Millions of people with diabetes could benefit from a device which spells an end to painful insulin injections and finger prick tests.
Scientists have developed an innovative, pain-free skin patch that is applied weekly to stimulate the body’s own insulin production and control blood sugar levels.
The biochemically formulated treatment does this by delivering a natural substance, which is extracted from brown algae and mixed with therapeutic agents, through dissolvable microneedles.
It is even designed to release the active ingredients fast when needed and to slow or stop when glucose levels stabilize.
The US researchers say its effectiveness as a treatment has been proven after tests on mice.