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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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Wellcome

Ever been laid up in a bed with a major illness or injury? Visiting hours only cover a small portion of the day in hospital and even at home friends and family are often at work. Medication, procedures and lack of routine can leave patients awake and lonely at all hours. We have the technology to solve this right now. Think iPads and an application like Twitter and you get Wellcome, a place where patients and voluntary supporters from around the world (different time zones mean there's always a volunteer who's awake) congregate to chat and connect.

by: Jon Brown | Jul 26, 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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Family Dinners Help Create Healthy Children

It is proven that children who eat with their family 5 nights a week have fewer risky behaviors: less teen smoking, drinking, illegal and prescription drug use. They also have better nutrition, fewer eating disorders, and better literacy. What about people who say they don't know how to cook, or are not good at it, or don't feel like cooking? Well, as far as Liz Edmunds, author of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, is concerned, she has counter-arguments for the 10 most common excuses, which she convincingly offers in her chapter "Yes, But..." Families can do more than government!

by: Pati Palmer | Jul 25, 2010

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The Future of Running

Internet connected smart shoes paired with augmented reality glasses to provide a more fulfilling and fun running experience. By adding these features, people will be more compelled to exercise and improve their health. They will also be able to track their improvements in real time, adding constructive feedback to the less motivated. If I had this, I would certainly run more; and I think you would too...

by: Tim Hicks | Aug 6, 2010

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Reusable Ionizing Capsules for Water Purification

Our idea is Reusable Ionizing Capsules for Water Purification, which have been distributed to over 37 countries in the past 10 years. Our AquaSmarter Capsules, which last for 1 full year, can completely purify 1 liter of biologically contaminated water in minutes and 5 gallons in 24 hours. When concentrated, AquaSmarter Ionized Water also works as a powerful disinfectant.

by: Stephen Verdon, Ph.D. | Aug 22, 2010

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The Resting Postures

Chronic pain, disability, and premature organ death result from tonic or rigid areas in the body that do not allow earlier common injuries to properly heal. We compensate for pain with ingrained movement patterns in our nervous system, and stay rigid in these areas to our ill health. Lying in simple, anatomically aligned postures is a low-tech solution, using breath control for deep relaxation. Resting in good posture daily overcomes tight fascia and muscular compensations and inhibits the nervous system's tendency to recoil from the memory of discomfort. Clinical rehabilitation with The Resting Postures has shown significantly improved outcomes.

by: Michael Sears | Jul 23, 2010

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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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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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Folk and official medicine

In the past, folk medicine and state regulated medicine were equal in using healing drugs and substances. The state or official medicine is usually more rigid in choosing healing ways but both have errors. Folk medicine may be more creative and successful especially in cases of erroneous dogmas of official medicine. Now folk medicine is prevented from using an immense class of chemical compounds and drugs. Effective healing involves creativity in the use of these medicines, and the capacities of talented folk healers may be used in full by correcting today's situation.

by: Arcady Soclakov | Jul 26, 2010

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