Risk And Reason An All Things Considered series that explores how well we understand and act on probabilities.

Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. iStockphoto hide caption

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## How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

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When weighing the risk of heart disease, how the numbers are presented to patients can make all the difference. iStockphoto hide caption

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## For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.

## For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

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Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about the percentages used in weather forecasts.

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## In Facing National Security Dilemmas, CIA Puts Probabilities Into Words

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Will it rain or not? How you interpret the forecast could mean the difference between getting soaked or staying safe. Maria Pavlova/iStockphoto hide caption

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## Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

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