medicine and health

An activity for the classroom

One in nine women will get breast cancer in her lifetime, and it seems sensible to screen women for breast cancer to treat them as early as possible. But, as David Spiegelhalter explains, screening is a controversial issue.

Think drug-induced hallucinations, and the whirly, spirally, tunnel-vision-like patterns of psychedelic imagery immediately spring to mind. But it's not just hallucinogenic drugs that conjure up these geometric structures. People have reported seeing them in near-death experiences, following sensory deprivation, or even just after applying pressure to the eyeballs. So what can these patterns tell us about the structure of our brains?
A new Hands-On Risk and Probability Show for schools
A mathematical cancer model may lead to personalised treatment
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