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Level Up!

If you work on the 20th floor of a building then taking the stairs, not the elevator, isn’t a practical proposition. But what if you were to walk the last 3 floors, or 2, or even 1, then that would be better than nothing. Combine this with a pass card that rewards those that do take the stairs and you get Level Up! It’s like a loyalty card for the day-to-day exercise you’re probably missing out on.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 10, 2010

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Green Clinic

The goal is to rethink of tools and health services under a renewed system of requirements and proximity to environmental health issues. The Green Clinic is a service that answers to a wider definition of health modeled on specific needs of a neighborhood. A service that uses technology, but it can also be seen as a concrete point of contact where motivated individuals and professionals from different sectors (not only the medical one) can work together to make places and lifestyles healthy. Green Clinic rethinks of medical practice through the interdisciplinary activity, where, information, lifestyle and cities are the workplaces.

by: Lorenza | Aug 24, 2010

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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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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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Neuro-Enrich the Zygote

This idea is to start enriching the brain as early as possible. To paraphrase neuro-psychiatrist Bruce Perry, "If you're in the healthcare business, you're in the brain change business." Neurologist Robert Scaer agrees: "(How well the early brain develops) shapes every aspect of existence ... specifically, our physical and mental health. Canadian cancer specialist, Gabor Mate agrees: "The biology of potential illness arises early in life. The brain's stress response mechanisms are programmed ... in infancy. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and the other conditions ... are not abrupt new developments in adult life, but culminations of lifelong processes.

by: Mark Brady | Jul 26, 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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Meditation to Reduce Health Care Utilization

Biomedical research has validated meditation as one of the most effective and reliable preventive modalities to optimize health outcomes and decrease utilization of health care services. Decreased stress hormone levels, blood pressure, rates of insomnia, anxiety and depression and markedly reduced health insurance utilization rates point to the potential for the practice of meditation to improve global health inexpensively. Persuasively designed social networks (via iPads and smartphones) will offer motivation and facilitate compliance, as well as track and upload biomarker derived physiological data, to document better parameters of health and the reduction in use of centralized health care services.

by: Jim Henning, MD | Aug 31, 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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TV-Treadmill

A television that is powered by a treadmill. It will only power up with the use of a treadmill being utilized. With significant use, the power can be stored in a battery to reward hard work with a break. All family members can chip in and add time. The key would have to be that the reserve, built up power resets on a regular basis, say every 48 hours. That way you can't bank tons of time without continuous effort. Maybe other equipment like a row machine, stair climber, weight machine could tie in for variety and full body coverage.

by: Gerald Griffith | Aug 17, 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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