signs of certain bacteria or viruses, or with tiny cameras to monitor tumors or ulcers for several weeks, the researchers said. The pill might even offer a safer, more comfortable alternative to the gastric balloon, a form of weight control in which a balloon is inserted through a patient’s esophagus and into the stomach.
“With our design, you wouldn’t need to go through a painful process to implant a rigid balloon,” Zhao said. “Maybe you can take a few of these pills instead, to help fill out your stomach, and lose weight. We see many possibilities for this hydrogel device.”
SOURCE: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, news release, Jan. 30, 2019