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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Some encouragement for you

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A wonderful encouragement and advice from a graduate student posted on Reddit.

Great quote:

If you believe in yourself, work hard, and study like you very life depends on it, then you can get through basic math. If Orville and Wilbur Wright had given up after their first failed attempt how different would the world be today?

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Math Anxiety looms

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An adult telling the story on how difficult Math is and who even writing down a phone number can be an obstacle.

Best quote:

For as long as I can remember, teachers, friends, and family members have always pointed out that for a fairly intelligent person, my mathematical sense is completely out of whack.

Now, I can tell them they were right – being dyscalculaic doesn’t make you any less intelligent – it just means that your mind might work in a different way to other people. And that’s ok.

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Finding Dyscalculia thanks to a spy

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Read the story of someone who discovers dyscalculia when reading the book “the spy who could not spell”. Early detection and remediation is worth so much! Many problems can be prevented when we are all aware of the early warning signs.

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You know people with dyscalculia are not less intelligent

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But it never hurts to repeat that message, see the quote below:

For as long as I can remember, teachers, friends, and family members have always pointed out that for a fairly intelligent person, my mathematical sense is completely out of whack.

Now, I can tell them they were right – being dyscalculaic doesn’t make you any less intelligent – it just means that your mind might work in a different way to other people. And that’s ok.

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Dyscalculia in Politics

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Although we try to stay away from politics on this site, here is a story about a NY politician, diagnosed with a range of things among which dyscalculia, who wants to help and get some legislation going to ensure the Learning disabled get the support they need and deserve. Very interesting read!

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Working on Dyscalculia

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Here is the story of someone who found out he had dyscalculia the hard way. Eventually he started taking an ADHD drug and that helped him as he probably also had ADHD. Best quote:

I’m not diagnosing myself with dyscalculia. I also can’t diagnose you with dyscalculia, ADD, or anything else. All I know is that no matter what I did, I could never learn higher math. It wasn’t the teacher. It wasn’t lack of ambition or neglect of study time. And presumably it wasn’t due to general developmental delays, since I’ve managed to do a few other things despite this handicap.uote;

 

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How dyscalculia may keep you from gaining a masters degree!

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Read the story in our link for today for a saga about someone wanting to master in English and being held back by dyscalculia. The story ends well and the best quote:

I often wondered why I was put through the trauma caused by my dyscalculia. But after thinking about it long enough, it finally dawned upon me that, unlike teachers for whom K-12 schooling was easy and fun, my suffering made it possible for me to understand firsthand what students with learning disabilities, and students with other problems as well, were going through. I didn’t want them to suffer as I had, so I made sure that I treated them with patience and with respect.

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Every child is different

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Read the story from a homeschooling mother who has difficulty teaching her daughter basic math. She eventually resorts to asking her husband to step in and he gives the best quote:

Every child is different. Don’t compare. You are going to have to adjust your teaching style

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The need for awareness of Dyscalculia is HUGE

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Just reading a blogpost from a teacher in the UK who, although does not deny that kids struggle with math(s), does not believe that there is a condition like dyscalculia.

Never seen the studies with MRI  probably. Just amazing how little awareness and acceptance there is for Dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia Dragon

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Here is a personal story where the writer talks about Dyscalculia as their dragon that seems to go from parent to child in their family.

Surprising comment:

Today, teachers understand the basic premises of dyscalculia if not the adaptive nature of those who bear the scars of the disability on their report cards.

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