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The Food Fight RTS Game (for Kids)

Become a food wizard. Track your meals and then watch ingredients throw down. Each food generates a virtual "fighter" (think minotaur, goblin, etc.) with specific attributes (hit/attach points) related to nutrition content. Use your (fully customizable) wizard avatar to launch the battle and cast spells/buffs for your team (the good food, obviously). If you win, get experience points + gold (buy loot for your castle). Trade loot with friends on-line or challenge their army (you keep your "fighters" that survive each battle)! Earn extra XP or gold with physical activity. Imagine "bottle cap codes" for celery.

by: Fisher Qua | Aug 10, 2010

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Indoor Community Gardens

Transform one foreclosed or repossessed home per neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly garden that's capable of producing enough healthy fruits and vegetables for 50+ households; hydroponics technology would enable year-round growth. Facilities would be powered by a combination of renewable energy sources (eg, geothermal, thin-film solar, piezoelectric) and designed to leverage passive techniques (eg, rainwater harvesting) to minimize maintenance costs and needs, with neighborhoods providing minimal upkeep. Diets from these gardens could curb childhood obesity and avoid cognitive deficits caused by low-cost foods. (The gardens would also help clean the air.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 18, 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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Antibiotic Rotation

Evolutionary pressure drives bacteria to quickly become immune to antibiotics. If the antibiotic is not present, immunity is eventually lost. If an entire class of antibiotic, e.g. penicillins, was not used for, say 20 years, they could be re-introduced starting with the first generation versions and scaling up to later versions as bacteria regain resistance. When re-introduced, another class of antibiotic would be removed, and so on until all classes had been in rotation. This could be continued indefinitely, thus getting new use from older cheap medications and decreasing the need to develop ever more powerful and expensive new medications.

by: Jay Swedloff | Jul 25, 2010

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Treatment of Neurological Diseases with Electromagnetic Controlled Neuronal Firing.

We are in the phase of reverse engineering the brain's wiring and we will soon be able to treat neurological diseases with specific neuronal network control. Despite the progress of Deep Brain Stimulation and Optogenetics we need a non invasive method of controlling neurons. I propose the creation of an engineered membrane protein that will respond to electromagnetic waves and will stimulate or inhibit neurons. This protein will be delivered with genetic vectors to the brain. We will able to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy and other neurological disorders with this minimal invasive method without the need of drugs or surgery.

by: Louizos Alexander Louizos | Aug 13, 2010

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Pathogen Sensing Refrigerator

Food-borne illness are a significant concern in the U.S. Refrigerators could be equipped with sensors to detect bacterial contamination by the chemicals given off as gases by many of these bacteria. These types of sensors are already in use at the industrial level of food production. The approximate location of the contaminated food in the refrigerator would be determined by triangulation using multiple sensors placed at different locations in the refrigerator. The individual contaminated food would then be identified by passing each of the suspected items in turn directly in front of one of the sensors.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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All-in-One Health Data Reflection

Health habits are like clouds and your health data pours like rain. Unfortunately, self-tracking tools only capture some data. To find health opportunities, You must check each tool. But what if there is a way for you to analyze all your health data together? What will you discover? Imagine a tool for All-in-One Health Data Reflection. The tool will help you explore details of your health habits, compare between health factors, and identify cause and effect. With the tool, you will improve your awareness, make better health choices, and change to a healthier lifestyle. Visit the site at http://ianli.com/pi/allinone/

by: Ian Li | Jul 23, 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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zedAlert - Sleep better. Sleep more. Sleep smarter.

With numerous harmful effects on disease, obesity, safety, creativity, cognition, productivity, happiness, and more, sleep deprivation is one of the biggest, yet most under-appreciated health crises of modern times. zedAlert is an iPhone application currently under development by two Stanford students, together with faculty from the Stanford School of Medicine. It records user sleep data and uses mathematical models to determine the optimal times for each individual to sleep, in order to maximize restfulness. zedAlert also tracks sleep debt, provides push notification alerts, assists with diagnosis of sleep disorders, and offers many other tools for comprehensively improving sleep health.

by: Stephanie Liou and Stewart Macgregor-Dennis | Aug 28, 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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