Medical detection dogs

Med dogs Dr Claire Guest Credit Janine WarwickDogs save lives, but can a dog also warn you if you've got a disease?

Yes according to a recent study in Italy where two German shepherd dogs successfully identified prostate cancer in 98 percent of cases, with 900 men included in the study.

A UK charity called Medical Detection Dogs is training dogs to identify human diseases, including cancers, by their smell. It's still in the early days of trials and testing but its co-founder Dr Claire Guest told This Way Up's Simon Morton that the initial results are very exciting.

Pictured: Dr Claire Guest with her pooch. Image: Janine Warwick.

Medical detection dogs

Med detection dogs Credit Emma Jeffery
Med detection dog. Image: Emma Jeffery.

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AFRIpads deluxe version

The sanitary pad is an unlikely sounding tool for changing people's lives for the better.

In rural Uganda the embarassment associated with having a period without access to proper sanitary products means that many girls choose to stay out of school for 4 or 5 days every month.  

And if you're missing say 40 school days every year that seriously increases the chances that you'll fall behind with your schoolwork, and even drop out of school altogether.

The AFRIpad is a low cost sanitary pad that can be washed and reused. So far more than 500,000 of them have been distributed in 20 different countries.

Sanne Bolkenstein of AFRIpads spoke to This Way Up's Simon Morton.

AFRIpads employee in Kitengesa

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