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Walk+Play

The Walk+Play concept is simple: Put a stepometer, LCD screen and connectivity into one compact unit that can be repackaged and recoded to suit any brand or IP. Each has one thing in common - footsteps in the real world are converted into footsteps in the game world. So, you could have a world you walk around to collect dragon eggs, which you can then nurture and raise to enter into contests. Effectively fusing healthy walking exercise with Pokemon and Tamagotchi. Most importantly, this simple device would be cheap enough for everyone to join in the fun.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 6, 2010

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Wellth Exchange

The system is going to treat your health like a commodity - why not do the same? Build equity. Sell shares. Trade your wellth credits on the exchange. To incentivize healthy behavior, health-related organizations (HRO's) award individuals "credit" for doing certain things - whether making a purchase decision or maintaining specific behaviors. These credits can then be used in the marketplace to purchase products, get discounts on insurance, or be donated to others. Companies might be required to "purchase" health-offset credits if they want to sell "unhealthful" things or build a new development (health impact studies for all!).

by: Fisher | Aug 3, 2010

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Transforming Homebound Healthcare by Increasing Patient Motivation

Therapists drive 5 billion miles annually to treat 12 million homebound patients, yet 28% of disabled patients return to the hospital due to lack of follow-up. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology is prohibitively expensive, resulting in a population of digital outcasts who must create their own incentive to self-monitor improvement. The next generation of RPM is a patient-centric network of affordable mobile apps that utilize patients’ sense of touch. These connect to wireless exercise devices embedded with sensors that measure pressure, sustainable force and release. Benefits include increased patient contact, greater adherence to therapy and more accurate progress monitoring.

by: Kel Smith | Aug 27, 2010

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The Fecanator!

Create synthetic bacteria designed to live in the digestive system that converts cellulosic waste (e.g., dietary fiber) into glucose. These bacteria would a] allow us to survive on smaller portions of food and b] reduce human waste. The combination of a] and b] would increase the benefits of foreign food aid to impoverished nations while improving sanitary conditions. (Additional benefit: minimize the frequency of bowel complications in the elderly and other impacted [punny!] populations.) "Blueprints" to the bacteria (possibly multiple) would be released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license. (Image, per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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Avoidiabetes Movement - Recognize Risk Early

One in two individuals worldwide is at risk of developing diabetes or metabolic disease during their lifetime and at great socio-economic cost. Research identifies over fifty health conditions as early risk indicators for diabetes. Avoiding diabetes is possible - eight to fourteen years before a possible diagnosis - naturally and without major costly interventions. But patients are on their own. The Avoidiabetes movement aims to develop worldwide satellite systems of specialized Early Diabetes Risk Recognition and Avoidance health professionals. In addition, we are developing a system of public live-in centers teaching meal preparation, food shopping, and Avoidiabetes lifestyle management.

by: Rivkah Roth | Aug 2, 2010

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Neuro-Enrich the Zygote

This idea is to start enriching the brain as early as possible. To paraphrase neuro-psychiatrist Bruce Perry, "If you're in the healthcare business, you're in the brain change business." Neurologist Robert Scaer agrees: "(How well the early brain develops) shapes every aspect of existence ... specifically, our physical and mental health. Canadian cancer specialist, Gabor Mate agrees: "The biology of potential illness arises early in life. The brain's stress response mechanisms are programmed ... in infancy. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and the other conditions ... are not abrupt new developments in adult life, but culminations of lifelong processes.

by: Mark Brady | Jul 26, 2010

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Teleportation of Simple Life Forms for Medical Purposes

The medical condition of any biological cell, including DNA, can be described as a given state of software function that can be electronically exported. Optimal software operators can then be developed in vitro as medical treatments and teleported over the internet into the human body. These medical software operators, once applied on electronic circuits, use ambient matter to assemble inside the human body into simple living or biological medical forms. We are working on teleporting a virus of E. coli (5,386 base pairs) across the Atlantic as proof of concept of teleportation of life and something that will help to colonize other planets.

by: Viktor Kozeny | Aug 6, 2010

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Snot Spots!

Immediate reagent tests for antibiotic resistance in any infection, required to be used on site, at prescription. Ever had a real sinus infection and gone through five rounds of antibiotics to clear it? The common practice is to prescribe the most common (least effective) drug first, and work up in Russian roulette style trial and error. The development of a simple swipe pad that looked for resistance markers would greatly reduce the use of the WRONG drugs, while lowering the spread of disease by treating effectively the First Time. Fewer sick days, fewer broad spectrum exposures, better cures!

by: Lissa Probus | Aug 10, 2010

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biomarkers with patient and expert crowdsourcing

Make free the ability to get a 1000-panel blood test quarterly. Blood testing, DNA, physicals, etc. Sensors/chromatograph/chip reader machines will need the same kind of focus as DNA sequencers. Capture the data and publish in a public website that plots trends with comparisons. Allow individuals to review the data, read professional analysis results and blog their symptoms. Statisticians, scientists and engineers can aggregate and mine the data. Over time, real cause-and-effect will emerge. Continuos improvement in this whole feedback & analysis system, could help attain unknown hieghts of health mastery. So Bill, Melinda, Warren, ...we better hurry up! :-)

by: Allen Brown | Jul 25, 2010

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Augmented Reality Gym Mirror

When you're working out at the gym, a mirror in front of you shows you a visualization of your future self - thinner, more muscular, generally in better shape than you currently are. This is such a compelling vision that it motivates people to exercise more to move towards matching it. It can start off being installed in high-end gyms, then filter down into Wii-like applications used at home.

by: Lisa Mumbach and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

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