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Researchers Develop Swallowable Self-Expanding Pill To Deal With Obesity

A research team from NTU (Nanyang Technological University), Singapore and the NUHS (National University Health System) has advanced a self-expanding weight management pill that can be used to cure obese patients. The pill is called as “EndoPil,” the model capsule comprises a balloon that could be self-expanded with a handheld magnet after it is in the stomach, thus causing a sense of fullness. Its magnetically-triggered inflation mechanism leads to a reaction amid salt and harmless acid stored in the capsule, which creates carbon dioxide to congest the balloon. The concept after the capsule is for it to be taken orally, although tests using this way for management have not yet begun.

The pill is designed by a team headed by Professor Louis Phee from NTU and Professor Lawrence Ho of NUHS. The pill should be ingested orally and this administering self-expanding weight loss pill can signify a non-invasive substitute to deal with the increasing global obesity epidemic. Presently, moderately obese patients and people who are too ill to endure surgery can go for the intragastric balloon, which is a conventional weight loss involvement that has to be introduced into the stomach through endoscopy under sedation. It is eradicated 6 Months later with the same procedure.

Recently, the NTU was in news as its investigators revealed that brain pathway is associated with impulsive behaviors. Scientists from South Korea and Singapore have disclosed new features of a brain pathway that could lead to impulsive behaviors. By using mice, the research team directed by Professor George Augustine of NTU, Singapore found that impulsive behavior is caused when the dopamine—brain signaling chemical—is passed to an unanticipated region of their brain. Professor Augustine said, “We have revealed for the first time that impulsive behavior in mice is only activated when dopamine signals are acquired and passed on to an unanticipated part of the brain from the amygdala to the BNST (bed nucleus of the stria terminalis).”

Cindy Tyson
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Cindy has studied Genetic Engineering from one of the top universities across the country and is a certified medical coder. She writes on human health care and medical domain. She is associated with us from the beginning of our portal and currently, working is Content Writer. Cindy is an avid reader and likes to read novels, autobiographies, thrillers, and graphic novel. Cindy believes in staying healthy and so after the office spends her time in the gym on functional training.

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