Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Children's Vaccines Health Center

Font Size

Could Shots Become a Thing of the Past?

continued...

Gorda says that the device could be used in treating diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or chronic pain, and may even play a role in delivering gene therapy. He adds that use in asthma and other lung disorders is also possible.

Another researcher here suggests that implantation of a dime-sized microchip may make needles a thing of the past. The chip, when placed under the skin, would contain hundreds of mini-reservoirs capable of dispensing medications on demand, says John Santini Jr., PhD, president of MicroCHIPS Inc. of Waltham, Mass.

Santini and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have tested the chips in the laboratory and are planning to test them in animals soon. He said the devices could deliver drugs used to control chronic pain, in cancer therapy, in hormone therapy, and for other conditions.

"This is very intriguing work," says Saltzman, "but it is very preliminary."

 

1|2

Today on WebMD

Baby getting vaccinated
Vaccines and Autism
syringes and graph illustration
What Shots Does Your Child Need?
 
baby getting a vaccine
Vaccine Guide for Parents
nurse holding syringe in front of girl
HPV Vaccine
 

What To Know About The HPV Vaccine
Article
24 Kid Illnesses Parents Should Know
Slideshow
 
Nausea and Vomiting Remedies Slideshow
Article
Managing Immunization Schedules For Kids
Video
 

Doctor administering vaccine to toddler
Video
gloved hand holding syringe
Article
 
infant receiving injection
Tool
pills
Quiz
 

WebMD Special Sections