The importance of math in medicine and your health

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Breast Cancer Patients Need to Know the Numbers for Treatment Decisions Risk calculations, treatment evaluations, and assessing the odds of a medication’s side effects are all part of the process of deciding which treatment is best for breast and other cancers.

But not everyone is good at math, and sometimes this process can be intimidating. For these patients, decision science research can offer well-founded advice on how to evaluate the information and make knowledgeable decisions.

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A joke and some advice

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Our son studies computer science, so here is the joke: Four engineers drive a car that suddenly stops. The E&I engineer says “let me check the cabling the wires probably got crossed”, the rotating engineer says ” let me check the bearings on the wheels the probably don’t function anymore”, the chemical engineer says ” let me test the gas, it probably has the wrong formula” , the computer engineer says “maybe if we all get out of the car and get back in and start it again it will work”.

Funny but it relates to the little article in our link for today where the UK Psych net correctly identifies the issues surrounding dyscalculia and then advises as solution counseling and psychotherapy.

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Research into a general magnitude system

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New research has been done in the theory that number, space and time might be part of a generalized magnitude system and that deficits in that system could explain Developmental Dyscalculia. It is quite a good read but their main conclusion is:

Deficits in number processing and arithmetic cannot be explained with a general magnitude deficiency. Our results further indicate that multiple neuro-cognitive components might contribute to the explanation of developmental dyscalculia.

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Effective lesson plans for math

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The ultimate goals of mathematics instruction are students understanding the material presented, applying the skills, and recalling the concepts in the future. There’s little benefit in students recalling a formula or procedure to prepare for an assessment tomorrow only to forget the core concept by next week. It’s imperative for teachers to focus on making sure that the students understand the material and not just memorize the procedures.

Here are six ways to teach for understanding in the mathematics classroom:

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