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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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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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Powered By the Masses

Working out for community. My idea is this. You enter a gym where people are getting in better shape and at the same time pumping energy into city's electrical grid. Inside of every exercise machine we have a generator and whenever a person exercises, they give back the energy by spinning the generators. With new neodymium magnets and better generator designs we can achieve a significant energy inflow into the electrical grid. Make the gyms and people compete between each other as to who makes the most energy in a given month, reward accordingly.

by: Max Surguy | Aug 31, 2010

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Earn the Stars

Earn the Stars is a merit-based tool for educating, motivating, recognizing and rewarding children to make good choices about nutrition and participating in physical activities. The idea is based on both Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama's cause. Earn the Stars is free for the users and it cost very little for the creators. It already have a prototype and it can be implemented within next year, the prototype is located at http://www.earnthestars.com. This will help transform bodies and lifestyle by educating both adults and kids about healthy food and physical activity.

by: Peter Ma | Aug 31, 2010

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Pickup Sports App

Pickup-sports is an innovative intervention because it connects, engages and excites people to become more active. It allows anyone, anywhere and at any time to find sport games with an activity partner for free. It is a creative idea that challenges our beliefs and perspective about social interaction and provides a platform for people to build new bonds and renew old ones. Thus, transforming our minds and bodies by enhancing our physical, mental, and social well being. Using mobile technology, Pickup-sports is not only cost-effective, but attainable within the next year!

by: Peter Ma | Aug 31, 2010

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Decoding the Riddle of Mental Illness

An overall communicational model of mental illness has conspicuously been lacking due to the daunting conceptual challenges at issue. As with many other such great enigmas, the solution often emerges from advances in a parallel field of inquiry – such as in Communications Theory. Indeed, a breakthrough in the understanding of affective (or emotionally charged) language has recently been proposed: wherein incorporating the communicational factors underlying mental illness within a general eight-part schematic depicted, where the grand total jumps to 408 individual terms (including 56 individual forms of mental illness).

by: John E. LaMuth MSc. | Aug 31, 2010

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Children's Social Skills Toolkits

As a School Psychologist, I am in close contact with students, teachers and parents. I witness daily the need to prepare children to become optimistic citizens, open to exchange, cooperation and solidarity. Thanks to local partnership, I gathered relevant documents (115) to support teacher's action in their own classrooms. With my support, they can loan one of the three suitcases (following their school level) and later pool their experiences on a dedicated blog, open to any other reader. Aiming to develop children's social skills, these toolkits may improve the climate, their sense of responsability and motivation in classrooms and schools.

by: Daniele Ruaud | Aug 29, 2010

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Quantter: Healthy habits get contagious on Social Networks

Quantter http://www.quantter.com is an open SelfTracking platform to help people exercise regularly & acquire healthy habits. Quantters makes it easy to share healthy activities on social networks (run, drink water, weightwatching…). When People become aware of their friends' activities, they tend to contagiously imitate them, as HMS Dr Nicholas Christakis showed at the TED Conference. Quantter offers an open(!) API for other apps or specialized sites to connect to. Companies, Institutions can sponsor healthy activities of normal people. Sponsorship revenue goes to Non Profits in a feedback loop. It's time to spread healthy habits like positive viruses!

by: Denis Harscoat | Aug 29, 2010

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Anjna Patient Education (www.anjna.org)

Anjna Patient Education is the first organization of its kind to specifically target free clinics and reach out to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Studies have shown that common diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and depression are heavily prevalent amongst patients from the lowest socioeconomic tier, and that patient education is 50-80% more effective when compared to medication or conventional therapy. Through the distribution of high-quality health education materials and the development of training modules, our project seeks to empower patients in free clinics to take a stand against these preventable diseases with good nutrition, diet, and lifestyle changes.

by: Vineet Singal | Aug 29, 2010

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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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