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Apothecary Bees, using the honey bee as a tool for drug discovery

Topic Made On: Aug 03, 2011 02:17pm
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Apothecary Bees, using the honey bee as a tool for drug discovery

Pehaps my gardening exploits don't just provide healthy exercise, sunlight and copious quantities of healthy fruit and veg. Perhaps by helping the humble honey bee I could be furthering the animal that may hold the secret to defeating drug resistant bacterial strains? Something that scares me more than CLL itself!!!

Thinking of honey and it's potential for us, I've plucked this from the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University. Where they are researching components of honey and it's application in assisting the fight against infection.

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phrmy/research/researchprojects/BaillieApothecaryBees/apothecary-bees-using-the-honey-bee-as-a-tool-for-drug-discovery.html

"In addition to identifying phyto-chemicals capable of combating human pathogens we will also seek to identify plants which increase the natural resistance of bees to pathogens such as the Varroa mite"

Maybe a honey poultice could help deal with my current infection? If they identify a plant that helps the bee against the Varroa mite, perhaps if we all planted it in our garden, the bees would come back?

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Replied On: Aug 03, 2011 03:57pm
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I guess this research has peaked my interest as perhaps the greatest bugbear of day to day CLL life is our compromised immunty. SO News like this is encoraging, when even those will complete immunities fear hospital adnission. We have known of honey's antisceptic properties for centuries, it looks like it may become important again as pathogens become more drug resistant. here is more:

Superbug Breakthrough: Manuka Honey May Help Develop New Superbug Drugs ,. An article by; Jenny Hawkins,
Welsh School of Pharmacy,
Cardiff University
,

http://h3n2flusymptoms.com/superbug-breakthrough-manuka-honey-may-help-develop-new-superbug-drugs

"Beekeepers are being asked to send scientists a sample of their honey as they search for a new weapon in the fight against superbugs – like MRSA and Clostridium difficile. A new study from researchers in Wales has found that bees could play a vital role in fighting drug-resistant superbugs. "


Manuka honey 'could help fight superbugs' An Article by the BBC, "

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13047332

"Manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics, scientists say."

"Lab experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces.

It works by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful in treating superbug infections such as MRSA."



Also more at;
Honey may help in fight against MRSA,

http://www.nursingtimes.net/home/clinical-specialisms/infection-control/honey-may-help-in-fight-against-mrsa/5028609.article

"A type of honey used for centuries to treat wounds may be the ultimate weapon against drug resistant bacteria, research suggests."


Prof Cooper said the research may increase the clinical use of manuka honey as doctors are faced with increasingly resistant microbes.

“We need innovative and effective ways of controlling wound infections that are unlikely to contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance,” she said. “We have already demonstrated that manuka honey is not likely to select for honey-resistant bacteria.”

Nick



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