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Smart Tattoos Could Change Color, Indicate Health Issues

By Kelly Werthmann BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Imagine a tattoo that could alert you if you need to apply sunscreen or if your blood sugar is low. Sounds like joke, right? But it’s not.
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“I often joke that tattoos can give you super powers,” Carson Bruns, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering with the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder campus, said. Well, he’s not kidding. Bruns has created a tattoo that could have the power to revolutionize medicine.
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“The one that’s the furthest along right now is a UV sensitive tattoo,” he told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann.
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Along with a team of researchers at CU, Bruns developed a sort of “smart ink.” It contains a color-changing dye that can appear or disappear, depending on what it is exposed to – such as potentially harmful UV rays.
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“The tattoo ink acts like a real-time indicator of your skin’s UV exposure,” Bruns explained. “So, if you see your tattoo, it basically means that you’re overexposed to sunlight and you need to wear sunscreen. If you put sunscreen on, it’ll disappear and you’ll know you’re safe.”
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Sun protection tattoos are just the beginning. Bruns and his team are also working on tattoos that could help doctors diagnose illnesses and alert people to changes in their blood chemistry.
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“We’d love to make a tattoo ink that can detect your blood sugar levels or your blood alcohol content,” he said. Researchers are currently testing the tech-filled ink by tattooing pieces of pig skin. Recently, Bruns opted to be the first person to get a “tech tattoo.”
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“I call them solar freckles because they’re like invisible freckles that are powered by sunshine,” he said. Bruns admitted it was risk to try the new ink on himself, as there are many safety tests left to do.
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“That’s our biggest concern right now is making sure that we’re not poisoning anybody with these tattoos,” he said. It will likely be years, Bruns said, before they can test the tech tattoos on people, so don’t expect them to be available in your favorite tattoo shop anytime soon. That said, Bruns is confident people will one day be able to get a tattoo with important super powers.
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“They’re going to enable people to be healthier and more self-expressive,” he said. LINK: Chameleon Tattoos May Diagnose Illness Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team as the morning reporter in 2012. After serving as weekend morning anchor, Kelly is now Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10. Connect with Kelly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @KellyCBS4.

Girl Scout Hopes To Educate, Calm Fears Surrounding Epilepsy

By Karen Morfitt GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– A teenager in Golden is calling on her personal experience with epilepsy to support other kids through the same journey. Emma Conroy created a video project to prepare them for the road ahead.
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“I got a bunch of paperwork and it explained kind of what was going on, and then I had what my parents told me about my first EEG but I was five I didn’t know what they were doing,” she said.
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Conroy had her first seizure at 3 years old, leading to her Epilepsy diagnosis. Now at 17 she has had at least a half a dozen EEGs.
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“It stands for electroencephalogram, it monitors your brainwaves while they to the flashing light test and the hyper ventilation test,” she said.
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Emma used her last visit as an opportunity to educate others, while also earning her Gold Award as a Girl Scout. She asked her parents to film the entire process, leading to a 10-minute informational video titled “EEGs made easy.”
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Emma starts with how to prepare and then walks you through the test itself. Wednesday night, she debuted the project for the Epilepsy Foundation Colorado.
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“One in 26 will develop epilepsy in their lifetime,“ spokesperson Chase Whisenhunt said, “Chances are you are going to be surrounded by epilepsy or someone living with it now or in the future.”
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They are now teaming up with Emma, sharing her video with members preparing for a similar journey.
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“Any chance we get to raise awareness especially in the hands of a young volunteer reaching out, taking matters into her own hands, we love the opportunity.”
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Emma says it would be great to win the coveted Gold Award for her Girl Scout sash, affecting others will be far more rewarding.
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“I wanted kids to not be scared of what I was scared of when I was younger it was just very important to me,” Conroy said. Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Kaiser Strike Expands: Picket Lines At 7 Bay Area Locations

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians expanded their picket lines to 14 locations in California on Wednesday, the third day of their five-day strike for more staffing and services for mental health services. The Kaiser employees are picketing at 10 locations in Northern California, including seven in the Bay Area, and four in Southern California. The picketing in Oakland on Tuesday drew 500 workers and it included a public forum for community members to speak about the consequences of mental health patients who are denied timely medical treatment appointments. • ALSO READ: Kaiser Cancels Surgeries During Mental Health Therapists’ Strike The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents psychologists, therapists and social workers, says patients often wait more than a month for an appointment because there is only one full-time mental health clinician for every 3,000 Kaiser members in California. Kaiser representatives say the union’s stance is not about improving health care for patients, but about seeking higher wages and benefits. “The union is demanding changes to performance standards that would reduce, not increase, the availability of mental health care for our patients,” said Michelle Gaskill-Hames, chief nurse executive for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Striking workers say Kaiser pledged to improve appointment wait times three years ago but has failed to do so. Wednesday’s picketing is scheduled to end at 4 p.m., but picket lines will return Thursday and Friday. © Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.