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Would you eat off a toilet seat?

As a pre-school art teacher, I know school cleanliness standards and would never ask students to eat off a changing table. When my husband was hospitalized, I found out the standards were not the same in hospitals. Everyday in hospitals and nursing homes, patients do this. The handy bedside hospital tray table is used for food service, prep space for incontinent bedding changes and prep space for wound dressing materials. In this painting, I am trying to spread awareness of this "unmentionable" problem. I hope by doing this we can increase patient safety outcomes in our most compromised patients.

by: Regina Holliday | Aug 22, 2010

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A better, bigger burn in fat and muscle (ABIFAM)

Obesity is alarmingly prevalent in developed and developing countries, putting countless people at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death. Clinical trials show consistently that diet and exercise induce weight loss temporarily and that the weight is regained within two years. We need an assist. Recently, we discovered a potential drug to treat obesity. It works by increasing the ability of muscle and fat tissues to burn energy (patent pending). Investment in research and development can, within a decade, convert this potential therapy into what so many people have been looking for: an effective way to lose weight.

by: Jonathan R. Brestoff | Aug 9, 2010

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Improving survival rates from cardiac arrests using mobile phones

We have started a global project to empower the people to locate the nearest automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during emergencies. We are approaching 3000 AED locations worldwide,which is only the tip of the iceberg. It only takes one AED to save one life. We have developed phone apps to allow the public to locate the nearest public AEDs. iPhone users can download the free "AED Nearby" app, Android users the free "ShowNearby AED" app. More apps are being developed. Our methods will encourage those who are afraid to do CPR to participate in the chain of survival to save lives.

by: Dana Elliott MD | Jul 22, 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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Pickup Sports App

Pickup-sports is an innovative intervention because it connects, engages and excites people to become more active. It allows anyone, anywhere and at any time to find sport games with an activity partner for free. It is a creative idea that challenges our beliefs and perspective about social interaction and provides a platform for people to build new bonds and renew old ones. Thus, transforming our minds and bodies by enhancing our physical, mental, and social well being. Using mobile technology, Pickup-sports is not only cost-effective, but attainable within the next year!

by: Peter Ma | Aug 31, 2010

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Diabetes Tribe: The self-responsible management team

Diabetics online help each other with daily challenges already. But what if they had incentives to work as a team to keep their collective health "score" strong? An online game or community would help people help themselves in an entertaining way. It could also help people train each other in solving key diabetic living problems -- or using technologies like the pump. As I envision it, the group would only "level up" if average scores were improving. Community leaders who contributed the most to others would get higher individual scores. The group would also include "guides" with clinical training.

by: Anne Zieger | Jul 19, 2010

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Radical Sucks!

How about offering Liposuction at a partly subsidised rate on the NHS - whereby the patient pays up front for the procedure (say £500 for example). Then at regular follow ups, if the patient has maintained their weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle (determined by some sort of health checks) then they get their £500 back! Its radical and I reckon it would work in most cases as there is a financial incentive for both sides -the patient wants their cash back, the NHS wants to prevent future admissions (It would have to be a one time only offer though)!

by: Les Fawcett | Jul 12, 2010

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StepBack

Monetize footsteps. Take the average cost to insure the public at weight X. Determine cost savings of reducing total per capita weight by X percent. Take 90 % of that and put into a trust. Then break down cost into individual steps and assign monetary value eg. $.00075 per step. Give individuals a smart pedometer that "phones" home. Mail them a check. Walk 25k steps get 7 buck Walk 50k steps get 14 bucks and so forth and so on. Fund through insurance companies, they pay $.90 to save a buck.

by: ryan libson | Aug 4, 2010

21 people like this.


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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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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