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Un-subsidizing Tobacco by Requiring Insurance

30% of adult health care costs worldwide will soon go towards tobacco-caused diseases because of PAST tobacco use. A little regulation goes a long way: 1) To purchase tobacco, one must have "Smoking Insurance", just as skydivers need "diving insurance" before jumping out of a plane. Smoking insurance will be a rider providing, say $100,000, to cover ONLY tobacco-related health costs, like 99% of any emphysema treatments, 30% of stroke, etc. 2) sharing tobacco - like Vicodin - will not be allowed. Thus, the smoker (not the state) prepays for and is forced to confront the health-related costs of smoking!

by: Bruce Chou | Aug 6, 2010

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Fitness specialists compete for your health needs

Imagine a network that would connect those in need of fitness expertise with a local specialist. Individuals could post their fitness goals online, without the fear of a sales pitch, free from the anxiety of modern gyms. Fitness specialists within their area would be notified in real-time of said fitness goals. Fitness specialists would then place a bid (proposal and monetary requirements for their service). From the comfort of home, the consumer could select the fitness specialist that best meets their needs and share their contact information with ONLY the fitness specialist of choice. A “Bob and Jillian” for everyone!

by: Joel Griffin | Jun 21, 2010

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Family Dinners Help Create Healthy Children

It is proven that children who eat with their family 5 nights a week have fewer risky behaviors: less teen smoking, drinking, illegal and prescription drug use. They also have better nutrition, fewer eating disorders, and better literacy. What about people who say they don't know how to cook, or are not good at it, or don't feel like cooking? Well, as far as Liz Edmunds, author of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, is concerned, she has counter-arguments for the 10 most common excuses, which she convincingly offers in her chapter "Yes, But..." Families can do more than government!

by: Pati Palmer | Jul 25, 2010

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Thermo/visual gamma wave feedback monitor

Stress is implicated across the board as a driver of poor health. Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress. Gamma waves (around 40 Hz) have been shown to be produced by seasoned meditators. Thus, a gamma wave feedback monitor may help a beginning meditator to know when they are producing higher amplitude gamma waves. Sensors are attached to the forehead. The monitor is worn on the arm. Feedback is indicated by gentle heating when a user-set threshold has been reached. There is also a visual indicator for use by a friend, guide, or coach.

by: Jody Radzik | Jun 24, 2010

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Beneficial Bacterial Infections to Boost Immunity

Imagine a future where your doctor infects you with bacteria - to make you healthier. Engineered bacteria will be programmed with genes encoding immunomodulating enzymes and regulating proteins to boost your immunity and protect you from illness. Infections can be tailored to your specific immune system and tested on your body's cells before administering it to you. It's like taking offense on your immune system instead of playing defense.

by: Alex Carmichael, IFTF | Jun 17, 2010

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Quantter: Healthy habits get contagious on Social Networks

Quantter http://www.quantter.com is an open SelfTracking platform to help people exercise regularly & acquire healthy habits. Quantters makes it easy to share healthy activities on social networks (run, drink water, weightwatching…). When People become aware of their friends' activities, they tend to contagiously imitate them, as HMS Dr Nicholas Christakis showed at the TED Conference. Quantter offers an open(!) API for other apps or specialized sites to connect to. Companies, Institutions can sponsor healthy activities of normal people. Sponsorship revenue goes to Non Profits in a feedback loop. It's time to spread healthy habits like positive viruses!

by: Denis Harscoat | Aug 29, 2010

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The Cuboid Footwear Sole

Conventional shoe construction neglects several important foot movements, especially transverse arch expansion and toe spread. When in step, the transverse (or metatarsal) arch expands to aid balance while simultaneously spreading the toes for added gripping surface. (This concept can be best displayed by looking at the identical movement in the metatarsals of the hand.) These subtle movements are hindered by conventional footwear, and can lead to chronic pain and weakness. The Cuboid concept is a sole design which bends at the transverse arch while simultaneously flexing the toe bed to be wider, mimicking the foot's natural movements.

by: Jerod Hugghins | Aug 6, 2010

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Nutrient Thermometer

Whether we're at a restaurant or cooking at home, we can only infer the nutritional value of the food we eat. Is what we're eating healthy? Will it make us sick? We can only answer in terms of nutrition labels, if available, and they may not accurately reflect the properties of our food after cooking. I propose the design of a thermometer-like device able to assess the nutritional value of food and detect bacterial and chemical contamination to help ensure that the food on one's plate is as healthy and safe as farmers and cooks believe it to be.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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Non-Wearable Fall Protector

Falls are frequent cause of injuries and broken bones in the elderly. Development of reliable and safe fall-protection systems can help people stay healthy and live longer. The main reason of prior failures is that fall-protection techniques required people to wear either bulky padded garments, or complex inflatable garments. Instead, external sensors of the proposed system will monitor people in their environment and cause external inflator units activate protective air bags. Inflators will be positioned either around the periphery of Rumba-like robots, along walls, or even under carpets. Fall sensors will be based on recently developed 3D imaging cameras.

by: Michael Feygin | Jul 29, 2010

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Thrive Portion Ware

Thrive portion control ware's cups and plates help steer people to eat 20% less per meal. It works subtly and subconsciously to enable people to eat and drink less. Plate will tip if user places food in the red zone. Control words are on back of plate so users will see "restraint" or "will power" every time they pick one up from a dish rack or cupboard. Cup is quartered off as well, so users drink 20% less no matter what the beverage is. People can consciously consume less. Thrive Portion Ware enables people to do just that.

by: Sally N. | Jul 27, 2010

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