Whether you’re at the doctor’s office or taking medicine at home, future injections could be a lot less painful with this new gadget developed at MIT. Instead of a sterile metal point penetrating your skin, it fires a jet of medicine through your skin at the speed of sound.
A team of Australian chemistry students have strengthened the chemical bonds of insulin to make it stable even at warm temperatures -- a breakthrough that could simplify diabetes management. The finding could shed light on how insulin works, and eventually lead to insulin pills, rather than injections or pumps.
Daily insulin injections make it hard
for many diabetics to control blood sugar well enough to prevent serious complications like blindness and kidney failure. Now Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis offer up the painless Exubera, an inhaler that delivers aerosolized insulin to the lungs, which quickly absorb the drug over their large surface area. A single puff just before meals can stabilize blood sugar as effectively as a shot. A Food and Drug Administration panel voted to approve Exubera this fall based on results from more than 52 clinical trials conducted over 10 years.