Pune, May 12, 2012: In an article dated February 16, 2011 on benefits of propolis, Rave Uno notes that use of propolis had been prescribed as a natural remedy, and recommended to treat small wounds, oral sores, skin burns and as mouthwash. Propolis is nowadays being investigated for reducing blood pressure and as a possible treatment for cancer. In their study1 on anti-tumor effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) derived from propolis on human breast cancer growth, researchers at the NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA have shown that CAPE inhibits cancer growth by inducing cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and reducing expression of growth and transcription factors and angiogenesis.
CAPE from Propolis Can Prevent Proliferation of Prostate and Other Cancer Cells
Honey Bees Can Help Detect Tuberculosis
Chennai, October 30, 2011: It is well-known that honey bees can detect scents of flowers and visit those with scents associated with nectar or pollen. A recent study1 by researchers at Christchurch's New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, shows that the bees can detect even traces of sweet-smelling volatiles produced by the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Reporting this finding, Kloe Palmer in the 3 News, New Zealand dated October 27, 2011 says the Christchurch scientists might soon add honey bees as tuberculosis diagnosing aids, that help in the battle against tuberculosis.
Honey from Australian Native Myrtle Tree Provides Powerful Antibacterial Treatment
Chennai, March 5, 2011: Honey has been used for treating infected wounds since ancient times. Charaka and Susruta (about 800 - 200 BCE) used honey as a wound and sore dressing aid. Honey is now known to have an inhibitory effect to around 60 species of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. This is mainly because of the antibacterial activity due primarily to hydrogen peroxide. However, honeys differ in their potency of antibacterial activity.
Bee Venom Therapy Demonstrated at the Nagaland Honey Fest 2010
Chennai, January 30, 2011: It was not only the beekeepers and honey that impressed visitors to the Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) pavilion at the 2nd North East Agri Expo 2010 held from December 15 to 19, 2010. A special part of the Honey Pavilion that held the visitors' attention was the Bee Venom Therapy stall that administered venom treatment free to the patients who volunteered themselves for the services. Following is the news report filed by Susan Waten in the Morung Express dated December 18, 2010.
Defensin-1 Added by Bees in Honey Kills Bacteria - Study by Amsterdam Researchers
Chennai, November 7, 2010: A team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center, Amsterdam discovered in their study to characterize all bactericidal factors in honey, bee defensin-1 that is responsible for killing all bacteria tested by the team, including Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecium. The results of this study are published1 in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Following is the public release dated June 30, 2010 by EurekAlert on this discovery.
1. Kwakman, P.H.S., te Velde, A.A., de Boer, L., Speijer, D., Vandenbroucke-Grauls, C.M.J.E., and Zaat, S.A.J. 2010. How honey kills bacteria. FASEB Journal 24 (7): 2576 - 2582. doi:10.1096/fj.09-150789
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