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1.28.15 Huffington Post
These Temporary Tattoo Brands Will Remedy Your Tat Fix, Without The Commitment
Last summer we were obsessed with the new dawn of temporary tattoos: Flash Tattoos. And while we couldn't get enough of the metallic designs then, they are just as relevant now, as model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves quite well. Fast-forward to early 2015 and the demand for temporary tattoos is going strong... so much so that you can now turn your favorite Instagrams into peel and stick tattoos. And this, despite its ridiculousness, is a good thing.
1.28.15 MEDPAGE TODAY
Diabetes: Is This Tattoo Worth a 1,000 Needle Pricks?
Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they have a feasible, noninvasive method for monitoring serum glucose: a temporary tattoo.
How a Tattoo Could Soon Help Diabetics
For diabetics, monitoring blood sugar frequently involves pricking one's finger up to eight times daily with a needle, Popular Science reports. That could discourage people from carrying out the task. Fortunately, experts are on the case, and one possible solution comes in the form of what's basically a temporary tattoo, LiveScience reports. The device features a small square of temporary tattoo paper with electrodes and a special glucose-detecting enzyme printed onto it.
1.28.15 Yahoo News!
Forget Needles--Temporary Tattoos Could Give Diabetics a Pain-Free Way to Monitor Blood Sugar
Every day since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Christmas Eve 2013, nine-year-old Cole Dickey has had to stick himself with a small needle up to six times a day to measure his blood sugar. Dickey's body doesn't produce enough insulin, the hormone that converts carbohydrates into glucose. If his levels get too low, he could slip into a coma. But multiple finger pricks each day is a painful routine and can be alienating to peers. "It hurts more than people know,"Dickey said.
1.28.15 Daily Mail UK
Microscopic machines travel inside a living ANIMAL for the first time - and could one day be used to deliver drugs in humans
It is not the first time that drug-delivering 'micromotors' have been created, but until now, they had only been tested in cell samples in the laboratory, and not inside a living creature. A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, fed ?small-scale synthetic motors that convert energy into movement' to mice.
1.28.15 Popular Science
BUBBLE-PROPELLED MICROBOTS ZOOM AROUND INSIDE LIVE MICE
Last year, in a lab in sunny San Diego, researchers fed a dozen mice a small drop each of a very special liquid. Inside the drops, invisible to the naked eye, were thousands of tube-shaped, microscopic motors. The motors made their way to the mice's stomachs, embedded in their stomach linings, and released their tiny payloads: nano-size flakes of gold. The research represented a major step toward putting microbots to work in human medicine
Nanobot micromotors deliver medical payload in living creature for the first time
Researchers working at the University of California, San Diego have claimed a world first in proving that artificial, microscopic machines can travel inside a living creature and deliver their medicinal load without any detrimental effects. Using micro-motor powered nanobots propelled by gas bubbles made from a reaction with the contents of the stomach in which they were deposited, these miniature machines have been successfully deployed in the body of a live mouse.
This Ingestible Microbot Is Powered By Stomach Acid
There's tiny revolution afoot in medicine, where micro- and nano-sized robots will someday cruise around inside our bodies, zeroing in on cancerous cells or repairing damaged but otherwise healthy ones. But before those ideas all become reality, those bots need a power source inside our bodies. That power source could be stomach acid. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have created micro missiles that fire inside the stomachs of mice.
1.23.15 Fox News
Scientists implant tiny robots inside live mice
Can robots travel inside living animals? It sounds like science fiction, but scientists have just made it a reality by implanting tiny nano-robots inside living mice. Researchers from the Department of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego, published their report on the first successful tests of implanting micro robots designed to disperse drugs within a body, reports SmithsonianMag.com.
1.23.15 Scientific American
Self-Propelled Micromotors Take Their First Swim in the Body
In recent years, researchers have designed microsized motors that react with chemicals around them in solution to produce jets of bubbles, propelling them forward or actuating moving parts. These particles can swim or perform tasks, such as sorting cells in tubes of blood. But so far, no one had tested the devices inside an animal. Joseph Wang, a nanoengineer at the University of California, San Diego, says one major challenge has been the fuel that the motors react with to zip around.
1.22.15 C&EN: Chemical & Engineering News
Micromotors Take Their First Swim In The Body
The idea sounds like something out of a science-fiction novel: Tiny medical machines zooming around the body delivering drugs, taking tissue samples, or performing small surgical repairs. But, now, for the first time, researchers have demonstrated a simple micromotor that can propel itself inside the body (ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn507097k). When introduced into a mouse?s stomach, the micromotor swims to the stomach lining and delivers cargo.
1.21.15 New Scientist
Mice are first pioneers of medical micromissiles
It's a small but significant step for microscopic machines. Tiny motors have journeyed through a living animal for the first time, delivering a test cargo of gold nanoparticles directly into the lining of a mouse's stomach. Micromachines promise to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions. Tiny spiders could repair blood vessels, for instance, while microrobots could swim through the bloodstream and build medical devices at sites of disease or injury.
Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time
The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse. The research by scientists at the University of California is published in the journal ACS Nano. Medical applications for micro-machines include the release of drugs into specific locations within the body. But until now, they have only been tested in laboratory cell samples. A team led by Professors Liangfang Zhang and Joseph Wang from UC, San Diego, fed the tiny motors to mice.
The First Demonstration Of Self-Propelled Nanobots In A Living Animal
Researchers from the University of California have developed acid-fueled micro-machines capable of traveling and delivering cargo directly inside a living creature. It's a breakthrough that's expected to significantly advance the field of medical nano-robotics. Scientists have developed drug-delivering micro-machines before, but these systems were only tested under in vitro conditions (i.e., cell cultures outside the body).
Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Body
Roobots aren't just taking over the skies--they're taking over our bodies. Or, at least, they could be soon. A team of researchers from the University of California has recently published a study describing the first successful tests, within a living creature, of nano-robots intended to carry and disperse drugs within the body.
1.21.15 IFL Science!
Temporary Tattoo Monitors Blood Glucose Levels
Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, have developed and tested a tiny stick-on temporary tattoo that painlessly extracts glucose and monitors its levels in the body. It works by gently drawing glucose from between cells to the surface of the skin where it can then be measured by in-built sensors. Not only is the gadget non-invasive and discreet, it?s extremely cheap--costing just a few cents--and works just as well as the dreaded finger prick tests.
1.21.15 the Atlantic
The Temporary Tattoo That Tests Blood Sugar
Amay Bandodkar, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person?s body. Measuring blood sugar levels multiple times a day is vital for diabetes patients because it shows how well their body is managing their disease as well as the dose of insulin they require, if they need any at all.
A Rub-On Tattoo for Diabetics Could Mean the End of Finger Pricking
Pricking your finger for a blood glucose test will never, ever be fun. Thankfully, scientists have been hard at work on a bloodless and needleless alternative: a rub-on temporary tattoo that, as weird as it sounds, gently sucks glucose through the surface of the skin. The thin, flexible device created by nanoengineers at UCSD is based on the much bulkier GlucoWatch, a now-discontinued wristband that worked through the same glucose-sucking principal.
A 'tattoo' may end fingerpricks for diabetics
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, developed a thin and flexible patch resembling a temporary tattoo that they say can continuously monitor glucose levels in the blood without puncturing or irritating the skin. The sensor is a clear patch affixed with two small electrodes and an enzyme that reacts with glucose. The researchers ran a mild electrical current through the electrodes to drive glucose to the surface of the skin where it reacted with the enzyme on the patch.
1.21.15 Business Week
This Tattoo for Diabetics Might Mean the End of Finger Pricking
Diabetics engage in a painful ritual every day, often several times: pricking their fingers with a spring-loaded needle to test the glucose in their blood. But that ritual could soon be put to rest, and replaced by a small patch designed to extract and measure blood-sugar levels. Flexible, easy to apply, and inconspicuous, the next-generation wearable is a promising step toward noninvasive monitoring of diabetes