Should international travel be banned in the face of swine flu? Should life-saving drugs be withheld because they're too expensive? Should the government ban alcohol? And are bacon sandwiches really that dangerous?
Plus has answered these and many other questions as part of a project, supported by the Wellcome Trust, looking at the role of mathematics and statistics in the biomedical sciences. We bring you in-depth articles, podcasts, classroom activities, and the chance to debate the issues.
So, do you know what's good for you? To help you find out, we've brought together all the content of this project, grouped together in the following categories:
- The maths of infectious diseases: From SARS to swine flu, infectious diseases hardly ever disappear from the headlines. If it's not the disease itself that hits the news, then it's the vaccines with their potential side effects. This category contains news items, in-depth articles, podcasts, and class room activities on the maths of epidemiology.
- Evidence based medicine: Which treatments and drugs should be offered on the NHS, given the finite health care budget? How do you judge the risks of medical treatments, or even your own behaviour? The articles in this category explain what sort of evidence is used to answer these difficult questions.
- Genetics: One of the greatest advances in the biomedical sciences has been the unravelling of our genetic code. The articles in this category explore and explain the mathematical challenges posed by genes.
- Maths in medical research: Mathematics has become an indispensible tool in medical research, not only because it can crack many difficult problems, but also because it can be used to model complex organisms. These articles explore how.
ents or shared directly with students to inform them about careers using mathematics.