Scientific terms

Science is often considered a difficult subject, and scientific terms can come across as tricky or unfamiliar. Sometimes a word means one thing in everyday language but something else in ‘science speak’. Understanding the meanings of scientific terms can help us to avoid generalisations and misunderstandings.

Hazard vs. risk (Infographic)

01 March 2017

An infographic to help you to understand the distinction between hazard and risk.

Correlation vs. causation (Infographic)

01 March 2017

Correlation does not necessarily mean causation! This infographic you help you understand the difference.

Absolute vs. relative risk (Infographic)

01 March 2017

An infographic to help you to understand the difference between absolute risks and relative risks

Dietary reference values: A reference for whom?

01 December 2013

Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) are important for supporting public health, developing labelling laws and identifying populations at risk of over- or under-consumption. However, the process of developing them is complex, and they should not be viewed as recommendations or goals for individuals.

Acceptable Daily Intakes (ADIs) Q&A

01 December 2013

The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is an estimate of the amount of a food additive, expressed on a bodyweight basis that can be ingested daily over a lifetime without appreciable risk to health.

Measuring burden of disease: The concept of QALYs and DALYs

01 December 2011

Public health interventions aim to reduce the burden of disease and increase the quality of life of populations. But which are the most pressing health problems? Which interventions are most likely to be successful? Do they provide good value for money? Two metrics abbreviated as QALY and DALY, can aid such assessments.