>apparently it had some problems
Somebody correct me please; I imagine they care about powder because drugs (or vaccines?) in powdered form could sustain longer storage than liquid form.
Remember antibiotics that come as a powder and that have to be mixed at home, and have a very short life after being mixed? While the pill version has a standart shelf life?
I assume hence vaccines that have to be kept in fridges now would come as a powder.
On top of it if this was paired with cheap electronic regulation mechanisms it could at least attempt to discourage a user from overdosing. I know its somewhat of an odd proposal but I think there could be potential here to help a population thats already down and out from succumbing as frequently to death and disease as they do today.
"""The new injector has yet to be tested on people, but has been used on animals, like sheep, without apparent discomfort. "The sheep did not seem to even be aware that they were being injected," Hunter says"""
Are sheep not herd animals that almost never show discomfort or pain? Something to do with not wanting to get picked off by predators? I've never seen a sheep act hurt. I've even seen one get its back broken by a horse and it just lay there like it was fine.
In general, reports originating from universities tend to be billed as "Scientists discover…, "A report from Harvard suggests…", and the like.
Its indicative of, and certainly amplifies, the MIT brand.
> MIT discovers ...
> MIT students make brilliant startup ...
> MIT professors build ...
Meanwhile, let's say something originated from RPI. It would say,
> Scientists discovered a new vaccine that ...
I think it helps the pull- MIT is a brand name, so people will click the link.
After the injection was done it looked like there was a tiny worm sticking out of my arm (where the vaccine was kinda leaking out). Weird!
It's a gel that easily penetrates the skin and can serve as a drug delivery system. The KGB was said to use it to administer poison to assassination victims. Its history has been plagued by controversy, which has slowed down research on its many potential medical uses.
edit: A citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_injector
Anyway, I can imagine a lot less kids crying when getting their inoculation. Seeing a huge needle (to a child) is quite scary and this device does not look scary at all. In fact, it looks a lot like a toy.
I wonder how they can reuse the device between patients (probe ejection)?
In reality, I fear this tool will never see the marketplace due to the medical industry stranglehold.
So yes, they are improving an existing technology, the article says so and they point which improvements they made.
EDIT: Grammar, wording.
It used air pressure or some way of forcing medicine through the skin without needles it's called the Preci-Jet.