An acute myopathy has been observed with the use of high doses of corticosteroids, most often occurring in patients with disorders of neuromuscular transmission (., myasthenia gravis ), or in patients receiving concomitant therapy with neuromuscular blocking drugs (., pancuronium). This acute myopathy is generalized, may involve ocular and respiratory muscles, and may result in quadriparesis . Elevations of creatine kinase may occur. Clinical improvement or recovery after stopping corticosteroids may require weeks to years.
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On the PBS television show Nature, it was reported in the summer of 2005 that venom from a variety of animals has the capacity to kill cancer cells. This would include venom from bees, snakes, spiders, scorpions, gila monsters, sea urchins, and sea coral. Pharmaceutical companies are researching the potential of these venoms as the next generation of cancer fighting drugs. New York-Presbyterian Hospital has completed a Phase II clinical trial using scorpion venom to kill brain cancer cells. Today, the promise of this remedy exists with live honeybees, which can be used to sting malignant tumors close to the skin surface, and make them disappear by killing the cancer cells that feed them. Bee venom can also penetrate the blood-brain barrier.