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Nutrient Thermometer

Whether we're at a restaurant or cooking at home, we can only infer the nutritional value of the food we eat. Is what we're eating healthy? Will it make us sick? We can only answer in terms of nutrition labels, if available, and they may not accurately reflect the properties of our food after cooking. I propose the design of a thermometer-like device able to assess the nutritional value of food and detect bacterial and chemical contamination to help ensure that the food on one's plate is as healthy and safe as farmers and cooks believe it to be.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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Radical Sucks!

How about offering Liposuction at a partly subsidised rate on the NHS - whereby the patient pays up front for the procedure (say £500 for example). Then at regular follow ups, if the patient has maintained their weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle (determined by some sort of health checks) then they get their £500 back! Its radical and I reckon it would work in most cases as there is a financial incentive for both sides -the patient wants their cash back, the NHS wants to prevent future admissions (It would have to be a one time only offer though)!

by: Les Fawcett | Jul 12, 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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Thermo/visual gamma wave feedback monitor

Stress is implicated across the board as a driver of poor health. Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress. Gamma waves (around 40 Hz) have been shown to be produced by seasoned meditators. Thus, a gamma wave feedback monitor may help a beginning meditator to know when they are producing higher amplitude gamma waves. Sensors are attached to the forehead. The monitor is worn on the arm. Feedback is indicated by gentle heating when a user-set threshold has been reached. There is also a visual indicator for use by a friend, guide, or coach.

by: Jody Radzik | Jun 24, 2010

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Reducing flu spread by bowing

A simple idea: flu and other illness (e.g. diarrhea) can be spread by shaking hands, cheek kissing, and hugging. We should promote bowing as the preferred way of greeting. This avoids spreading bacteria via hand-shaking, hugging, and kissing. If extreme intimacy or respect is needed people can touch their foreheads.

by: Eric Durbrow | Jun 24, 2010

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Emotional & Economic Freedom for Women in Africa.

Women in developing countries often use banana leaves instead of sanitary pads. In Kenya, 300,000 girls miss up to 5 days of school a month because they are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to attend. Western brands are too expensive and an environmental disaster as they are not biodegradable. Makapads, invented by Professor Moses Musaazi of Makerere Univesity Uganda, are made from locally sourced sustainable papyrus and recycled paper by communities of women they serve. They are biodegradable and cost 70% less than western brands. Makapads provided emotional and economic freedom for the women and support environmental sustainability.

by: Clive Pinder | Aug 18, 2010

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Pandemic Buster

Consider a mobile app that knows your location at any given time using the built-in GPS. When you encounter someone with flu-like symptoms, you just tap the appropriate symptom button. This submits a 72-hour geomarker for that observation to a central database. With widespread usage, such an app could warn you away from contagious people or potentially contaminated areas, help diagnose a new illness based on your symptoms and tracked exposures, generate an unprecedented volume of epidemiological data, greatly improve influenza tracking, and predict and avert pandemics. Widespread adoption is incentivized by the preventive benefits to participants.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 22, 2010

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Augmented Reality Gym Mirror

When you're working out at the gym, a mirror in front of you shows you a visualization of your future self - thinner, more muscular, generally in better shape than you currently are. This is such a compelling vision that it motivates people to exercise more to move towards matching it. It can start off being installed in high-end gyms, then filter down into Wii-like applications used at home.

by: Lisa Mumbach and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

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Transforming Homebound Healthcare by Increasing Patient Motivation

Therapists drive 5 billion miles annually to treat 12 million homebound patients, yet 28% of disabled patients return to the hospital due to lack of follow-up. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology is prohibitively expensive, resulting in a population of digital outcasts who must create their own incentive to self-monitor improvement. The next generation of RPM is a patient-centric network of affordable mobile apps that utilize patients’ sense of touch. These connect to wireless exercise devices embedded with sensors that measure pressure, sustainable force and release. Benefits include increased patient contact, greater adherence to therapy and more accurate progress monitoring.

by: Kel Smith | Aug 27, 2010

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Cure the Veterans, Cure the World

Veterans disproportionately suffer from many life-changing conditions where research is, too often, underfunded. CTV/CTW would provide a web accessible directory of businesses committed to raising or donating specific amounts each year, with revenue being used to fund all stages of cure-focused research. Discoveries, positive and negative, would be published in peer-reviewed, open access journals. Seminars would be streamed freely online. Initial goals include curing PTSD, restoring fuction after TBIs and SCIs, and regenerating skin for burn victims and limbs for amputees. (Image is in Public Domain.)

by: Steven Edwards | Aug 7, 2010

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