Friday, December 21, 2012

Honey is effective against superbugs

Recent research has shown, a type of honey that is used to heal wounds turned out to be a potent medicine has great potential to overcome the super bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

As reported by the Daily Mail, honey is reported to effectively kill the three types of bacteria commonly infect the body when wounded, including superbugs such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Experts have known for a long time because of the type of honey is also commonly used in products of modern wound healing. The problem is, the secret of the power of honey in overcoming injuries is still a mystery.

The team led by Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), in his research, found that honey was able to prevent the development of bacteria with unusual ways. Honey can inhibit bacterial bonding process on the network, an important step in the infection process.

    "Preventing bonding can also inhibit the formation of biofilms, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause infections continuously," said Cooper.

Another study conducted Cooper show, honey make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics such as oxacillin or effectively reversing antibiotic resistance.

    "This indicates that current antibiotics may be more effective against infections caused by bacteria resistant when combined with honey," he said.

According to Professor Cooper, further research will be done by increasing clinical use of honey as doctors are now faced with ever increasing cases of drug resistance.

    "We need innovative and effective ways to control infections will likely contribute to increased antibiotic resistance," said Cooper, who published his findings in a conference "Society for General Microbiology" in the district of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.


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