Dermal patch senses, releases meds as needed

click to enlargeA research team from several institutions in South Korea and University of Texas, Austin have developed a dermal patch that not only delivers medication, but in the right dose and right time based upon muscle activity and body temperature. They developed a 2-inch rectangle made of stretchable nanomaterials containing heat-activated silica nanoparticles. The patch monitors muscle activity and body temperature, then releases a controlled dose of a drug. This would make it ideal for conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease where the drug should be timed when muscle tremors begin. At this point, there is no digital health/wireless component for recording, which is also needed. But given the long lead time–it won’t be ready for sale for five years. The Verge. Nature Nanotechnology (abstract only)

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