Your body is covered by a thin layer of skin. The skin itself is actually paper thin and when you hold it in your hands, what you normally feel is not just your skin, but also the underlying sub-cutaneous fat. Body builders work hard to create the look of paper-thin skin to show off their muscles and veins. They do this by reducing body fat to below 6%, controlling sodium intake and drinking lots of water. This is for aesthetics.
Your skin has also been made to be impermeable. This is what prevents you from melting in the rain or dissolving in the swimming pool. That just would not be fun now, would it? It is this impermeability that has resulted in you needing to take medication either orally or through an injection. Both these methods allow the chemicals in the medication to enter your blood stream and treat the affected area. Oral medication often results in over medication as the entire body is treated to the chemical and dilutes its effect before it reaches the required place. Needles are obviously painful (I know of people who shriek in terror at the thought of a needle). Wouldn’t it be so much more pleasant if you could just smack the medicine onto your skin and allow it to soak the medicines in; melting in the rain be dammed. In medical terms this is known as transdermal medication.
Scientists at Shizuoka University have attempted to solve this problem by creating a plasma that can reduce the impermeability of your skin and interact directly with your blood stream. The team showed how using a plasma jet and a micro plasma discharge, it was possible to inject your body with medication. Their chosen guinea pig, was funnily a Yucatan pig. Once successful, it will herald a new dimension in medical science with improved micro-targeting of affected areas. Now if they could only find the chemicals required to improve memory, you could easily find me walking around with several patches on my head.