Bees May Help Fight Deadly Infections

GLASGOW, Scotland, June 28 (UPI) — Scientists looking for new treatments to fight a deadly drug-resistant infection say they may have found a new ally — bees.

A substance known as beeglue or propolis, found in beehives, was found to be effective against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that causes several difficult-to-treat infections in humans, a release Monday from Scotland’s University of Strathclyde said.

“MRSA can have a devastating impact on people who contract it and on their families, often compounding illnesses they already have,” said Dr. Veronique Seidel, a lecturer in natural products chemistry at Strathclyde.

“We investigated propolis because bees use it as an antiseptic glue to seal gaps between honeycombs and preserve their hives from microbial contamination,” she said.

“Beeglue is also a natural remedy widely used in folk medicine for a variety of ailments but little has been known until now about its capacity to target MRSA,” she said.

“We will be taking our research further to understand how active substances in propolis work,” Seidel said, “and to seek the treatments which patients urgently require.”

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