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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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Videogame Style HUD for your health and life.

Stress is the enemy, stress weakens, this is a known problem with the human body. The solution? Essentially a mobile phone app that displays a visual stress/environment "Heads Up Display". Using a vidoegame style HUD to help manage/guide/predict Mood, Sleep, Exercise, Food (calories, fat sugar etc) unreturned calls, phase of the moon, Biorhythms, unprocessed Emails, unread tweets, or anything else that can be reasonably represented graphically. It should display an instant simple visual 'Heads Up' showing stress points that can be focused on. By tracking stress inducing things, you feel less stress because it feels "managed" and manageable.

by: Tim O'Callaghan | Jun 25, 2010

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Thrive Portion Ware

Thrive portion control ware's cups and plates help steer people to eat 20% less per meal. It works subtly and subconsciously to enable people to eat and drink less. Plate will tip if user places food in the red zone. Control words are on back of plate so users will see "restraint" or "will power" every time they pick one up from a dish rack or cupboard. Cup is quartered off as well, so users drink 20% less no matter what the beverage is. People can consciously consume less. Thrive Portion Ware enables people to do just that.

by: Sally N. | Jul 27, 2010

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Fertility "Vaccine"

Develop synthetic bacteria designed to live in the reproductive tract that keeps gametes (i.e., ova, sperm) immature. When fertility is desired by both parties, those 18 and older could purchase an over-the-counter pill to restore fertility by temporarily suppressing the synthetic bacteria. Both components--the bacteria and the pill--would be patented, then released into the public domain. Byproducts of such a system would allow "family planning" and, with broad use, significantly reduce the incidence of abortions and teenage pregnancies. (And save women from "the pill" and its detrimental side effects.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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Piezo-powered (and tasty!) Dental Care

Improve oral hygiene (particularly in children) by developing nanoscale, digestible piezoelectric motors. Combined in gum (and other candy) with digestible, AI-driven nanoscale devices that autonomously seek out and degrade plaque, the simple and enjoyable act of chewing candy would paradoxically provide protection from cavities and gum disease. Designs would be released through Creative Commons. (Image per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Aug 7, 2010

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Health Buddies

Why should only the affluent have personal trainers? I propose a website that matches people with similar goals (fitness, rehabilitation, diet, etc). Each person can then be accountable to their health buddy (and vice-versa), who will check on progress, provide moral support, set challenges, and even award virtual badges for accomplishments. Often we don't derive the same instant gratification for treating our bodies right that we get from so many other things in life, but our health buddies can provide the immediate feedback we all crave, keeping us motivated to get healthy and stay healthy.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 20, 2010

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Reusable Ionizing Capsules for Water Purification

Our idea is Reusable Ionizing Capsules for Water Purification, which have been distributed to over 37 countries in the past 10 years. Our AquaSmarter Capsules, which last for 1 full year, can completely purify 1 liter of biologically contaminated water in minutes and 5 gallons in 24 hours. When concentrated, AquaSmarter Ionized Water also works as a powerful disinfectant.

by: Stephen Verdon, Ph.D. | Aug 22, 2010

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Thermo/visual gamma wave feedback monitor

Stress is implicated across the board as a driver of poor health. Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress. Gamma waves (around 40 Hz) have been shown to be produced by seasoned meditators. Thus, a gamma wave feedback monitor may help a beginning meditator to know when they are producing higher amplitude gamma waves. Sensors are attached to the forehead. The monitor is worn on the arm. Feedback is indicated by gentle heating when a user-set threshold has been reached. There is also a visual indicator for use by a friend, guide, or coach.

by: Jody Radzik | Jun 24, 2010

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Singularity Weight Loss Centers

Create an international chain of weight loss centers based on the precepts of singularity. People may choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle as Kurzweil’s vision of singularity becomes mainstream. Singularity posits that if people live to 2050, they might live forever given the exponential expansion of science and medicine. This creates a paradigm shift that may motive people to resist temptation. When facing a firing squad, it is hard to resist the sensual pleasure of a candy bar. The potential prospect of living forever, though, trumps momentary pleasure. The centers may expand into: Diagnostics, Exercise, Restaurants, Grocery, Retail, Food/Supplements, Entertainment

by: Bruce Polatnick | Jul 28, 2010

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The Fecanator!

Create synthetic bacteria designed to live in the digestive system that converts cellulosic waste (e.g., dietary fiber) into glucose. These bacteria would a] allow us to survive on smaller portions of food and b] reduce human waste. The combination of a] and b] would increase the benefits of foreign food aid to impoverished nations while improving sanitary conditions. (Additional benefit: minimize the frequency of bowel complications in the elderly and other impacted [punny!] populations.) "Blueprints" to the bacteria (possibly multiple) would be released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license. (Image, per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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