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February 24th, 2012

Podcast 147: Proof that colonoscopy with polypectomy saves lives

Everyone “knows” that colonoscopy reduces risks of death from colorectal cancer, but it’s good to have your knowledge actually verified, and a new bit of research seems to do that in this case. Long-term follow-up of a group of patients who underwent colonoscopy and polypectomy in the 1980s shows that removal of adenomatous polyps […]


February 17th, 2012

Podcast 146: Cognitive impairment in primary care — screen or not?

Current guidelines find no compelling therapeutic benefit to screening for cognitive impairment and dementia in primary care. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has published some research that, if not compelling, certainly suggests that clinical approaches should change. In actively screening some 8000 veterans over age 70 during routine primary care visits for […]


November 2nd, 2010

Podcast 106: The barbershop and hypertension — a little off the top

OK, now what can be done to control hypertension among African American men? What about recruiting barbershops to put a shoulder to the wheel? They’re community centers, trusted sources of gossip and advice, and places of relaxation. In Texas, a group of researchers undertook a randomized trial in black-owned barbershops in which barbers took […]


October 8th, 2010

Podcast 104: Reassurance on clopidogrel and omeprazole.

We welcome Dr. Danielle Bowen Scheurer to our conversational team this week She’s a hospitalist at the Medical University of South Carolina and an associate editor of Physician’s First Watch. Our guest is Dr. Deepak Bhatt, who has just published some reassuring results on omeprazole’s putative interaction with clopidogrel in the New England Journal […]


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 […]


February 12th, 2010

Podcast 74: How two SSRIs apparently interfere with tamoxifen therapy.

We talk with Dr. Catherine Kelly about her study in  BMJ showing serious interference of some SSRIs with tamoxifen therapy in breast cancer. The study was conducted using Canadian provincial databases. Reach us at 1-617-440-4374 or by email to jelia@jwatch.org. Interview article: BMJ study Physician’s First Watch coverage Medical news links: Back pain guidelines Inflammatory […]


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