Risk and Amelia Earhart

Andrew Maynard was recently a guest on the Big Picture Science podcast with Seth Shostak, talking about risk in the context of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.

Big Picture Science – Amelia Earhart: Andrew Maynard / Inescapable Uncertainty
http://blog.bigpicturescience.org/2017/01/big-picture-science-amelia-earhart-andrew-maynard-inescapable-uncertainty/

You can listen to the whole podcast here – Andrew’s portion starts at around minute 42:30

Science Showcase – a new approach to communicating science through video

The Risk Innovation Lab has launched a new initiative aimed at providing researchers with a platform for publishing short, engaging and informative videos about the work they do.

Science Showcase is a YouTube channel designed to connect researchers with casual learners through the medium of video:

You can read more about the initiative here, and follow us on YouTube and on Twitter

New paper on Zika and risks to teens

A new paper has just been published by Andrew Maynard, Diana Bowman and James Hodge that addresses the elevated probability of teens giving birth to a child with microcephaly and multiple other disabilities.

Mitigating Risks to Pregnant Teens from Zika Virus
Andrew D. Maynard, Diana Megan Bowman and James G. Hodge Jr.
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2017

Abstract: Zika infection in pregnant women is associated with an elevated probability of giving birth to a child with microcephaly and multiple other disabilities. Public health messaging on Zika prevention has predominantly targeted women who know they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, but not teenage females for whom unintended pregnancy is more likely. Vulnerabilities among this population to reproductive risks associated with Zika are further amplified by restrictive abortion laws in several Zika-impacted states. Key to prevention is enhanced, targeted public health messaging centered on teens nationally and particularly in certain high-risk regions.

Read more: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1073110516684814

Risk Bites video on peanut allergies featured by Washington Post

To coincide with new guidelines NIH on exposing infants to peanuts, the Washington Post featured a video from the Risk Bites Youtube channel:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/should-your-kids-avoid-peanut-products/2017/01/05/2e03521e-d35c-11e6-9651-54a0154cf5b3_video.html

The video explores recent research that suggesting that some exposure to peanut products early on might be helpful in reducing the risks of later allergic reactions.

You can watch the original Risk Bites video here: