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maggots

Eyeless, short-lived, worm-like larvae of flies that are devoid of appendages but are able to feed on organic matter and often help to clean septic wounds. Maggots acquired a new respectability in the year 2004 when they became prescribable on the British National Health Service under the brand name Larve. One or two applications, each lasting for up to three days, during which the maggots are restrained by a net, have been found effective in cleaning up most wounds. See also MYIASIS.
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Statistical data processing: The effect of different factors (substrate and block) on biomass maggots was examined using a linear mixed effects model (Pinheiro and Bates, 2000).
"But the larvae of Lucilia Sericata (green bottle fly maggots) have been used successfully for centuries to remove infected or dead tissue from a wound, exposing the surrounding healthy tissue and speeding up healing.
"The place smells and we can't have our daughter playing with her toys swarming with maggots."
"We've heard that maggots feed on flesh and that there could be maybe a rat run underneath the building and maybe they're eating the flesh - but we're not experts.
"There were maggots - I had them in my hand literally - but I couldn't eat them.
One hypothesis suggests maggots have antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory effects on tissues.
It was like spaghetti, a salad for my friend and a side order of maggots.
When the eggs are laid in areas of faecal or urinary contamination around an animal's bottom, or in an open cut or wound, the maggots hatch and feed on any available material.
The wealth of case reports and case series in the literature suggests that most clinicians are impressed by the debridement efficacy of medicinal maggots. Controlled studies of maggot debridement are less common, but quite worthy of examination.
Maggots and grubs are a part of what make up a protein-rich free-range chicken diet.
The couple were given the hazelnut chocolates by their son Manpreet Singh, who said yesterday that when he went in to complain, he found that other boxes were also infested with maggots.
Importance of live maggots in the treatment of wounds, though known from ancient times, was highlighted when Doctors from the Canberra hospital treated an elderly man injured in an accident and lying unconscious in the bush for two days.