Medieval medicine: the return to maggots and leeches to treat ailments
The rise in global antibiotic resistance means huge sums are being invested in ground-breaking treatments. But some scientists are turning back the clock in the hunt for effective alternativesFor several long months in the 1990s, Ronald Sherman travelled all over southern California catching flies. As a qualified doctor pursuing an infectious diseases fellowship, Sherman was curious about a potential new – and also very old – way to clean wounds. At medical school, he’d written a paper on the history of maggot therapy, tracing how the creepy crawlies helped heal soldiers in the Napoleonic wars, the American civil war...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Amelia Tait Tags: Medicine History of science Health Society Education Source Type: news

NHS using maggots to clean wounds to tackle antibiotic resistance
NHS Digital data show the number of maggot therapy treatments - popular during WWI - in England surged by nearly 50 per cent from 886 in 2008-2009 to 1,305 in 2018-2019. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Larval Therapy for Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers Larval Therapy for Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers
Larval debridement has been historically used in the management of chronic ulcers, but does it still have a place in modern wound healing?Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Maggots May Help Heal Wounds Faster, Study Shows
RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS) – A new study about maggots might make your skin crawl, but it also has good news when it comes to treating wounds. “Maggot therapy” was approved by the FDA back in 2004 for cleaning wounds. Now, researchers at NC State University say that genetically modified green bottle fly larvae can actually help a wound heal faster. Scientists fed the modified maggots a special diet that caused them to secrete a human growth molecule that can accelerate wound healing. Maggot therapy can be especially useful for patients with diabetes, many of whom do not have access to more expensive forms of treatment to he...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Source Type: news

Maggots in medicine
(Veterans Affairs Research Communications) Maggot, or larval, therapy has been around since ancient times as a way to heal wounds. Now, the method has gone high-tech -- in some ways -- and it's being tested in a rigorous Veterans Affairs clinical trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 17, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Diet of hookworms to tackle a bread allergy
James Logan, a biologist at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also tried leeches and is thinking about maggot therapy• Read about more scientists who go to extremes lengthsA lot of people don't realise that just one metre below your feet walking along Gower Street or Malet Street in London, you have thousands upon thousands of very hungry, potentially dangerous insects.In the basement we have our insectary colonies where we keep lots of different species of mosquitoes, found in all parts of the world. None of them are infected with malaria, but they are in very high numbers. We also have bed bugs, house dust mi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 1, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Josh Davis Tags: Allergies Health Medical research Society Technology Features Animals Insects The Observer Environment Science Wildlife Source Type: news

Kenya: Maggot Therapy Cuts Costs in Wound Treatment
[The Star]The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute has began trials for the use of maggot therapy in treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 1, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news