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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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Treatment of Neurological Diseases with Electromagnetic Controlled Neuronal Firing.

We are in the phase of reverse engineering the brain's wiring and we will soon be able to treat neurological diseases with specific neuronal network control. Despite the progress of Deep Brain Stimulation and Optogenetics we need a non invasive method of controlling neurons. I propose the creation of an engineered membrane protein that will respond to electromagnetic waves and will stimulate or inhibit neurons. This protein will be delivered with genetic vectors to the brain. We will able to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy and other neurological disorders with this minimal invasive method without the need of drugs or surgery.

by: Louizos Alexander Louizos | Aug 13, 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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Daily Hugs

Many centuries ago, the Romans used to say "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano", reminding us that our bodies, brains and even feelings are connected. It is proved that your energy and mood can help you heal from almost every disease. This is a cheap, universal and effective therapy. The only thing you need is a hug from someone you love. This will help you improve your self esteem, your confidence, and increase your energy to face any kind of illness.

by: Rosa Pintado | Jul 12, 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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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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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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Mirror Neuron System in Kindergarden Dining Hall

Some children have bad eating habits. We designed a digital projector software with a mirror neuron system to show funny cartoon figures in an eating story in kindergarten dining halls. Designing funny eating jokes involved with their figures activates memories in the mirror neuron system and persuades children to eat healthy, joyful food with corresponding funny objects. The system gives them virtual prizes and virtual gifts for their good habits by the cognitive vision measurement of similarity. Furthermore, we can design a mirron neuron system to make all eating happier and more conscious, not just in schools.

by: Zhuang, Chao | Jul 27, 2010

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CatchMe

Mobile location-based social networking fitness game. Earn points and rewards by visiting locations and trying activities, for example running past specific locations and visiting new locations to try sports like rafting. Share your experiences with your network and meet new people at the sports locations you visit. Earn points for trying new activities and maintaining consistent exercise patterns, for example swimming every week. Awards are given within your network, for example Daredevil of the Month. Fitness becomes a fun and social game. The game could be expanded to form teams which compete against other teams across the globe.

by: Louise Auger and Rachel Jones | Aug 19, 2010

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Paleo Approved Label

The Paleo Diet is the diet that humans would have evolved with over millions of years, rather than the current Western diet associated with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Recent studies have produced staggering results displaying the unrivaled efficacy of implementing The Paleo Diet in patients with Diabetes, Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Celiac's Disease, and more. Paleo Approved certifies and labels foods adhering to The Paleo Diet, making them easily identifiable for people who want to improve their health, and to be a visible icon of The Paleo Movement, to aid in improving the lives of millions worldwide.

by: Karen Pendergrass | Jul 3, 2010

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