The jury is still out on sanitary pads vs tampons vs menstrual cups

The jury is still out on sanitary pads vs tampons vs menstrual cups“I wanted a cost-effective and hygienic solution to menstrual periods and menstrual cup was the only option,” said 26-year-old Shruti Sen (name changed), who has been using menstrual cups for the last two years. Selecting the right menstrual product is not as easy as it seems and this sentiment has been agreed upon by many […]

New ultrasound method to detect early signs of osteoporosis

The accuracy of bone thickness measurements can be improved by taking into consideration the effect of porosity variation on speed of sound

New ultrasound method to detect early signs of osteoporosisOsteoporosis-induced thinning of the cortical bone layer can be detected in long bones, such as the shin bone, with the help of a pulse-echo ultrasound method, which is optimal for screening large populations. Cortical bone thickness measurements typically do not take site-specific speed of sound, which is dependent on cortical bone porosity, into consideration. However, […]

‘I’m ready to fight and I know you are too,’ writes mother of separated US twins in a touching letter

Nicole, mother of the conjoined twins, writes a touching note of gratitude as the boys are now on the road to recovery

‘I’m ready to fight and I know you are too,’ writes mother of separated US twins in a touching letter  Jadon and Anias – the conjoined twin boys separated last week in a story that swept the world – have opened their eyes. The 13-month-old boys are still recovering in their hospital beds in the Bronx’s Montefiore Hospital five days after their 27-hour separation surgery. And on Tuesday morning, both of them opened their […]

Osteoporosis is causing a bone fracture every 3 seconds in the world

Osteoporosis is causing a bone fracture every 3 seconds in the worldWith the aim to raise global awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) observes October 20 as World Osteoporosis Day. The year-long campaign focuses on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the bone disease. The word ‘osteoporosis’ literally means ‘porous bones’. ‘Osteo’ is for bones and ‘porosis’ means porous, thus it describes this condition as […]

How to have painless sex after spinal surgery

How to have painless sex after spinal surgeryPeople having undergone surgeries for the treatment of spinal cord injuries are often concerned about their sex life post-surgery. Back pain may interfere with intimacy, decrease sex drive (libido) and interfere with sexual enjoyment. Patients with pelvic numbness or nerve dysfunction may feel less stimulation and pleasure or have difficulties developing or sustaining an erection […]

Synthetic bones may soon replace natural bones

Researchers at Northwestern University, US, developed a custom-made ink that can be used to create a bone implant which encourages stem cells to grow and replace the implant with natural bone

Synthetic bones may soon replace natural bonesA team of researchers at Northwestern University in US, led by Dr Ramille N Shah, has developed a custom-made ink that can be used to create what they call a hyperelastic ‘bone’ implant. This implant is designed to encourage stem cells to grow in and around themselves and steadily replacing the implant with natural bone. […]

‘My conjoined twins have their own language of communicating’

Rare conjoined twins born in July have survived the crucial first three months, say doctors

‘My conjoined twins have their own language of communicating’“They have started smiling and playing. That is enough to bring smile on our face,” says Shahin Khan about her conjoined twins who were born with one torso and two heads (in medical terms the condition is called – dicephalic paraphagus). Shahin delivered the twins on July 27 at Sion hospital. Wrapped carefully in a piece of […]

‘I can’t wait to put them beside each other and then see each other,’ says mother of separated US twins

‘I can’t wait to put them beside each other and then see each other,’ says mother of separated US twinsFrom his bed next to the window, Jadon squeezes his father’s finger with all his might, even under heavy sedation. Anias rests in a bed near the door of the room, a testament to strength and resilience. Just the sight of the boys in separate beds came as a surprise to their parents. “It’s shockingly […]

Teen develops bandage which doesn’t need to be changed

The student has developed a sensor for bandages that will update doctors about moisture level without having to remove the dressings

Teen develops bandage which doesn’t need to be changedAn Oregan seventh-grader’s innovation of bandage with a sensor was placed in top eight in Google’s International Science Contest and it even won the Lego Education Builder Award. Naiknawa developed a sensor for bandages that will update the doctor about moisture level without having to remove the dressings. Checking bandages too often can actually be […]