Health statistics are usually reported by the media using relative risk figures instead of absolute risk. These statistics play a role in helping people make lifestyle and health decisions. For example, it is important for health consumers to know that an increase in absolute risk from 0.77 per cent to 1.29 per cent is also a 70% increase in relative risk. Three articles provide many different examples to help clarify the difference between relative and absolute risk.
Elephants and other large mammals rarely get cancer, while humans and dogs get it all the time. Researchers are looking to elephants to discover why they are immune, and what this can tell us about a cure for cancer.