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January 27th, 2012

Podcast 143: PPIs and asthma control — it doesn’t work in kids, either

Controlling asthma by the use of proton pump inhibitors apparently doesn’t work any better in children than it does in adults. Yet the practice is widely used. A study in JAMA and an accompanying fiery editorial seem to put the notion to rest. Listen in. As always, suggestions are welcomed. You can reach me […]


July 16th, 2011

Podcast 126: Placebos and Medical ‘Meaning’

Last week’s New England Journal of Medicine paper on the placebo effect in evaluating asthma treatments was fascinating in itself. The editorial that accompanied it, however, was a delight. It asks clinicians to think less about laboratory measures of cure, and more about the patient’s satisfaction with treatment — whether the treatment was “real” […]


August 14th, 2010

Podcast 97: What happens when vena cava filters break?

Vena cava filters, often meant to be permanent, can actually lose a strut or two. And it’s not as rare an occurrence as you might think. Our conversationalist found it happens about 15% of the time with a certain brand of filter. The FDA has announced that it’s starting its own studies of the […]


April 11th, 2009

Podcast 38: A conversation about using PPIs in poorly controlled asthma — rather, not using them — with Robert A. Wise of Johns Hopkins.

There are lots of people with poorly controlled asthma who are on PPIs, but don’t need to be. That’s the clear implication of research just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. We’ll talk with a member of the writing committee, Dr. Robert A. Wise. If you like what you hear, call 1-617-440-4374, and […]


December 12th, 2008

Podcast 23: An interview with J. Michael Gaziano concerning two JAMA studies on the uselessness of dietary supplements in preventing prostate cancer

A week with just a few notable stories, one of which is about using supplements like vitamin C or selenium to prevent prostate cancer. We interview J. Michael Gaziano about two studies in JAMA on that topic. Have a listen, and if you want to react to any of this, call 1-617-440-4374. Links for this […]


June 6th, 2008

Podcast 2: Interview with Dr. Joseph Ross of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

In this week’s interview, Joseph Ross talks with us about the prevalence of guest-authorship and ghostwriting in the medical literature. Diabetes research. http://content.nejm.org/ Asthma http://general-medicine.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2008/603/1 Aliskiren http://cardiology.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2008/604/1 http://general-medicine.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2008/604/1 Post-stroke depression http://psychiatry.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2008/528/1 Cell phones and brain cancer http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/03well.html?ref=health


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