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Kānuka honey effective treatment for cold sores
May 2019: A unique pharmacy-backed trial, one of the largest medical studies of its kind ever undertaken in this country, has shown that honey derived from the New Zealand kānuka tree is just as effective in healing cold sores as standard pharmaceutical anti-viral treatment. The results from the Medical Research Institute of NZ were published in the prestigious British Medical Journal Open. They show that a New Zealand kānuka honey formulation Honevo (90% kānuka honey and 10% glycerin) is as effective as Viraban (5% aciclovir cream) in the time it takes to reduce pain and heal a cold sore.
Re-training our bodies to kill cancer
May 2019: Director of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Professor Graham Le Gros, spoke to nzherald.co.nz science reporter Jamie Morton about how immunotherapy has revolutionised how we treat cancer and a range of immune-related disorders.
"Difficult cancers in difficult organs that could never be reached by conventional therapy before are now being precisely targeted with immunotherapies. Asthma, allergy, gut disease – we're now finding that where the immune system is overreactive or oversensitive we can 'de-tune' it very specifically."
You can read more about the research on the Malaghan site or on the NZ Herald site linked below.
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