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Safer Hospitals : : Learning from the Human Body

Envision a hospital wing that learns from the human body's first line of defense: the innate immune system. It's much harder for bacteria to conquer new territory if it's already colonized. As outlandish as it seems, hospitals are among the worst places one can go to avoid picking up infections--so much so that there is a term dedicated to these occurrences (Nosocomial infections). The idea here is to inundate the air with good bacteria (natural to the human body) to out-compete the bad ones, making it difficult for pathogens to take root--preventing vulnerable patients from catching dangerous infections.

by: Dave Gupta | Jun 22, 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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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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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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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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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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Revolutionize Drug Development, Really, Not on Paper

Thousands of new compounds (or old compounds for new indications) are not being tested because of boxed thinking within the current system, and prohibitive cost of clinical stages of development. The proposal is to utilize a completely transparent crowdsourcing model and convergence of modern computer sciences / healthcare IT with drug development know-how. As a result, higher quality data will be generated faster and cheaper, bringing many of new chemical entities and "repurposed" generics to patients. The adoption of this method will make the legacy drug development paradigm obsolete, and result in dramatic savings to the healthcare systems globally.

by: Tomasz Sablinski | Aug 25, 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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Singularity Weight Loss Centers

Create an international chain of weight loss centers based on the precepts of singularity. People may choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle as Kurzweil’s vision of singularity becomes mainstream. Singularity posits that if people live to 2050, they might live forever given the exponential expansion of science and medicine. This creates a paradigm shift that may motive people to resist temptation. When facing a firing squad, it is hard to resist the sensual pleasure of a candy bar. The potential prospect of living forever, though, trumps momentary pleasure. The centers may expand into: Diagnostics, Exercise, Restaurants, Grocery, Retail, Food/Supplements, Entertainment

by: Bruce Polatnick | Jul 28, 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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