Design for Health

The JalaPira is a Floatation Device Aimed at Saving Children in the Developing World

The JalaPira is a Floatation Device Aimed at Saving Children in the Developing World

Every year, nearly 18,000 children drown in developing countries. The JalaPira is a new device that's aimed at reducing that number. The device is made from recycled PET plastic, and it's meant to help

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6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

Coppertone My UV Alert Not sure whether sunscreen's enough or whether you should go for full coverage--hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses? Just plug in your zip code, and this free app from Coppertone

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New Study from Duke University Links Autism to Induced and Augmented Labor

New Study from Duke University Links Autism to Induced and Augmented Labor

Duke University researchers recently published a study that suggests that autism may be linked to labor induction and augmentation. The study revealed that mothers who had induced labor have a 13 percent

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Researchers Develop World’s First 100% Effective Malaria Vaccine

Researchers Develop World’s First 100% Effective Malaria Vaccine

Mosquito photo from Shutterstock Malaria is a devastating disease that afflicts 216 million people around the world every year - and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about half of the

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High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

In some parts of Zimbabwe, pregnant women are forced to walk 10 kilometers on uneven dirt roads to visit the nearest clinic. Although he lives thousands of miles away from Zimbabwe, Australian high school

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to

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Student Develops Match Cooking System to Help People With Autism Spectrum Disorder Prepare Meals

Student Develops Match Cooking System to Help People With Autism Spectrum Disorder Prepare Meals

For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cooking can pose significant problems as fetching and measuring ingredients often becomes frustrating and confusing. 23-year-old industrial design student

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Gentlemen, now there is no excuse to leave the bathroom without washing your hands. Doing the right thing for the environment and fellow human beings is a lot easier with the Stand, a combination urinal

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Kite Patch Can Make You Invisible to Mosquitoes for 48 Hours

Kite Patch Can Make You Invisible to Mosquitoes for 48 Hours

The Kite Patch is a sticker you can attach to your shirt that contains a chemical to repel mosquitoes for up to 48 hours. A venture group called ieCrowd is working to bring the patch to the market, and it

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The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

Removing cancerous tumors from a patient is a very precise science, and it can be very difficult for surgeons to determine where tumors begin and end. That's why chemist Zoltan Takats and his team of

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“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group in Tokyo

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12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

Forecasters are predicting that the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states are going to see yet another tumultuous hurricane season, but many people in these areas still aren't prepared for another super storm

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Your Own Placenta

The Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Your Own Placenta

The thought of consuming something that's slipped out of one's body will probably make most cringe, but there's a growing trend that finds women eating their own placenta shortly after giving birth.

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Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

What if you could trade your discarded food waste for fresh new fruits and veggies? That's the idea behind Hello Compost - a service that offers fresh produce in exchange for compost in working class New

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Project Outfit Is a Series of Modern Mountain Bikes Designed for Paraplegics

Project Outfit Is a Series of Modern Mountain Bikes Designed for Paraplegics

Project Outfit was designed with a broad outlook on the outside world and the goal of recapturing the sense of freedom that comes with being able to move without limitations. The project is the new

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Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Photo via Shutterstock In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct elements of the city ecosystem, the air and ground could

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Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Photo via Shutterstock Bionic ears and eyes are already a reality, and with the strides made by a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology led by Professor Hossam Haick,

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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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The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The majority of women in the developing world do their cooking on what is called a "three-stone fire": three stones supporting a pot with a fire beneath it. That type of fire is both inefficient, because

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