Scientists from the University of Wales Institute
Cardiff have recently discovered that Manuka honey may be the key
to fighting some of the strongest infections that are resistant to
even the most powerful of antibiotics - This is one piece of
research that is bound to cause a buzz.
Honey has traditionally been used in medicine for hundreds of
years and is known for its healing properties. It has even been
used in modern practise to heal wounds and treat infections. So it
is no wonder that leading scientists have been keen to research its
medical healing properties further. But it is Manuka honey, formed
by bee's foraging on Manuka trees in New Zealand, that has proved
most effective when it come to fighting stubborn infections
encountered in our hospitals.
The outcome of an in-depth investigation on streptococci and
pseudomonads (two nasty types of bacteria) has show that Manuka
honey can actually prevent the bacteria from developing its
defences and becoming immune to antibiotics, causing further
Professor Rose Cooper, who led the study, claims that the honey
can help make the deadly superbug MRSA more sensitive to
antibiotics. This is great news, as until now there has been no
evident breakthrough in the treatment of such superbugs. Hospital
stays could be a lot less stressful for patients and provide staff
with the peace of mind of knowing that a treatment could be
recommended if such an infection does transpire. In addition
hundreds of hospital stays could be reduced allowing NHS resources
to be used more efficiently in the future.
Medicash's health plans can also provide extra comfort by
allowing members to claim cash back for stays in hospital of more
than one night, for daycase appointments, or if a parent needs to
stay with their child who is in hospital.
* Medicash hospital terms and conditions
1. Inpatient - Medicash cover you
for treatment when you are hospitalised overnight for medical
treatment or a continuation of medical care. We do not cover the
first night or single night stays.
2. Parental stay - Medicash cover you when one adult covered by
the plan stays with their child under the age of twelve when they
are admitted as an inpatient. We do not cover the first night or
single night stays.
3. Hospital daycase - Medicash cover any daycase admission to a
hospital or recognised medical centre to attend an appointment for
diagnosis, treatment, investigation or minor surgery. Your
attendance must be pre-planned with no intended overnight
4. Please note that hospital benefits are not included on all
Medicash health plans.