Design for Health

Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

For years, scientists have been working to develop artificial skin for wounded patients and bio-medical research. Now a team from the University of Southern Mississippi has taken the effort one step

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Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared has launched a cool new program that gives an environmentally-friendly toothbrush to a child in need in a developing country for each one sold. Because dental care is an important part

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Even Tiny Doses of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Like BPA Can Cause Big Health Problems

Even Tiny Doses of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Like BPA Can Cause Big Health Problems

We've known for decades that exposure to certain hormone-disrupting chemicals are dangerous to humans and other creatures, and that they can cause cancer, infertility, obesity and other diseases. But some

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Folded oPAD Paper Sensor Detects HIV and Malaria for Less Than 10 Cents

Folded oPAD Paper Sensor Detects HIV and Malaria for Less Than 10 Cents

Detecting diseases such as HIV and malaria in third-world countries is often a costly process, but that might soon change because a team from the University of Texas at Austin has designed

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Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

In order to make wheelchairs more accessible to people in developing countries, two designers are revamping common plastic chairs with a little bit of creative common sense. By affixing the widely

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New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

It is hard to imagine, but most workers at the Foxconn factories have never seen a working iPhone. They toil day after day for low wages and for long hours to complete one small task that assists in

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Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the world do not have a stove to cook on and must walk miles just to gather enough wood to cook meals for their families. The Paradigm Project is seeking to end that constant

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HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines Fight Childhood Obesity by Offering Healthy Snacks

HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines Fight Childhood Obesity by Offering Healthy Snacks

HUMAN is a new breed of vending machine that dispenses local fruits and homemade health foods so that people have access to nutritious snacks even when they're on the go. In addition to helping

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E. Coli Smartphone Scanner Could Prevent Food Poisoning

E. Coli Smartphone Scanner Could Prevent Food Poisoning

Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent food poisoning before it happened? A new device developed by engineers at UCLA may be the answer. The compact prototype snaps right onto a smartphone,

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australia reportedly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so why are many Aussies opting to ditch their sunscreen? According to a recent study, 17 percent of the respondents

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Twitter Co-Founder Says It’s Unhealthy to Stare at Twitter for Hours

Twitter Co-Founder Says It’s Unhealthy to Stare at Twitter for Hours

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, ironically told attendees at a conference this week that users should be careful not to spend hours on the social media site because it's "unhealthy". In addition to

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Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

It seems these days that everyone is glued to their smartphones - and thanks to a new concept design by Shikun Sun, an industrial design student at Sheffield Hallam University in England, the

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Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake

Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake

When the world's largest retailer says it is doing something to make people healthier, we listen. Walmart announced this week that they are reducing fat, sugar and sodium in their private-label foods, and

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New Technique Could Allow Lab Mice to be Replaced with Neurons Grown from Human Stem Cells

New Technique Could Allow Lab Mice to be Replaced with Neurons Grown from Human Stem Cells

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a technique that could allow tissue grown from human stem cells to replace lab mice in experiments with Botulinum toxin. The toxin -- which is regarded by

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83-Year-Old Woman Gets the World’s First 3D Printed Replacement Jaw

83-Year-Old Woman Gets the World’s First 3D Printed Replacement Jaw

An 83-year-old woman in Belgium is now the proud owner of what could be possibly the coolest lower jaw in history: a 3D printed titanium mandible replacement. The jaw was implanted successfully a few

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Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals

Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals

If you don't know who Monsanto is, just ask your stomach - chances are you've consumed quite a lot of their genetically modified produce in your life. The giant agricultural company has long been derided

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Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat

Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat

Hip Hop is good for the soul - and it could be good for the body too! Researchers at Purdue University recently developed a need breed of implantable sensors that can be powered by the deep frequencies

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US Military Enlists New High Tech Undies to Help Monitor Soldiers’ Vitals

US Military Enlists New High Tech Undies to Help Monitor Soldiers’ Vitals

News that the United States military is adding undies to its arsenal of high-powered gadgets and gizmos may surprise you, but that's exactly what researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi is an experimental collaboration between designers and scientists working in the field of synthetic biology. Royal College of Art graduates’ James King and Daisy Ginsberg, together with

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6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you). If you're lucky

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Top 6 Products For Staying in Shape at Work

Top 6 Products For Staying in Shape at Work

Gamercize PC Sport The Gamercize PC stepper turns your workday into an exercise challenge by disabling your technology unless you are in motion. That's right, the stepper is connected to you keyboard and

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Cuddly Babyloid Robot Comforts Lonely Senior Citizens

Cuddly Babyloid Robot Comforts Lonely Senior Citizens

The Japanese have a knack for inventing robots to replace human interaction - so far we've seen guide dogs, machines to assist elderly peoples’ movement, and even kissing machines. Now, Japanese

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How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

Boycott the Car Walking everywhere you need to go, or at least walking to the public transit that will take you everywhere you need to go, is a fantastic way to help yourself and the environment. You can

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Cornell Researchers Find That Lycopene and Grape Seed Extract Could Make Smoking Less Harmful

Cornell Researchers Find That Lycopene and Grape Seed Extract Could Make Smoking Less Harmful

If you know someone whose New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, a new finding may deter them from doing so. A recent study conducted by Cornell University found that lycopene and grape seed extract

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Ekso Bionics’ Robotic Exoskeleton Will Help Paraplegics Walk Again

Ekso Bionics’ Robotic Exoskeleton Will Help Paraplegics Walk Again

We've covered robotic exoskeleton prototypes in the past here on Inhabitat, but Ekso Bionics just announced plans to launch a fully-functioning commercial model! Think about it - within two years, this

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6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

GET A BETTER JOB (or just get a job) Advancing professionally is a goal that many people set for themselves at the beginning of the year but with unemployment so high, even finding a job to begin with

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Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Within weeks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the EPA reported that radiation levels in their specialized air, water, and milk monitoring systems had slightly

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Teenager Wins Siemens Award for Her Cancer Cell-Killing Nanotech Research

Teenager Wins Siemens Award for Her Cancer Cell-Killing Nanotech Research

Angela Zhang is a real life Doogie Howser - while other high school kids were busy texting and updating their Facebook pages, Zhang has been hard at work doing research to fight cancer. And her

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New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

Have you hugged a tree today? No?! Well, you should, because it just might improve your health - according to a new book published this year, touching trees and being near nature could actually make you

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