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September 17th, 2010

Podcast 101: Osteoarthritis, chondroitin, and glucosamine — one of these things doesn’t belong.

Answer: Osteoarthritis. Two are nostrums and the other is a disease, but the nostrums have no appreciable effect — on osteoarthritis at least. We discuss a BMJ meta-analysis that uses novel methods to prove the point. The good news is that neither chondroitin nor glucosamine is dangerous, but the bad news is that we […]


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 […]


May 28th, 2010

Podcast 89: Glasses aren’t just for reading any more. Listen in to how they can help the elderly avoid falls.

Glasses — when did you start wearing them? They serve to help us do more than just read the newspaper, according to our conversational guest today. Prof. Stephen Lord of Sydney’s Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and his coauthors write in BMJ this week about trying to encourage elderly wearers of multifocal lenses […]


February 19th, 2010

Podcast 75: Which regimen for hypertension?

Patients with hypertension at risk for cardiovascular events have done better with an ACE inhibitor-calcium channel blocker combination than with the ACE inhibitor plus hydrochlorothiazide. The ACCOMPLISH investigators have now reported on their analysis of progression-of-nephropathy outcomes in their trial. We interview the first author of the analysis, Dr. George Bakris of the University of […]


August 14th, 2009

Podcast 53: Patients extubated with hypercapnia can be managed better with noninvasive ventilation, a new study shows.

Dr. Miquel Ferrer of the University of Barcelona took some time away from his holiday to talk with us about an article he’s just published in Lancet. His research shows that in a subgroup of patients with chronic respiratory diseases (mostly COPD) who are undergoing extubation but who remain in hypercapnia, noninvasive ventilation support is […]


October 10th, 2008

Podcast 15: The week’s news, plus an interview with Dr. Alexi A. Wright about her article in JAMA on end-of-life conversations and their cascading benefits

The medical news gods were generous this week, providing a wealth of stories to choose from. Plus, the Nobel prizes were announced. We’re especially fortunate to have an interview with a researcher whose findings relate directly to your clinical work. Journal Watch links: Patients and Caregivers Benefit from End-of-Life Discussions Tiotropium Alleviates Symptoms, Doesn’t Reduce […]


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