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Despise those daily injections of essential medication? Well folks, relief could be on the way. Over a decade ago, two MIT professors, Robert Langer and Michael Cima, first considered developing a drug-delivery microchip that could be wirelessly controlled. This past week, researchers in Cambridge -- alongside scientists from MicroCHIPS, Inc. -- announced that they have successfully used the aforementioned chip to give osteoporosis patients their daily allotment of teriparatide. "You can do remote control delivery, you can do pulsatile drug delivery, and you can deliver multiple drugs," Langer noted. Chips used in this particular study housed 20 doses each and results indicated that the delivery showed less variation than administered injections. In theory, microchips like these could be used alongside sensors that monitor glucose levels -- creating tech that could adapt to changes in a patient's condition. More info on the trial awaits in the source link below.


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That is pretty awesome, but implanting the chips for 20 doses?

Wouldn't it be more effective if it was 200, rather then getting a chip implanted for every month.
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Probably 20 because they were just trying it out and wanted to avoid trouble. It would be pretty bad if a bug made it deliver all 200 doses at once, but 20 is probably something they can manage. I bet the test subjects were monitored for the entire duration of the test.
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Incredible. The future is now! It's like something straight out of a movie.
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I can see an auto kill switch for people, spies, etc.


But hell. Maybe contraceptives or antibiotics can be delivered this way, automatically without a missed dose.
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They already have implants, patches, and "inserts" for contraception without worrying about missing a pill. This would be a better technology for the elderly, alzheimers patients, and people who suffer from chronic diseases who don't need to take medication on a regular basis (insulin when needed for diabetics, etc).
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I can see an auto kill switch for people, spies, etc.
But hell. Maybe contraceptives or antibiotics can be delivered this way, automatically without a missed dose.

Kill switch, the ability to hack someone, etc.

There are already 5 year implanted contraceptives.
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Kill switch, the ability to hack someone, etc.
There are already 5 year implanted contraceptives.

Problem with the 5 year ones is that they haven't worked out the sterility issues yet.
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This is a real breakthrough in medical technology. It could change the lifestyles of those who have to worry about checking their conditions and medicating daily.

To put it bluntly, it means they wouldn't have to worry as much, if at all.

I do think though, with all the wireless technology and potential holes in security, these sort of chips would be better completely self managed and self contained without any means to communicate wirelessly.
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Considering the stupid fact that doctors prescribe one cure per disease and since with a balanced, good quality, raw, pure, and organic diet you prevent 1000 diseases, is this really a break through? Nutrition is a lost chapter in medicine, wake up people. Highly recommend to watch Food Inc. and Food matters to everyone.
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