Echo Therapeutics’ Prickless Glucose Monitor & Imiquimod for Scars

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The Doctors: Diabetes Breakthrough

A fan of The Doctors sends in a video submission about her life with Diabetes. Her fingers are getting calloused from all the pin pricks to monitor her blood sugar. She wants to know if there is another option. Thankfully there’s recently been a breakthrough from Echo Therapeutics in precisely this area.

Echo Therapeutics' Prickless Glucose Monitor

The Doctors reviewed the Echo Therapeutics' Prickless Glucose Monitor.

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The Doctors: What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes? Well, The Doctors explained that whenever you eat something, it has carbohydrates in it that enter your blood. This causes your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin allows your body to break down the carbohydrates and for your cells to absorb the glucose they need to function. There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is when your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is when your cells don’t respond to the insulin your pancreas is creating for whatever reason.

The Doctors: Echo Therapeutics’ Prickless Glucose Monitor Review

The Doctors has Patrick Mooney, CEO of Echo Therapeutics, on hand to discuss their new product. It is a glucose monitor that does not require a finger prick. You just place a small pack on your body that permeates the skin and it actually monitors your blood sugar continuously all day, sending updates to a smart phone or tablet device. Meaning it could easily alert you if your blood sugar gets too low or too high. It isn’t FDA approved yet, but it is expected to be out in Europe by the beginning of next year and in America by the end of next year.

The Doctors: Hypertrophic Scar Remedies

Another fan sent in a video submission about her hypertrophic scars asking if there is any way to get rid of them. The Doctors brought her to a dermatologist to receive “the scar treatment trifecta” or three simultaneous new remedies for hypertrophic scarring.

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 The Doctors: Intralesional Steroid Injection

The first treatment is one that has actually been around for a while. It is an intralesional steroid injection. Except this one is a little different because it has a chemotherapy agent mixed in. It’s called fluorouracil and it is often used to treat skin cancer and breast cancer. Another injection is needed every few weeks.

The Doctors: Imiquimod Review

The second treatment is a topical one that patients can take home with them called Imiquimod. It revs up the immune system and minimizes scarring.

The Doctors: Mix 2 Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Review

The final treatment is lasers. This is the newest development and it works on only a portion of the skin so it’s actually much safer than other treatments and had fewer side effects. It also requires only local anesthetic for doctors to use it on a patient. It’s very effective, but takes multiple treatments like the translesional steroid injection.

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