Women with breast cancer may benefit from a new type of bra woven from bamboo fibres that experts claim promotes healing and comfort after surgery.
Studies show up to ten per cent of the 20,000 women every year who have mastectomies and reconstruction may develop an infection around the wound.
Trials have shown the THEYA Healthcare underwear has anti-bacterial properties and it is thought it could help prevent bacteria spreading on the skin.
Women with breast cancer may benefit from a new type of bra woven from bamboo fibres that experts claim promotes healing and comfort after surgery
Patients testing the bras said they were more comfortable than existing post-surgical cotton underwear.
Catriona Lawlor, consultant plastic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, said: ‘These seem to help shape new breast tissue, which is very important.’
A cast that lets you scratch
A 3D printed ‘spider web’ cast could be the future for healing broken limbs.
The ActivArmor support device, which was invented by a group of entrepreneurs from Colorado, is made using a 3D scan of the patient’s body part, and perfectly protects and holds the damaged part of the limb in place.
The ActivArmor support device, which was invented by a group of entrepreneurs from Colorado, is made using a 3D scan of the patient’s body part
A traditional plaster cast prevents the skin on a broken arm from breathing, which can cause rashes and itching, and cannot get wet.
In contrast, the ActivArmor allows the patient to scratch superficial itches and the wearer can shower and swim without causing damage to the brace.
Book at bedtime in an app
After the success of colouring books for grown-ups comes bedtime stories for adults.
Sleep Stories is the latest feature on the meditation app Calm, and aims to help those who struggle to fall asleep.
Calm offers a choice of 23 tales of up to 30 minutes long. Listeners can opt for stories written for the app and classics such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Velveteen Rabbit.
A subscription costs £10.30 a month, or £48 per year.
One in three children are hit by the lung infection bronchiolitis in their first 12 months, yet 50 per cent of parents are unaware of the illness, research has found.
Bronchiolitis is a viral lung infection affecting babies and young children, and is more common during the winter months.
It is the most common cause for hospitalisation in youngsters, with more than 39,000 NHS admissions in 2015. Research carried out by biopharmaceutical company AbbVie found that half of parents with children under five did not even know the infection exists.
A new campaign More Than A Cold, aims to educate parents on signs and risk factors and how the virus is spread.
Men who live near parks and forests may be less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Universities of Quebec and Montreal used satellite images of the homes of about 4,000 men, half of whom were suffering from prostate cancer, and compared the closeness of greenery with the prevalence of disease.
They found that men who were living in greener areas, or had done so in the past ten years, were 20 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer, regardless of social demographic or lifestyle.
Previous research has associated residential greenness with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, stroke and obesity.