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Parkinson's Disease & Epilepsy Treatment: Temporary Tattoo May Help Treat Patients

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Parkinson's Disease & Epilepsy Treatment: Temporary Tattoo May Help Treat Patients [study]

By Desiree Salas (media@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Apr 09, 2014 01:54 AM EDT

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If there's any tattoo that you should get, it's probably this one -- that is if you've been diagnosed with epilepsy or Parkinson's disease.

"Researchers at the University of Texas-Austin have developed an ultra-thin, temporary tattoo-like device that could store patients' medical information and release medicine directly into their skin - a first for bio-integrated electronics," Mashable reported.

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"It uses soft, flexible materials that house a 4-centimeter long, 2-centimeter wide, .3-millimeter thick device that contains sensors, RAM capabilities, microheaters and medicine. The patch sticks to skin through electrostatic force as any adhesives would disrupt electrical connectivity."

Amazing, isn't it? This technology is said to greatly improve treatment and care of patients with epilepsy or Parkinson's.

One of the authors of the study, Nanshu Lu, said that this "tattoo" can "help electronics that interact with humans be more mechanically compatible."

"In terms of application, its uses range from consumer products like rollable displays and solar cells, to personal digital health care like EKG and emotion sensors, to computer gaming," Lu added.

However, this new invention still needs additional tweaking as it's still far from practical. "It only works if it's connected to a power source and data transmitter, and researchers need to find a way to make these compact and flexible as well," Mashable said.

Despite this, Lu's revolutionary efforts have been recognized. He has since been given a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and got his research published in Nature Nanotechnology last month.

However, his is not the only invention that has an "electronic skin" concept. A patch that can check body temperature has been developed recently, as well as a sensor that can be added to prosthetics and help wearers feel temperature and register touch. These developments can usher in more advanced technology and devices that can do more for the advancement of human health.




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