HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Honey as healer

Ancient healer effective in treating infected skin lesions

Jem Bonnievale was 15 when he contracted meningococcal septicemia caused by an infection of Neisseria meningitidis. By the time the British teenager reached the hospital, he had multiple purple batches on his legs and fingers, which rapidly progressed to tissue death. Both legs were amputated below the knee as well as fingers on both hands. He endured multiple skin grafts and suffered for months with non-healing infected sores. His case was extreme and difficult to treat because of the severe pain it caused. "I can't even begin to explain how painful it was just to have a small piece of dressing changed. The nurses tried everything to make it easier, like changing the dressing in the bath, but it was agony," said Jem. Over the next six months the success of the grafts was variable and the sores showed heavy growth of Pseudomonas and Staphlococcus aureus. All traditional treatments were tried without success.

When nothing else had any effect on the chronic infected sores, clinical nurse Cheryl Dunford and her colleagues turned to honey. Dressing pads impregnated with sterilized active manuka honey from New Zealand were applied to one leg and a traditional dressing to the other leg. Within a few days, the honey dressed leg showed a reduction of wound bacteria. Both legs were then treated with the honey dressings. Within 10 weeks, all lesions were healed. Jem was released from the hospital, fitted with artificial legs and is getting on with his life.

The use of honey as medicine is mentioned in the most ancient written records. Today scientists and doctors are rediscovering the effectiveness of honey as a wound treatment. Dr. Peter Molan, Professor of Biochemisty at Waikato University, New Zealand has been on the forefront of honey research for 20 years. He heads the university's Honey Research Unit, which is internationally recognized for its expertise in the a
'"/>

Contact: Mary Ann Johnson
mjohnson@zfpartners.com
415-268-5421
Zuckerman Fernandes & Partners
31-Jul-2000


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Honey bee genome assembled
2. Honeybee gene find ends 150-year search
3. Honey bee genome being sequenced
4. Honey the darker the better Has potential as dietary antioxidant
5. USDA establishes Honeybee Genetics and IPM Center
6. Honey shines in athletic research, has scientific community abuzz
7. Honey : Naturess sweetener may increase recuperation after workouts
8. Honey may be the ideal pre-workout energy source
9. Honey in the medicine cabinet!
10. Dark Honey Has More Illness-Fighting Agents Than Light Honey
11. Summer Science: Where Have All The Honeybees Gone? UD Bee Guy Asks Why--From America To The Amazon

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/11/2017)... 2017 No two people are believed ... New York University Tandon School of Engineering and ... that partial similarities between prints are common enough ... phones and other electronic devices can be more ... lies in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... 2017 KEY FINDINGS The global ... a CAGR of 25.76% during the forecast period of ... factor for the growth of the stem cell market. ... MARKET INSIGHTS The global stem cell market is ... geography. The stem cell market of the product is ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017 Trends, opportunities and forecast in this ... technology (fingerprint, AFIS, iris recognition, facial recognition, hand geometry, ... end use industry (government and law enforcement, commercial and ... and others), and by region ( North America ... Asia Pacific , and the Rest of the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... , ... September 12, 2017 , ... ... and highly scalable cloud-based platform for ambulatory patient monitoring and clinical trial support, ... Advance Clinical Trials conference in Boston. , Launched in 2005, PhysIQ leverages ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (PRWEB) , ... September 12, 2017 , ... ... the past few months, it has been hot, hot, hot, as Lajollacooks4u has had ... classes. , Guests came from far and wide to celebrate company outings, ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... Poway, California (PRWEB) , ... September 12, 2017 , ... ... granted to the University of Pittsburgh and VetStem has full license to that patent. ... the composition of the adipose-derived stem cell itself, combining this stem cell with matrix ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... ... September 11, 2017 , ... As part of ... Sepsis, BD is sponsoring an educational webinar in recognition of World Sepsis ... an estimated five million deaths annually, is preventable and treatable through increased awareness ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: