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53 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 87 - Survival after bariatric surgery
Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study that looks at whether survival after bariatric surgery is increasing, they lament patterns of prescribing hydroxychloroquine, and Matt gets prideful. Journal club article: Bariatric surgery study
52 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 86 - Vaccine misinformation blues
Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study that looks at whether social media micro-influencers can increase flu vaccine uptake, they discuss an alliance of western states to review COVID vaccine safety data, and Chris gets batty. *Editor’s note: Horseshoe bats are insectivores, not fruit bats. Journal club article: Micro-influencers study
50 minutes | a month ago
Episode 85 - Should I stay or should I go? Resuscitation and transport
Matt, Chris, and Jess go over a study that looks at whether it is better to try to resuscitate people on site or transport them to hospital, they discuss whether there is a role for a precision approach in public health, and Chris tells us about his back yard. Journal club article: Transport and resuscitation study
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 84 - Will convalescent plasma cure COVID?
Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study on whether plasma from those who have recovered from COVID can be used to treat people with COVID, they explore whether masks might actually help make people immune to SARS-CoV-2, and Jess has the solution to forgetting your mask at home (though maybe not for everyone). Journal club article: Convalescent plasma study
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 83 - Does vaccinating moms against RSV protect babies?
Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study that looks at whether vaccinating mothers against RSV prevents their babies from getting infected, they discuss attacks on health workers in the time of COVID, and Chris brings us all down with a new COVID study. Journal club article: Maternal RSV vaccination study
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 82 - Is Vitamin D a magic cure-all or a bust?
Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study that looks at whether vitamin D can prevent getting tuberculosis, they debate whether citation hacking is really a thing, and Don reminds us all that there is still amusement in the amazing and amusing. Journal club article: Vitamin D and TB prevention study
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 81 - A treatment to prevent influenza?
Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study that looks at using an influenza treatment for prevention in exposed contacts, they debate whether we should be using lotteries to decide who gets scarce coronavirus treatments, and Matt shows he really does read the reference section. Journal club article: Influenza prevention study
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 80 - The pro vs anti probiotics showdown
Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study that looks at the effectiveness of probiotics in those in care homes, they discuss cognitive biases in relation to decisions about COVID policies, and Jess wows us with her first Amazing and Amusing. Journal club article: Probiotics study
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 79 - Gun ownership and suicide in California
Don, Chris, and Matt examine a study that looks at the impact of gun ownership and risk of suicide in California, they discuss whether we should be doing trials of coronavirus policies, and Matt proves he doesn’t know a thing about hens. Journal club article: Handguns and suicide study
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 78 - Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?
Don and Chris are back with Matt to go over a study that looks at the impact on survival in those who got tuberculosis and smallpox vaccination in Denmark, they discuss whether it is ethical to expose people to coronavirus in vaccine trials, and Chris gets snotty. Journal club article: BCG and vaccinia vaccination study
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 77 - Does one pregnancy complication predict another?
Matt welcomes guests Nedghie Adrien and Julie Petersen to discuss a study that looks at whether having a complication in a first pregnancy predicts having one in a second, they debate whether anyone should make clinical decisions based on non-significant trial results, and Nedghie updates us on the latest in toilet technology. Journal club article: Pregnancy complications study
52 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 76 - Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?
Matt welcomes guests Lisa Bodnar and Jaimie Gradus to discuss a study that looks at the impact of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why on suicides, they discuss whether epidemiologists should be called “Doctor”, and Lisa finally uses the word ‘twizpipe’ correctly. Journal club article: 13 Reasons Why study
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 75 - A new treatment for adolescent obesity?
Matt, Jen, and guest Hailey Banack from The University of Buffalo discuss a study that looks at the effect of a new drug to treat adolescent obesity, they discuss the rise of armchair epidemiologists, and Jen reminds us of a past public health success. Journal club article: Adolescent obesity study
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 74 - Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?
Matt, Jen, and guest Kerry Keyes from Columbia University discuss a study that looks at the effect of digital media on health of adolescents, they debate whether COVID research is moving too fast, and Kerry warns us about taking medical advice from cartoons. Journal club article: Digital media and mental health study
54 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 73 - Is fish oil all that useful?
Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson discuss a study that looks at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular disease, they get into the weeds on the proportional hazards assumption (no hate mail please), and Matt sits down to do some coloring. Journal club article: Fish oil study
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 72 - Is it worth the risk to bike to work?
Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson examine a study that looks at the risk of accidents from cycling to work, they discuss an impressive response to a mistake in a research study, and Laura gives us the skinny on doctors’ coffee consumption habits. Journal club article: Cycling and accidents study
61 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 71 - Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?
Matt, Jen, and guest Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether elective and non-elective C-sections are leading to increased BMI in kids, they discuss a blog that asks whether bad statistical practices are crowding out good ones, and Matt breaks out his dance moves. Journal club article: C-section study
59 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 70 - Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?
Matt, Jen, and guest host Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether exposure to kids with chicken pox protects adults from shingles, they ask whether blinding in randomized trials really matters, and Jen survives a podcast episode that feels like a year on Mars. Journal club article: Chicken pox and shingles study
42 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 69 - An informal chat about COVID-19
The gang paused their usual format this week to discuss how they are all dealing with the changes that have come about due to COVID-19. We got Chris, Matt, Don, Jen and newcomer Laura (and even a guest appearance by Nick) all on Zoom. We’ll be back to our regular format in two weeks.
50 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 68 - Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer
Matt and Jen discuss a long-term follow up study of a drug to prevent breast cancer, they ask whether papers in predatory journals get cited, and Matt lets it all out watching guilty pleasure movies on planes. Journal club article: Breast cancer prevention study
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