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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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Videogame Style HUD for your health and life.

Stress is the enemy, stress weakens, this is a known problem with the human body. The solution? Essentially a mobile phone app that displays a visual stress/environment "Heads Up Display". Using a vidoegame style HUD to help manage/guide/predict Mood, Sleep, Exercise, Food (calories, fat sugar etc) unreturned calls, phase of the moon, Biorhythms, unprocessed Emails, unread tweets, or anything else that can be reasonably represented graphically. It should display an instant simple visual 'Heads Up' showing stress points that can be focused on. By tracking stress inducing things, you feel less stress because it feels "managed" and manageable.

by: Tim O'Callaghan | Jun 25, 2010

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Data Mining for Health

An easy-to-use, fun social application for smartphones that helps people make dietary choices and uses collected data to analyze health-trends. How it works: Enter your personal information, take pictures of what you're eating, and the software will tell you if you will go over your caloric requirements for the day (amongst other things); and for fun your "pics" will be Tweeted or sent to Facebook. Essentially, this is a food journal mixed with other interactive tools. The twist in this, though, is that data will be used to identify health trends. Big people eat cookies? Maybe cookies causes obesity!

by: Harry Chong | Jun 25, 2010

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Condom for Africa

In Africa, many believe in the traditional power of juju amulets (bracelets, often made of elephant hair), to protect them from HIV / AIDS. There can also be a low estimation of the effectiveness of condoms. A condom developed in consultation with traditional healers could incorporate features of the amulet, such as a spell & a sliver of elephant hair (or alternative?) molded into the base ring. Such a culturally adapted product could prove more effective.

by: Raymond stockill | Jun 25, 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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Thermo/visual gamma wave feedback monitor

Stress is implicated across the board as a driver of poor health. Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress. Gamma waves (around 40 Hz) have been shown to be produced by seasoned meditators. Thus, a gamma wave feedback monitor may help a beginning meditator to know when they are producing higher amplitude gamma waves. Sensors are attached to the forehead. The monitor is worn on the arm. Feedback is indicated by gentle heating when a user-set threshold has been reached. There is also a visual indicator for use by a friend, guide, or coach.

by: Jody Radzik | Jun 24, 2010

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Home Robot Pharmacy

Put your a fingernail, couple of strands of hair and a swipe of saliva and just like the expresso machine out pops a bottle of pills with all the vitamins and minerals you are short of...copy of the data to your physician. (it also has optional connection to your scales and blood pressure monitor)

by: Alan Houghton | Jun 22, 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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Fitness specialists compete for your health needs

Imagine a network that would connect those in need of fitness expertise with a local specialist. Individuals could post their fitness goals online, without the fear of a sales pitch, free from the anxiety of modern gyms. Fitness specialists within their area would be notified in real-time of said fitness goals. Fitness specialists would then place a bid (proposal and monetary requirements for their service). From the comfort of home, the consumer could select the fitness specialist that best meets their needs and share their contact information with ONLY the fitness specialist of choice. A “Bob and Jillian” for everyone!

by: Joel Griffin | Jun 21, 2010

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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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