Design for Health

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps

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Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

It is astonishing that the design of crutches hasn't changed much since they were invented about 100 years ago. Behzad Rashidi’s brilliant Sit & Stand Walking Assistant addresses this anachronism

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PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one solution for

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out - a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines (some that

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world's first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens

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Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

There are thousands of design programs across the country, but not a single one focusing exclusively on design for human health from the human perspective. This really seems crazy when you think about it,

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Intel Unveils Smart Earbuds That Sync Workout Music to Your Heartbeat

Intel Unveils Smart Earbuds That Sync Workout Music to Your Heartbeat

Fitness trackers abound these days, but can yours sync music with your workout? Intel has just unveiled a set of smart earbuds at CES 2014 that track your heartbeat and then selects music that can get you

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Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel has unveiled a "smart" onesie that monitors baby's health with a series of internet-connected systems, Engadget reports at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The wearable

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

British inventor and robotocist Joel Gibbard has created a durable 3D-printed hand that not only boasts an impressive range of motion, but it can also be created for a fraction of the cost of conventional

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Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

To study the effect of light on health and wellbeing, Phillips, Cantifix and <a href="http://Oxford University" target="_blank">Oxford University teamed up to create a facility in which to

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Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago

Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago

After losing his lower leg in a motorcycle accident four years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has undergone experimental surgery to become the recipient of the world's first thought-controlled bionic leg.

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Crowbrook Garden House Provides Easy Accessibility & Loads of Daylight

Crowbrook Garden House Provides Easy Accessibility & Loads of Daylight

Crowbrook is a single-story residence with 200 square meters of space laid out in the shape of an H. The new home takes the place of an old bungalow that was "of poor construction with a wasteful and

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more insects

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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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“Self Expiring” Packaging Saves Lives by Providing a Visual Indication That Medicine Has Expired

“Self Expiring” Packaging Saves Lives by Providing a Visual Indication That Medicine Has Expired

Self Expiring is a packaging material for medicinal products that visually "expires" over a fixed period of time. Once a product has reached its expiry date, the packaging will graphically display a

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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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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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INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

INHABITAT: How does the term Colorfast describe your latest show? R Nelson Parrish: The term Colorfast originally is a textile industry term derived at the beginning of the last century. It defines how a

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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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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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