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Take Your Computer Pill: It's Good For You

Published: September 25, 2013

Swallowable micro-computers are revolutionizing health care - and raising concerns.

The size and shape of a pill, these computers monitor your body's systems and record your vital signs. Some can even follow your body's response to medications.

They share information with doctors wirelessly, in one case through a cellphone app. Connected to the outside world by a wearable patch, this pill effectively runs on you, generating electricity as soon as it hits your stomach.

Some have raised privacy concerns about wider access to the most intimate goings-on in your body, but robo-pills could help prevent complications in a host of diseases or ensure you receive treatment quickly when needed.

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