Design for Health

Conquer the Office Rat Race With a DIY Human Hamster Wheel Desk

Conquer the Office Rat Race With a DIY Human Hamster Wheel Desk

Everyone knows that sitting at your desk for long stretches of time can wreak all kinds of havoc with your health. But treadmill desks are expensive and jogging with a laptop doesn't work so well, so

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps

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Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

  Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that's far from the case in many regions of

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Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

It is astonishing that the design of crutches hasn't changed much since they were invented about 100 years ago. Behzad Rashidi’s brilliant Sit & Stand Walking Assistant addresses this anachronism

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6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Water has been prevailing theme over the past few years, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the

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PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane

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How Staircases Fight Fat and Global Warming

How Staircases Fight Fat and Global Warming

We know we should take the stairs and not the elevator because it's better for our health and doesn't burn fossil fuels. But when that elevator is slap bang in the middle of the foyer and the stairs are

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Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An

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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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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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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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