Researchers Conceive of a Way to Detect Infections Using a Common Product

By: Meghan Young - Apr 6, 2016
References: nytimes
The future of health is looking interestingly convenient and even familiar. Take the idea of a self-diagnosing tampon. Researchers have found a way to essentially tweak an already existing and common product into something that is even more helpful than it already is. Although the details still need to be ironed out, monitoring the natural flow of blood on a monthly basis seems like a advantageous coincidence that probably should have been explored years ago.

Ridhi Tariyal, the engineer at Harvard who patented the idea with business partner Stephen Gire, nevertheless explains that it hasn't happen "because she lives in a female body, she had experiences that just wouldn’t be available to her male colleagues." It will be interesting to see how this self-diagnosing tampon develops in the future of wearable technologies.