No more needles: Painless laser injection could make jabs a thing of the past
- South Korea team creates laser that uses ‘just the right amount of force’ to inject medicine
- Future jabs could be as painful as ‘a puff of fresh air’
Some people hate them, some people fear them, and the rest of us probably don’t enjoy them that much.
But needle injections could finally become medical history, after scientists found a way to use lasers to take the ‘ouch!’ out of a medicine jab.
The process, developed at Seoul National University in South Korea, could revolutionise how we receive annual flu shots, childhood immunisations, and other treatments that involve piercing the skin with a needle.
The laser-based system blasts microscopic jets of drugs directly into the skin, and the creators say it is as gentle and painless as ‘being hit with a puff of air’.
The system uses an ‘yttrium aluminum garnet’ laser to propel a tiny, precise stream of medicine with just the right amount of force.
This type of laser is commonly used by dermatologists, particularly for facial esthetic treatments.
Now Jack Yoh, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has combined the laser with a small adaptor that contains the drug to be delivered, in liquid form, plus a chamber containing water that acts as a ‘driving’ fluid.
- In scenes reminiscent of the violent clashes that ravaged the Cairo’s streets during the Arab uprising last year, thousands of protesters advance on the US embassy near Tahrir Square
- 10,000 Muslims stage a noisy protest in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, burning and trampling American flags while chanting anti-US slogans
- Reports: Hundreds of protesters set fire to a branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken, chanting, ’No More insults to Islam’
- Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak appeals for calm on live television, a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to protect US embassies
- The unrest has raised serious questions over whether the US should cut the billions of dollars in aid it sends to Egypt
- It follows unrest after September 11 attack on US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing ambassador and three other Americans
The British embassy in the Sudan has come under attack by rioters as the turmoil sparked by an obscure American film lampooning the Prophet Muhammad continued to sweep across the Muslim world.
Sudanese police were fighting back up to five thousand protesters who had gathered outside the building in capital Khartoum.
Fears for any British nationals that may be trapped inside the building were growing this afternoon after protesters stormed and set fire to the German embassy next door, tearing down its national flag and hoisting the Islamic banner.
A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: ‘We can confirm that there is a protest outside the British embassy and Sudanese police are on scene.’
TSA pulls pants off 71 y o man with knee implant
Many of us are airport-bound at some point this weekend, and have not only crowded terminals to look forward to, but also more intrusive security processes. With pat-downs, body-scans, and all that padding around in our belt-less, shoes-less glory, some of us are a little fed up with all the invasiveness. To make a statement—without creating more issues for the already tormented TSA employees—is to don something from 4th Amendment Underwear. Printed with metallic-based ink, these shirts, bras, underwear, and socks are plastered with a few choice words visible to anyone viewing the screen. Click through for all the variations—and, if you’re tempted, click here to buy.
Photos sent to us via email show TSA screeners rifling through personal possessions at a Mitt Romney political event, including one ludicrous image of a TSA officer checking inside a baseball cap, illustrating again how the federal agency has expanded not only outside of the airport but outside of transportation entirely.
“I was at a Romney event to specifically see if TSA would be there. Here are the pictures,” writes an Alex Jones Show listener.
It’s unclear whether the attendees to the event were forced to undergo a pat down or take off their shoes, but hats were certainly liable for inspection.
The female TSA officer is presumably checking to see if any miniature Al-Qaeda terrorists are lurking inside this suspicious looking red baseball cap.
A still unidentified woman from Benin (Africa) has experienced a strange event when she attended a service of a Nigerian evangelical church.
During the prayer service the woman got contractions and she gave birth to a stillborn ‘being’, which resembles a foal.
The officiating priest, Silva Wealth, and visitors to the church were shocked.
These reports The Sun.
According to S. Wealth, during the prayers it was already referred to the health problems that the woman had; “something” was blocking her uterus.
Childbirth in the church was then inevitable.
It is still unknown what the cause of the striking shape of the embryo.
The community around the church has launched an investigation into the bizarre incident.
- Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood call for demonstrations after prayers as did authorities in Iran and Gaza
- Large protests also expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, as well as Amman, in Jordan
- It will follow unrest in the wake of the September 11 attack in which a hoard of protesters stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed the ambassador and three other Americans
- Riots over an anti-Islam video lampooning the Prophet Muhammad have also swept through Egypt and Yemen
- Officials believe Libyan extremists hijacked a similar protest in Benghazi, where Libyan security guards were killed
- Top Israeli Arab Knesset official Talab el-Sana warned of ‘Armageddon’ if the United Nations does not intervene
America is bracing itself for yet more attacks on its embassies across the world as Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood party called for a ‘million-man march’ in protest over an anti-Islam film lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.
Since a 14-minute trailer for the movie, called The Innocence of Muslims, was posted on YouTube by its American producers, turmoil has spread across the Muslim world.
Protesters in Cairo appeared to answer the Brotherhood’s call to arms this morning as thousands advanced on the US embassy near Tahrir Square, to be met by a phalanx of heavily-armed riot police in a second day of chaos to blight the city.
As the clashes continued throught the morning, the country’s president Hosni Mubarak begged for calm a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to quell the violence.
And in an ominous sign this morning, the Libyan government closed the air space above Benghazi ‘for security measures’.