Filipino scientists develop low-cost wound dressing from honey

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GMA News Online reports that scientists from the Philippine Nuclear Research (PNRI) Medical Research Section have developed a low-cost wound dressing from three types of honey found locally.


The report explained that the wound dressing is made from honey "irradiated at 25 kilogray at PNRI's Multipurpose Irradiation Facility to keep it microbe-free and longer-lasting." The types of honey used to create the dressing are: the pineapple flower honey from Bacolod, the coconut honey from Mindanao and the natural dark honey found in the highlands of Northern Luzon.


An official from the Biomedical Research Section said honey is ideal as a wound dressing because of its "antimicrobial and potentially anti-inflammatory composition." The dressing made from honey found in Luzon and Mindanao is apparently as better as antibiotics in speeding up the healing of wounds.


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