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Pandemic Buster

Consider a mobile app that knows your location at any given time using the built-in GPS. When you encounter someone with flu-like symptoms, you just tap the appropriate symptom button. This submits a 72-hour geomarker for that observation to a central database. With widespread usage, such an app could warn you away from contagious people or potentially contaminated areas, help diagnose a new illness based on your symptoms and tracked exposures, generate an unprecedented volume of epidemiological data, greatly improve influenza tracking, and predict and avert pandemics. Widespread adoption is incentivized by the preventive benefits to participants.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 22, 2010

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Unleash Artistic Creativity

Everyone is an Artist! My idea is to give the opportunity for everyone to publish their creations (Painting , sculture, Poetry etc.) and become recognized through a web site for their own creations with incentives based on popularity. Millions of people are doing personal creations, but how many really share and benefit from them? There are hidden treasures around the world. Creation is a powerful means to help the world become better. We are using 1% of our brain capacity, what % of our Artistic creation capacity are we using? Thank You.

by: Deprost Gilles | Aug 2, 2010

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Home Robot Pharmacy

Put your a fingernail, couple of strands of hair and a swipe of saliva and just like the expresso machine out pops a bottle of pills with all the vitamins and minerals you are short of...copy of the data to your physician. (it also has optional connection to your scales and blood pressure monitor)

by: Alan Houghton | Jun 22, 2010

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Sauna Dialysis

The skin is arguably the largest organ of the body and contains 3,ooo,ooo sweat glands similar in function to the 2,ooo,ooo nephrons in the kidney and capable of excreting 1.5-3 liters of fluid per hour compared to the kidney's average 1-2 liters per day along with the same electrolytes and wastes. Protocols using a sauna could be developed to maximize perspiration and waste removal while the patient rehydrates using an electrolyte drink. This would treat mild renal failure, extend the interval between regular dialysis for more severe cases, be lifesaving in the third world and provide a more comfortable experience.

by: Jason Allen | Jul 27, 2010

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StepBack

Monetize footsteps. Take the average cost to insure the public at weight X. Determine cost savings of reducing total per capita weight by X percent. Take 90 % of that and put into a trust. Then break down cost into individual steps and assign monetary value eg. $.00075 per step. Give individuals a smart pedometer that "phones" home. Mail them a check. Walk 25k steps get 7 buck Walk 50k steps get 14 bucks and so forth and so on. Fund through insurance companies, they pay $.90 to save a buck.

by: ryan libson | Aug 4, 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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Safer Hospitals : : Learning from the Human Body

Envision a hospital wing that learns from the human body's first line of defense: the innate immune system. It's much harder for bacteria to conquer new territory if it's already colonized. As outlandish as it seems, hospitals are among the worst places one can go to avoid picking up infections--so much so that there is a term dedicated to these occurrences (Nosocomial infections). The idea here is to inundate the air with good bacteria (natural to the human body) to out-compete the bad ones, making it difficult for pathogens to take root--preventing vulnerable patients from catching dangerous infections.

by: Dave Gupta | Jun 22, 2010

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TV-Treadmill

A television that is powered by a treadmill. It will only power up with the use of a treadmill being utilized. With significant use, the power can be stored in a battery to reward hard work with a break. All family members can chip in and add time. The key would have to be that the reserve, built up power resets on a regular basis, say every 48 hours. That way you can't bank tons of time without continuous effort. Maybe other equipment like a row machine, stair climber, weight machine could tie in for variety and full body coverage.

by: Gerald Griffith | Aug 17, 2010

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Snot Spots!

Immediate reagent tests for antibiotic resistance in any infection, required to be used on site, at prescription. Ever had a real sinus infection and gone through five rounds of antibiotics to clear it? The common practice is to prescribe the most common (least effective) drug first, and work up in Russian roulette style trial and error. The development of a simple swipe pad that looked for resistance markers would greatly reduce the use of the WRONG drugs, while lowering the spread of disease by treating effectively the First Time. Fewer sick days, fewer broad spectrum exposures, better cures!

by: Lissa Probus | Aug 10, 2010

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Children's Social Skills Toolkits

As a School Psychologist, I am in close contact with students, teachers and parents. I witness daily the need to prepare children to become optimistic citizens, open to exchange, cooperation and solidarity. Thanks to local partnership, I gathered relevant documents (115) to support teacher's action in their own classrooms. With my support, they can loan one of the three suitcases (following their school level) and later pool their experiences on a dedicated blog, open to any other reader. Aiming to develop children's social skills, these toolkits may improve the climate, their sense of responsability and motivation in classrooms and schools.

by: Daniele Ruaud | Aug 29, 2010

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