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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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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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Pepfly

Pepfly is built on the idea that brief experiences of positive emotion can have a powerful effect over time. Many of us already search the web for content to inspire us, make us laugh, or remind us of the beauty around us. Pepfly is a new way to find, save, share, and enjoy what moves us. Pepfly recognizes the words you use to describe emotions and make sense of them in psychological terms. It connects you to a piece of media that might work for you and finds patterns in your ratings so it can make better recommendations.

by: Jeremy Bersin | Jul 16, 2010

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Home is where the heart is. Healthy home=Healthy heart.

Making your home into a healthy environment is necessary so we can progress to actively monitor our health needs. The healthy home will have a smart refrigerator that keeps count of calories, nutrition, and even recommends certain foods. The healthy home will also have a bacterial analyzer toilet. All this information will be sent to the central hub or a family computer. This will make it easy for new devices to be added, like glucose meters for diabetics. This system will make it much easier to make informed health decisions and keep all information in one simple location.

by: John Dzikiy | Jul 16, 2010

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Fertility "Vaccine"

Develop synthetic bacteria designed to live in the reproductive tract that keeps gametes (i.e., ova, sperm) immature. When fertility is desired by both parties, those 18 and older could purchase an over-the-counter pill to restore fertility by temporarily suppressing the synthetic bacteria. Both components--the bacteria and the pill--would be patented, then released into the public domain. Byproducts of such a system would allow "family planning" and, with broad use, significantly reduce the incidence of abortions and teenage pregnancies. (And save women from "the pill" and its detrimental side effects.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 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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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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Daily Hugs

Many centuries ago, the Romans used to say "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano", reminding us that our bodies, brains and even feelings are connected. It is proved that your energy and mood can help you heal from almost every disease. This is a cheap, universal and effective therapy. The only thing you need is a hug from someone you love. This will help you improve your self esteem, your confidence, and increase your energy to face any kind of illness.

by: Rosa Pintado | Jul 12, 2010

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Paleo Approved Label

The Paleo Diet is the diet that humans would have evolved with over millions of years, rather than the current Western diet associated with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Recent studies have produced staggering results displaying the unrivaled efficacy of implementing The Paleo Diet in patients with Diabetes, Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Celiac's Disease, and more. Paleo Approved certifies and labels foods adhering to The Paleo Diet, making them easily identifiable for people who want to improve their health, and to be a visible icon of The Paleo Movement, to aid in improving the lives of millions worldwide.

by: Karen Pendergrass | Jul 3, 2010

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app for computer using MRI device scan data

MRI uses density to create 3d images where tissues are easily recognizable by the trained eye. Someone has yet to create software that uses MRI data to isolate the ~232 different cell types and ~78 separate organs by density. I would like to see MRI R&D communities create some sort of 3D CAD model that color-codes both healthy and non-healthy tissues and organs for physicians to study. I have linked to Prof. Laurie Hall's 1998 lecture on the technology I am referring to that needs the "killer app" to go with upcoming HD MRI equipment.

by: Jesse Doig | Jul 2, 2010

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