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Indoor Community Gardens

Transform one foreclosed or repossessed home per neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly garden that's capable of producing enough healthy fruits and vegetables for 50+ households; hydroponics technology would enable year-round growth. Facilities would be powered by a combination of renewable energy sources (eg, geothermal, thin-film solar, piezoelectric) and designed to leverage passive techniques (eg, rainwater harvesting) to minimize maintenance costs and needs, with neighborhoods providing minimal upkeep. Diets from these gardens could curb childhood obesity and avoid cognitive deficits caused by low-cost foods. (The gardens would also help clean the air.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 18, 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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World 5.0

I can think of no more valid entry than one that re-orients ourselves and our culture to the reality of This Moment. This moment is total, and how we fill it is our prime concern. This is where World 5.0 begins, and this fresh orientation allows for personal and planetary healing as we recognize we are literally "all in this together". Of course, the end of war and the elitist agenda would do wonders for transforming our lifestyles as well. Peace out.

by: Jim Prues | Jul 23, 2010

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Wellth Exchange

The system is going to treat your health like a commodity - why not do the same? Build equity. Sell shares. Trade your wellth credits on the exchange. To incentivize healthy behavior, health-related organizations (HRO's) award individuals "credit" for doing certain things - whether making a purchase decision or maintaining specific behaviors. These credits can then be used in the marketplace to purchase products, get discounts on insurance, or be donated to others. Companies might be required to "purchase" health-offset credits if they want to sell "unhealthful" things or build a new development (health impact studies for all!).

by: Fisher | Aug 3, 2010

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Diabetes Tribe: The self-responsible management team

Diabetics online help each other with daily challenges already. But what if they had incentives to work as a team to keep their collective health "score" strong? An online game or community would help people help themselves in an entertaining way. It could also help people train each other in solving key diabetic living problems -- or using technologies like the pump. As I envision it, the group would only "level up" if average scores were improving. Community leaders who contributed the most to others would get higher individual scores. The group would also include "guides" with clinical training.

by: Anne Zieger | Jul 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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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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zedAlert - Sleep better. Sleep more. Sleep smarter.

With numerous harmful effects on disease, obesity, safety, creativity, cognition, productivity, happiness, and more, sleep deprivation is one of the biggest, yet most under-appreciated health crises of modern times. zedAlert is an iPhone application currently under development by two Stanford students, together with faculty from the Stanford School of Medicine. It records user sleep data and uses mathematical models to determine the optimal times for each individual to sleep, in order to maximize restfulness. zedAlert also tracks sleep debt, provides push notification alerts, assists with diagnosis of sleep disorders, and offers many other tools for comprehensively improving sleep health.

by: Stephanie Liou and Stewart Macgregor-Dennis | Aug 28, 2010

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Folk and official medicine

In the past, folk medicine and state regulated medicine were equal in using healing drugs and substances. The state or official medicine is usually more rigid in choosing healing ways but both have errors. Folk medicine may be more creative and successful especially in cases of erroneous dogmas of official medicine. Now folk medicine is prevented from using an immense class of chemical compounds and drugs. Effective healing involves creativity in the use of these medicines, and the capacities of talented folk healers may be used in full by correcting today's situation.

by: Arcady Soclakov | Jul 26, 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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