Scientific terms

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.


Difference Between Hazard and Risk (Infographic)

01 March 2017

The words 'hazard' and 'risk' are often incorrectly used as synonyms. This infographic will help you understand the difference between the two.


Difference Between Correlation and Causation (Infographic)

01 March 2017

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


Absolute Risk vs. Relative Risk: What’s the difference?

01 March 2017

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


What Are Dietary Reference Values (DRVs)?

01 December 2013

Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) are quantitative reference values for nutritional intakes derived for different population groups, based on health criteria.


What Is an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI)?

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.