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Snot Spots!

Immediate reagent tests for antibiotic resistance in any infection, required to be used on site, at prescription. Ever had a real sinus infection and gone through five rounds of antibiotics to clear it? The common practice is to prescribe the most common (least effective) drug first, and work up in Russian roulette style trial and error. The development of a simple swipe pad that looked for resistance markers would greatly reduce the use of the WRONG drugs, while lowering the spread of disease by treating effectively the First Time. Fewer sick days, fewer broad spectrum exposures, better cures!

by: Lissa Probus | Aug 10, 2010

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Interactive Fitness Gaming

Doing physical workout regularly is challenging for many people simply because it is exhausting and boring. To increase people's motivation, fitness devices are connected over the internet, turning them into input devices for interactive online games, at first racing games, but other games genres, such as role playing games, are also possible. This way a world-wide online fitness community will be established that lets players compete against one another in all kind of games, as well as track individual fitness progress.

by: Martin Gossen | Jul 30, 2010

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Radical Sucks!

How about offering Liposuction at a partly subsidised rate on the NHS - whereby the patient pays up front for the procedure (say £500 for example). Then at regular follow ups, if the patient has maintained their weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle (determined by some sort of health checks) then they get their £500 back! Its radical and I reckon it would work in most cases as there is a financial incentive for both sides -the patient wants their cash back, the NHS wants to prevent future admissions (It would have to be a one time only offer though)!

by: Les Fawcett | Jul 12, 2010

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StepBack

Monetize footsteps. Take the average cost to insure the public at weight X. Determine cost savings of reducing total per capita weight by X percent. Take 90 % of that and put into a trust. Then break down cost into individual steps and assign monetary value eg. $.00075 per step. Give individuals a smart pedometer that "phones" home. Mail them a check. Walk 25k steps get 7 buck Walk 50k steps get 14 bucks and so forth and so on. Fund through insurance companies, they pay $.90 to save a buck.

by: ryan libson | Aug 4, 2010

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Quantter: Healthy habits get contagious on Social Networks

Quantter http://www.quantter.com is an open SelfTracking platform to help people exercise regularly & acquire healthy habits. Quantters makes it easy to share healthy activities on social networks (run, drink water, weightwatching…). When People become aware of their friends' activities, they tend to contagiously imitate them, as HMS Dr Nicholas Christakis showed at the TED Conference. Quantter offers an open(!) API for other apps or specialized sites to connect to. Companies, Institutions can sponsor healthy activities of normal people. Sponsorship revenue goes to Non Profits in a feedback loop. It's time to spread healthy habits like positive viruses!

by: Denis Harscoat | Aug 29, 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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Pickup Sports App

Pickup-sports is an innovative intervention because it connects, engages and excites people to become more active. It allows anyone, anywhere and at any time to find sport games with an activity partner for free. It is a creative idea that challenges our beliefs and perspective about social interaction and provides a platform for people to build new bonds and renew old ones. Thus, transforming our minds and bodies by enhancing our physical, mental, and social well being. Using mobile technology, Pickup-sports is not only cost-effective, but attainable within the next year!

by: Peter Ma | Aug 31, 2010

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Young Cancer Patients develop online-community, University Medical Centre facillitates

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC) helps young people with cancer develop their own communities. RUNMC starts with the development of AYA4 (All information You've Asked For): a unique online community for and by young people with cancer. The University hospital facilitates the technique, support and innovation, but it is the patients themselves who determine the content of the community and start filling. They create themselves a digital place where young people with cancer and their families can meet, exchange essential information, ask questions and share knowledge and feeling.

by: Lucien Engelen | Aug 12, 2010

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Pathogen Sensing Refrigerator

Food-borne illness are a significant concern in the U.S. Refrigerators could be equipped with sensors to detect bacterial contamination by the chemicals given off as gases by many of these bacteria. These types of sensors are already in use at the industrial level of food production. The approximate location of the contaminated food in the refrigerator would be determined by triangulation using multiple sensors placed at different locations in the refrigerator. The individual contaminated food would then be identified by passing each of the suspected items in turn directly in front of one of the sensors.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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Safer Hospitals : : Learning from the Human Body

Envision a hospital wing that learns from the human body's first line of defense: the innate immune system. It's much harder for bacteria to conquer new territory if it's already colonized. As outlandish as it seems, hospitals are among the worst places one can go to avoid picking up infections--so much so that there is a term dedicated to these occurrences (Nosocomial infections). The idea here is to inundate the air with good bacteria (natural to the human body) to out-compete the bad ones, making it difficult for pathogens to take root--preventing vulnerable patients from catching dangerous infections.

by: Dave Gupta | Jun 22, 2010

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