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Crowdsourcing the Virtual Body

The human body is a system of complex interacting systems, each of which can be understood in terms of biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology. Specialists have deep but fragmented knowledge. Generalists understand high-level interactions among systems but miss the nuances. Therefore, obtaining a complete simulation of human physiology will require many experts across disciplines to contribute working knowledge. An online collaborative modeling tool would make it easy for experts across the world to contribute knowledge. The resultant "virtual body" would allows us to simulate disease and test new treatments quickly and without putting humans at risk.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 31, 2010

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The creation of mental capital

We take good health for granted until it is challenged. How we deal with lesser health is mostly up to our positive state of mind. It's our Mental Capital that pulls us through or renews our faith. My method is based on Insight, Overview and Vision to create an awareness of our positive strength, awareness of our potential as individuals or as a group to create wellness ourselves. The method works like a pebble in a pond, because vision triggers new insights and ideas. By short coaching sessions participants will create tailor-made wellness plans for themselves and others by taking action in their own hands.

by: René Van Leeuwen | Sep 1, 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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Data Mining for Health

An easy-to-use, fun social application for smartphones that helps people make dietary choices and uses collected data to analyze health-trends. How it works: Enter your personal information, take pictures of what you're eating, and the software will tell you if you will go over your caloric requirements for the day (amongst other things); and for fun your "pics" will be Tweeted or sent to Facebook. Essentially, this is a food journal mixed with other interactive tools. The twist in this, though, is that data will be used to identify health trends. Big people eat cookies? Maybe cookies causes obesity!

by: Harry Chong | Jun 25, 2010

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Daidzein - health from kudzu

Kudzu, the fast-growing weed known as "the vine that ate the South", contains daidzein, an isoflavone compound used in traditional Chinese medicine. Daidzein is an antioxidant and may have anticancer properties. My idea is to produce daidzein from kudzu using a simplified apparatus shown in the accompanying diagram. Ground kudzu is placed into an extractor (1), saturated with alcohol for 24 hours. The extract is pumped through a silica filter (2) into a vacuum chamber (3) where the alcohol is removed and recycled. The product is daidzein in powdered form to be marketed in bulk.

by: Michael Flora | Aug 24, 2010

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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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app for computer using MRI device scan data

MRI uses density to create 3d images where tissues are easily recognizable by the trained eye. Someone has yet to create software that uses MRI data to isolate the ~232 different cell types and ~78 separate organs by density. I would like to see MRI R&D communities create some sort of 3D CAD model that color-codes both healthy and non-healthy tissues and organs for physicians to study. I have linked to Prof. Laurie Hall's 1998 lecture on the technology I am referring to that needs the "killer app" to go with upcoming HD MRI equipment.

by: Jesse Doig | Jul 2, 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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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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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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