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Coronavirus Shows We Still Suck At Assessing Risk

I was really looking forward to co-chairing a session at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting this year. The organizers wisely canceled the meeting due to the one risk on everyone's mind these days: coronavirus. My talk? “Communicating Risk in a (Mis)information-filled World,” in which I explore how errors in risk perception lead to public … Continue reading Coronavirus Shows We Still Suck At Assessing Risk

Are we worried about flame retardants?

When I was pregnant with my first child in 2008, the nurse who taught our pregnancy class recommended that we use Dreft detergent. One of her reasons was that they don’t strip clothes of their flame retardants. At which point, I raised my hand and asked, “but don’t we want to avoid flame-retardant exposures?” Consider … Continue reading Are we worried about flame retardants?

Plant-Based Burgers And Your Health: Facts And Fallacies

The Impossible plant-based burger gets its beefy taste from heme. Credit: Impossible Foods Consumers are unsure what to make of the new plant-based kid on the butcher’s block —  burgers that meld features of meat with those of plants. The hope is that meat lovers have their cake and eat it too — reduce their red meat intake, … Continue reading Plant-Based Burgers And Your Health: Facts And Fallacies