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Maggots are not a wonder cure

20th March 2009

A UK study has shown that using maggots to help wound healing does not provide the wondrous results which some practitioners have claimed.

The British Medical Journal study said it saw "little difference" between using hydrogels and maggots to heal 270 patients with leg ulcers. Study leader Professor Nicky Cullum, deputy head of health sciences at the University of York, said: "The ulcers treated with larval therapy did get cleaner - which is not surprising as they're an active debriding agent - but that rapid cleaning did not lead to rapid healing."


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