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”

Is it Necessary to Get Routine Annual Labs? With Dr. Steven Hochman

Many patients go to the doctor’s office each year expecting to get a full panel of tests, including a blood count, platelets, kidney and liver tests and electrolyte levels. But are these tests really necessary? Could they lead to more harm than good? In today’s episode, primary care doctor Steven Hochman makes the case thatContinue reading “Is it Necessary to Get Routine Annual Labs? With Dr. Steven Hochman”

Should I take a Cholesterol Medication to Protect my Heart? With Dr. Rita Redberg

This week’s episode kicks off season 2 of the Healthy Skeptic, MD. We will focus on key medical decisions that we may all need to consider at one point or another, such as: Should you take a daily multivitamin? Is red wine healthy for the heart? Do mammograms save lives? In today’s episode, Dr. RitaContinue reading “Should I take a Cholesterol Medication to Protect my Heart? With Dr. Rita Redberg”

Older Adults and COVID: Juggling Safety and Psychological Health with Dr. Jay Bhatt

Older adults are the most vulnerable both to the directs effects of COVID-19 but also to the indirect impact on psychological and mental health. Dr. Jay Bhatt – a geriatrician and the former Chief Medical Officer for the American Hospital Association – breaks down the risks and provides advice for the holiday season. After today’sContinue reading “Older Adults and COVID: Juggling Safety and Psychological Health with Dr. Jay Bhatt”

Can’t We Get Schools Open Safely? With Dr. Jessica Hochman

We’re now 9 months into this pandemic and malls and casinos have reopened, but in many parts of the nation schools have not. Hear from Pediatrician Dr. Jessica Hochman how we might safely get kids back in their classrooms (at least when this latest surge settles down!). Also, we’ll discuss the latest of the COVIDContinue reading “Can’t We Get Schools Open Safely? With Dr. Jessica Hochman”

The Arc of Healthcare Improvement is Long but it Bends Towards Progress with Dr. Kedar Mate

Dr. Kedar Mate is the new President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), perhaps the world’s most respected healthcare quality improvement organization. Today, we discuss his vision for healthcare improvement in the coming years. We also will touch on the latest health news. **Be sure to subscribe to The Healthy Skeptic MDContinue reading “The Arc of Healthcare Improvement is Long but it Bends Towards Progress with Dr. Kedar Mate”