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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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Pepfly

Pepfly is built on the idea that brief experiences of positive emotion can have a powerful effect over time. Many of us already search the web for content to inspire us, make us laugh, or remind us of the beauty around us. Pepfly is a new way to find, save, share, and enjoy what moves us. Pepfly recognizes the words you use to describe emotions and make sense of them in psychological terms. It connects you to a piece of media that might work for you and finds patterns in your ratings so it can make better recommendations.

by: Jeremy Bersin | Jul 16, 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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Pathogen Sensing Refrigerator

Food-borne illness are a significant concern in the U.S. Refrigerators could be equipped with sensors to detect bacterial contamination by the chemicals given off as gases by many of these bacteria. These types of sensors are already in use at the industrial level of food production. The approximate location of the contaminated food in the refrigerator would be determined by triangulation using multiple sensors placed at different locations in the refrigerator. The individual contaminated food would then be identified by passing each of the suspected items in turn directly in front of one of the sensors.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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The Fecanator!

Create synthetic bacteria designed to live in the digestive system that converts cellulosic waste (e.g., dietary fiber) into glucose. These bacteria would a] allow us to survive on smaller portions of food and b] reduce human waste. The combination of a] and b] would increase the benefits of foreign food aid to impoverished nations while improving sanitary conditions. (Additional benefit: minimize the frequency of bowel complications in the elderly and other impacted [punny!] populations.) "Blueprints" to the bacteria (possibly multiple) would be released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license. (Image, per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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Inter Connected Sports

Imagine a system of gyms (with stat-tracking equipment and facilities), sport leagues (with tracking and recording), and social networking (based around health and exercise) that could encourage kids to exercise more and eat healthier though virtual and physical incentives. With the help of friendly peer pressure, accountability, online gaming, and rewards, we could renew the interest in sports that has fallen wayside to video games and online activity. Each child gets an online account, which is advanced through physical activity. The only way to level up is to go out and play!

by: Timothy Hicks | Aug 10, 2010

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Improving survival rates from cardiac arrests using mobile phones

We have started a global project to empower the people to locate the nearest automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during emergencies. We are approaching 3000 AED locations worldwide,which is only the tip of the iceberg. It only takes one AED to save one life. We have developed phone apps to allow the public to locate the nearest public AEDs. iPhone users can download the free "AED Nearby" app, Android users the free "ShowNearby AED" app. More apps are being developed. Our methods will encourage those who are afraid to do CPR to participate in the chain of survival to save lives.

by: Dana Elliott MD | Jul 22, 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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Play It! Say It! Can gaming support mental health?

PLAY IT! SAY IT! is simple - we propose to use the existing communication functionalities of video game consoles (voice chat and messaging) to provide phone and online counselling to the people who use them. The online video game community is larger than the population of Canada, and at least one 1 in 5 people playing have a mental health condition. Beyond the existing benefits of online and phone counselling, consoles offer universal access points to ensure coverage, and the opportunity to develop rapport while playing simple games to support the sharing of concerns. We value quality of life.

by: Elizabeth Ure, Andrew Shaw & Adam Bass | Aug 18, 2010

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Condom for Africa

In Africa, many believe in the traditional power of juju amulets (bracelets, often made of elephant hair), to protect them from HIV / AIDS. There can also be a low estimation of the effectiveness of condoms. A condom developed in consultation with traditional healers could incorporate features of the amulet, such as a spell & a sliver of elephant hair (or alternative?) molded into the base ring. Such a culturally adapted product could prove more effective.

by: Raymond stockill | Jun 25, 2010

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