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The whole megilla: From prenatal development through to aging
This video is longer than most in the present series, being about one and a half hours long. It had to be lengthy given that so much information was being offered. The video created through ‘The Worlds Bigger Than Me’ is fascinating in many ways and will likely make you start wondering about all sorts of things regarding how we got here, and how we’ve survived as we have. You’ll be getting information regarding pre- and postnatal development, all the way through to getting old.
So many ways to die
This isn’t a video, but instead is a somewhat large chart that depicts the most frequent causes of death within the United States, broken down by age. Given these pronounced age-related differences, attempts to limit untimely death ought to focus on different approaches for the various age clusters.
Is that new, or did I just notice?
In this clip, prepared by NIHOD, we learn that certain diseases that we don’t think much about, at least until they come out of hiding and affect vast numbers of people, can be more frequent that we naively think. In the past few decades our diagnostic methods have improved to the extent that we can determine not only who has an illness, but also who had previously been infected (even mildly). Importantly, these techniques can be used as surveillance methods to warn us about emerging problems.
Hazards, risks and safety
What do we mean when we say ‘hazard’ and when we use the term ‘risk’. They’re different. This set of videos, were all produced through Risk Bites organized by Andrew Maynard while he was at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Dr Maynard and his associates differentiate those terms for you using ‘whiteboard’ lectures that are remarkably effective in getting the messages across. We often want to know whether a hazard is present, and what the chances are that we will come into contact with the hazard, so that it becomes a risk. We also want to know whether we’re safe from potential risks, and if we’re not, then what can be done about this. The initial five very brief (2–3 min) videos make up a cohesive set. I’m so taken by the whiteboard lectures, several others will appear over the course of the supplementary materials provided here.
Risk in the health context refers to how things change (loss of health) given that certain events or experiences can cause our well-being to become worse or better. This set of three whiteboard Risk Bites clips is concerned with this issue, and how we can determine the risks people are facing, and how these risks can be altered.