Posts Tagged ‘Angelina Jolie Breast Cancer Math’

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March 31, 2014

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Helloooooo Sweat Peas,

Did you know the world is just covered in mathsy place names? There are streets, Boulevards, roads, lanes and ways all boasting mathsy names. 

So this week Mathspig just has to ask: 

What place boasts the most mathematical street names in the world?

And this week don’t forget the yummy Easter Egg maths.

How to plot an Easter Egg Graph

How to calculate the amount of sugar in an Easter Egg

Did I hear the word .. CHOCOLATE?  Gotta run ………………………………………

Bye-de-bye

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Mathspig

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July 25, 2013

 

 

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Helloooooo Little Mutants,

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This week I’m soooooooo excited about

Wolverine the movie

I just had to do lots of X-men maths.

Read on Mutants.

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Cheerio

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Porkerine

aka Mathspig

 

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June 25, 2013

Mathspig Goes MentalistHellooooooo Sweeties,…………………………………………..

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This week two NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T tricks.

One with cards and another with your money … that is, if you like the pokies.

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Cheerio

Mathspig

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June 14, 2013

Mathpig luv piHello My Sweat Peas,

Mathspig has written for newspapers for 30 years. Aaaaah! The maths is frightening. One reason for starting this blog is to show mathpiggies everywhere why we need maths.

One area where we need maths concerns HEALTH STATISTICS. We make all sorts of decisions based on HEALTH STATISTICS.

It is not just the NUMBERS we must understand, but also the LOGIC.

Clear thinking. What do these numbers actually mean. Mathspig has even talked to HEALTH REASEARCHERS, who do not understand statistics. They use computer programs.

So this week Mathspig is applying LOGIC to Health Statistics. She’s looking at the Health Statistics that  Aren’t Good for Your Health.

One Health Statistic of interest involves genes and disease. Angelina Jolie had her healthy breasts removed because of the statistics involving breast cancer. But genes are NOT THE FULL STORY.

And Mathspig, who lervs pi, also loves chubby folk. The health statistics for fatties aren’t always as bad as some claim. See We’re All Gonna Die 2.

To learn a little about Health Statistics and LOGIC read on Sweet Pea.

Ciao

Mathspig

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5. Not the Full Story

June 13, 2013

TV Kills was the headline that raced around the world as a result of this study.

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As New Scientist pointed out:

The asked 8800 people about their health, lifestyle and television watching behaviour, and then followed them over the next six years, during which time 284 of them died. Among people who spent more than 4 hours a day in front of the TV, it found, the risk of their dying within the period of the study was 46 per cent higher than among those who watched less than 2 hours a day.

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The error is confusing CORRELATION with CAUSATION. The risk might involve the sitting rather than TV. Or it could be that those who sit in front of TV longer are not well.

THIS IS A COMMON AND DANGEROUS ERROR INVOLVING HEALTH STATISTICS

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Now that we have more screening tools we must be more cautious.

Angelia Jolie had her breasts removed because of testing positive for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, which are linked to an increased risk of Breast Cancer.

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This is her decision. Anyone facing breast cancer would seriously consider this option.

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BUT, be wary if you face this decision.

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Think of Asthma. If we started our research into asthma looking for asthma genes we would have found them.

Genes create a pre-disposition for Asthma (hence the correlation) but they do not cause asthma.  The dust mite, pollen, cat, dairy and other allergies cause asthma. If researchers had concentrated on genes alone our knowledge of asthma would be limited.

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 Another study showed that 80% of prisoners in Australia smoke. Isn’t it obvious? Smoking causes criminal behaviour!!!!!

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May 20, 2013

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A serious topic this week, then again, maths is serious if it leads healthy women to have healthy breasts removed by surgeons because of statistics. 

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You’d want to understand those statistics, wouldn’t you? Read on and judge for yourself if Angelina Jolie’s decision was based on good maths.

Cheerio for Now

Mathspig