the rotten luck to get bitten by a poisonous snake, every second counts. That’s because venom can spread quickly from the site of the bite to the rest of the body, causing pain, suffering — even death. Australian scientists now have found a way to give snakebite victims more time to get help.

A team identified a lotion that can delay the spread of some venoms. In a new study, the researchers show that when the lotion is applied near the wound shortly after a snakebite...

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