Wellcome Trust investing 80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the world New drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snakes venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions. Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the worlds biggest hidden health crisis and it is investing 80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health Organization will this month also launch a snakebite strategy aiming to halve deaths by 2030. Every five minutes, on average, 50 people are bitten by a snake. Between 81,000 and 138,000 people die from snakebite every year and …

This class teaches people to act as first responders in a mass shooting

(CNN)Yvonne Bubienko stands over a flesh-colored dummy leg that appears to have suffered a deep and severe laceration. She takes an unrolled length of gauze and packs it deeper and deeper into the wound, filling the empty space beneath the surface of the skin. “I’m going to ask a provocative question,” Garrett says. “How many of you are comfortable touching someone else’s blood that you don’t know without gloves?” Almost no one reacts. “Notice that my hand’s not going up,” Garrett says, adding that — if possible — they should wear gloves to prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases. The first step, Garrett says, is to apply direct pressure to the wound, he tells the class, which can take care …