Antimicrobial microneedles developed
A team of researchers have developed two new ways of incorporating antimicrobial properties into microneedles, which could enable them to be more successfully used in portable medical devices.
The vanishingly thin needles could be particularly useful in self-treatment for patients with long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, or diabetes, but the possibility of infection has been an obstacle to their widespread adoption.
The new techniques either coat the needles with a special substance, or use degradable needles that release an antimicrobial agent on contact with skin.
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