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No More Needles: New Needle-Free Syringe Invention

Psst, needlephobics! (You know who you are!) Are you afraid of shots? Investor Yoshio Oyama has invented something for you: a convenient needle-free syringe that use air pressure to deliver drugs.

Yoshio's system is called Mother's Kiss, and National Geographic News has the video clip: Link


I heard about this years ago. I remember thinking it was really cool, because it was like what they used on Star Trek: The Next Generation. That should tell you how long this has actually been around...

Needles don't bother me, but I can see how this would be great for children.
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Indeed, needleless injections aren't anything really new. Besides, it's not a solution for needlephobes in any case, how are you going to take a blood sample with that thing?
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Ha! I guess I'm not the only Trekkie fan here who was instantly reminded of those things. I just wonder how do they make sure to eliminate the possibility of air getting into the body through this?
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Seconding what other have said about military. My Dad told me stories about his "processing" for the Army, one guy on either side of you with the air injection guns like an assembly line. Both arms at the same time *bam bam*. And that was in the 70's.
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They've been doing needlefree injects for the feline luekemia vaccine for quite some time now. It reduces the risk of vaccine-related tumors. Scares the hell out of the cats though. Makes loud noises
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I think I had a sans-needle one when I was a kid. Can't remember what it was for.

I wonder if it works for heroin addicts - no more nasty scars.
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The headline is a bit misleading, saying that needle-free injections have been invented. The comment under the video says "a Japanese inventor says he's gone even further to cut costs and improve efficiency.", which means that this guy's design is a development, rather than an invention.
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Needleless ok...
But is it painfree?

Somehow blasting the meds through your skin by pressure sounds alot more painfull to me.
(But then, I have no problem with needles, which can be a real phobia to some)

Anybody experienced comment on this?
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