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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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Earn the Stars

Earn the Stars is a merit-based tool for educating, motivating, recognizing and rewarding children to make good choices about nutrition and participating in physical activities. The idea is based on both Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama's cause. Earn the Stars is free for the users and it cost very little for the creators. It already have a prototype and it can be implemented within next year, the prototype is located at http://www.earnthestars.com. This will help transform bodies and lifestyle by educating both adults and kids about healthy food and physical activity.

by: Peter Ma | Aug 31, 2010

5 people like this.


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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Amanda - Faster, Better, Healthier Healthcare

Amanda is an adaptive cartography system for analytics-assisted clinical care delivery for Hospital2.0 operations. Amanda improves patient outcomes by optimizing the quality and timeliness of care while ensuring efficient healthcare delivery by utilizing automated acuity analysis, real-time QoS patient routing, and live-learning capacity prediction. Amanda leverages MEDgle's care delivery analytics cloud for patient-specific acuity/ESI analysis and queue prioritization. Amanda combines this information with current capacity, care time, and other parameters to provide live-learning capacity prediction. Amanda gives global healthcare providers a web/mobile SaaS solution offering each patient the best care path and health outcome while optimizing provider resources/costs.

by: Alex Kawas | Sep 1, 2010

6 people like this.


Standing Tall

Sitting in an office all day is unhealthy. All offices should offer employees the option of adding a platform on their desks (roughly like a piano bench - about 3' long, adjustable height, and 15" deep, with four legs that roll on tracks at each end. When the individual wants to stand, he/she pulls the platform forward and raises his/her laptop computer and papers on platform. They do the reverse to sit. I used a small table on my desk, standing about 2 hours each morning and 2 each afternoon and felt much more energized (great during headset calls!).

by: George Faulkner | Sep 1, 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

22 people like this.


[PIP.APSSA] Personalized Informatics Platform (with Agents-Protocols-Sensors-Server Architecture)

The PIP.APSSA project offers the way towards a simpler and more convenient process for delivering the dreams of ubiquitous personalized medicine. The platform conceptualizes a unique modular architecture and overall design that encourages both adoption for business development and access for end-user extensibility. Nearly endless use cases and applications exist for this platform. Two possibilities follow: *A workflow for better datasets and more inclusive, emergent metrics to study the human diseasome and the ontogeny of human-environment interactions. *Implicit clearinghouse for established and upcoming medical technologies/services that helps match patients to treatments and technology transfer firms to consumer/ business bases.

by: Saran Eswaran & Ryan Carbrey | Sep 1, 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

4 people like this.


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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The Cuboid Footwear Sole

Conventional shoe construction neglects several important foot movements, especially transverse arch expansion and toe spread. When in step, the transverse (or metatarsal) arch expands to aid balance while simultaneously spreading the toes for added gripping surface. (This concept can be best displayed by looking at the identical movement in the metatarsals of the hand.) These subtle movements are hindered by conventional footwear, and can lead to chronic pain and weakness. The Cuboid concept is a sole design which bends at the transverse arch while simultaneously flexing the toe bed to be wider, mimicking the foot's natural movements.

by: Jerod Hugghins | Aug 6, 2010

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