A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) are working on a “smart insulin patch” to help people with diabetes. Currently, millions of Americans have to inject the precise dosages of insulin or they risk health complications, coma, and/or death. The new patch is smaller than a penny and contains hundreds of micro-needles filled with insulin and glucose-sensing enzymes. So far, the new patch has been tested on diabetic laboratory mice with great success. The insulin levels of the mice were stabilized by the new patch for several hours. The success is still preliminary, but researchers have a lot of hope. Compared to mice, humans are more sensitive to insulin changes, which will make the patch even more effective and able to last for several days. The patch can be placed anywhere on the bod. The patch is easy to use and made from nontoxic, biocompatible materials.
Contributing Author: Daria Soboleva