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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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A Better Big Brother

I imagine a world where individuals and health professionals are connected via ubiquitous wireless sensor networks. No longer will we have to trust a patient to act solely on the advice of their physician or wait to communicate in person. Instead we will provide them the tools to take their health into their own hands. All the while, facilitating an open link between the behavior and biological functioning of a patient and their medical professional. This will revolutionize all stages of the health care system from prevention to treatment to diagnosis and long-term care.

by: Ernesto Ramirez | Aug 20, 2010

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EMET Method for Diabetes

While we know much about diabetes, there are still unknowns. We believe it's important to take care of the nervous system on two levels, one diet and the other to change the electrical activity. I work with the EMET method, developed by the Center Raphael, which affects the impact of electric fields on the nervous system. I also provide foods that the body does not require insulin for removal. Free radicals in pancreatic cells disrupt the activity of pancreatic cells, creating large masses that arise due to electrical disconnect. It's a new way of observing diabetes.

by: simona rahav | Jul 26, 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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Low-Cost Safe Device to Lower High Blood Pressure

Acutend is a non-invasive neuro-stimulation device derived from established Acupuncture principles. Used once-daily for 5mns by simple skin contact, Acutend significantly lowers high blood pressure (3x efficiency of standard medication). Acutend is a proven, easy-to-use patented device that is safe and portable and can save billions of patients wordwide. Most importantly, Acutend is non-invasive, has no medical side effects (unlike standard medication) and it offers high compliance as it doesn't have to be used everyday for sustained benefits. Acutend can be manufactured at low cost and be used stand-alone or in conjunction with drugs for higher HBP reduction.

by: Patrick Suel | Aug 1, 2010

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Sense your body

Develop a pill that boosts the sensitivity of the part of the brain that feels the body, to become hypersensitive to bodily sensations. This would naturally push people to eat better and exercise more but without excess. As a side effect, if enough people take it, it would change the mix of foods in shops toward more healthy choices for other people. It would also make people more aware of the impact the body has on the mind... fostering a more mindful attitude and improved behavior in other areas of life.

by: Nicolas de cordes | Jul 26, 2010

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Safer Hospitals : : Learning from the Human Body

Envision a hospital wing that learns from the human body's first line of defense: the innate immune system. It's much harder for bacteria to conquer new territory if it's already colonized. As outlandish as it seems, hospitals are among the worst places one can go to avoid picking up infections--so much so that there is a term dedicated to these occurrences (Nosocomial infections). The idea here is to inundate the air with good bacteria (natural to the human body) to out-compete the bad ones, making it difficult for pathogens to take root--preventing vulnerable patients from catching dangerous infections.

by: Dave Gupta | Jun 22, 2010

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Fighting senior loneliness with computers

Males over the age of 75 have the heighest suicide rate of any group in the United States and it seems likely that loneliness is a factor in this. One of the major tools of connectivity, email and the internet, is still underused in this age group. Why not create an operating system specifically for these users. One that's simple, easy to learn and helps seniors to remain connected even if they live alone.
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by: Adam | Jun 25, 2010

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100 Mile Food Game

Want to play a game that makes eating local food easier? Are you a hunter, gatherer, or farmer? Playing the 100 Mile Food Game is simple and fun! You use your mobile device to win local food prizes, team up with allies to hunt for sweets and goods, trade tips, geo-tag nutrient sources, nurture gardens, earn badges, and more! Have you heard of the "100 Mile Diet"? The goal is fun: eat food from within 100 mile radius! Now that's impact! The developers of Plantacious.com bring you the 100 Mile Food Game! Are you ready to play???

by: Daniel Durrant | Sep 1, 2010

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Reducing flu spread by bowing

A simple idea: flu and other illness (e.g. diarrhea) can be spread by shaking hands, cheek kissing, and hugging. We should promote bowing as the preferred way of greeting. This avoids spreading bacteria via hand-shaking, hugging, and kissing. If extreme intimacy or respect is needed people can touch their foreheads.

by: Eric Durbrow | Jun 24, 2010

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