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Treat Skin Cancer, Acne With OLEDs

OLEDs boast great resolutions and energy efficiency, but they could also be used to treat skin cancer and acne. A U.K. team is developing wearable OLED stickers that’ll cure your skin ailments on the go.

Many skin cancers are currently treated by a combo of light and drugs (called photodynamic therapy), but current light sources are large and the therapy requires lengthy hospital visits. Lumicure Ltd. Is looking to use OLEDs in the treatment instead.

The OLEDs would be attached to sticking plaster that can be placed on the diseased skin. Not only will it be more comfortable, the patient could possibly do the therapy from home. Lumicure says it’ll have the device out by Q4 of 2009, and that they’re working on something similar to treat acne as well. Source Gizmodo – [Printed Electronics via OLED info]

What a brilliant innovation. An Organic Light Emitting Diode, fixed in place by a skin patch that can be worn by the patient, while he or she works, sleeps and plays. The day may soon come when these devices will be dispensed OTC from selected outlets, to ease the burden of the millions of people suffering from skin disorders, such as acne and skin cancer.

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