medicine and health

Some preliminary results on the swine flu pandemic
A new foam with medical potential
How do we know how many people have got it?
Which drugs should be available on the NHS?
Plus starts a new project on health and medicine
How does it spread?

Would you prefer a game with a 90% chance of winning, or one with a 10% chance of losing? You might scratch your head and say it's the same thing, and you'd be right, but research has shown that people's perception of risk is surprisingly vulnerable to the way it's presented. In this article David Spiegelhalter and Mike Pearson explore how risk can be spun and there's an interactive animation for you to have a go yourself.

New insights into gene permutations
The European Science Foundation backs systems biology

Well, no-one knows exactly, but using stats you can make a good guess. This article tells you how and has an interactive life expectancy calculator. Do you dare to find out?

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