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Archive for May, 2012

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May 20th, 2012

Podcast 156: Using low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in defined populations — a conversation with Peter Bach

Dr. Peter Bach is the first author on a new JAMA analysis of the benefits and harms of using low-dose CT screening  for lung cancer. The American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology requested the systematic review to assist them in drawing up a clinical guideline. Join us in […]


May 14th, 2012

Podcast 155: What’s wrong with U.S. healthcare and what will save it?

Dr. Arnold Relman, longtime observer of the U.S. healthcare system and editor emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine, proposes two major reforms: First, private insurance companies should leave the healthcare field, and second, physicians should organize into multispecialty practices. His proposals, just published in BMJ, grow out of his alarmed observation — […]


May 2nd, 2012

Podcast 154: Treating heart failure’s hypercoagulable state — warfarin or aspirin?

Heart failure brings problems associated with hypercoagulation, such as stroke and sudden death. An international study followed some 2300 patients with heart failure (ejection fractions of 35% or less) and in stable sinus rhythm for a mean of 3.5 years, randomizing them to treatment with either warfarin or aspirin. The two treatment groups showed […]


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