medicine and health

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.

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
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.

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