Police today can check whether people have been drinking by smelling their breath. In the future, a person might have a good excuse for giving off the aroma of alcohol–a doctor's prescription.
Buoyed by a study in rats, Massachusetts scientists suggest that people with diabetes or other chronic diseases may someday forgo frequent injections of medicine such as insulin and instead inhale a drug-carrying alcohol mist.
"It's a new concept that merits exploration," says John Patton of Inhale Therapeutic Systems in San Carlos, Calif.
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