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Folk and official medicine

In the past, folk medicine and state regulated medicine were equal in using healing drugs and substances. The state or official medicine is usually more rigid in choosing healing ways but both have errors. Folk medicine may be more creative and successful especially in cases of erroneous dogmas of official medicine. Now folk medicine is prevented from using an immense class of chemical compounds and drugs. Effective healing involves creativity in the use of these medicines, and the capacities of talented folk healers may be used in full by correcting today's situation.

by: Arcady Soclakov | Jul 26, 2010

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MSRA Killer

There are two problems with antibiotics: 1)they attack good and bad bacteria indiscriminately, and 2)bacteria are becoming resistant to them. Now imagine a kind of virus that could single out and destroy specific bacteria. Such viruses, called "bacteriophages", occur naturally. But what if we could isolate or create phages that attack only pernicious bacteria, such as MSRA? Eli Lilly began researching phage therapy in the 1940s but abandoned it because antibiotics were easier to develop. Despite this, the Soviets used phages with success during the World War II. Perhaps it is time to revisit phage therapy using modern techniques.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Sep 1, 2010

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Daidzein - health from kudzu

Kudzu, the fast-growing weed known as "the vine that ate the South", contains daidzein, an isoflavone compound used in traditional Chinese medicine. Daidzein is an antioxidant and may have anticancer properties. My idea is to produce daidzein from kudzu using a simplified apparatus shown in the accompanying diagram. Ground kudzu is placed into an extractor (1), saturated with alcohol for 24 hours. The extract is pumped through a silica filter (2) into a vacuum chamber (3) where the alcohol is removed and recycled. The product is daidzein in powdered form to be marketed in bulk.

by: Michael Flora | Aug 24, 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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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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Home Sweet Home - Food replicator concept

There are a million of people hungry right now when you are reading this, so think about: if we could help them without material costs? I believe that will be possible to help more and more people everyday. This is the idea of the Home Sweet Home concept, which scans molecules present in a specific food, reproducing it on your plate at home using elements existing in the air, such as molecules of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. TAKE A LOOK, I BELIEVE THAT IT WILL IMPRESS YOU!

by: Bruno Oro | Jul 20, 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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Green Clinic

The goal is to rethink of tools and health services under a renewed system of requirements and proximity to environmental health issues. The Green Clinic is a service that answers to a wider definition of health modeled on specific needs of a neighborhood. A service that uses technology, but it can also be seen as a concrete point of contact where motivated individuals and professionals from different sectors (not only the medical one) can work together to make places and lifestyles healthy. Green Clinic rethinks of medical practice through the interdisciplinary activity, where, information, lifestyle and cities are the workplaces.

by: Lorenza | Aug 24, 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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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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