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For most healthy individuals, a stubbed toe, cut, or scrape is just a minor inconvenience easily remedied with an ice pack or a bandage. However, for people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, even a minor injury can become life threatening. This is because the body’s natural healing ability is impaired in people with these diseases. Chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers are sometimes called the ‘silent epidemic’ because they pose a serious threat to public health, yet receive little media attention.