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Robotic Pills Could Replace Insulin Injections
20 February 2014 12:15 pm
For those who cringe at the sight of a syringe, the days of injections may well be over—at least for diabetics who require insulin shots. The Wall Street Journal reports on a newly developed “robotic pill” that can withstand stomach acids long enough to deliver insulin to patients. Despite its name, the pill does not contain electronics; instead, it slowly comes apart in the stomach and delivers medication into the intestinal lining. Without the pill’s protection, insulin would break down in the stomach too quickly for the body to absorb it.
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