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3D-printed electronic pill can wirelessly dispense medicine from inside stomach

3D-printed electronic pill can wirelessly dispense medicine from inside stomach

Written by David

December 20, 2018

A customizable electronic pill capable of delivering medication via wireless commands from inside the body has been developed by researchers at MIT, Draper, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, all in Massachusetts. As described in a paper published in the December 13, 2018 issue of Advanced Materials Technologies, this ingestible device could provide a system of monitoring and treating medical conditions typically requiring injections or strict dosing regiments such as HIV and malaria. Early signs of disease or adverse reaction could be also detected with onboard sensors in at-risk patients, such as those receiving chemotherapy or immunosuppressants, and medicine dispensed accordingly. Tests of similar devices have begun using pigs, and the researchers estimate human trials to start in about two years. The electronic pill is a Y-shaped compartmented device whose legs have been folded into a smooth capsule that dissolves once swallowed. After the legs unfold again, it lodges into […]

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