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A type of honey from New Zealand may be able to beat back bacteria, a new study found. If proven effective, the honey could potentially be used to lower the risk for infections among people using medical devices like catheters.
Manuka honey has been used for centuries as a natural remedy, and has been shown in the past to have antibacterial and anti-inflammation effects. In the new study, published Monday in theJournal of Clinical Pathology, researchers looked at whether the honey could prevent bacteria from building up on surfaces, too.