‘Mir­a­cle’ fab­ric helps re­cov­ery

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

THE anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties of bam­boo have long been spo­ken of within al­ter­na­tive medicine cir­cles. But it was only when Ciara Dal­ton had her pro­to­type bras tested at UCD that she re­alised how they could help can­cer suf­fer­ers, she said.

At an early stage of de­sign­ing the bras, she had con­sulted women who had been through breast can­cer. They re­ported feel­ing sweaty and un­com­fort­able due to the ef­fects of can­cer treat­ment. Ciara de­cided upon bam­boo as an al­ter­na­tive to syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als and cot­ton. ‘There is some­thing in the cel­lu­lose of bam­boo which means it is nat­u­rally an­tibac­te­rial, highly wick­able [draw­ing sweat away from the skin], hy­poal­ler­genic… It re­ally is a mir­a­cle ma­te­rial,’ she said.

She said she was laughed at by some medics but she ap­proached UCD to test her de­signs. An on­col­ogy nurse work­ing on a two-year project in­cluded the bras as part of her re­search on the im­pact of what women wear post-surgery. ‘She tested them against the two most fre­quently found bac­te­ria in breast wounds. They came back 93% and 97% re­sis­tant. Ba­si­cally, you have very lit­tle chance of get­ting in­fec­tion if you are wear­ing our bras. The bam­boo re­ally does have some­thing spe­cial.’

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