The pill you can swallow to ease bowel trouble
A pill that shines a light into the gut is being used to treat bowel conditions. The swallowable tablet is being trialled in patients.
It contains mini spotlights that are designed to illuminate and heal damaged and inflamed tissue as the pill passes naturally through the system.
It has been developed to treat inflammatory bowel disease, a group of chronic diseases associated with inflammation of the gut lining.
The main two are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which affect up to 160,000 people in Britain (ulcerative colitis is a condition of the large intestine, while Crohn’s can affect the entire digestive system).
Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, weight loss and extreme tiredness
The causes are not understood, though they are thought to be autoimmune diseases, where the immune system attacks the gut lining.