Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Pain Free Injections Coming Soon

Date:
October 1, 2007
Source:
Cardiff University
Summary:
Micro-needles are a safer and less painful way of delivering vaccines and other medicines than a conventional hypodermic syringe, according to new research. New micro-needles developed globally and studied clinically by the are designed to avoid impacting pain receptors and blood vessels.

The scale of an array of microneedles shown against a 1p piece.
Credit: Image courtesy of Cardiff University

University researchers have shown that micro-needles are a safer and less painful way of delivering vaccines and other medicines than a conventional hypodermic syringe.

New micro-needles developed globally and studied clinically by the University’s Welsh School of Pharmacy are designed to avoid impacting pain receptors and blood vessels.

It is hoped that micro-needles could eventually be used as replacements for many conventional injections, even raising the possibility of non-medically trained people administering such treatment.

The Welsh School of Pharmacy’s Gene Delivery Research Group, working with clinicians at Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, found that healthy volunteers reported less pain and sensation when they were injected with an array of micro-needles than with a hypodermic syringe.

Dr James Birchall, a senior lecturer at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, said, “Micro-needles are designed specifically to penetrate the outer layer of the skin without impacting on pain receptors and blood vessels.

“Our pilot study confirms that these devices are likely to be well received by patients and clinicians.”

As part of the research, funded by The British Skin Foundation, volunteers received an injection by one of two types of micro-needle. Volunteers were then asked to complete a pain scale assessment and describe the injection sensation to gauge the impact of the different injection methods.

The level of pain was perceived to be five times lower with micro-needles than with a conventional hypodermic needle and syringe. The study also provided unique information on skin healing following micro-needle puncture.

Mohammed Inaam-ul Haq, a PhD researcher of the Gene Delivery Research Group, said, “Micro-needles provide a method for delivering medicines into and through skin and our pilot study has shown that volunteers report significantly less pain with a micro-needle. Skin trauma is also minimal compared to a hypodermic needle.

“Globally, one of the biggest problems we face is getting vaccines to those places and people who need them most. Micro-needles offer the possibility of mass distribution and self-administration.”


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Cardiff University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Cardiff University. "Pain Free Injections Coming Soon." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 October 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070928142147.htm>.
Cardiff University. (2007, October 1). Pain Free Injections Coming Soon. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070928142147.htm
Cardiff University. "Pain Free Injections Coming Soon." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070928142147.htm (accessed September 18, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

Newsy (Sep. 18, 2014) Apple has delayed the launch of the HealthKit app platform, citing a bug. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Residents Vaccinated as Haiti Fights Cholera Epidemic

Residents Vaccinated as Haiti Fights Cholera Epidemic

AFP (Sep. 18, 2014) Haitians receive the second dose of the vaccine against cholera as part of the UN's vaccination campaign. Duration: 00:34 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Artificial Sweetener Could Promote Diabetes

Artificial Sweetener Could Promote Diabetes

Newsy (Sep. 17, 2014) Doctors once thought artificial sweeteners lacked the health risks of sugar, but a new study says they can impact blood sugar levels the same way. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Vaccine Trial Gets Underway at Oxford University

Ebola Vaccine Trial Gets Underway at Oxford University

AFP (Sep. 17, 2014) A healthy British volunteer is to become the first person to receive a new vaccine for the Ebola virus after US President Barack Obama called for action against the epidemic and warned it was "spiralling out of control." Duration: 01:02 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins