Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Study wellness instead of diseases by longitudinal follow-up of frequent and long term blood donors

Blood donors (especially young donors) in general represent healthy populations. Longitudinal follow-up of frequent and long term blood donors can be useful to establish data and sample sources for the study of wellness, instead of disease (especially for blood diseases). Not only it can be used as healthy controls, it can also be used to predict the wellness factors such as genetic variation, life style, exercise patterns, ...more »

Submitted by (@yanyunw)

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Once such study is established, it can be used as a wellness model/control for many diseases and conditions. The longer we have the study, more useful it will become. This can help us to change or optimize our health care model, from treating diseases to maintain wellness.

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This can be quite feasible as there are many frequent and long term donors. They care about others’ health as well as their own health. They are also very willing to support research. Follow-up can start from early adulthood.

 

With funding support this can be achieved.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Yanyun Wu

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Predictive analytics to engage healthy behaviors and maintain health while reducing cost

Predictive Health employs the principle that using modern health testing and predictive analytics will better define true health (not just absence of disease) and, in combination with large-scale data analytics, will facilitate predicting deviations from the healthy trajectory earlier than traditional disease diagnosis, thus allowing more effective and less costly interventions to maintain health. Predictive Health educates ...more »

Submitted by (@greg.martin)

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By addressing this CC the health of the nation will be improved: better national and individual understanding of health, greater longevity of sustained health and productivity, reduced costs of healthcare by focusing on health than on disease diagnosis and management.

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The Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute (http://predictivehealth.emory.edu) was founded ~10 years ago by launching educational (http://predictivehealth.emory.edu/education/index.html) and scientific (http://predictivehealth.emory.edu/chd/index.html) programs to achieve the Predictive Health goals. The scientific approach created a prospective longitudinal cohort of individuals who have been richly phenotyped according to traditional medical testing (clinical laboratory, stress testing, etc) and research testing (genomics, metabolomics, regenerative cell potential, oxidative stress) to create the deepest understanding of current and future health. The success of the Predictive Health Institute demonstrates the feasibility and potential success of such a critical challenge to both human health and healthcare expenditures.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Greg Martin, for the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute

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Continuous blood pressure and outcomes monitoring

Currently technology exists for continuous, non-invasive, insertable (not breaking any skin), blood pressure monitoring. At the same time micro-vascular health and whole body inflammatory response can be monitored continuously. The challenge is for the integration of these technologies into a simple device so we can begin to produce long term data on genetic and environmental influences on outcomes.

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Blood pressure monitoring via a pressure cuff has been shown to miss many of the problems with elevated blood pressure (e.g. morning surge, normotensive salt sensitivity). Continuous monitoring of blood pressure while measuring micro-capillary health will enable feedback control of the inflammatory events surrounding hypertension, salt sensitivity and related diseases.

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At least three companies are producing research grade products for wearable continuous blood pressure monitoring. The Qualcomm X Prize has yielded several technologies that could continuously monitor microvascular health (e.g. inflammation). We have developed a genetically driven decision tree that will enable physicians can classify their patients into one of 6 cardiovascular types. Each type has a personalized therapy, many of which rely on dietary instead of pharmaceutical treatment. Thus, we need to move cardiovascular diagnosis and therapies into the modern wellness age of medicine.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Robin A Felder

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