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Ingestible pills’ tiny computers monitor your health

SAN FRANCISCO — They look like normal pills, oblong and a little smaller than a daily vitamin. But if your physician writes a prescription for these pills in the not-too-distant future, you might hear a new twist on an old cliché: “Take two of these ingestible computers, and they will e-mail me in the morning.”

Although these tiny devices are not yet mainstream, some people are already swallowing them to monitor a range of health issues and wirelessly share this data with a doctor.

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