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Confident cut

Sustainable hair extensions could soon be all the rage, and not just in salons run by the Black community. But in Africa, mental health treatment is more urgently required. Of the 110 million affected people, 66 million are women under 25. Since there is on average only one therapist for every 500,000 people, a non-profit-organisation is focusing its efforts...

Asymmetrical comfort

Artificial body parts can be tailor-made for extra comfort. For women who have had mammary tissue removed because of cancer, there are bras with built-in prostheses. Still, these are not always comfortable. A London-based architect, a cancer survivor herself, teamed up with underwear specialists to create one-cup lingerie and swimwear. Because not every woman chooses breast reconstruction, and losing...

Tailored elevation

Word choice can heighten feelings of belonging. This is particularly important for people from underrepresented groups such as the LGBTIQ+ community. Which is why a London-based startup has developed an app in conjunction with experts from the field of psychotherapy. Its goal: to increase users’ sense of wellbeing by helping them cope with queer-specific issues such as coming out...

Moving motivation

Black and Indigenous women with breast cancer can receive targeted support via app. Meanwhile, a startup from Indiana is helping Black women reduce their stress levels. Because racism and bias in the workplace and beyond can leave emotional scars. A new app contains meditation exercises and relaxing music, but also podcasts and information about breathing techniques. An in-house not-for-profit...

Reductive rhythm

Innovative pacemakers are controlled by patients’ individual breathing patterns. Breathing exercises can help control stress and alleviate anxiety. Provided that our brains don’t become distracted from the task at hand. Which is where a British PhD student from the University of Bath comes in. His hand-held soft ball is connected to sensors attached to a user’s body, imitating their...

Analytical restoration

Muscles grow in magnetic fields. External magnetic stimulation of the brain has been used to treat depression, but requires weeks or months to take effect. Thanks to a new study by Stanford researchers that timeframe could be drastically reduced. Using image analysis, the team discovered that in patients with severe depression, the brain region responsible for emotions sends signals...

Cool activation

A cooling helmet helps prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. Hot flushes, which afflict women during the menopause, are equally undesirable. But thanks to a young designer from England and his startup, these episodes could soon be a thing of the past. His armband with integrated sensors detects hot flushes as they develop and activates a patch which cools the...

Monthly enablement

Sustainable rucksacks and bananas stem from the same tree. Now a young female founder in Nigeria is using banana fibre, organic cotton and cassava starch to produce sanitary pads. The aim: to ensure her fellow countrywomen have access to comfortable, reliable hygiene products during their periods. The pad is not only 30% cheaper than conventional products, but also completely...

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