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zedAlert - Sleep better. Sleep more. Sleep smarter.

With numerous harmful effects on disease, obesity, safety, creativity, cognition, productivity, happiness, and more, sleep deprivation is one of the biggest, yet most under-appreciated health crises of modern times. zedAlert is an iPhone application currently under development by two Stanford students, together with faculty from the Stanford School of Medicine. It records user sleep data and uses mathematical models to determine the optimal times for each individual to sleep, in order to maximize restfulness. zedAlert also tracks sleep debt, provides push notification alerts, assists with diagnosis of sleep disorders, and offers many other tools for comprehensively improving sleep health.

by: Stephanie Liou and Stewart Macgregor-Dennis | Aug 28, 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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Mental Evolution 2.0

Mental illness affects over 1 billion people worldwide creating an economic burden of $2 trillion. Current drug treatments are expensive, suboptimal, and have significant side-effects. We have designed novel brain training software that targets fundamental cognitive deficits common to a majority of mental illnesses. This 'deep neuroscience' approach allows personalized treatment of an unprecedented range of conditions including learning, mood, anxiety, psychosis, and impulse-control disorders. The social network-embedded software we are developing is low cost, internet-based, has no side-effects and, in ongoing research, has already driven clinical improvements in children with autism and brain injury patients.

by: David Delany | Aug 31, 2010

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World 5.0

I can think of no more valid entry than one that re-orients ourselves and our culture to the reality of This Moment. This moment is total, and how we fill it is our prime concern. This is where World 5.0 begins, and this fresh orientation allows for personal and planetary healing as we recognize we are literally "all in this together". Of course, the end of war and the elitist agenda would do wonders for transforming our lifestyles as well. Peace out.

by: Jim Prues | Jul 23, 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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Avoidiabetes Movement - Recognize Risk Early

One in two individuals worldwide is at risk of developing diabetes or metabolic disease during their lifetime and at great socio-economic cost. Research identifies over fifty health conditions as early risk indicators for diabetes. Avoiding diabetes is possible - eight to fourteen years before a possible diagnosis - naturally and without major costly interventions. But patients are on their own. The Avoidiabetes movement aims to develop worldwide satellite systems of specialized Early Diabetes Risk Recognition and Avoidance health professionals. In addition, we are developing a system of public live-in centers teaching meal preparation, food shopping, and Avoidiabetes lifestyle management.

by: Rivkah Roth | Aug 2, 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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Sauna Dialysis

The skin is arguably the largest organ of the body and contains 3,ooo,ooo sweat glands similar in function to the 2,ooo,ooo nephrons in the kidney and capable of excreting 1.5-3 liters of fluid per hour compared to the kidney's average 1-2 liters per day along with the same electrolytes and wastes. Protocols using a sauna could be developed to maximize perspiration and waste removal while the patient rehydrates using an electrolyte drink. This would treat mild renal failure, extend the interval between regular dialysis for more severe cases, be lifesaving in the third world and provide a more comfortable experience.

by: Jason Allen | Jul 27, 2010

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Opal Guide to StayingAsSaneAsPossible

As disorder naturally increases with competition for resources and living depends more on adaptability, Opal's Guide to Staying-As-Sane-As-Possible saves precious energy in deciding where-to-go-next. This information process allows individuals, families, communities, nations and cultures to refocus attention more efficiently from sickening fears to healthier "feelgoods" by matching a different scale of natures to a sense of personal pleasure so that greater potential can return. A range of regularly reviewed media outlets would make possible the "owning" of a generic world-view, based on the most accurate information available. Personalized props like totem jewelery, paraphernalia etc. would serve as reminders.

by: Opal Ocean | Aug 16, 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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