Diabetes implant is restocked by swallowing magnetic insulin capsules

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Technology 18 August 2021

By Matthew Sparkes

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A prototype implant for treating diabetes uses magnetic pills that would be swallowed to refill insulin

The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

An implant around the size of two packs of playing cards can wirelessly charge its battery and restock insulin painlessly. The team that made the device says it could revolutionise the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

The device weighs 165 grams and is designed to be implanted inside the abdomen, on the outside of the stomach. It constantly measures levels of insulin in the blood and releases doses of the hormone via a small catheter …

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