ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
CAREGIVING
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments

FRIDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The use of maggots to treat leg ulcers is similar to standard hydrogel therapy in terms of health benefits and costs, according to British researchers.

Debridement (removal of dead tissue from the ulcer surface) helps promote healing and is a common part of treatment for leg ulcers, chronic wounds most often caused by diseased veins. While a hydrogel is commonly used for debridement, it's been suggested the maggots (larval therapy) debride wounds more quickly, stimulate healing and reduce infection.

In the first randomized controlled trial of larval therapy, researchers studied 267 patients with at least one leg ulcer with dead tissue. The patients were randomly selected to receive either loose larvae, bagged larvae or hydrogel and were monitored for up to one year.

Compared to hydrogel, larval therapy significantly reduced the time to debridement, but there was little difference in time to ulcer healing, health-related quality of life or levels of bacteria.

While larval therapy is more effective at debriding than hydrogel, there's no evidence that larval therapy should be recommended for routine use on leg ulcers with dead tissue with the goal of speeding healing or reducing levels of bacteria, the researchers said.

In a separate analysis, the researchers concluded that larval therapy and hydrogel have similar cost-effectiveness.

The findings were published online March 20 in BMJ.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on skin ulcers.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, March 20, 2009

Last Updated: March 20, 2009

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