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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bigger Needles = Better Medicine?

With apologies to Sir Mix-a-Lot and Queen , larger bottoms may not be a good thing when it comes to administering medication. In fact, a recent study suggests that physicians might need to use longer needles when injecting intermuscular medication just to make sure they get through all of the fat and actually hit muscle.
Injections may not work on some people because their bottoms are too big, researchers said yesterday.

Many vaccines and other medications are administered by a jab in the rear. But doctors have found that needles cannot penetrate the excess bottom fat of many patients, particularly women.

To be effective, the drug has to be injected into the underlying muscle....

... They found that the success rate of the jabs was only eight per cent in women - meaning that 23 out of 25 women did not receive an injection into the muscle. In men, the success rate was 56 per cent.

She pointed out that women typically have more fat in their buttocks than men, and suggested that longer needles might be required.
Ummm... OUCH! If that's not incentive to drop a few (dozen) pounds, I'm not sure what would be!

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