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So what if India has more mobile phones than toilets?

So what if India has more mobile phones than toilets?

Alan DaviesSep 13, 20162 Comments

It's true India has more mobile phones than toilets but the meme demeans the population and contributes little to improving sanitation

Is it time to rethink how smoking is taxed?

Is it time to rethink how smoking is taxed?

Alan DaviesJul 5, 201611 Comments

With the 2016-17 budget potentially a relic, there's an opportunity to step back from the cruel and uncaring decision to increase the excise on smoking by (yet another) 50%

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Alan DaviesAug 26, 201511 Comments

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren't correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study's right, how could that be?

Are these outer suburbs

Are these outer suburbs "food deserts"?

Alan DaviesJun 1, 20156 Comments

Michelle Obama popularised the idea that "food deserts" with too few healthy food stores (and too many fast food outlets) are a key cause of bad health, but it misses the underlying problem

Does commuting ruin your life?

Does commuting ruin your life?

Alan DaviesAug 7, 201312 Comments

The journey to work is routinely portrayed as a social evil that's bad for your health and for society. The reality is commutes aren't that arduous and provide important private and social benefits

Would a McDonalds in this town be all downside?

Would a McDonalds in this town be all downside?

Alan DaviesJul 16, 2013107 Comments

Residents of ex-urban Tecoma are fiercely resisting a proposed McDonalds restaurant which they fear will destroy the character of their village. But would a McDonalds be all downside?

How big can a hospital get?

How big can a hospital get?

Alan DaviesApr 19, 20138 Comments

The Texas Medical Centre concentrates more than 15 hospitals and a range of medicine-related institutions in 1,000 acres. It's a powerful example of the benefits of agglomeration and specialisation

Should the helmet law be repealed to save bikeshare?

Should the helmet law be repealed to save bikeshare?

Alan DaviesNov 28, 201283 Comments

The environmental and health benefits of bikeshare schemes are way too small by themselves to justify repeal of the helmet law. Any debate on changing the law should be evidence-based and inclusive

Will taxing fast food outlets improve health?

Will taxing fast food outlets improve health?

Alan DaviesJun 13, 201210 Comments

The City of Darebin in Melbourne is looking at the possibility of imposing a higher property rate – up to four times the standard commercial rate – on franchised fast food resta

Are Michelle Obama's 'Food Deserts' a myth?

Are Michelle Obama's 'Food Deserts' a myth?

Alan DaviesMay 25, 201213 Comments

I’ve always felt there’s something dubious about the “food deserts” hypothesis that’s so captured Michelle Obama’s ima

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