Designs on Health

How neighborhood influences health and the power of place

  • February 2, 2017 |  The Pulse

    Genetic tests help parents avoid passing on serious diseases

    In 2009, Emily Brooks was newly married and eager to start a family.Then her dad, after years of symptoms, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease.
  • October 9, 2014 |  The Pulse

    Measuring the disappearing wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic

    After centuries of development that has severely decreased their size, wetlands now face a different threat: sea level rise.
  • August 26, 2013 |  Designs on Health

    'Unhealthy' ads more common in poor neighborhoods, survey finds

    A city zoning law could help curb the number of advertisements for cigarettes and sugary drinks in Philadelphia ―and a new survey may provide ammuniti...
  • July 26, 2013 |  Designs on Health

    Hospitals bringing asthma attack prevention into the home

    Children's hospitals across the region are sending workers into patients' homes to help save kids from frightening — and costly — trips to t...
  • June 17, 2013 |  Designs on Health

    Will Philly follow Wilmington's lead with smoke-free housing?

    Any family can forbid cigarettes, but smoking foes say those precautions aren't enough for apartment dwellers. In closely linked housing, fumes t...
  • May 9, 2013 |  Designs on Health

    Information about vocations helpful to health investigators

    Health investigators at Drexel University want medical centers to start asking patients what kind of work they do.
  • May 6, 2013 |  Designs on Health

    Penn researchers vetting a good night's sleep in Philadelphia

    Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania are studying what is takes to get a good night's sleep in Philadelphia.
  • April 26, 2013 |  DESIGNS on HEALTH

    Could better transit and parks make for healthier workers?

    Health impact assessments (HIAs) are behind an emerging idea that public transportation — or even a state park — can be part of a prescription for goo...
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