Honey protected central lines and other stories . . .

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7653 (Published 12 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7653

Honey used as an antimicrobial preparation does not protect central venous lines from skin colonisation in critically ill patients, according to a prospective randomised controlled trial (Critical Care 2012;16:R214, doi:10.1186/cc11849). The Dutch researchers applied medical grade honey in addition to standard dressings and disinfectant at central venous catheter sites. A third of patients in both intervention and control groups had positive skin cultures—that is, colonisation of insertion sites by more than 100 colony forming units just before removal of the line or transfer of the patient from intensive care.

Prolonged breast feeding directly correlates with healthy chewing in preschool children in Brazil. Mastication was assessed and scored between the ages of 3 and 5 years using three foods of different consistency—the functions examined were incision, lip competence, chewing patterns and movements, and perioral muscle use. Regardless of whether children were also bottle fed or used dummies, those who were breast fed for at least 12 months had significantly higher average mastication scores (BMC Public Health 2012;12:934, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-934).

The heart knows no differences between men and women. Sex related trends in mortality were examined in patients …

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