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The research paper points out that this exciting new treatment has been around since the dawn of history — honey was first used as a first aid treatment four thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt.

Leptospermum honey has been shown to possess unique plant derived components that make it an ideal wound dressing, including novel antimicrobial and immune-modulatory compounds.

The honey is said to have several properties that also aid in wound healing: it has low pH levels, helps remove non-vital tissue from the wound area, stimulates new tissue growth, and reduces scarring and pain levels.

Ovary removal ups cancer risk
Women who have premature menopause due to medical interventions are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, says a new study.

The startling link was made by epidemiologists from the Université de Montréal, the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal and the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier.

“We found that women who experienced non-natural menopause are at almost twice the risk of developing lung cancer compared to women who experienced natural menopause,” says Anita Koushik, a researcher.

“This increased risk of lung cancer was particularly observed among women who had non-natural menopause by having had both their ovaries surgically removed,” the expert added.

Hands-free mobile phones not safe
Hands-free headsets and built-in phones are no safer than handheld phones while driving, suggests a new research.

The data suggests it is the conversation that distracts drivers and not the phones.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was accused of concealing hundreds of pages of the research on the dangers of using cellphones while driving since 2003.

The documents were said to have come into light only when public advocates had to turn to court to get them.

Margaret Kwoka, with the Public Citizen advocacy group, questioned the reason for keeping the papers under cover.

“From looking at these docs now, it seems like nothing more than an agency who knew about a serious safety problem and didn’t know the public to know that they weren’t doing anything about it,” said Kwoka.

New light shed on anorexia
Using a novel imaging technology, scientists have shed new light on abnormalities in the brains of anorexia nervosa patients that may contribute to the puzzling symptoms found in people with the eating disorder.

Dr Walter Kaye, professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Programme at the University of California, San Diego, says that the research team have gained fresh insights into certain neural circuits of the brain that may help explain why people develop anorexia in the first place, and behaviours such as the relentless pursuit of dieting and weight loss.

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