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Vibrating capsule you swallow shakes things up to help with constipation

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If you suffer from constipation there may be hope in the form of a pill that promises to get things moving.

An Israeli company called Vibrant is working on a capsule that would vibrate in the colon, reported by Fox News on Tuesday.

Adding movements inside the lower intestine mimics peristalsis, the normal process that body does to push waves of waste through the bowel. The researchers hope it will break up clumps of waste and encourage the system to work normally.

Test results show it was safely tested in 26 patients who have bowel movements just twice a week on average.

More trials are needed to know if the pill will be effective, said Yishai Ron, the research leader.

"Some of them did stop medication. Some of them really resolved constipation," Ron said. "In some of them the constipation returned, but they were able to not use those medications anymore."

Ron said the capsule is designed to pulsate three times a minute. That's about the same speed the colon contracts to move waste products through. It starts vibrating 6-8 hours after being swallowed.

Patients in the trial swallowed the capsules twice a week for two weeks. It is too soon to know how much the pills will cost or how long a patient would need to take the single-use capsules to clear up constipation.

The National Library of Medicine defines constipation as having a bowel movement less than three times per week. It usually is associated with hard stools or difficulty passing stools. You may have pain while passing stools or may be unable to have a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes.

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