Design for Health

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro -- short for mobile grocery -- is on a mission to fill food deserts in New Mexico (and hopefully soon, the rest of the country) with easy access to healthy food. The Mogro concept is simple - there

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Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in Womb Now Available

Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in Womb Now Available

Diet pills aren't just for Hollywood starlets anymore. Apparently babies are jumping on the bandwagon by getting a head start on their slim figures in the WOMB. In an effort to prevent obesity through the

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Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

We really love green cars, but you know what we love even more? Practical green designs that make the world a better place. With the Ideas for Good competition, Toyota has merged the two into one by

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The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

1. USE AIRPLANE MODE Most people don't know this, but many phones now have a function that allows their cellphones to be used on airplanes. Because airplane mode cuts off all wireless transmissions from

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Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

We didn't think food could get much fresher than when dishes are garnished with crisp herbs picked from your own garden - until we saw these cute lil' planters from Woolly Pocket. The Dining Society (an

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Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Ice skaters may soon take refuge from Winnipeg's cold in these awesome plywood shelters designed by Patkau Architects. Siberia is the only city on earth more frigid than Winnipeg, but that is not enough

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Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not knowing if the food in front of you is safe to eat. For many people in Japan that situation is a reality, and while the government has been issuing

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New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

The Missouri Science and Technology just unveiled a new cotton candy-like material made from glass fibers that is capable of healing difficult to treat wounds. The soft, fluffy substance can be placed

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Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

A long standing problem at medical clinics in the developing world, which are far away from power sources, has been how to sterilize medical instruments. Now, engineering students at Rice University have

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New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a tiny sensor -- made from a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein and a couple of other inexpensive materials -- that

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ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics the Ability to Walk

ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics the Ability to Walk

Amit Goffer, the founder of Argo Medical Technologies, recently unveiled a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. The bionic device, called ReWalk, is a

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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 polymer

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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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