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Ask SciMoms: Are there more cases of autism?

We were recently asked if there are more autistic children today than in the past. This is a common question, as the claimed increase in the prevalence of autism is used to scare us about many products in our environment, ranging from WiFi to pesticides. In this post, we will examine whether the increase in … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: Are there more cases of autism?

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Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?

As a neuroscientist with a research focus in toxicology, I am often asked by friends and family about the safety of household items and beauty products. Safety as a scientific concept is widely misunderstood. In this post, we’ll explore the concept of safety, provide an overview of the categories FDA and EPA use to define … Continue reading Defining Safety: How Safe is Safe?

Risk in perspective infographic showing population risk is not individual risk. The general population includes people who are genetically predisposed to disease and those who have a protective genotype.

Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. We tend to think in very small … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk

Chart titled the Risk landscape with risk ratio as the y axis. Trees and grass represent different risks with bigger plants as bigger risks, such as smoking as the largest risk and radon as one of the smallest.

Risk In Perspective: Zero Risk Is an Impossible Dream

This post on zero risk and reducing risk is part of a series written as a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Zero Risk Is an Impossible Dream

Dirty metal door with pink paint splatters and a sign that reads "Danger: Inorganic arsenic cancer hazard authorized personnel only no smoking or eating respirator required".

Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Alison and Iida would like to thank … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

Simple infographic. On the left is hazard, something that can potentially cause harm, with a drawing of a shark. On the right is risk = hazard + exposure with a drawing of a shark approaching a drawing of a swimmer.

Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

This post on hazard and risk is part of a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. The … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

Red outlined diamonds showing different types of hazards, such as fire, poison, and corrosion.

Risk In Perspective

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook … Continue reading Risk In Perspective