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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 11:54 PM

Maggots Will Soon Be Sent to War Zones to Heal the Injured


By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | January 10, 2019 05:30pm ET

Maggots can be creepy, crawly and medicinal? In a new effort to heal wounded people in war zones, the U.K. government is sending maggots to places like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, according to The Telegraph.

Once these larvae often those of green bottle blowflies are connected with patients, they get right to work, keeping wounds contamination-free by gulping down dead human tissue and spreading their antibacterial saliva.

This macabre treatment may sound unusual, but it's actually a remedy that dates back to ancient times. For instance, the Australian Aboriginal peoples used maggots to clean wounds. And during World War I, soldiers in trenches also used the critters. [Coffee to Maggots: Top 10 Bad Things That Are Good For You]

Now, this therapy may help people with festering wounds stay free of infection. The $250,000 project may even help wounded people keep their limbs, as secondary infections from injuries and operations can lead to amputations.

More:
https://www.livescience.com/64473-maggots-in-war-zones.html

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Judi Lynn Jan 10 OP
Solly Mack Jan 10 #1
Onyrleft Jan 11 #2
Javaman Jan 11 #4
virgogal Jan 11 #3
defacto7 Jan 11 #5
FiveGoodMen Jan 11 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 11:59 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Onyrleft (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:49 AM

4. Yup, I've had some fried...

they were actually really good. had a nutty flavor.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:34 AM

3. Makes a lot of sense, the old remedies work.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:13 PM

5. an ancient remedy that works

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:38 PM

6. Too bad we can't send MAGAts to war zones to BE the injured!

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