ALS Diagnostic Test
Sparked by Seth Christensen
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) has been recognized by Western medicine for over 150 years, yet there is still no definitive diagnostic test for this syndrome. Rather, patients are given a "clinical diagnosis" (a best guess following elimination of other potential diagnoses). On average, this nondefinitive opinion is given ~1 year after symptom onset. Life expectancy is 2-5 years thereafter.
ALS Communication Challenge
Sparked by Stephen Finger
Create an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device that allows patients who have lost their ability to speak, and with limited motor control, to communicate at the pace of a normal conversation (125-150 wpm).