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$250K Awarded to Family of Senior Mired in Ear Maggots

Doctors discovered 57 of them in Alzheimer patient's ear; she died 4 months later

(Newser) - When Catherine McCann started pulling on her ear at the Lutheran Home in September 2012, it seemed apparent something was wrong with the elderly Alzheimer's patient, who was unable to speak or care for herself. What was ailing the nonagenarian turned out to be more horrifying than her family... More »

Flesh-Eating Maggots Removed From Man's Head

They could have ultimately caused blindness, per a doctor

(Newser) - What could possibly be worse than a tapeworm in the brain ? Maggots in the nose, possibly. The Independent recounts a horrific-sounding case out of Mumbai, India, where a man underwent a two-hour procedure to have 50 maggots taken out of his nose and sinuses. The medical term for the... More »

Aussie Finds Maggots in Airline Snack

Qantas says it is investigating how snacks were contaminated

(Newser) - Coffee, tea, or maggots? That's the unpleasant dining option several passengers discovered on a recent Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, reports the New York Daily News . Victoria Cleven says she was eating snack mix when she noticed something wrong, "like hair or something over my mouth,... More »

Maggots Clean Wounds Faster Than Doctors

But they don't make wounds heal any better: experts

(Newser) - Maggots may work faster than any surgeon when it comes to cleaning large wounds that are slow to heal. Typically, doctors use scalpels and special enzymes to lift dead tissue from such wounds; researchers in France wanted to see if maggots could speed the process. They compared the two therapies... More »

Maggots Force Plane Back to Gate

Someone brought spoiled meat in a carry-on

(Newser) - It's not quite Snakes on a Plane, but close enough for passengers on a US Airways flight getting ready to take off from Atlanta to Charlotte. The plane had to return to the gate for cleaning when maggots emerged from an overhead bin. It seems someone brought aboard spoiled meat... More »

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