In­dian sci­en­tists de­vel­op­ing san­i­tary nap­kins from jute

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THE NA­TIONAL Jute Board (NJB), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT), Kharag­pur, is de­vel­op­ing jute­based san­i­tary pads which could help pre­vent cer­vi­cal can­cer. The prod­uct is fab­ri­cated from cel­lu­lose ex­tracted from jute and its qual­i­ties are en­hanced with the ad­di­tion of a su­per-ab­sorbent poly­mer. Since men­strual hy­giene plays a role in the de­vel­op­ment of cer­vi­cal can­cer, re­searchers be­lieve it will be ben­e­fi­cial to women. The new line of prod­ucts could also re­vive the dy­ing jute in­dus­try. At present, the san­i­tary nap­kins are made of im­ported cot­ton or wood cel­lu­lose. In the past, many women and girls have had bad ex­pe­ri­ences with such nap­kins be­cause of yeast in­fec­tions tak­ing place.

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