Every day, around 2,000 eye injuries occur in US workplaces. About 70% result from flying or falling objects.

The bicycle helmet, a common piece of safety equipment and one of our 100 objects that shaped public health, is in need of a radical redesign.   While studies have shown that helmets can prevent severe brain injury, such as fracturing or brain bruising, they don’t do as…

Global travel has accelerated the spread of diseases, thanks in large part to air travel—bringing airplanes in for a landing on the list of 100 Objects that Shaped Public Health.

A longstanding feature of civilizations, communal water sources and fountains are common—but they can transmit diseases. Once public health officials realized this, at the turn of the 20th century, a sanitary alternative was invented: the single-use paper Health Kup, later…

The concept of airbags has been around since the 1940s, but early slow-to-deploy models didn’t gain much buy-in from automakers. In the 1970s, awareness of automobile safety measures like seat belts picked up, and the airbag finally had its moment.

Parents were happy when drop-down cribs appeared in the 1940s, making it easier to pick up and put down babies.

In 1965, the US government began forcing cigarette makers to include labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking may be hazardous to your health, making the labels one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

Breast pumps deserve some of the credit for boosting breastfeeding rates, which had fallen off through the 20th century. A far cry from the first manual version patented in 1854 (and the more sanitary, efficient mechanical pumps that replaced them in the 1920s), today’s…

As far back as 4 AD, Egyptians mixed crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flower and pepper to fashion the world’s first documented toothpaste.

The earliest synthetic sunscreens were first pioneered in the 1940s to help protect against skin cancer and sunburns—giving it an important place on the list of 100 Objects that Shaped Public Health.