Design for Health

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one solution for

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out - a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines (some that

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New Study Links Obesity With Malnutrition and Poverty

New Study Links Obesity With Malnutrition and Poverty

Poverty was once associated with being underweight - however according to a recent study by the University of Aberdeen, childhood obesity rates are climbing in poor communities while obesity rates are

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Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

The fight to cure cancer exists in a three-dimensional world, but up until now scientists have had to make do with testing therapies in the flatlands of a petri dish. Now a team from Drexel University led

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FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a 241-page proposal that would for the first time impose federal regulations on the use of battery-powered electronic cigarettes -- a booming

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Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

There's nothing more satisfying or more cleansing than sucking in a deep breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, clean air is increasingly hard to find. Cities, especially in quickly industrializing countries

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Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Doctors who want to be able to monitor a patient’s vital signs or easily deliver treatments could soon have a new tool at their disposal: a new breed of electronic implants can be inserted under the

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

Zip-lines, ping-pong tables and a giant slide could be in Queens' future if The Friends of the Queensway have anything to say about it. The group revealed their vision to revamp an abandoned train track

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Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Here's some good news for both the safety of New Yorkers and landlords looking to save some cash: Con Ed has announced that it will be significantly increasing the energy savings incentives it offers in

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Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Throngs of people use public transportation every day in urban centers, and touching the handles or straps on buses and trains can expose you to a myriad of germs. To combat this problem, a group of young

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Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Bright orange reflective vests might keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe at night but they don't exactly scream cool, which often discourages their use. Enter Halo Belt 2.0 -- the glowing LED, USB

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Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

As the earth warms, people all over the world will have to adjust to deal with rising sea levels, droughts, storms, and wildfires. Those living in Africa and South America may also have to prepare for an

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world's first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging

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Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

This heart is wrapped in a special electronic membrane that keeps it beating at the perfect rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis

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FDA Panel Debates the Safety of Creating Embryos with Three Parents

FDA Panel Debates the Safety of Creating Embryos with Three Parents

Photo via koya979 / Shutterstock The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits of a bold new technique that produces embryos with DNA from three people. It may sound crazy, but the

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New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

Image via Shutterstock Early detection of cancer is often crucial to patient survival, but in many parts of the world people just can't afford the cost of an expensive diagnosis. To combat the rise of

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

A self-contained village in the Netherlands called De Hogeweyk is designed to protect people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Called Dementia Village, the center allows its inhabitants to shop,

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens

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High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

A wearable technology so new it still doesn't have an official name could allow for more precise cancer-removal surgeries in the future. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see (even under

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Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

A team of Italian and Swiss researchers have developed the LifeHand 2, the first artificial hand that restores a sense of touch to patients with a missing limb. The limb is wired up to electrodes

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Plunk Desk: A Lightweight, Foldable Standing Desk Perfect for Working on Your Feet

Plunk Desk: A Lightweight, Foldable Standing Desk Perfect for Working on Your Feet

Studies show that standing desks can confer a lot of health benefits, but the models currently on the market tend to be large and heavy - not the best for workers who need to move around a lot and stay

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XStat Gadget Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds

XStat Gadget Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds

Oregon-based Revmedx developed a small syringe that can seal gunshot wounds in just 15 seconds! The patent-pending XStat works by releasing small rapidly-expanding sponges into the wound that exert

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Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

There are thousands of design programs across the country, but not a single one focusing exclusively on design for human health from the human perspective. This really seems crazy when you think about it,

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New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

Researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and Tsinghua University in China have developed a new implantable generator that can convert heartbeats into energy. The device utilizes a nanoribbon

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Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Paris-based Mikou Studio recently won a local competition to build a city pool for Issy Les Moulineaux in France. But this winning design is no ordinary public pool complex. While the green roof and

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Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

For many who grew up in an age filled with germ-killing soaps and chemical disinfectants, "bacteria" is a dirty word. However new research suggests that promoting the growth of certain strains of bacteria

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Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel has unveiled a "smart" onesie that monitors baby's health with a series of internet-connected systems, Engadget reports at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The wearable

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Lumo Lift: Tiny and Stylish Wearable Gadget Gently Nags You to Stand Up Straight

Lumo Lift: Tiny and Stylish Wearable Gadget Gently Nags You to Stand Up Straight

We all know that good posture has many health benefits, but it can be hard to remember to stand upright without mom’s constant reminders. Luckily, Lumo BodyTech has created Lumo Lift, a tiny wearable

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her

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