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A Twitter account corrects one of the biggest problems in health reporting

Katherine Ellen Foley
A Twitter account corrects one of the biggest problems in health reporting

In health news, one of the key bits of information to communicate is risk, or the chances that, given one difference or intervention, a particular outcome will occur. Fortunately, an epidemiologist studying in Australia has come up with a simple way to clarify risk communication: A twitter account called @justsayrisks. Similar to the highly successful @justsayinmice—a Twitter account created by computational biologist James Heathers to illustrate how often the progress of studies conducted on rodents is overstated in the media—@relativelyrisky retweets news stories based on studies with both the relative and absolute differences in risk.