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Title: Bloodsuckers Hit the Medical Comeback Trail
Url: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/145804.stm
Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation
Description: An example of a beneficial ectoparasite is the leech, which is making a comeback in medical circles for its anticoagulant properties and other medicinal uses as related in this article from the BBC News. According to this article, leeches are particularly useful when a patient's blood vessels are too weak to transport blood away from part of the body, causing venous congestion. "Attaching leeches to the body can draw the blood away gradually and painlessly since leech saliva contains an anaesthetic."
LC Classification: Medicine -- Internal medicine -- Specialties of internal medicine -- Diseases of the circulatory (cardiovascular) system -- Diseases of the heart -- Therapeutics -- Special therapies, A-Z -- Anticoagulants
Medicine -- Therapeutics. Pharmacology -- Therapeutics. Pharmacology -- Other therapeutic procedures -- Bloodletting. Leeching. Venipuncture
Science -- Zoology -- Invertebrates -- Worms and other vermiform invertebrates -- Systematic divisions. By phylum, A-Z -- Annelida (Segmented worms)
GEM Subject: Science
Science -- Biology
Science -- Biological and life sciences
Health -- Body systems and senses
Health -- Consumer health
Key Concept: Health -- Blood and blood vessels
Health -- Therapy and therapeutics
Date Issued: 1998-05-08
Resource Type: Overviews
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: html
Audience: College/University Instructors
General Public
Higher Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
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Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: BBC
Access Rights: Free access
Source: Topic in Depth
Full Record Views: 110
Resource URL Clicks: 17
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