Avoid Too Much Sun With This Cool New Gadget!
There are times when you may think that there is no such thing as too much sun – but sunstroke can cause serious illness among holidaymakers, including dehydration which may require rehydration therapy in hospital. Sunburn is also the precursor to melanoma – and a burnt nose on holiday or raw shoulders from a weekend [...]
There are times when you may think that there is no such thing as too much sun – but sunstroke can cause serious illness among holidaymakers, including dehydration which may require rehydration therapy in hospital.
Sunburn is also the precursor to melanoma – and a burnt nose on holiday or raw shoulders from a weekend music festival could be storing up future health problems.
It is always hard to gauge when enough is too much – but now in the case of contact with sunlight, scientists at Strathclyde University in Scotland have developed an easy-to-use paper wristband similar to those worn at festivals, which can tell the wearer when they have been exposed to excessive stages of ultraviolet light generated by the sun.
The UV solar wristband is bang on trend and changes from acid yellow to hot pink as a result of the acid release agent the scientists have incorporated into the technology.
The dye in the paper UV wristband responds to UV radioactivity levels, and the band will be developed by Swedish manufacturer Intellego Technologies to take into account the sun tolerance of different skin types – so fair haired and red haired sun seekers who normally go pink quickly in the sun will find their wristbands do just the same to warn them to cover up.
Lead researchers Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Michael McFarlane, who developed the wristband, will work with Intellego in its manufacture.
The bands promise to be cheap as well as cheerful, Prof Mills said.
“The bands will have to cost less than 10p each because they are disposable and need to be thrown away at the end of the day.”
Fiona Strang from the University of Strathclyde’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Services said: “The sunburn monitor will make a significant contribution to public health as an affordable, fashionable device which enables people to enjoy the benefits of the sun, while at the same time keeping them alert to the risks of over- exposure.”
Intellego was founded by Swedish tycoon Claes Lindahl, who said the company was “very excited” about the dosimeter technology the wristband uses to monitor UV levels from the sun.
Despite warnings about moderating sunbathing and covering up in the sun, more cases of melanoma are being diagnosed among holidaymakers who over the years have enjoyed lying out and getting sunburnt on package holidays abroad.
Many cases of melanoma – skin cancer – can be successfully treated if caught early, but the best way of avoiding malignant melanoma is to stay out of the sun, use a high factor sun cream applied regularly and cover up as much as possible on holiday to avoid sunburn.
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Avoid Too Much Sun With This Cool New Gadget!,