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Scientists Are Using 3D Printers to Deliver More Effective Tablets for Children

Written by David

January 31, 2019

Health Soon, doctors could administer 3D-printed tablets containing active medication to children. The pills will come in the size and shape, maybe even colour or flavour, selected by the patient. A 3D printed medicine. Credit: © John Gribben for Mosaic In March 2017, 13-year-old Joseph was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. He has been undergoing treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool ever since. “He was really, really poorly,” Joseph’s mother, Helen, tells me. “He needed the steroids – there was no getting around that – but one of the side-effects of long-term steroid use is that your body can stop producing its own cortisol.” In effect, his adrenal glands went to sleep. To replace the lost cortisol, a hormone involved in metabolism and the immune system, Joseph also started taking hydrocortisone tablets in January 2018, and he’ll keep taking them until his adrenal glands start producing cortisol again. […]

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