May 17, 2020

Bees could cure drug-resistant superbugs

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Beekeepers could hold the key to fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs after a new study has discovered the importance of drugs which are made from f...

Beekeepers could hold the key to fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs after a new study has discovered the importance of drugs which are made from flower extracts.

Scientists believe that bees and their honey could be used to develop new drugs to fight superbugs, because they collect the nectar from such flowers.

Researchers from Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Pharmacy are now asking beekeepers to submit samples of their honey so they can test its medicinal qualities.


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If they are able to identify any useful chemicals within the honey, the School will send the DNA signature of the chemical to the National Botanic Garden of Wales so they can identify which plant it is from.

The Garden has just taken part in a huge project to barcode the DNA of every plant that is native to Wales and this would be the first practical use of the data.

“A lot of drug development involves expensive laboratory screening of a huge variety of plant products, often without success,” says Professor Lee Baillie from the Welsh School of Pharmacy.

“We are hoping to cut out the middle man and let the bees do a lot of the hard work, guiding to us those plants which work.”

Meanwhile, Dr Natasha de Vere from the National Botanic Garden of Wales, said in an interview: “We have nearly completed our Barcode Wales project to DNA barcode each of the 1,143 flowering plants in Wales and are excited to be developing our first applications that use this fantastic resource.”

She elaborated: “We can see which honeys have the best results against infectious diseases that affect humans and bees and use DNA barcoding to identify the plants making the honey.”

There have previously been indications that some honeys, for example manuka honey, contain properties that can beat superbugs like MRSA and C.diff, which currently have no treatments.

A recent study found that manuka honey was able to clear infections in festering wounds and on hospital surfaces.

Honey has long been used as an effective antiseptic treatment and has been utilised across the world in wound dressings and oral medications. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

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The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital. 

What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah.   It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots. 

Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005,  Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day. 

Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital. 

Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.  

Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our  next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.

"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”

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