Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TED Talk Tuesday: Mark Kendall

One of my favorite parts of the PY1 year was becoming certified to provide immunizations.  The vaccination program of modern science is one of our best methods to PREVENT disease.  Since beginning immunizations, we have practically eradicated diseases that used to ravage every society.  We are even at the point now to use vaccination to prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV.  Whether or not people understand it, vaccinations have made a huge impact on public health.

But there are still problems, especially in third world countries.  Getting vaccines to remote locations causes issues as these liquids must be kept refrigerated.  Also, a lot of people are afraid of needles.  Make Kendall, an Australian biomedical engineer, may have created the next answer.  His team created the nanopatch of about 400 invisible microneedles that deliver potent vaccines just under the surface of the skin.  It's easy, painless and effective.  This could be the future of world wide disease prevention.

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