Research Brief: Snake venom may help stroke patients

Venom from the Malayan pit viper snake could help to treat stroke patients, UK researchers have suggested. The research, presented at the 2007 European Stroke Congress in Glasgow, showed that the venom, ancrod, could help to prevent blood clot formation. Unlike other stroke treatments, ancrod may be given up to six hours after a stroke, potentially doubling the critical treatment window. 

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