RESEARCHERS IN Lisbon have discovered a new mechanism for forming blood vessels which could help heal chronic wounds found in those suffering from diabetes or morbid obesity.

The discovery, made at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (ICG) and published in the PloSOne journal, reveals new approaches to healing blood vessels and building new ones.

New blood vessels are a vital step in wound healing as they allow anti-inflammatory proteins to be transported to the affected area.