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Weblinks for Lifestyle and health

Behind the Headlines - a useful site provided by the NHS which examines news stories about health which have made it to the headlines.

Known risk factors

WHO report on all major health risks and a good source of data.

The WHO also have information about Obesity.

Tackling Health Inequalities, a report from the Department of Health.

The Bandolier website contains results of research on main western lifestyle risk factors. Lots of epidemiology data. Lots of other more detailed stuff on risk too on same site, so well worth a wander.

Uncertain risk factors
The American Council on Science and Health publish reports on a range of health risks, critically examining public and media.

The Riskometer attempts to give an insight into the risks which the public are exposed to, although it has an American bias.

A briefing for journalists on chemicals in the environment and risk from Sense about Science.

The Scientific American, January 2008, an article examining the evidence in favour of and against water fluoridation. (not free).

Can you rely on a reported risk? Use this handy checklist from STATSChecking out the facts and figures behind the news’.

Investigating correlations
Data from WHO on worldwide causes of death by income group.

List of sites on statistics and risk from the Open University.

Create your own scatter graphs on a range of health indicators for any country in the world, attractive and flexible graphing from Gapminder. Start with the help section to get the best out of it.

UK government statistics on a range of social trends, including health issues, 2011 is latest version. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/social-trends-rd/social-trends/social-trends-41/index.html

Lifestyle choices – understanding and reducing our risks

Whose responsibility is it to reduce risks to health? The Nuffield Council for Bioethics report examines ways of making decisions about Public Health. It also provides some useful case studies.
http://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/go/ourwork/publichealth/publication_451.html

A shorter guide to the report is also available here.

Article by Ben Goldacre on ways of presenting increased helath risks
http://www.scienceyear.com/sciteach/badscience/pdfs/statistics/Stats_Article1.pdf

Genetic risk factors
Good information from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Summary from the NHS of reports on new research showing the roles of genes in the risk of lung cancer.

The PHG Foundation has lots of articles on genes and risk.

Long study from the Academy of Medical Sciences on Identifying the Environmental Causes of Disease.

Series of articles in Nature on personal genetic information, not all free.
http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/personalgenomes/index.html