Design for Health

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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RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

Unbelievable as it sounds, a team of designers has created a strong, durable bike helmet that is made entirely from recycled paper! Royal College of Art students Tom Gottelier, Bobby

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The ooloo Rocking Footrest Takes the Unhealthy Edge Off of Sitting Down All Day

The ooloo Rocking Footrest Takes the Unhealthy Edge Off of Sitting Down All Day

Sitting all day takes a serious toll on your health. Recent research indicates long-term, extended sitting can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and decreased lifespan. While many of us have turned

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Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

The media has been all over the fact that opportunistic New Yorkers have been using docked Citi Bikes as their own personal exercise machines, but what if all of that pedal power could actually be put to

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Nutrima Analyzes Your Food for Nutrition, Freshness and Toxicity

Nutrima Analyzes Your Food for Nutrition, Freshness and Toxicity

When it comes to knowing what's in your food, labels only provide so much information. Sure, it's nice to know the calorie count, as well as the sugar, salt and fat content of the food you purchase, but

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The Atomium 3D Prints Food in Any Shape You Can Imagine

The Atomium 3D Prints Food in Any Shape You Can Imagine

That food you're eating is probably tasty and nutritious, but don't you wish it were shaped like a dump truck? With the Atomium, a new 3D-printing concept designed by student Luiza Silva, your next

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The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution is becoming a serious, pressing issue - in major cities such as Beijing and Tehran you can literally see the problem before your eyes.

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University of Virginia Engineering Students Develop a Solar-Powered Wheelchair

University of Virginia Engineering Students Develop a Solar-Powered Wheelchair

A team of students at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science mesmerized one and all at the World Cerebral Palsy Day’s “Change My World in One Minute” competition

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World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

World’s First Thought-Controlled Helicopter Passes Obstacle Course with Flying Colors

We have seen thought-controlled bionic legs and an object 3D-printed using brain waves, but now researchers have developed the world's first remote-controlled helicopter that is powered entirely by human

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Cradle Turns iPhone into Incredible Biosensor that Detects Pathogens and Environmental Toxins

Cradle Turns iPhone into Incredible Biosensor that Detects Pathogens and Environmental Toxins

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a wedge-shaped cradle that turns any iPhone into a sophisticated biosensor that can detect and analyze bacteria, toxins,

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3D-Printed Tracheal Splint Saves Baby’s Life

3D-Printed Tracheal Splint Saves Baby’s Life

Doctors did not expect newborn Kaiba Gionfridoo to live long when he was found to have a serious tracheal condition that inhibited his ability to breathe. The infant had a collapsed bronchus and had to be

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Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information

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Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Photo via Shutterstock Where there are million of animals, there are millions of tons of waste. In a clever solution to a major waste disposal problem, Australian researchers have found a way to

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16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

16-Year-Old Student Uses Fruit Flies to Investigate Benefits of Organic Produce

Anyone who has ever taken a course in biology or left produce out on the counter for a little too long will recognize the noble fruit fly. Easy to breed, feed and observe, they are the subject of choice

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WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

In the developing world, mortality rates for expectant mothers total over 300,000 deaths each year. The WE CARE Solar Suitcase is a brilliant new device that aims to reduce this figure by providing

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No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

Work out meets work space in Darryl Agawin’s No, Sweat! furniture line, which combines a love for design with a love for fitness (and knowledge gleaned from Agawin's studies in medical school). The

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Princeton University Scientists Use a 3D Printer to Create a Bionic Ear

Princeton University Scientists Use a 3D Printer to Create a Bionic Ear

Princeton University scientists have invented a new medical device that would have Ridley Scott nodding in recognition. By using live cells and metal nanoparticles, the researchers were able to use a 3D

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Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

The Salam Centre has been offering up free pediatric and adult cardiac health care since 2007 and is run by the Italian humanitarian organization EMERGENCY. During the design phase, TAMassociati

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16-Year-Old Creates Cancer-Killing Nanoparticle Bullet

16-Year-Old Creates Cancer-Killing Nanoparticle Bullet

In the battle to beat cancer, everyone is looking the elusive silver bullet. In this case, the bullet may actually be made of gold, and it has been developed by a 16-year-old. Indian-born Arjun Nair has

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Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

San Diego-based bioprinting company Organovo has successfully created functional 3D-printed livers—albeit very, very tiny ones. At half a millimeter deep by four millimeters wide, the livers will likely

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Groundbreaking Lifewrap Saves Thousands of Women from Obstetric Hemorrhaging

Groundbreaking Lifewrap Saves Thousands of Women from Obstetric Hemorrhaging

Every four minutes a woman dies from obstetric hemorrhaging usually caused during childbirth. Appalled by these statistics, Dr. Sullen Miller, Director of Safe Motherhood Programs at UCSF Bixby Center for

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Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The

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Flesh-Eating Bacterium Used as “Superglue” that Detects Cancer Cells

Flesh-Eating Bacterium Used as “Superglue” that Detects Cancer Cells

Photo via Shutterstock It sounds like science fiction, but Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) causes necrotizing fasciitis - a rare flesh-eating syndrome that is very difficult to treat, and

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Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Be Used to Sterilize Medical Products and Foods

Photo via Shutterstock For decades, engineers have been looking for something to do with spent nuclear waste other than letting it just sit in a repository. There are 104 nuclear reactors in the

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Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

A team of scientists at Oxford University has used a custom 3D printer to successfully create synthetic tissue that mimics properties of living tissue. Unlike projects underway by Organovo, the Oxford

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based startup Matternet, Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet. Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom. By way

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London Cycling Campaign Debuts Bike-Friendly Truck Design To Reduce Cyclist Fatalities

London Cycling Campaign Debuts Bike-Friendly Truck Design To Reduce Cyclist Fatalities

One might assume that designing a truck is far outside the realm of an organization dedicated to bikes, but the LCC got a head-start by incorporating technologies used in another type of truck: garbage

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