12/14/2012

A zinc mixture used to treat common colds could help fight the deadly sting of the Australian box jellyfish, according to a study. Australian researchers believe the jellyfish venom causes pores to open in red blood cells, unleashing a wave of potassium into the blood that causes the heart to stop beating. Mice injected with the venom died in minutes, but those given zinc gluconate after the venom injection stayed alive for more than 12 hours because the zinc blocked pore assembly in the animals' red blood cells.

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