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Effective Product to Stop Dangerous Jellyfish Stings

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Box jellyfish are among the deadliest creatures on Earth and annually are responsible for more deaths -- including snorkelers and an occasional scuba diver -- than shark attacks. But just how to treat them -- hot water, ice, lidocaine, urine, seawater -- has been vigorously debated. Until now.

Angel Yanagihara, an assistant research professor at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Pacific Biosciences Research Center, led a team testing various treatments, using "live, stinging tentacles, and live human red blood cells that allowed us to pit first-aid measures against one another." They found that tried-and-true measures, hot water (107°-112°F) immersion, and to some extent, vinegar, really do work on Hawaiian box jellyfish stings....

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