How to Ensure Dietary Supplements are Safe with Dr. Pieter Cohen

Many of us assume that the dietary supplement products that we purchase in pharmacies, grocery stores and nutrition outlets – as well as on the internet – are carefully regulated for safety. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. In today’s episode, supplement expert Dr. Pieter Cohen from Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge HealthContinue reading “How to Ensure Dietary Supplements are Safe with Dr. Pieter Cohen”

Simplifying Healthcare Through National Health Insurance with Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Him

Some may dismiss the idea of a national health insurance program due to concerns and skepticism about “big government.” But as Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein from Hunter College explain, a national health insurance program could greatly simplify health insurance for patients and doctors, while ensuring that everyone in the U.S. is covered. TheirContinue reading “Simplifying Healthcare Through National Health Insurance with Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Him”

Do Patients with Heart Disease Get Too Many Stents?

For patients experiencing a heart attack, stents can be lifesaving, restoring blood flow to a blocked coronary artery feeding the heart. But hundreds of thousands of cardiac stents (as well as cardiac bypass surgeries) are performed in the U.S. each year for patients with stable blockages. According to Dr. David Maron, the Director of PreventiveContinue reading “Do Patients with Heart Disease Get Too Many Stents?”

How One School Leader Kept Her School Safely Open During the Pandemic with Dalia Hochman

The question of whether or not schools should reopen this spring has taken center stage. Proponents argue that the benefits of reopening outweigh the risks while opponents fear it could trigger another surge. Today, we hear from Dalia Hochman, PhD, the Head of School at Gann Academy, a Massachusetts high school, which has remained openContinue reading “How One School Leader Kept Her School Safely Open During the Pandemic with Dalia Hochman”

Finding the “Sweet Spot” for Controlling Pain in Children with Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon

Opioid overdoses lead to nearly 70,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and for this reason the medical community has significantly curtailed their use for treating pain in adults. But what about in children? In today’s episode, Pediatric surgeon and researcher Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, explains that treating pain in childrenContinue reading “Finding the “Sweet Spot” for Controlling Pain in Children with Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon”

Screening for Breast Cancer, Past, Present and Future with Dr. Christoph Lee

Last season in the Healthy Skeptic, MD, Dr. Gil Welch educated us about the downsides of breast cancer screening. We get a different take this week from Dr. Christoph Lee, a breast radiologist and researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Christoph is at the forefront of new approaches to breast cancer screening.Continue reading “Screening for Breast Cancer, Past, Present and Future with Dr. Christoph Lee”

Is a Glass of Wine a Day Healthy? With Dr. Ken Mukamal

Humans have a complex relationship with alcohol, dating back to the stone age. In excess quantities, it can be deadly. But what about a daily glass of wine? The answer is nuanced, as you will learn in this week’s episode with primary care doctor and alcohol researcher, Dr. Ken Mukamal from Beth Israel Deaconess MedicalContinue reading “Is a Glass of Wine a Day Healthy? With Dr. Ken Mukamal”

Which Genetic Tests Are Ready for Prime Time? (And Some Musings on COVID-19) With Dr. Vinay Prasad

In 2018, the FDA authorized the first genetic test that could be marketed directly to consumers – a home test made by 23andme for BRCA mutations to assess breast cancer risk. Since then, the number of genes linked to cancer and other health conditions has continued to increase. Yet what to do with this informationContinue reading “Which Genetic Tests Are Ready for Prime Time? (And Some Musings on COVID-19) With Dr. Vinay Prasad”

Rooting Out Bad Incentives in Medicine with MedPage Today’s Kristina Fiore

In 2019, MedPage Today launched an investigative healthcare reporting team. Find out what they have uncovered so far with Kristina Fiore, who directs their Enterprise and Investigative Reporting efforts. As a bonus, we will also hear from Shelly Rosenfeld, a lawyer who co-directs the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC). Find out how this team mightContinue reading “Rooting Out Bad Incentives in Medicine with MedPage Today’s Kristina Fiore”

Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Tonsil Surgery and Ear Tubes in Children with Dr. Nina Shapiro

Tonsil surgery and ear tubes are among the most common procedures in the U.S. The risks are low, but there are downsides. In today’s episode, Pediatric ENT surgeon and author Dr. Nina Shapiro from UCLA talks us through how to know when it makes sense to proceed with one of these procedures. Dr. Shapiro alsoContinue reading “Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Tonsil Surgery and Ear Tubes in Children with Dr. Nina Shapiro”