Design for Health

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to control his prosthetics

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The End of Sitting presents an office without any of that sitting-is-the-new-smoking business -- an office far more concerned with the physical and mental well-being of its occupants. RAAAF and Visser

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock After the holidays wind down, millions of Christmas trees across the country will be headed to the landfill or the wood chipper. But not so fast! That stately conifer could be

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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Philips Tackles Chronic Psoriasis With First-Ever Wearable LED Light Treatment

Philips Tackles Chronic Psoriasis With First-Ever Wearable LED Light Treatment

Philips, the lighting company best known for their interior lighting solutions, has just launched a pioneering new wearable treatment for psoriasis that utilizes blue LED lights. Psoriasis is a skin

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Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Sure, building a space ship or Ewok village out of LEGOs is and admirable effort, but what about fashioning your own prosthetic limb? Intrepid occupational therapist Christina Stephens (aka Amputee OT)

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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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