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The Cure is (Already) Out There

The problem isn't finding a cure, it's bringing it to market. Drugs like "DCA" and "GcMAF", can already cure HIV and put common cancers into remission. These claims are supported by peer-reviewed medical research. Why, then, are these treatments not evaluated by the FDA and made available to the public? Answer: these substances are already in the public domain, so pharmaceuticals can't profit from them. The solution is to fix the public policy that motivates this behavior by allowing companies to compete for time-limited, exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the public domain treatments. Win-win.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 24, 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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The Resting Postures

Chronic pain, disability, and premature organ death result from tonic or rigid areas in the body that do not allow earlier common injuries to properly heal. We compensate for pain with ingrained movement patterns in our nervous system, and stay rigid in these areas to our ill health. Lying in simple, anatomically aligned postures is a low-tech solution, using breath control for deep relaxation. Resting in good posture daily overcomes tight fascia and muscular compensations and inhibits the nervous system's tendency to recoil from the memory of discomfort. Clinical rehabilitation with The Resting Postures has shown significantly improved outcomes.

by: Michael Sears | Jul 23, 2010

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Gezellig

Gezellig is a Dutch word that means 'comfortable.' My idea is a suite of objects for elderly users who are transitioning into care homes for Alzheimer's and dementia. The objects are all recognizable to elderly users: a radio, serving tray, and a quilt. The radio and serving tray interact with the user by playing familiar music when a meal is served. The quilt is designed to recognize when it has been tucked in, and turns on an embedded heating blanket at night. These objects all work using RFID and Arduino microprocessors.

by: Stephanie Vacher | Aug 19, 2010

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Neighborhood Level Grey Water Recycling

Strategic placement of simple grey water collectors - along existing sanitary sewer junctions - to manage waste water and return a safe, non-potable water source for irrigation. This could be a pond with sand filters or a filter tank. Where usage and contribution is unequal - a digital meter system could provide credits. Solid waste would be returned as sludge to waste treatment or used for biogas generators for street lights. This would shorten the water cycle, limit demand on community water treatment facilities, and reduce demand for drinking quality water. Additional collectors could be placed to include storm water runoff.

by: Lissa Probus | Jul 31, 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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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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Interactive Fitness Gaming

Doing physical workout regularly is challenging for many people simply because it is exhausting and boring. To increase people's motivation, fitness devices are connected over the internet, turning them into input devices for interactive online games, at first racing games, but other games genres, such as role playing games, are also possible. This way a world-wide online fitness community will be established that lets players compete against one another in all kind of games, as well as track individual fitness progress.

by: Martin Gossen | Jul 30, 2010

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Peace by evolution

This is a t-shirt with a picture of a human cell's 46 chromosomes, representing the human genome, the result of millions of years of evolution. A new paradigm embracing the idea that a greater appreciation for what constitutes the evolution of our species, could have an admirable change on how man treats himself and his fellow men.

by: Anthony D'Auria | Jul 27, 2010

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