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Vaccines via a patch: Mark Kendall at TEDGlobal 2013

June 13, 2013

As a. Nurse who does not like giving shots…this would be a welcome change in practice.

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Mark Kendall has a new medical invention that will make anyone with a fear of needles very happy: the Nanopatch, a tiny square (smaller than a postage stamp) that can deliver a dose of vaccine. But beyond solving needle-phobia, the Nanopatch could solve many other problems that now keep vaccines from being completely effective.

Kendall, a biomedical engineer, is thrilled to present this new technology at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland, just two miles from the birthplace of the needle and syringe in 1853. Since this classic delivery system was invented, it’s made huge leaps and bounds in preventing disease and extending human lifespan. But it has stayed essentially the same for those 170 years. And the needle has limitations, says Kendall. Twenty percent of the population is instinctively scared of needles. They also leave open the possibility of needle-stick injuries, which cause 1.3 million early deaths per year. But even…

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