Saturday March 28, 2020

New Medicine That Could Replace Insulin Injections

The tip of the needle is made of nearly 100 per cent compressed, freeze-dried insulin. 

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The tip of the needle is made of nearly 100 per cent compressed, freeze-dried insulin. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing injections for patients with Type-2 diabetes, says a new study.

About the size of a blueberry, the capsule contains a single and small needle made of compressed insulin, which is injected after the capsule reaches the stomach.

The study showed that the capsule could deliver enough insulin to lower blood sugar to levels comparable to those produced by injections given through skin. They also demonstrated that the device can be adapted to deliver other protein drugs.

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About the size of a blueberry, the capsule contains a single and small needle made of compressed insulin, which is injected after the capsule reaches the stomach. VOA

“We are really hopeful that this new type of capsule could someday help diabetic patients and perhaps anyone who requires therapies that can now only be given by injection or infusion,” said Robert Langer, Professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in Britain.

The tip of the needle is made of nearly 100 per cent compressed, freeze-dried insulin.

When the capsule is swallowed, water in the stomach dissolves the sugar disk, releasing the spring and injecting the needle into the stomach wall.

The stomach wall has no pain receptors, so the patients would not be able to feel the prick of the injection. To ensure that the drug is injected into the stomach wall, the researchers designed their system so that no matter how the capsule lands in the stomach, it can orient itself so the needle is in contact with the lining of the stomach.

The findings, published in the journal Science, showed that the researchers could successfully deliver up to 300 micrograms of insulin.

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The type of drug delivery could be useful for any protein drug that normally has to be injected, such as immunosuppressants used to treat rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease and may also work for nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, according to the researchers. Pixabay

More recently, they have been able to increase the dose to 5 milligrams, which is comparable to the amount that a patient with Type-2 diabetes would need to inject.

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Furthermore, no adverse effects from the capsule was found, which is made from biodegradable polymer and stainless steel components.

Importantly, this type of drug delivery could be useful for any protein drug that normally has to be injected, such as immunosuppressants used to treat rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease and may also work for nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, according to the researchers. (IANS)

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Credihealth Launches Dedicated Tele/Video Consultation Service

The platform now offers the service with 20+ hospitals across India

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As the country experiences a lockdown and as the hospitals operating at a minimal service level, the need for medical assistance for the common man is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. Pixabay

Credihealth, India’s first digital health gateway, announced its launch of a dedicated tele/ video consultation service with India’s leading hospitals. In the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak and as highlighted by our honourable PM Sh. Narendra Modi, tele/ video consultations are the need of the hour. This service focuses on bridging the gap between seriously ill patients and doctors.

 As the country experiences a lockdown and as the hospitals operating at a minimal service level, the need for medical assistance for the common man is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. The ailing patients are confined into their homes, unable to get treatment. To bridge this gap, Credihealth has launched this dedicated service for cancer, cardiac and other tertiary care specialities. Speaking of the recent development, Mr. Ravi Virmani, Founder and Managing Director, Credihealth said, “Credihealth was started 7 years back with an aim to bring healthcare for all. Through this unique service, Credihealth is providing fast, secure and reliable access to serious illness patients in the current lockdown scenario. Currently we are offering the service for hospitals in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad and would soon be adding other key cities. These are testing times for all, and we would like to assist all in need of medical assistance.” Through the service the patients can book appointments with doctors from hospitals like Medanta, Nanavati, Fortis, AIG, Wockhardt, Manipal, Yatharth, AMRI, CARE  and more.

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Credihealth, India’s first digital health gateway, announced its launch of a dedicated tele/ video consultation service with India’s leading hospitals.

The consultations can be booked through Credihealth’s web portal and Android App where the hospitals and doctors are connected on the Credihealth platform. Hospitals and doctors have dedicated specific hours of the day, and patients can book online from the comfort of their homes. The appointments are at a nominal fee. The healthcare company is already seeing a huge rise in the number of requests for the service and is soon going to add more hospitals in the offering. Credihealth is equipped to accommodate hospitals for patients inTier II and Tier III cities for COVID-19 and other serious ailments.

About Credihealth:

Credihealth is India’s leading online health portal. The platform is aimed at providing a hassle-free experience for patients seeking healthcare in India. Credihealth is in trusted partnerships with 650+ leading hospitals across the country and more than 35000+ doctors are engaged with this reliable platform. 

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As a part of its continued commitment, the organization offers priority appointments, in-hospital assistance, second opinion, online medicine orders, diagnostics, video consultations, and more. The medical experts at Credihealth help patients in making the right decision about their medical needs. The technology-driven platform allows users to compare treatment costs and avail time-saving services. 

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