David Pogue, a tech writer for the New York Times, reports on a new invention called the SimpleShot. The device provides an injection of glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood sugar levels. Diabetics on insulin are often at risk for hypoglycemia, an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. Normally administering the glucagon involves mixing a powder and a solution. The invention was a finalist in the Modern Marvels Invent NOW Challenge.

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Comment by Manny Hernandez on May 19, 2007 at 7:20am
Has anybody here ever had a need to use Glucagon?
Comment by Khürt Williams on May 19, 2007 at 9:52am
Hopefully never.
Comment by Scott Strumello on May 21, 2007 at 6:03pm
Still, the idea is a good one. The pharmaceutical industry is incredibly lazy when it comes to improving their products. Have you seen the container that glucagon comes in? I don't think it has changed once since I was diagnosed in 1976.

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