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Royal Hampshire Hospital tests 'healing' honey for wound treatment

21 February 2014 Last updated at 20:20 GMT

Smearing honey on the scars of women who have had Caesarean sections can cut infection rates by half, a pilot study at the Royal Hampshire Hospital in Winchester has claimed.

Honey has been used for medicinal purposes since Roman times but now a refined version with increased anti-microbial properties is being used to treat wounds.

The team of Winchester-based researchers has tested the product in Africa where infection control is made more difficult because many other treatments require refrigeration.