View Full Version : Be nice to your Turbo Snail, he could save your life

08/24/2006, 03:12 PM
A University of Utah scientist has found that toxin from a sea snail may lead to development of drugs for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and depression. The research will be published Friday in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The finding could lead to yet another snail-toxin success story. Two years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a painkiller called Prialt, derived from sea-snail venom. The drug is said to be about 1,000 times more potent than morphine, but is non-addictive.

It is not widely used, said Dr. Emad Mikhail, A Lake County pain management specialist. Mikhail said in an interview it requires a pump be implanted in the abdomen to deliver the drug by catheter to fluid surrounding the spinal cord.

Mikhail, former director of the pain management center at Euclid Hospital, uses Prialt to treat chronic back and lower-extremity pain at Great Lakes Pain Management, a clinic he opened in May.

He has treated about seven patients with the potent drug and "all have been treated successfully," he said.

08/24/2006, 03:21 PM
I cant get addicted to sea snail venom. Somehow I am relieved.

08/24/2006, 03:25 PM
Hmmmm, I had one that almost made me wish mine was over.

A turbo decided to explore my skimmer pump and got stuck in the intake. He seemed to be OK so I threw him back in. A couple of days later he was still in the same spot. I picked him up and for some reason, decided to sniff it to see if it was alive...

Lets just say that I was looking for some raw sewage to get the dead snail smell out of my nose.