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Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication


27 Feb

Last week I sent a tweet of a graphic in the Daily Mail. Since it provoked a number of retweets I thought a blog on the subject would be worthwhile!

21 Feb
Air pollution is news. The Daily Mail claims that Air pollution is ‘killing 40,000 a year in the UK’ Greenpeace says 40,000 lives were cut short by air pollution in the U.K., while the Guardian reports Air pollution crisis ‘plagues’ UK, finds UN human rights expert. But where doe
22 Jan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today launched its Go for Gold campaign, encouraging us not to burn our roast or fried vegetables and keep our oven chips at a nice golden colour. The idea is to reduce people’s intake of acrylamide, a chemical that is “created when many foods, particularly starchy foods like potatoes and bread, are cooked for long …

19 Dec

David appeared on Sunday Politics on the 18th December discussing how the numbers of deaths attributed to air pollution are calculated.

It's available on iPlayer until January 17th. The item starts at around 25:25.

4 Dec

On December 1st a headline in the Daily Mail declared “Revealed, the truth about UK crime: New official figures give more weight to worst offences... and show they're up by almost a fifth”,  adding that “The hidden reality of rising violent and sexual crime was exposed yesterday by a new official method of ranking offences by their severity …

22 Nov
Mike Pearson's Euroclojure talk about the project which created - a web tool designed to communicate the risks of congenital heart surgery to parents and professionals.
1 Nov

What difference might it really make?

Recent media stories feature a new test for Down’s syndrome which the NHS is going to adopt as part of the screening programme offered to pregnant women.

The BBC quotes Department of Health statistics that the new test is estimated to save around 6,000 invasive tests a year, which would mean around 40 fewer …