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Electronic Pills That Could Transform How We Treat Disease

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Electronic Pills That Could Transform How We Treat Disease

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Could a small jolt of electricity to your gut help treat chronic diseases? Medical hacker and TED Fellow Khalil Ramadi is developing a new, noninvasive therapy that could treat diseases like diabetes, obesity, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's with an electronic pill.

More targeted than a traditional pill and less invasive than surgery, these micro-devices contain electronics that deliver "bionudges" 
– bursts of electrical or chemical stimuli – to the gut, potentially helping control appetite, aid digestion, regulate hormones – and even stimulate happiness in the brain. 

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