Say Goodbye to Diabetic Needle Sticks (Soon, we hope!)


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This device could mean pain-free blood tests: soon! Sometimes, I am just amazed by the things scientists can come up with, and I just heard about a project in development that will blow your mind—a device that draws your blood without using a needle! Totally pain free!

So many of the diabetic patients that I see in my Houston podiatry practice are frustrated by the amount of needle pokes they have to endure for routine blood work—this new product could mean the end of all that.

Still in development, the gadget being worked on by Tasso Inc. is about the size of a ping-pong ball. Instead of breaking your skin with a needle, the device uses a vaccum to gently suction blood out of your capillaries, the microscopic vessels that sit below the skin. The process takes about two minutes and is recommended for use with routine blood screenings like cholesterol testing or blood-sugar monitoring.

People are so excited about this product that DARPA (The government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) just gave Tesso a $3 million grant to keep going with their development.

Hopefully this means that pain-free blood work is within reach for all of us!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.