Victims of a brown recluse spider bite might feel perfectly fine — until a burning pain described by most patients as a throbbing “fire” strikes 24 hours later, according to a new study. After analyzing 23 cases of brown recluse spider bites, the researchers concluded that the mechanisms behind this pain cycle are driven by the same mechanisms involved in pain from inflammation. This observation of how the pain of the brown recluse’s bite develops over time could help doctors diagnose their bites more accurately, said study researcher Katie Payne, a medical student at Missouri University. Brown recluse spider bites are often misdiagnosed, she said.

Victims of a brown recluse spider bite might feel perfectly fine — until a burning pain described by most patients as a throbbing “fire” strikes 24 hours later, according to a new study. After analyzing 23 cases of brown recluse spider bites, the researchers concluded that the mechanisms behind this pain cycle are driven by the same mechanisms involved in pain from inflammation. This observation of how the pain of the brown recluse’s bite develops over time could help doctors diagnose their bites more accurately, said study researcher Katie Payne, a medical student at Missouri University. Brown recluse spider bites are often misdiagnosed, she said.

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Landslide in northern Nepal

A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said.

The death toll could climb because many houses were buried under piles of rock and soil or submerged by the rising water, said police official Arun Chetri, adding that the number of missing people could not be immediately determined.

A man who was among the dozens of people injured by the landslide, which occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, said the death toll could be higher than 100, with dozens of houses in his and the neighboring village buried. (AP)

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