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Archive for April, 2010

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April 23rd, 2010

Podcast 84: One year later, what have we learned from 2009 H1N1? A conversation with Richard Wenzel.

I’d forgotten that it’s only been a year since 2009 H1N1 (remember when we called it “swine flu”?) struck, but then I saw Richard Wenzel’s op-ed essay in the New York Times. Dr. Wenzel kindly agreed to a conversation, and that’s our offering this week. Interview-related links: Wenzel’s op-ed piece in the New York […]


April 16th, 2010

Podcast 83: An interview by CardioExchange’s editors on the COURAGE study

This week’s conversation introduces you to CardioExchange, a joint effort by Journal Watch and the New England Journal of Medicine to create an online community of clinicians interested in cardiovascular diseases. Two of CardioExchange’s editors, Dr. Richard Lange and Dr. L. David Hillis, interview Dr. William Boden of the COURAGE study, and Dr. Gregg […]


April 9th, 2010

Podcast 82: Checklists save lives — lots of lives. Becoming a clinical automaton.

Repetitive tasks, like making sure to wash your hands after seeing each patient, may seem like drudgery, but they save patients’ lives. This week we talk with Prof. Elizabeth Robb and Sir Brian Jarman about their success at chopping hospital mortality rates with simple checklists. Sir Brian has offered to monitor your hospital’s stats […]


April 2nd, 2010

Podcast 81: When should you start screening for type 2 diabetes?

A large-scale computer simulation based on NHANES data plotted the most cost-effective strategy, which turns out to be to start screening before middle age and to repeat every 3 to 5 years. We talk with the first author of a Lancet paper that details the findings. Interview-related link: Physician’s First Watch summary of the Lancet […]


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