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November 5th, 2010

Podcast 107: Hospital falls and how to reduce them

Our conversation is with Dr. Patricia Dykes of Boston’s Partners HealthCare. She’s first author on a paper published in JAMA earlier this week. In her study of fall prevention in hospitals, she and her team randomized eight medical units in four Boston-area hospitals either to their usual standards of fall prevention or to use of […]


September 26th, 2010

Podcast 102: Short compression stockings would seem to have no further role clinically.

Prof. Martin Dennis chats with us about his latest trial, comparing the utility of thigh- versus below-knee-length stockings for patients immobilized after stroke. The latest results show the superiority of thigh-length stockings, but at the further risk of skin breaks in these vulnerable patients. Taken together with the results of his earlier work, at the […]


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 to […]


March 12th, 2010

Podcast 78: Just what are “comparative effectiveness” studies anyway?

This week, a conversation with Michael Hochman on his examination of what the major general journals publish in the way of comparative effectiveness studies. He talks about what they are and how to think about that reprint that the drug rep has just dropped off for you. Reach us at 617-440-4374, or write to jelia@jwatch.org. This week’s […]


May 29th, 2009

Podcast 45: Prof. Martin Dennis discusses new findings discouraging the use of compression stockings after stroke

Compression stockings, widely used to prevent DVT in patients after stroke, don’t work, according to new research published in Lancet. We’ve got the principal investigator, Martin Dennis of the University of Edinburgh, to talk with about this. For your part, if you have someone you’d enjoy hearing talk about a bit of research or anything […]


March 13th, 2009

Podcast 34: An interview with Cheryl Bushnell of Wake Forest about her paper in BMJ concerning migraines during pregnancy and the possibility of their relation to strokes and other vascular problems.

BMJ‘s paper on the possible association of migraine during pregnancy and stroke (and other vascular problems) is the focus of this week’s interview. We speak with first-author Dr. Cheryl Bushnell. And then there’s the week’s news, plus a message from a listener! It could have been you, if only you’d called 1-617-440-4374 and made a […]


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