Clinical update; Could honey cut hospital infections? - Southampton researchers think so.

Posted by michelleadmin on October 7, 2016

Clinical update; Could honey cut hospital infections? - Southampton researchers think so.

October 07, 2016 at 10:03 AM

MANUKA honey could be used to help keep internal medical devices such as urinary catheters free of infection, according to Southampton researchers.

Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that even low dilutions of Manuka honey can curb the activity and growth of bacterial biofilms - a thin layer of microbes that build up on, and stick to, any surface including plastic.

The findings, published online in the Journal Of Clinical Pathology, could lead to the honey being used in patients fitted with medical devices, such as urinary catheters, which carry a high infection risk. 

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