Ariella Brown

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Ariella
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Re: Tummy Transmission
Ariella   9/4/2012 9:01:48 AM
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@Hospice, yes, a full checkup would still be in order, but the idea is that the monitoring enabled by this technology would cut out some doctor's visits that currently are needed just to check on the patient's adherence to the prespcribed regimen.  Do let me at least hold on to the hope that it may also eliminate the need for some of the more unpleasant procedures down the road. 

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Re: Tummy Transmission
Hospice_Houngbo   8/31/2012 9:09:36 PM
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@Ariella,

"Swallowing pills that activate a transmission seems more appealing to me than undergoing a traditional colonscopy"

Swallowing pills may not mean that a colonscopy is no longer requiered. It may help to do it more precisely, at the right moment. But your routine traditional check-ups may not be over. 

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Re: Tummy Transmission
Hospice_Houngbo   8/31/2012 8:56:03 PM
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@magneticnorth,

" I was talking about the weird feeling in terms of the technology being new."

It is quite normal if people are cautious about what they don't understand. Any new technology will be feared until it is proved safe and reliable. But as you said, the fear will disappear when earlier adopters start sharing their stories. 

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Re: Tummy Transmission
magneticnorth   8/31/2012 8:27:40 PM
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Yes, I was talking about the weird feeling in terms of the technology being new. But it's true that that won't be a problem if the early adopters do their share of the talking. And you're right about colonoscopy--I'd gladly swallow anything in place of that.

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Re: Tummy Transmission
Ariella   8/31/2012 1:38:40 PM
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@magneticnorth but anything new can seem weird -- until it becomes routine. There are various exploratory procedures that call for odd things to be taken into the bodies -- radioactive materials, dyes, and even cameras that let the surgeon know what's going on inside without having to open the patient up. Swallowing pills that activate a transmission seems more appealing to me than undergoing a traditional colonscopy, a procedure that is considered routine for many of a certain age.

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Re: Tummy Transmission
magneticnorth   8/31/2012 1:05:45 PM
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I did mean that from a health perspective, and a psychological one too. It's just weird to consciously ingest something that can broadcast messages. On one hand, it's cool, on the other, it's rather scary. If none of my friends have taken this, I'd feel a bit hesitant.

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Re: Tummy Transmission
Ariella   8/31/2012 12:57:20 PM
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@magneticnorth Do you mean from a health perspective? The FDA clearance indicates it was found to be safe enough to be approved for ingestion. It also does not remain in the body any longer than food does, as it passes through the same route. As for possible consequences, I imagine that will be addressed before the FDA grants approval for the device to be attached to active pills.

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Re: Tummy Transmission
magneticnorth   8/31/2012 12:51:35 PM
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That cost is high, especially in the risk you're taking knowingly swallowing a data-gathering device. Who knows what'll happen?

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Re: Consumer groups
Ariella   8/31/2012 12:50:06 PM
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@magneticnorth Prescriptions already require privacy regulations. Not everyone wants what medications they're on to become public knowledges. However, it is also important that their doctors and pharmacists know exactly what they are taking because of possible dangers of drug interactions. The laws in place would simply have to be extended to take smart pill broadcasting into account.

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magneticnorth   8/31/2012 12:44:30 PM
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"The doctor knows the time at which the patient took the pill, which is particularly important when monitoring patients who must remember to take medications at specific times. The system also can alert the patient or a family member with a text message."

It'll only be a matter of time when consumer groups cry for a privacy statement and an opt-in mechanism for this one.

Edit: Saw that this has already been discussed. I rest my case.

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