Free Associations
Free Associations
Population Health Exchange
Mad musings from the messy world of science.
Episode 80 - The pro vs anti probiotics showdown
Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study that looks at the effectiveness of probiotics in those in care homes, they discuss cognitive biases in relation to decisions about COVID policies, and Jess wows us with her first Amazing and Amusing. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Aug 25
1 hr 1 min
Episode 79 - Gun ownership and suicide in California
Don, Chris, and Matt examine a study that looks at the impact of gun ownership and risk of suicide in California, they discuss whether we should be doing trials of coronavirus policies, and Matt proves he doesn’t know a thing about hens. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Aug 11
57 min
Episode 78 - Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?
Don and Chris are back with Matt to go over a study that looks at the impact on survival in those who got tuberculosis and smallpox vaccination in Denmark, they discuss whether it is ethical to expose people to coronavirus in vaccine trials, and Chris gets snotty. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Jul 28
57 min
Episode 77 - Does one pregnancy complication predict another?
Matt welcomes guests Nedghie Adrien and Julie Petersen to discuss a study that looks at whether having a complication in a first pregnancy predicts having one in a second, they debate whether anyone should make clinical decisions based on non-significant trial results, and Nedghie updates us on the latest in toilet technology. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Jul 14
59 min
Episode 76 - Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?
Matt welcomes guests Lisa Bodnar and Jaimie Gradus to discuss a study that looks at the impact of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why on suicides, they discuss whether epidemiologists should be called “Doctor”, and Lisa finally uses the word ‘twizpipe’ correctly. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Jun 30
52 min
Episode 75 - A new treatment for adolescent obesity?
Matt, Jen, and guest Hailey Banack from The University of Buffalo discuss a study that looks at the effect of a new drug to treat adolescent obesity, they discuss the rise of armchair epidemiologists, and Jen reminds us of a past public health success. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Jun 16
52 min
Episode 74 - Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?
Matt, Jen, and guest Kerry Keyes from Columbia University discuss a study that looks at the effect of digital media on health of adolescents, they debate whether COVID research is moving too fast, and Kerry warns us about taking medical advice from cartoons. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Jun 2
50 min
Episode 73 - Is fish oil all that useful?
Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson discuss a study that looks at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular disease, they get into the weeds on the proportional hazards assumption (no hate mail please), and Matt sits down to do some coloring. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
May 19
54 min
Episode 72 - Is it worth the risk to bike to work?
Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson examine a study that looks at the risk of accidents from cycling to work, they discuss an impressive response to a mistake in a research study, and Laura gives us the skinny on doctors’ coffee consumption habits. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
May 5
57 min
Episode 71 - Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?
Matt, Jen, and guest Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether elective and non-elective C-sections are leading to increased BMI in kids, they discuss a blog that asks whether bad statistical practices are crowding out good ones, and Matt breaks out his dance moves. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
Apr 21
1 hr
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