The antibacterial effects of honey have long been recognised in traditional medicine. A new UK study has found that medical grade manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues, which is an essential step in the initiation of bacterial infection. Inhibiting attachment also blocks the formation of biofilms, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause persistent infections. The researchers suggest that manuka honey could both prevent the initiation of acute infections and help clear chronically infected wounds. Other studies in the same lab have show that manuka honey can make methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) more sensitive to antibiotics and could therefore help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. (Abstract GM/ 41 Manuka honey effectively inhibits growth of Streptococcus pyogenes biofilms and has an impact on the expression of surface adhesions. Abstract GM / 24 Interaction of antibiotics combined with manuka honey on MrSA-15. Society for General Microbiology Spring Conference, April 2011).