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Science unveils sinister side to tattoo craze
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As tattoos have become more fashionable they have attracted more scientific research, and concern is now emerging about a possible long-term health risk.

There is solid science to show that many of the inks used in tattoos contain carcinogens. This means people are having cancer-producing particles injected directly into their skin.

But oddly enough, they are not developing skin cancers. One explanation is that these particles are stable. If they were not stable, the tattoo would not be permanent.


Fried foods have similar impact to your liver as hepatitis
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Dr. Drew Ordon talks to "CBS This Morning: Saturday"'s Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis about the negative affects of fast food
"The Doctors" revealed study findings that found regular consumption of fast food items like fried chicken and onion rings are particularly bad for your liver, and these fried foods have many surprising complications and dangers for the people that consume them


A much greater risk of transmitting HCV with prison or street tattoos

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The transmission of HCV by tattooing practices has not been well documented, but there is a very real possibility that a person could become infected this way if precautions are not followed very carefully. Because it is harder to obtain sterile tattooing tools in prisons or on the streets, getting a tattoo in these settings carries a much greater risk of transmitting HCV. There are regulations in most states regarding the operation of tattoo parlors. Most states restrict tattooing of minors unless written permission is obtained from the parent or guardian. Check with the local or state department of public health about regulations in your area.
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The Centers for Disease Control issued the following statement on tattooing and hepatitis C on June 9, 2009

“A few major research studies have not shown Hepatitis C to be spread through licensed, commercial tattooing facilities. However, transmission of Hepatitis C (and other infectious diseases) is possible when poor infection-control practices are used during tattooing or piercing. Body art is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and unregulated tattooing and piercing are known to occur in prisons and other informal or unregulated settings. Further research is needed to determine if these types of settings and exposures are responsible for Hepatitis C virus transmission.”1

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Most tattoo artists are very concerned about safety and want to make sure that a customer who receives a tattoo is protected against getting hepatitis C and other bloodborne illnesses. A study was released in 2010 that found that having a tattoo nearly tripled the risk of having hepatitis C compared to people who did not have a tattoo. However, the study showed that there was an association only – the actual mode of transmission wasn’t studied.1 We recommend only commercial tattoo parlors that practice the following proper precautions.

These safety tips should also be followed with all types of body modifications

Check with friends for recommendations to shops that practice safe tattooing. Visit the tattoo parlor before committing to a tattoo and ask questions about safety procedures.

Ask the artist or owner of the parlor if you can observe a customer getting a tattoo and check to make sure that the artist is carefully following the standard safety precautions listed above. If the artist is reluctant to answer questions about safety practices, shop around for another tattoo parlor that is more willing to talk.

Another basic rule is to shop around for an artist based on their experience and knowledge and to stay away from any artist or shop that advertises “low-cost” or “bargain tattoos.” The price of the artist should be a reflection of their experience, knowledge and artistry. As consumers we should all be careful about safety practices and make it our responsibility to keep it safe.
Reference: 1Tattooing and the Risk of Transmission of Hepatitis C: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by Siavash Jafarib, Ray Copesa, Souzan Baharlouc, Mahyar Etminand, Jane Buxtona. Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases published online August 3, 2010.