The top news stories in primary care today.
Scientists are now using spider venom to treat erectile dysfunction. The spider of interest is the Brazilian wandering spider (also known as the banana spider) because its venom causes long-lasting, painful erections. Trials show there are no negative side effects of using the venom this way.
A new test called the IntelliSep test quickly identifies if patients have sepsis. Trials show a 95% survival rate, with a cost of less than $4,000 a patient. It is more successful than other methods, which include monitoring procalcitonin levels.
A new nasal spray that may allow patients to instantly treat their rapid heartbeat may soon be available. It is currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nearly 1 in 300 people in the United States suffer from rapid heartbeat.