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Decoding the Riddle of Mental Illness

An overall communicational model of mental illness has conspicuously been lacking due to the daunting conceptual challenges at issue. As with many other such great enigmas, the solution often emerges from advances in a parallel field of inquiry – such as in Communications Theory. Indeed, a breakthrough in the understanding of affective (or emotionally charged) language has recently been proposed: wherein incorporating the communicational factors underlying mental illness within a general eight-part schematic depicted, where the grand total jumps to 408 individual terms (including 56 individual forms of mental illness).

by: John E. LaMuth MSc. | Aug 31, 2010

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The Recovery Project

The Recovery Project would organize people's personal narratives of recovery so that they can be best learned from by others. By letting patients see what others have done and by creating high-level meta-narratives, patients can see the decision trees that others have used, saving time in creating their own from scratch. Sharing and reading similar narratives provides an affective component to possibilities for personal health -- critical when conditions require changes of habit. And experts and practitioners will be able to contribute their stories of helping patients recover, integrating various medical professions' perspectives, instead of creating a divide.

by: Michael Nagle | Aug 2, 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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Home is where the heart is. Healthy home=Healthy heart.

Making your home into a healthy environment is necessary so we can progress to actively monitor our health needs. The healthy home will have a smart refrigerator that keeps count of calories, nutrition, and even recommends certain foods. The healthy home will also have a bacterial analyzer toilet. All this information will be sent to the central hub or a family computer. This will make it easy for new devices to be added, like glucose meters for diabetics. This system will make it much easier to make informed health decisions and keep all information in one simple location.

by: John Dzikiy | Jul 16, 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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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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Re-Use & Sharing of Resources Through Person to Person Renting

Rentalic (Rental In Community) is an innovative new concept that helps communities become environmentally and economically sustainable by encouraging re-use and sharing through person to person renting. Imagine the possibilities! All the things we own including tools, electronics, medical equipment, vehicles, toys, parking spaces, and even our skills could be rented to each other! Renting removes the emotional "Feel Bad" factor of borrowing and makes sharing and re-use more practical in our society. Our mission is "To help people save money, make money, and save the environment by encouraging reuse and sharing through person-to-person renting." http://www.rentalic.com/about

by: Punsri Abeywickrema | Aug 26, 2010

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Bioactive NO meter

NO (Nitric Oxide) is a radical gas and one of most important signaling molecules in the human body. Everything one does during ones life e.g., nutrition, physical activities, relaxation, entertainment, studies etc, is affecting NO availability. Thus NO measure reflects what is good or bad for us and what activities to adjust in order to achieve balance, health and longevity. An NO meter device (hand meter), which can measure bioactive NO levels through breath or blood vessel dilation, will enable the user to design wisely the quality of his life.

by: Dina Ralt | Jul 31, 2010

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Wellbeingism

What if we were not the only ones responsible for our health? What if our society structures would be preventing us from achieving complete health? In order to live a healthy life, in order to achieve wellbeing, shouldn't we start by looking at creating the "optimal" society? Welcome to the world of Wellbeingism.

by: Cynthia Bouchard | Sep 1, 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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