Vibrating capsule opens the way

An oral capsule programmed to vibrate once it hits the colon could bring relief to people suffering from chronic constipation, say Israeli researchers.

In a pilot study, 26 patients with either chronic idiopathic constipation or constipation-predominant IBS swallowed a capsule twice a week for the trial duration.

Over the study period the number of bowel movements per week doubled, the researchers from the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center found.

Two patients complained of abdominal pain which resolved spontaneously during the trial, but no serious side effects were noted.

The capsule,

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