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Manuka honey could combat superbugs

13th April 2011

Scientists from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff says that manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics.

Laboratory experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful in treating superbug infections such as MRSA. The results, from the study looking at a variety of honey from bees foraging on manuka trees in New Zealand, were presented at a Society for General Microbiology meeting.

 

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