Temporary tattoo could replace pin-prick blood tests for diabetics

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For kids, temporary tattoos are a fun way to pretend you’re a real grown up. But do they have actual practical uses for adults? We recently saw I Tradizionali create temporary tattoos that feature recipes so users don’t get distracted by cookbooks or tablets while they’re baking. However, graduate students at the University of California, San Diego have now developed a possible life changing use for the disposable technology, producing a temporary tattoo for diabetics that monitors their blood glucose levels and avoids the need for the usual daily finger prick tests.

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