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June 25th, 2010

Podcast 93: Is computed tomography safe? Yes, but …

That’s the question asked in an intriguing essay — by a radiologist — released online in the New England Journal of Medicine. We have her as our guest this week. Feedback, please! You can comment here or by emailing me at jelia@jwatch.org — or better still, call 1-617-440-4374. Interview-related links: Rebecca Smith-Bindman’s essay Radiation […]


June 18th, 2010

Podcast 92: Corticosteroids in COPD exacerbations — high-dose intravenous or low-dose oral?

A JAMA paper suggests that in all but the most severe exacerbations of COPD, it’s best to start off with low-dose oral corticosteroids rather than the higher-dose intravenous treatment that, contrary to guideline recommendations, almost everyone now gets. Our conversation this week is with the study’s first author, Dr. Peter Lindenauer. Visit the Journal […]


June 11th, 2010

Podcast 91: What risks do NSAIDs hold for healthy people? They’re not trivial.

We talk with a Danish researcher, Emil Fosbøl, whose team estimated the risks of cardiovascular events caused by NSAID use in healthy people. Your feedback is always welcomed and encouraged. Please drop me a note (jelia@jwatch.org) or call in a comment to 1-617-440-4374. I’m eager to act on your suggestions. The interview-related link: First Watch […]


June 5th, 2010

Podcast 90: Preventing type 2 diabetes with low-dose metformin and rosiglitazone seems possible, but clinical use has to await results of another study.

Here’s a question wrapped in mist: How to prevent diabetes? Well, lifestyle changes for sure, but that’s hard. Drug therapy? Easier, but side effects can take away that advantage pretty quickly. Rosiglitazone offers some benefits, but its side effects — most notably increased risks for heart failure and death — have some people wondering […]


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