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Why should we be cautious about generalizing the results of animal and cell studies?

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Science Bits by Erin McKay

As part of our new series, “Science Bits,” we asked Erin McKay, a graduate student in the Neuroscience department at Michigan State University, to discuss scientific evidence. We first presented the “Hierarchy of Science Evidence” infographic (provided by the European Food Information Council and shown below). We then asked Erin to provide further insights on the limitations of animal and cell research. Hierarchy of …

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People don’t trust scientific research when companies are involved

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Science Bits by John Besley

Guest article by John C. Besley, Michigan State University; Aaron M. McCright, Michigan State University; Joseph D. Martin, University of Leeds; Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University, and Nagwan Zahry, Michigan State University A soda company sponsoring nutrition research. An oil conglomerate helping fund a climate-related research meeting. Does the public care who’s paying for science? In a word, yes. When industry …

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Check out this infographic on hazard and risk!

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Multiple Views, Risk Bite Video, Science Bits by Keri Szejda

When talking about the safety of chemical ingredients in food and packaged goods, the topic of hazard and risk is something that often – and should – come up. Hazard is the potential to cause harm. Risk, on the other hand, has to do with the likelihood or probability of a harmful outcome actually occurring. And this depends on exposure – …

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What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science?

In All, General, Science Bits by Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University and Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison Truth seems to be an increasingly flexible concept in politics. At least that’s the impression the Oxford English Dictionary gave recently, as it declared “post-truth” the 2016 Word of the Year. What happens when decisions are based on misleading or blatantly wrong information? The answer is quite simple …

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What the Heck Does “Health Risk” Actually Mean?

In All, General, Science Bits by Keri Szejda

At CRIS – or the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety – assessing health risk is always on our minds. But what do we mean by a “health risk”? Risk, according to Andrew Maynard, is the “probability of a specific loss of worth occurring”. So for a health risk, worth is our health and well-being, and a loss of worth is a negative …

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Using animations in science communication

In All, Food Products, General, Science Bits by Andrew Maynard

Can short animations be used for effective science communication, asks guest-blogger Queen Alike, Public Health Specialist at the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM). In the era of the Internet, short videos and striking images can capture the world. From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos  to heated debates on whether a dress was black and blue …