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Crowdsourcing the Virtual Body

The human body is a system of complex interacting systems, each of which can be understood in terms of biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology. Specialists have deep but fragmented knowledge. Generalists understand high-level interactions among systems but miss the nuances. Therefore, obtaining a complete simulation of human physiology will require many experts across disciplines to contribute working knowledge. An online collaborative modeling tool would make it easy for experts across the world to contribute knowledge. The resultant "virtual body" would allows us to simulate disease and test new treatments quickly and without putting humans at risk.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 31, 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 Rumbať-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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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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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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Piezo-powered (and tasty!) Dental Care

Improve oral hygiene (particularly in children) by developing nanoscale, digestible piezoelectric motors. Combined in gum (and other candy) with digestible, AI-driven nanoscale devices that autonomously seek out and degrade plaque, the simple and enjoyable act of chewing candy would paradoxically provide protection from cavities and gum disease. Designs would be released through Creative Commons. (Image per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Aug 7, 2010

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Young Cancer Patients develop online-community, University Medical Centre facillitates

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC) helps young people with cancer develop their own communities. RUNMC starts with the development of AYA4 (All information You've Asked For): a unique online community for and by young people with cancer. The University hospital facilitates the technique, support and innovation, but it is the patients themselves who determine the content of the community and start filling. They create themselves a digital place where young people with cancer and their families can meet, exchange essential information, ask questions and share knowledge and feeling.

by: Lucien Engelen | Aug 12, 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

by: Ian Li | Jul 23, 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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Decoding the Riddle of Mental Illness

An overall communicational model of mental illness has conspicuously been lacking due to the daunting conceptual challenges at issue. As with many other such great enigmas, the solution often emerges from advances in a parallel field of inquiry – such as in Communications Theory. Indeed, a breakthrough in the understanding of affective (or emotionally charged) language has recently been proposed: wherein incorporating the communicational factors underlying mental illness within a general eight-part schematic depicted, where the grand total jumps to 408 individual terms (including 56 individual forms of mental illness).

by: John E. LaMuth MSc. | Aug 31, 2010

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Gezellig is a Dutch word that means 'comfortable.' My idea is a suite of objects for elderly users who are transitioning into care homes for Alzheimer's and dementia. The objects are all recognizable to elderly users: a radio, serving tray, and a quilt. The radio and serving tray interact with the user by playing familiar music when a meal is served. The quilt is designed to recognize when it has been tucked in, and turns on an embedded heating blanket at night. These objects all work using RFID and Arduino microprocessors.

by: Stephanie Vacher | Aug 19, 2010

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