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Leeches Are Now FDA-Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a French company to sell leeches as medical devices. The company, Ricarimpex SAS, which has bred leeches for 150 years, runs a certified facility that tracks each lot of medicinal leeches--bloodsucking aquatic animals that live in fresh water. Leeches can help heal skin grafts by removing blood pooled under the graft and restore blood circulation in blocked veins by removing pooled blood. They have been used as an alternative...

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