Indian scientists wins Ig Nobel Award for Nosebleed cure

Two scientists from India secured prizes during this year’s Ig Nobel awards announced for their offbeat research program.

Dr Sonal Saraiya and her team of doctors in Michigan realized that packing strips of cured pork onto a child’s nasal cavity could relieve one from nosebleeds that could threaten lives at times.

Naren Ramakrishnan and his colleagues conducted a detailed research upon correlations in data on cat bites and depression.

It is because of the multiple features that the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards for “improbable research” have turned into a popular phenomenon much that of the real Nobels.

Numerous events have been considered in this regard resulting in more excitement. Perhaps, it is because of that the winner in 2014 was based upon a research which focused upon the aspect that why bananas are slippery when you place your leg upon them.

Dr Saraiya along with her colleagues at Michigan’s Detroit Medical Center realized that packing strips of cured pork when placed in the nose of a child subjected to life-threatening nosebleeds can get successful relief from the haemorrhaging.

She explained that this proved only when other alternatives stopped working and was only considered for a very unique situation such as the blood does not clot properly.

“We had to do some out-of-the-box thinking,” Dr Saraiya said.

“So that’s where we put our heads together and thought to the olden days and what they used to do.”

Detailed explanation from the team’s study upon the four-year-old child revealed that the nostrils were packed with cured pork twice and “the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal haemorrhage promptly (and) effectively.”

The treatment became successful as “there are some clotting factors in the pork … and the high level of salt will pull in a lot of fluid from the nose”.

Naren Ramakrishnan was honored with the ‘public health prize’ along with his fellow research associates for investigating correlations between cat bites and depression.

The actual research reflected that the “the high proportion of depression in patients who had cat bites, especially among women, suggests that screening for depression could be appropriate in patients who present to a clinical provider with a cat bite”.

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