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It's called 'healing honey' - but how does it work?

Honey's healing properties are well known

Researchers in Hampshire have been trying to unlock the secrets of honey's well-known healing properties.

The team at the University of Southampton have been using the knowledge they've found to tackle serious infections. Their work with honey could even prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against the most resistant superbugs, such as MRSA.

The report by our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford does contain an image of a nasty wound.

The interviewees are Roger Backhouse; Doctor Matthew Dryden Consultant, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust; and Mr Rami Salib Associate Professor of Rhinology at the University of Southampton's Faculty of Medicine.

How honey could be the key to saving hundreds of lives

One in ten women who undergo a Caesarean birth will develop an infection. In the most severe cases it can be life-threatening.

But new research carried out at hospitals in Hampshire shows that applying a new type of honey to the surgery area - could reduce infections dramatically.

It's a development that could save the NHS millions - and save hundreds of lives too. Christine Alsford's report contains minor scenes of surgery.

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