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A blast of ultrasound can help stubborn chronic wounds heal more quickly, a study suggests.
Tests on animals, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, showed healing times could be cut by nearly a third.
Experts said the early results were "quite impressive" but needed to be tested on people.
More than 200,000 people in the UK have chronic wounds which can take weeks to heal.
Ultrasound is already used to heal some bone injuries.
A team from the Universities of Sheffield and Bristol tried the technology on mice with chronic wounds, which do not close readily and often become infected.
Pressure sores from lying or sitting in the same position for too long, and diabetic foot ulcers which can lead to amputation, are both types of chronic wound.
They become more common when we age due to a decline in our body's ability to repair itself.
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