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Scorpion toxin can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation


Scorpion toxin that targets ‘wasabi receptor’ may help solve mystery of chronic pain. sciencedaily.com. August 22, 2019. Summary: Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the ‘wasabi receptor,’ a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that’s responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can […]

Significant plastic accumulation on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Australia, study


Australian islands home to 414 million pieces of plastic pollution. sciencedaily.com. May 16, 2019. Summary: A survey of plastic pollution on Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory’s beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. The study estimated beaches on the Indian Ocean islands are littered with 238 tons […]

Molecular dissection of box jellyfish venom cytotoxicity highlights an effective venom antidote


Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered using CRISPR genome editing. sciencedaily.com. April 30, 2019. Pain researchers uncover secrets to box jellyfish venom. Summary: Researchers studying how pain works have discovered an antidote to the deadly sting delivered by the most venomous creature on Earth — the Australian box jellyfish. A single sting to a human causes […]

No effect of a high-egg diet on cardiometabolic risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes, study


Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice. sciencedaily.com. May 07, 2018. No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Summary: Eating up to 12 eggs a week does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, new research finds — despite conflicting dietary advice continuing […]

New research has drilled down to the molecular level to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects


Reducing side effects in commonly used drugs. sciencedaily.com. February 27, 2018. Summary: New research has drilled down to the molecular level to find similarities across six pharmaceutical drugs used in pain relief, dentist anesthetic, and treatment of epilepsy, in a bid to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects.New research from The Australian National University […]

Phylogenomic reclassification of the most venomous spiders of the world, study


World’s most venomous spiders are actually cousins. sciencedaily.com. February 15, 2018. Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought. Two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia — long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy — are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The […]

Dietary correlates of chronic widespread pain in meru, Kenya


Pilot study in Kenya shows link between chronic pain and glutamate consumption. sciencedaily.com. February 16, 2018. Researchers test theory that diet change can alleviate pain. Summary: Preliminary research from a small pilot study carried out in Meru, in eastern Kenya, shows a link between chronic pain and consumption of glutamate, a common flavor enhancer found […]

Exposure to higher levels of lead during early childhood not are doomed to delinquency


No Link Between Childhood Lead Levels, Later Criminality. By Alan Mozes. medlineplus.gov. December 27, 2017. Exposure to higher levels of lead during early childhood can affect neurological development — but does that mean affected kids are doomed to delinquency? No, according to a new study that tracked the lives of hundreds of New Zealand children […]

Scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey


JCU scientists find scorpions target their venom. jcu.edu.au. October 11, 2017. In the first study of its kind, James Cook University scientists have shown scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey. Dr Jamie Seymour from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) said a typical scorpion predator would be […]

A lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion has begun in the Mediterranean Sea


Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea. sciencedaily.com. June 28, 2016. Rising temperatures, Suez Canal widening open the door to invasive species. Summary: Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonize new territories with potentially serious ecological and socioeconomic impacts.Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species […]

The relevance of tick bites to the production of dangerous and rare allergy to red meat


A tick bite that makes you allergic to red meat. By Bianca Nogrady. bbc.news. February 05,  2016.Normally, humans aren’t affected by a bite from Ixodes holocyclus – better known as the paralysis tick. But in some cases, it can trigger a dangerous and rare allergy to red meat.Walking through Sydney’s northern beaches in the height […]

From Australia: the strange sea creature called Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus)


Neon Blue Creature spotted on Australian Beach. By Diana Bretting. perfscience.com. November 16, 2015. A neon blue creature that seems like a tie-dyed can be seen not only in a science fiction movie, as it was washed up on an Australian beach recently. The blobby creature was seen by a local on the foreshore at […]

Trivia # 309: Neonicotinoids and invasive ants


Toxicological trivia from November 04, 2015: In an article titled, "Neonicotinoids changes the outcome of aggressive interactions between native and invasive ants,study". New Zealand is facing an invasion of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile), which compete with native southern ants (Monomorium antarcticum). The insects often meet in urban or agricultural areas, where neonicotinoids are in use. […]

Risk analysis reveals global hotspots for marine debris ingestion by sea turtles, study


World’s turtles face plastic deluge danger.sciencedaily.com. September 14, 2015. Summary: More than half the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish, an international study has revealed. The study found the east coasts of Australia and North America, Southeast Asia, southern Africa, and Hawaii were particularly dangerous for turtles due to a combination […]

Trivia # 288: Agapanthus


Toxicological trivia from June 10, 2015: Agapanthus is a very hardy plant that is used in gardens to form bright and colorful hedges.The name Agapanthus derives from the Greek,  agape – love and anthos – flower. Hence, presumably, it derives its name Flower of Love. His other name, African Lily, denotes its origin in South […]

Long term effects of doping in sporting records: 1886-2012


Sports: ‘Performance enhancing’ drugs decrease performance.sciencedaily.com. May 04, 2015. Summary:Doping is damaging the image of sport without benefiting athletes’ results, according to new research. Researchers collated sporting records (including Olympic and world records) of male and female athletes across 26 sports, between 1886 and 2012. Comparisons were made between pre-1932 records (when steroids became available) […]

About TOXINZ, Poisons Information Data Base


Lisa Scanlan.ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT OTAGO INNOVATION LTD. Centre for Innovation, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New ZealandDeveloped over the past 50 years by the New Zealand National Poisons Centre TOXINZ™, is a comprehensive online poisons information database for all healthcare professionals and teaching institutions. TOXINZ™ is rapidly gaining international recognition and is currently being used in […]

Microplastic ingestion by scleractinian corals, study


Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic. sciencedaily.com. February 24, 2015. Summary: Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution. Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic in the environment and are a widespread contaminant in marine ecosystems, particularly in inshore coral reefs. Corales en acuario (SerTox) […]


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