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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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Post-Darwinian Evolution of Genes as a Service

Pre-Darwinian evolution operated on the basis of open source IP. Darwinian era introduced speciation, sex and death of a cell. Post-Darwinian evolution based on Synthetic Genomics will enable cross-pollination and ability to teleport genes between species and cells. Cells will become biological computers with I/O and R/W with programmable selection of metabolic pathways. Morphogenesis of cells will enable polymorphism of new species. We propose to create in vivo programmable biological cells with an open source IP capable to accept diverse metabolic pathways and customizable reproduction. These programmable biological cells will use teleported Genes as a Service when-and as needed.

by: Viktor Kozeny | Aug 10, 2010

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Un-subsidizing Tobacco by Requiring Insurance

30% of adult health care costs worldwide will soon go towards tobacco-caused diseases because of PAST tobacco use. A little regulation goes a long way: 1) To purchase tobacco, one must have "Smoking Insurance", just as skydivers need "diving insurance" before jumping out of a plane. Smoking insurance will be a rider providing, say $100,000, to cover ONLY tobacco-related health costs, like 99% of any emphysema treatments, 30% of stroke, etc. 2) sharing tobacco - like Vicodin - will not be allowed. Thus, the smoker (not the state) prepays for and is forced to confront the health-related costs of smoking!

by: Bruce Chou | Aug 6, 2010

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StepBack

Monetize footsteps. Take the average cost to insure the public at weight X. Determine cost savings of reducing total per capita weight by X percent. Take 90 % of that and put into a trust. Then break down cost into individual steps and assign monetary value eg. $.00075 per step. Give individuals a smart pedometer that "phones" home. Mail them a check. Walk 25k steps get 7 buck Walk 50k steps get 14 bucks and so forth and so on. Fund through insurance companies, they pay $.90 to save a buck.

by: ryan libson | Aug 4, 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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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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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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Sense your body

Develop a pill that boosts the sensitivity of the part of the brain that feels the body, to become hypersensitive to bodily sensations. This would naturally push people to eat better and exercise more but without excess. As a side effect, if enough people take it, it would change the mix of foods in shops toward more healthy choices for other people. It would also make people more aware of the impact the body has on the mind... fostering a more mindful attitude and improved behavior in other areas of life.

by: Nicolas de cordes | Jul 26, 2010

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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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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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