Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Painless needle may be coming

One in 10 people may have needlephobia--which can decrease blood donations and vaccinations, not to mention medical testing.

Now, some docs at the Univ of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, have developed a needle that applies pressure and vibration before the "stick," confusing the nerves and making the stick painless.

They tested all kinds of combinations of pressure, vibration, and cooling and warming on 21 adults, using a needle that gave a sticking sensation but did not break the skin.

They are now going to test in children, who experience pain differently and are notorious for needle hating.

When will this Godsend be available--not immediately. There are some other similar devices out there.

Well, bring it on. I notice they ask at the lab--Are you weird about needles?

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