Design for Health

Weta Workshop Designs Mermaid Suit for a Double Leg Amputee

Weta Workshop Designs Mermaid Suit for a Double Leg Amputee

Weta Workshop, the special FX house behind the costumes and props in the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia films, have given a double leg amputee the ability to swim. Auckland native Nadya Vessey

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Farmers Suing Over Organic Crops Contaminated by Monsanto Seeds

Farmers Suing Over Organic Crops Contaminated by Monsanto Seeds

Biotech giant Monsanto is being preemeptively sued by a group of organic farmers who claim they are going to court to protect themselves from legal action by the corporation. The farmers claim that

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Dime-Sized Cancer Detector Also Recognizes HIV

Dime-Sized Cancer Detector Also Recognizes HIV

Working on top of technology that was developed four years ago at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, researchers have developed a dime-sized instrument that is able to detect

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Researchers Discover that BPA Can Cause Inner Ear Deformities

Researchers Discover that BPA Can Cause Inner Ear Deformities

Researchers in France have released a study showing that Bisphenol A (BPA), the known endocrine disruptor, can cause inner ear deformities in vertebrates that can affect hearing and balance. Previous

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New SIMBAS Blood Analysis Biochip Can Diagnose Diseases In Minutes

New SIMBAS Blood Analysis Biochip Can Diagnose Diseases In Minutes

A team of researchers from three universities have developed a lab-on-a-chip that could revolutionize global health care diagnostics. The Self-powered Integrated Microfluidic Blood Analysis System

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Richard Stark’s Amazing Neptune Fins Help Amputees Swim Again

Richard Stark’s Amazing Neptune Fins Help Amputees Swim Again

Made out of non-toxic silicone, the green parts are soft and pliable, while the stiffer blue parts are made from easily recycled polypropylene. This combination of materials creates a comfortable

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Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their

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The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The water hyacinth grows without bounds in Lake Victoria, Kenya. As an invasive plant with an appetite for environmental and economic destruction, the hyacinth has grown so with vigor, that it has even

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Portable Breast Scanner Detects Cancer in Real-Time Without X-Ray Radiation

Portable Breast Scanner Detects Cancer in Real-Time Without X-Ray Radiation

Each year breast cancer claims the lives of 465,000 women around the world -- however this scourge can often be defeated if detected early. To aid in the fight against breast cancer Professor Zhipeng Wu

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Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

A group of researchers in Belgium have discovered that air pollution causes more heart attacks than cocaine and about the same amount of incidents as other well known causes such as alcohol, coffee and

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Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has developed a new stretchable, solar-powered “super skin” sensor that is so sensitive it can feel a fly touch down. The flexible electronic material harnesses

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3D-Printed Skin Could Revolutionize Treatment for Burn Victims

3D-Printed Skin Could Revolutionize Treatment for Burn Victims

Growing human skin may sound like science-fiction, but scientists from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working on a way to do just that. Inspired by conventional printers and their

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Solar-Powered Vaccine Refrigerator Keeps Medicine Cool and Safe

Solar-Powered Vaccine Refrigerator Keeps Medicine Cool and Safe

True Energy just unveiled their Vaccine Refrigerator, a solar-powered fridge that is capable of keeping medicine cool and safe without a connection to the grid. This refrigerator would allow medical

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Laguna Honda is California’s First LEED Certified Hospital

Laguna Honda is California’s First LEED Certified Hospital

Image © David Wakely Thanks to the design guidance provided by the Center for Health Design, the design of the new building enhances the therapeutic effects offered by the lush 62-acre Laguna Honda

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Sir Richard’s (a.k.a. TOMS Shoes of Condoms) Makes Doing Good Feel Great

Sir Richard’s (a.k.a. TOMS Shoes of Condoms) Makes Doing Good Feel Great

Doing good never felt better. That’s the motto of Sir Richard’s, a philanthropic condom company, and it hits the nail right on the head. Just like TOMS Shoes, which is known for its “buy

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Project Raises Awareness About Diabetes, Keeps Kids Healthy

Project Raises Awareness About Diabetes, Keeps Kids Healthy

This month the Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away $1.3 million in grants to worthy humanitarian and environmental efforts across the country. A lot of these initiatives are focused on raising healthy

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“Pictures Without Ink” Create Tactile Graphics for the Blind

“Pictures Without Ink” Create Tactile Graphics for the Blind

Architect Keith Carlson is currently working on “Pictures Without Ink,” a new method of creating tactile graphics for the blind through the use of rapid prototyping. He’s worked on his

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How to Foster Office Productivity With Food & Fitness

How to Foster Office Productivity With Food & Fitness

While some companies see a plate of cookies and soda as ways to generate employee enthusiasm, there are a number of others taking a much more innovative (and healthy) approach to fostering workplace

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San Francisco Bans Happy Meals!

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals!

San Francisco is known as the evergreen city with their composting, their hordes of EV charging stations and now word on the street is that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to ban toy

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5 Exercise-Desks That Get You in Shape While You Work

5 Exercise-Desks That Get You in Shape While You Work

Feel like the 9-hour workday is dragging you down? Well, chances are it is – a recent study by the American Cancer Society reported that sedentary lifestyles can dramatically increase your risk for

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5 Exer-Desks That Get You in Shape While You Work

5 Exer-Desks That Get You in Shape While You Work

Did you know that sitting while you work could be slowly killing you? The American Cancer Society recently published a study showing that sedentary lifestyles can lead to an increased risk of obesity,

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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Top 6 Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Top 6 Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Water has been prevailing theme this last year, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the stuff that

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Go Green and Get Healthier With a ‘Stand-Working’ Desk!

Go Green and Get Healthier With a ‘Stand-Working’ Desk!

Are you feeling especially lethargic after a long day’s work? Or maybe like you’ve been put through a ringer even though you’ve simply been sitting at a desk all day? Well, your sedentary state may

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Inspiring Green Technology, Innovations With the Power to Heal

Inspiring Green Technology, Innovations With the Power to Heal

Just over the last few decades technology has completed altered our daily existence. From personal gadgetry, to our understanding of what exists beyond our very own planet, technological advancements have

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Inspiring Green Technology That Has the Power to Heal

Inspiring Green Technology That Has the Power to Heal

This article is underwritten by Veer.com. One can’t deny the ever-increasing role that technology plays in our lives. While some people are averse to the spread of technology, many of us recognize

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Dental Sealants Containing BPA: How To Limit Your Exposure

Dental Sealants Containing BPA: How To Limit Your Exposure

A recent study conducted by the Pediatrics medical journal revealed that numerous sealants and filling offered by dentists contain traceable levels bisphenol A (BPA). Evidence showed that BPA was

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Go Green and Get Healthier While Working With a Standing Desk

Go Green and Get Healthier While Working With a Standing Desk

It’s hard to believe that the vast majority of us spend most our waking hours chained to a desk, but while you may think you have it easy getting to sit in a chair over sweating out your breakfast at

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Non-Stick Coatings Linked to High Cholesterol in Kids

Non-Stick Coatings Linked to High Cholesterol in Kids

Here's some alarming news - according to a new study, children and adolescents who have been exposed to a commonly used chemical in non-stick pans and stain-resistant fabrics have higher cholesterol

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Stand Up While You Work For a Greener and Healthier Life

Stand Up While You Work For a Greener and Healthier Life

Are you sitting down for this? Well, you may want to stand up, actually... recent studies have confirmed something that common sense has been telling us all for years: spending too much time sitting

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