Table of contents for Risk : a practical guide for deciding what's really safe and what's dangerous in the world around you / David Ropeik and George Gray.


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CONTENTS
Introduction 1
PART I . HOME, TRANSPORTATION, WORK
1. Accidents 23
2. Air Bags 34
3. Alcohol 39
4. Arti?cial Sweeteners 48
5. Bad Backs, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Other Repetitive Task Injuries
53
6. Caffeine 64
7. Cellular Telephones and Driving 70
8. Cellular Telephones and Radiation 76
9. Electrical and Magnetic Fields 81
10. Firearms 87
11. Foodborne Illness 97
12. Food Irradiation 104
13. Genetically Modi?ed Food 109
14. Mad Cow Disease 117
15. Microwave Ovens 121
16. Motor Vehicles 125
17. School Buses 135
18. Tobacco 139
PART I I . THE ENVIRONMENT
19. Air Pollution (Indoor) 151
20. Air Pollution (Outdoor) 166
21. Asbestos 180
22. BiologicalWeapons 186
23. Carbon Monoxide 195
24. DDT 202
25. Diesel Emissions 207
26. Environmental Hormones 212
27. HazardousWaste 223
28. Incinerators 232
29. Lead 241
30. Mercury 247
31. Nuclear Power 254
32. Ozone Depletion 264
33. Pesticides 270
34. Radiation 283
35. Radon 294
36. Solar Radiation 299
37.Water Pollution 308
PART I I I . MEDICINE
38. Antibiotic Resistance 321
39. Breast Implants 329
40. Cancer 336
41. Heart Disease 348
42. Human Immunode?ciency Virus 363
43. Mammography 369
44. Medical Errors 376
45. Overweight and Obesity 384
46. Sexually Transmitted Disease 392
47. Vaccines 401
48. X Rays 410
Appendix 1: Various Annual and Lifetime Risks 421
Appendix 2: The Risk Meters 429
Acknowledgments 443
Notes 445
Index 459


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Risk assessment, Environmental risk assessment, Health risk assessment