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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Author Kristina Marusic explores her book, A New War on Cancer, with The Planning Commission Podcast.

January 28, 2024 - The Planning Commission Podcast

Hospital Signs

Living (and Dying) with COVID: How Many Deaths are Acceptable?

Political analyst Philip Bump asks the "unstated, unpleasant question" that the U.S. has struggled with since the inception of the pandemic, more relevant now with the widespread availability of vaccines that are effective at preventing most deaths.

July 28, 2021 - The Washington Post


Study First to Link Air Pollution to Brain Cancer

The particulate pollution released by automobile travel can carry carcinogens to the brain, according to new research.

November 14, 2019 - The Guardian

San Mateo Bikeshare

Bike to Work and Live Longer

A large scale study conducted in the U.K. shows biking to work leads to a longer life, despite dangers on the roads.

May 16, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

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Transportation Access, Inactivity, and Obesity Play a Role in Cancer Deaths

As smoking related cancer deaths decline, other unhealthy lifestyle choices are quickly replacing it as a leading causes of cancer.

June 13, 2017 - USA Today

Artificial Turf

Bad Science Linked to Fears of Fake Grass

A college soccer coach's disproved theory that claims artificial truf causes cancer refuses to die.

May 25, 2017 - The Boston Globe

Handicapped Seating

Badges for Transit Riders with Non-Visible Impairments

Transport for London is experimenting with badges that say "Please offer me a seat" for people who wouldn't necessarily be offered seats.

May 1, 2017 - BBC

Kilmichael Hospital

People in Rural Areas Are Dying Earlier Than People in Urban Areas

Access to healthcare and city or suburban lifestyles seem to be tied to a longer life.

January 18, 2017 - Vox

Deadly Diesel Emissions Plummeting in California

Amidst the bad publicity coming from Volkswagen's engineered fraud on diesel emissions testing comes good news from California Air Resources Board: The cancer risk from airborne toxins, most of which come from burning diesel fuel, dropped 76 percent.

September 25, 2015 - California Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Identified as a Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths

For the first time, the World Health Organization has identified air pollution, in its entirety, as a cause of cancer, putting it on par with tobacco smoke, asbestos and arsenic. In 2010, 223,000 people died from lung cancer caused by air pollution.

October 18, 2013 - Quartz

Another Reason to Keep Kids Away from Traffic: Cancer

Add cancer to the growing list of ailments being linked to childhood exposure to vehicle emissions, say researchers from UCLA, USC and UC Irvine.

April 11, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Air in Hundreds of Neighborhoods Carries Elevated Risk of Cancer

Residents in 600 American neighborhoods are breathing air with levels of pollution that put them at an elevated risk of developing cancer.

June 26, 2009 - Associated Press

Place May Be Major Factor In Cancer Rates

Reports have long linked higher cancer rates to different racial groups, but a new study suggests that location may play a more significant role in the prevalence of the disease.

April 14, 2009 - American Cancer Society

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.