Injection alternative

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Pain and fear surrounding medical injections could become things of the past with a revolutionary new treatment that allows patients to inhale drugs rather than endure a needle and syringe.

Millions being treated for cancer, diabetes and even vaccines are set to be helped by the groundbreaking ‘microcrystal’ treatment created by Scottish scientists. Around one in six people admit to having a fear of needles, and yet for some patients, such as those suffering from diabetes or cancer, injections are a regular necessity. But yesterday Marie-Claire Parker, chief executive of XstalBio Limited, a spin-off from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, said patients could be able to receive inhalable forms of their medications within five years.

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