PSFK Picks: Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Week
From painless laser-based injections to growing bespoke organs, we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.
PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.
Lasers Take The Pain Out Of Medical Injections A team of scientists from Seoul National University in South Korea hope to replace single-use hypodermic needles with a laser-based injection system that blasts microscopic jets of drugs into the skin. The ER:YAG (erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) laser is fitted with an adaptor that contains the medications along with a small amount of water. When pulsed with the laser, the drugs are ejected from a nozzle that is about the same width as a human hair. By targeting the epidermal layer of the skin’s surface the laser method virtually eliminates the pain associated with traditional needle injections and generates none of waste.