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Chemistry of Biotoxins: Using Venom from Deadly Snails to Kill Pain

Date : 05/24/2011

Clip Length : 00:04:41

In this 21st Century Chemist profile, City University of New York chemist Mande Holford explains her research on the toxins produced by venomous sea snails, and her work to synthesize these long-peptide toxins for eventual use in treating chronic pain in humans.

Chemistry of Biotoxins: Using Venom from Deadly Snails to Kill Pain
Ice-Blue Virtual World Can Ease Even Excruciating Pain

Date : 09/02/2010

Clip Length : 00:02:28

Patients in pain -- especiall burn and PTSD patients -- find relief in the distraction of entering a virtual CGI world of cool blue colors, animated penguins and polar bears, with the song "Graceland" as a soundtrack. It is the latest evidence supporting the theory of "mind over matter."

Ice-Blue Virtual World Can Ease Even Excruciating Pain
A New Type of Painkiller

Date : 04/14/2009

Clip Length : 2

This 2009 "Scientific American" article reports on experiments with saxitoxins, numbing agents that might be developed into extended-release anesthetics to manage chronic and post-surgical pain. Source: Scientific American, April 14, 2009.

A New Type of Painkiller
How Much Does It Hurt? Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale

Date : 01/01/2009

Clip Length : 1

Pain-rating scale using numeric rankings (0 to 5); verbal descriptors ("No Hurt" to "Hurts Worst"); and cartoon faces (smiling face indicating "no pain" to tearful face indicating "worst pain"). Version of this scale is frequently used by medical professionals in U.S. to gauge pain levels in pre-verbal children and patients who cannot communicate well in English.

How Much Does It Hurt? Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale
Pick Your Poison: Cobra Venom Shows Therapeutic Promise

Date : 12/10/2008

Clip Length : 2

This 2008 "Scientific American" article reports on experiments in splicing protein snippets from cobra venom onto human immune molecules to help treat diseases and disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks and strokes. Source: Scientific American, December 10, 2008

Pick Your Poison: Cobra Venom Shows Therapeutic Promise
Why Many Americans Are in Constant Pain

Date : 05/01/2008

Clip Length : 00:01:48

More than a quarter of all American suffer from chronic pain. Researchers say the problem is due to an increased life expectancy and a less active lifestyle among the general population.

Why Many Americans Are in Constant Pain
Habaneros and Tarantulas Prove to Be Partners in Pain

Date : 11/08/2006

Clip Length : 1

This 2006 "Scientific American" article reports on research into how spider and scorpion venom and chili peppers both, in different ways, activate pain response in humans. Source: Scientific American, November 8, 2006

Habaneros and Tarantulas Prove to Be Partners in Pain

Date : 08/25/2006

Clip Length : 00:01:52

Researchers are studying a paralyzing toxin found in the venom of cone snails for use in therapeutic treatment of a range of human neurological diseases and brain disorders, from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to depression and addiction.

"Killer" Snail Venom Can Help Treat Nerve Diseases, Disorders
Alternative Medicine for Pain

Date : 03/31/2005

Clip Length : 00:03:02

Physical therapy, yoga and acupuncture are just some of the effective alternative treatments for pain that can be used to supplement more traditional treatments.

Alternative Medicine for Pain
Photo of a

Date : 05/24/2011

Clip Length : 1

Photo of an automated peptide synthesizer, circa 1964, designed by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Bruce Merrifield. The machine uses rotary selectors and pins on a tenor drum to add amino acids, one at a time, to create a peptide chain. From the collections of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Photo of a "Merrifield Peptide Synthesizer"

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