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Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: UM Risk Science Center supports study into potential impacts

Ishani Hewage, September 5, 2013

Partly funded by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, a comprehensive, state-specific study evaluating the potential impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan was released today. The technical reports, prepared during the initial phase of the project, examine seven critic...

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Using plausible applications to explore the responsible use of engineered nanomaterials and other advanced materials

Andrew Maynard, July 18, 2013

How do you identify potential health risks associated with engineered nanomaterials and other advanced materials, and develop strategies to reduce or avoid them? Last week, thirteen experts participated in a workshop at the Royal Society in London to explore how speculative yet plausible case stud...

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New in-car infotainment technologies may make driving more dangerous

Ishani Hewage, June 13, 2013

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous that initially thought. Using data from simulations and on-road driving, researchers measured how engaging in diffe...

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Is everything a risk when you are pregnant?

Ishani Hewage, June 5, 2013

There is a growing list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts for women to consider. A recent report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK has recommended that women err on the side of caution when it comes to many things that may not have previously been considered risky, fro...

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Clues to solving the nanotechnology puzzle

Ishani Hewage, June 5, 2013

Finding appropriate regulatory solutions to the fast developing science of nanotechnology requires an understanding of the brand, associated languages and their implications, according an article recently published in the Science and Public Policy journal. “There are three distinct language...

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When Risk Communications Are Precise, Accurate and Utterly MeaninglessI hope the title of this post got your attention. It's a statement that seems to violate the fundamental concept of risk communication. How is it possible that risk communica...
Do You Know What Messages Your Patient Stories Are Really Sending? Including patient stories in health education materials and patient decision aids might seem like an obvious choice, for many reasons: They are vivid, engaging readers or v...
Hot Button Issues: Climate ChangeThe School of Public Health (SPH) recently published a feature in Findings magazine on ‘hot button issues’ with perspectives from the SPH community.  Several Risk Science...
Hot Button Issues: FrackingThe School of Public Health (SPH) recently published a feature in Findings magazine on ‘hot button issues’ with perspectives from the SPH community.  Several Risk Science...
EPA protections for obese and overweight adultsA new Occasional Paper published by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center addresses the significance of obesity to the pulmonary risk from air pollution. In the report, Pa...
Announcing Iconarray.com: A Free, Tailorable, and Embeddable Generator of Icon Array Risk GraphicsWhat's an icon array graphic, you say? Icon arrays (sometimes referred to as "pictographs") are a type of visual display of risk statistics that use a matrix of icons (usually 1...
Climate Change, Health, and Big Data Natalie Sampson is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a recipient of a 2012 Risk Science Center  summer fellowship award. “The...
Noise: it’s everywhere you want to be (Especially if you live in New York City)Last week, the New York Times ran several articles on noise in New York City.  This is a somewhat momentous occasion for several reasons.  First, although noise is one of the mos...
Chlorpyrifos in the Spotlight: Usage, Exposure Routes, and ControversyThe following post is by Gamola Fortenberry, one of our 2012 Risk Science Fellows, Gamola has an MPH in Environmental Quality and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmen...
Web 2.0 Means Public Health Can Join the Online Vaccination Discussions... or Risk Being IgnoredAbout a year ago, I wrote a blog post here about the role of stories in vaccination decisions. It was the product of a small group research conference I attended in Erfurt, Germany...
Noise: New risks; old hazards? Much of the attention of the Risk Science Center faculty is focused, appropriately, on new and emerging technologies and their potential impacts on human health.  However, as im...
The big elephant in health systems: drug shortages Health systems have experienced drug shortages of epic proportion in the last several years, and it has not shown sign of it slowing down.  On a daily basis, health systems across...
Do we really need to "hold the salt"? Earlier this spring, I found myself at a restaurant with a relatively large group of other public health students. I couldn't help but notice that one of them added a liberal amoun...
You Can't Spell "Risk" Without "Exposure" (Well, okay, you can, but hopefully you get my point)I’d like to begin my first-ever blog by noting what a tremendous honor and opportunity it is for me to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.  Risk ...
Jitters and Stained Teeth, but Cancer-Free? Some Surprising Effects of Coffee ConsumptionThe fact that phrases like “guilty pleasure” and “too much of a good thing” are so ubiquitous in the contemporary American vocabulary suggests a significant truth about our...
Optogenetics and mind control - on the borders of the plausible?Cross-posted from 2020 Science Tomorrow, I will be speaking at the Marshal M. Weinberg Seminar on Optogenetic Manipulation of the Brain at the University of Michigan - not a sub...
Presenting Risky Choices in Small Doses Makes For Better DecisionsOne of the most difficult lessons I try to teach the students in my health communication course is that providing less information can often be more effective than trying to be "co...
How Clean Is Clean? Studying the transmission of hospital-acquired MRSANottasorn Plipat is a doctoral student in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. She received a 2007-2009 scholarship from the Interdiscipl...
Why don’t Nigerians Use Free Treated Bed Nets?Lauretta Ovadje is a doctoral student in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She is a recipient of a 2011 Risk Science...
What makes communications about chemicals useful, helpful and satisfactory to people who receive them?Julia Diebol is a doctoral student in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She is a recipient of a 2011 Risk Science Su...

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