Interesting Medical Stories

Medical science has many interesting stories. To day, let me share with you three stories which were published recently.

Which twin is the father?

Answer to this question is expected to come from Mr. Justice Paul Jolin of the Quebec superior court. It involves a Montreal man claiming paternity of his former girlfriend’s five-year-old child.

The woman has acknowledged that she had an affair with the man. But she was also having sex with his twin brother at the time of conception – a tripartite relationship!

So, who is the father? Can DNA answer the question?

Identical twins have similar DNA. That means it may be impossible to determine who the father is. The judge has ordered the man seeking paternity to undergo DNA test to see if his claim has some relevance. If there is some relevance then the brothers may have to undergo DNA testing to see if they are identical twins.

The court does not cover the cost of DNA testing. And it looks like there is no legal precedent for this unusual court case. A Montreal lab charges $645 for legal paternity testing. It also charges $195 to establish if siblings are identical or fraternal twins, says a report in the Globe and Mail.

Well, King Solomon, where are you?

India finds creative uses of condoms.

A report in the Medical Post says that condoms earmarked for an AIDS prevention program in India are being snapped up by businesses to build roads, waterproof roofs and to polish gold-embroidered garments.

India’s auditor general says that only one-quarter of the condoms in India are being used for birth control and protection against sexual diseases. India manufactures 1.5 billion condoms annually.

The report says that contractors add condoms to concrete and tar to make roads. The latex in the condoms helps make the roads smooth and resistant to cracks.

Roofers spread an underlayer of condoms that melt and form a seal. India’s military has covered gun and tank barrels with condoms as protection against dust.

Weavers use lubricated condoms to maintain their looms and to polish the gold in sari material. People in rural areas also use them as portable water containers while in the field.

History of condoms is interesting. An internet site says that early condoms were made of linen or pig or sheep’s gut, tied at the end with ribbon. After sex, they were rinsed out and reused!

In England, condoms are known as ‘French Letters’. In Italy, they used to be called ‘English Overcoats’

Well, now you know, there is more to condoms than sex!

Thought for the week:

Raquel Welch, the sexy 62-year-old actress says her secret of youthful beauty is -exercise, diet and attitude. She says, “If you are feeling great, you look better.” Well then let us all keep smiling!

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