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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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Wellth Exchange

The system is going to treat your health like a commodity - why not do the same? Build equity. Sell shares. Trade your wellth credits on the exchange. To incentivize healthy behavior, health-related organizations (HRO's) award individuals "credit" for doing certain things - whether making a purchase decision or maintaining specific behaviors. These credits can then be used in the marketplace to purchase products, get discounts on insurance, or be donated to others. Companies might be required to "purchase" health-offset credits if they want to sell "unhealthful" things or build a new development (health impact studies for all!).

by: Fisher | Aug 3, 2010

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Young Cancer Patients develop online-community, University Medical Centre facillitates

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC) helps young people with cancer develop their own communities. RUNMC starts with the development of AYA4 (All information You've Asked For): a unique online community for and by young people with cancer. The University hospital facilitates the technique, support and innovation, but it is the patients themselves who determine the content of the community and start filling. They create themselves a digital place where young people with cancer and their families can meet, exchange essential information, ask questions and share knowledge and feeling.

by: Lucien Engelen | Aug 12, 2010

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Re-Use & Sharing of Resources Through Person to Person Renting

Rentalic (Rental In Community) is an innovative new concept that helps communities become environmentally and economically sustainable by encouraging re-use and sharing through person to person renting. Imagine the possibilities! All the things we own including tools, electronics, medical equipment, vehicles, toys, parking spaces, and even our skills could be rented to each other! Renting removes the emotional "Feel Bad" factor of borrowing and makes sharing and re-use more practical in our society. Our mission is "To help people save money, make money, and save the environment by encouraging reuse and sharing through person-to-person renting."

by: Punsri Abeywickrema | Aug 26, 2010

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Forging the Brain using Electro Stimulation

The brain can be forged with low level analog ElectroStimulation equipment with 10V DC current to stimulate the motor cortex without invasive techniques (from outside) 1. It helps to sub-consciously improve learning, improving motor performance 2. Artificial stimulation of the brain is harmless and micro volts of current is applied to improve motor reflexes The BrainForge unit & small electrodes are attached to a crash helmet operated with a remote / iPhone. This will improve performance by 10-20% and will be great for Pilot training & flight simulation / sharp shooting / Performing a complicated surgery / Motor racing...

by: Raj Tilak Indrajit Jagannathan | Jul 23, 2010

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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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Ever been laid up in a bed with a major illness or injury? Visiting hours only cover a small portion of the day in hospital and even at home friends and family are often at work. Medication, procedures and lack of routine can leave patients awake and lonely at all hours. We have the technology to solve this right now. Think iPads and an application like Twitter and you get Wellcome, a place where patients and voluntary supporters from around the world (different time zones mean there's always a volunteer who's awake) congregate to chat and connect.

by: Jon Brown | Jul 26, 2010

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100 Mile Food Game

Want to play a game that makes eating local food easier? Are you a hunter, gatherer, or farmer? Playing the 100 Mile Food Game is simple and fun! You use your mobile device to win local food prizes, team up with allies to hunt for sweets and goods, trade tips, geo-tag nutrient sources, nurture gardens, earn badges, and more! Have you heard of the "100 Mile Diet"? The goal is fun: eat food from within 100 mile radius! Now that's impact! The developers of bring you the 100 Mile Food Game! Are you ready to play???

by: Daniel Durrant | Sep 1, 2010

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Antibiotic Rotation

Evolutionary pressure drives bacteria to quickly become immune to antibiotics. If the antibiotic is not present, immunity is eventually lost. If an entire class of antibiotic, e.g. penicillins, was not used for, say 20 years, they could be re-introduced starting with the first generation versions and scaling up to later versions as bacteria regain resistance. When re-introduced, another class of antibiotic would be removed, and so on until all classes had been in rotation. This could be continued indefinitely, thus getting new use from older cheap medications and decreasing the need to develop ever more powerful and expensive new medications.

by: Jay Swedloff | Jul 25, 2010

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Anjna Patient Education (

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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