51% Show #1295

May 9, 2014

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This week, the softer side of math and its impact on your healthcare. Plus more thoughts on moms.

The treatments for cancer have been changing drastically in the past few years. There are predictions that cancer will become a controllable condition within our lifetimes. And one way researchers are making strides against cancer is by using math. It's a field that used to be considered separate from the biological sciences. But Dr. Amina Eladaddi, assistant professor of mathematics at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY is just one example of the way those disciplines are now beginning to talk to each other.

She uses math to map the growth of cancer. She developed a mathematical model that shows where and how quickly a tumor can grow. And that helps doctors decide how best to treat that particular tumor.

Dr. Amina Eladaddi is assistant professor of mathematics at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY. For more information on her work, check out her commentary for The Academic Minute.

Coming up, acquired mothers, and stories we tell our mothers. 

Any show that celebrates women certainly has to make a big deal about mothers – and so I hope you'll forgive me if we continue the mom theme from last week's show.

This next report from Anne Noyse Saini will be part of the first episode of a new podcast, called "Mother," that she's launching with another independent radio producer, Amy Gastelum, on Mother's Day.  Saini's report is about another type of maternal bond – the bond with your spouse's mother.

NPR's food blog will run a related essay by Anne Noyse Saini with which will include one of her mother-in-law's recipes.  Look for NPR's food blog, The Salt.

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  Mothers create the connections that let us understand our past – but what if you can't let your mother know who you truly are now. This essay is from a young man who loves his mother, but knows that the son his mother loves is not who he is.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.