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2 Docs Talk: The podcast about healthcare, the science of medicine and everything in between.

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Rank #128 in Health & Fitness category

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Join cohosts Kendall Britt, MD and Amy Rogers, MD for a 15 minute check-up on current issues in medicine and health policy. The doctors examine current medical concerns in light of the best available medical evidence and the policy issues of the day with a focus on their impact on the doctor patient relationship.

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Join cohosts Kendall Britt, MD and Amy Rogers, MD for a 15 minute check-up on current issues in medicine and health policy. The doctors examine current medical concerns in light of the best available medical evidence and the policy issues of the day with a focus on their impact on the doctor patient relationship.

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Quality pod with great voices.

By AK0008 - Dec 02 2019
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Short, sweet and scientifically based. Good stuff- thanks, 2 Docs!

Enjoy the talk very much

By Ying-ca09 - Nov 19 2019
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In health informatics major, like this talk so much, hope more are coming!

iTunes Ratings

192 Ratings
Average Ratings
150
16
7
7
12

Quality pod with great voices.

By AK0008 - Dec 02 2019
Read more
Short, sweet and scientifically based. Good stuff- thanks, 2 Docs!

Enjoy the talk very much

By Ying-ca09 - Nov 19 2019
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In health informatics major, like this talk so much, hope more are coming!

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2 Docs Talk: The podcast about healthcare, the science of medicine and everything in between.

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Join cohosts Kendall Britt, MD and Amy Rogers, MD for a 15 minute check-up on current issues in medicine and health policy. The doctors examine current medical concerns in light of the best available medical evidence and the policy issues of the day with a focus on their impact on the doctor patient relationship.

Episode 3: Affordable Care Act

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Since March 2010, health care in the U.S. has been subject to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

There is a significant amount of confusion about what exactly this law does or does not do. In this episode, we talk about the key provisions of the law and how it affects the delivery of healthcare in the U.S.

We cover:

  • the effect of the law on insurance
  • subsidies
  • the pre-exisiting conditions clause
  • the mandatory coverage provision
  • pharmaceutical pricing
  • and other key requirements of the law.

In this episode we refer to the following information:

Insurance companies requesting rate reviews under Obamacare

Dec 10 2015

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Episode 70: Our Thoughts on Trumpcare, Part 1

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UPDATE: Since the episode aired (like the very next day) the Congressional Budget Office came out with their assessment of the American Healthcare Act. It was not positive. Stay tuned to the second part of this episode coming out on Monday, March 20, where we will discuss what they had to say. _________________ Over the past week, we've finally gotten to take a look at the elusive Republican healthcare plan, the proposed replacement for Obamacare.

In this episode we talk about the faults opponent found with Obamacare, and how the proposed plan, which we call Trumpcare, attempts to address those issues.

This is the first installment of a two-part episode on Trumpcare, so be sure to listen this week and next week to get our full analysis.

Resources:

Health Affairs Blog on AHCA

Kaiser's side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and AHCA

Obamacare Essential Healht Benefits

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Mar 13 2017

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Episode 53: Healthcare in a Donald Trump Presidency

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November 8, 2016 has come and gone and no matter what box you checked you are probably a little surprised by the outcome. Donald Trump will be the 45th POTUS. 

This has the potential to shake things up in a lot of areas of American life, but we want to focus today on the healcare ramifications of a  Donald Trump presidency. What did he say he would do? Will he do it? And what will it look like if he does.

We refer to a couple of our previous podcasts in this show and they are worth a listen as you evaluate the plans Donald Trump is offering up:

Episode 10: What Does Planned Parenthood Actually Do?

Episode 6: Pricing Transparents in Medicine and Healthcare

Nov 14 2016

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Episode 62: Unnecessary Medical Services

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We’ve got a lot of questions marks ahead of us this year when it comes to healthcare. What will happen with the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, etc. etc.

The future of healthcare under the new administration is a big unknown. But one thing we do know - healthcare costs far too much.

One of the key contributors to these costs is the over $200 billion per year in unnecessary medical care. 

In today's episode, we dig in to the reasons for these costs, and more importantly, we talk about the things we can do as healthcare consumers to reduce unnecessary medical care in our own lives. 

Resources:

Unnecessary Medical Costs

Low Value Care in Medicine

Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

Freakonomics Radio: Bad Medicine

Choosing Wisely

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Jan 16 2017

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Episode 94: Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion and the Uninsured

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Medicaid is the subject of a lot of talk in today's political environment. Sadly much of what is said isn't based in fact, or it focuses on parts of the program that represent a tiny portion of its cost. 

Today, 2 Docs Talk about Medicaid, who it serves, and how it was affected (or, rather, supposed to be affected) by the Affordable Care Act.

Aug 28 2017

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Episode 2: Concussions

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Concussions are not uncommon in contact sports such as football, soccer and basketball.  But we aren't trying to scare or shock anyone. On today's podcast we'd like to educate and inform so that parents and players can make decisions that aren't based on fear and misinformation.

We'll cover

  • concussions
  • return-to-play policies
  • second impact syndrome
  • post-concussive syndrome
  • chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Article referenced in podcast:

McKinney ISD Concussion Protocol

Dec 10 2015

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Episode 122: Does everyone get healthcare in the U.S. when they really need it? (Rebroadcast)

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If you've had many conversations about healthcare reform, it is likely you've heard some variation on this theme:  "Hospitals have to provide care for people who show up. So everyone can get healthcare when they need it. So when people say that can't get healthcare, that isn't true." Is there any merit to that argument? Spoiler: NO. But if you want to hear more about where that idea comes from, take a listen. 

Resources:

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EMTALA/

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/medicaid-income-eligibility-limits-for-parents/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

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Mar 19 2018

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Episode 20: Medicare for All

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In this episode, we dig into the terms being bandied about by politicians this year. Medicare for all, single-payer, socialized medicine. What do they all mean? Are they all the same or are there differences between these systems. 

And what would we do, today, to start making healthcare work a little better?

Resources:

Per Capita Health Spending by Country

Gallup Poll on Healthcare Satisfaction by Country

Mar 28 2016

12mins

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Episode 67: The 3 Main Reasons for Physician Burnout

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Physician burnout is a big issue in the medical community. According the the Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017, over half of physicians report burnout. But physician burnout isn't just a problem for physicians. It is a problem for patients, for other medical staff, and for the health care economy. 

Today we dig into the causes of physician burnout and how it can be addressed. Here's a hint: It doesn't involve meditation or counseling.

Resources:

Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017

2 Docs Talk About Pricing Transparency

2 Docs Talk About Medicare for All

2 Docs Talk About Drug Pricing

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Feb 20 2017

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Episode 71: Our Thoughts on Trumpcare, Part 2

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In this follow up episode to last week, we dig in to how the American Healthcare Act, aka Trumpcare, will affect Medicaid, and who will benefit from all the tax breaks. 

We recorded this episode before the Congressional Budget Office came out with their evaluation of the plan. We weren't too far off, if anything we may have been generous with Trumpcare. We've linked the CBO report in the resources below in case you want to check it out for yourself.

Also, I mistakenly credited the Vox article to Ezra Klein, but it was Sarah Kliff who wrote the excellent summary of the AHCA. It's also linked below.

Resources:

Health Affairs Blog on AHCA

Kaiser’s side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and AHCA

Obamacare Essential Healht Benefits

Vox Article by Sarah Kliff

Summary of Congressional Budget Office Report

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Mar 20 2017

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Episode 66: What's New With Diabetes

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Diabetes is an old disease that hasn't had a many new solutions in a long time. In this episode we look at what Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are, how they are treated, and some potential game changers for their treatment on the horizon.

Resources:

Diabetes Stats

The exorbitant cost of diabetes

ACP Guidelines for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Digital Start-up Trying to Help Low Income Diabetes Patients

Research into the Utility of the BCG Vaccine for the Treatment of Diabetes

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Feb 13 2017

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Episode 121: Is There a Bright Side to SSRIs?

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If you aren't taking an SSRI yourself, there it's almost certain you know someone who does. Selective Serotoning Reuptake Inhibitors are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs out there.

Is their widespread use earned on the basis of good evidence? It's not clear - let's take a look.

References: Genetic and clinical predictors of sexual dysfunction in citalopram-treated depressed patients.

Perlis RH, Laje G, Smoller JW, Fava M, Rush AJ, McMahon FJ

Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009;34(7):1819. Epub 2009 Mar 18. 

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Mar 12 2018

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Episode 102: Physician Burnout (Rebroadcast)

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Physician burnout is a big issue in the medical community. According the the Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017, over half of physicians report burnout. But physician burnout isn’t just a problem for physicians. It is a problem for patients, for other medical staff, and for the health care economy.

Today we dig into the causes of physician burnout and how it can be addressed. Here’s a hint: It doesn’t involve meditation or counseling.

Resources:

Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017

2 Docs Talk About Pricing Transparency

2 Docs Talk About Medicare for All

2 Docs Talk About Drug Pricing

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Oct 23 2017

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Ep 24: The Mediterranean Diet and Low Fat Folly

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For decades we've been told that our high fat diet is making us obese and killing us with heart disease. But here's the deal. The concept of a lowfat diet, exemplified in the Mediterranean Diet, is based on faulty science. 

In this episode, we discuss how the high fat hypothesis became accepted science and public policy, without any good research to back it up. We also talk about the various kinds of fats that are out there and what we think is the biggest culprit in our obesity problems.

Resources:

The Big Fat Surprise

PREDIMED Study

Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease

Evidence from randomised controlled trials did not support the introduction of dietary fat guidelines in 1977 and 1983: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Profiling Food Consumption in America

Apr 25 2016

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Episode 50: Why are Drug Prices Going Up?

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If you've paid any attention to the news over the past year or so, you've likely seen stories of greedy capitalists gouging the vulnerable by hiking up the prices of their life-saving drugs.

But are the prices hikes all that bad?

Yes. Yes, they are. And we talk about that to day on 2 Docs Talk.

Resources:

JAMA on Drug Pricing

Our episode on Hep C

Our episode on Alzheimers

Our episode on Pricing Transparency

Oct 24 2016

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Episode 80: Depression

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With the recent release of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, depression and suicide have been getting a lot of press time. In this episode, we talk about depression, what it is, how it is treated and what's on the horizon for this far too common disorder. 

We also talk a bit about the Netflix series and the problem of suicide. Take a listen and see what you think.

If you think you may be depressed please seek help from a trusted healthcare provider. And if you are contemplating suicide, there is help for you - please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Someone will answer your call and help you find the resources you need to deal with your depression. 

RESOURCES:

Brains of people with depression are different

Brain imaging reveals different types of depression

Summary of effectiveness of SSRIs and other antidepressant medications

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May 22 2017

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Episode 116: The Where, What and Why of Exercise

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We all know that exercise is beneficial for our health. But how much  - how long - what type? Understanding what offers the best outcomes is tricky because it's difficult to conduct rigorous research with long term endpoints such as reduction of disease and death. 

Today 2 Docs Talk about some interesting studies on exercise and what they reveal about the benefits of physical activity. 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25844730

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25844882

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/mets-activity-table/

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2814%2900138-7/abstract

https://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1479-5868-9-89

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18332184

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612003565

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2852580/#R12

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=580#.Wlt9eSOZM_W

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Feb 05 2018

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Episode 45: Birth Control

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If there is a hot button issue in politics these days, it's abortion. But abortion is the result of a long line of issues that are being inadequately addressed in this country. Today we take a look at contraception - what it is, how it works, its history and its future. 

We also offer a look at an innovative program that has the potential to help both pro-choice and pro-life groups happy. 

Resources:

Details on various types of birth control

The Choice Project

Use of LARCs in Colorado

Slang for using a condom (adult humor - you've been warned)

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Sep 19 2016

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Episode 119: Is Alchohol Good for Your Health

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For decades, much has been made of the healthvbenefits of drinking alcohol. And those benefits are real. But, what exactly are the benefits, and how do they stack up against the risks associated with alcohol? 

Today, 2 Docs Talk about the ways alcohol and help and harm your health, and we offer some of our opinions, too. 

Resources:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/alcohol-full-story/

https://www.cdc.gov/features/costsofdrinking/index.html

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/dsmfactsheet/dsmfact.pdf

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Feb 26 2018

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Episode 124: Treating Opioid Addiction

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With our apologies to and appreciation of Frances McDormand. The opioid crisis is showing no signs of tapering off any time soon, so today, 2 Docs Talk about the cornerstone of opioid addiction treatment - medication assisted therapy or MAT. We also (because we can't resist) talk about the irony of the very company who triggered the epidemic with their deceitful marketing practices now profiting from selling the treatment for that very problem. Resources: Previously, we disucssed the opioid epidemic in episode 12 - you can find it right here.

Oct 30 2018

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Episode 130: Changing Thoughts on Colon Cancer Screening

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For so long, colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50 has been gospel in preventative medicine. But recently, trends in the incidence of colorectal cancer suggest we may be doing to much screening in the wrong people, and not enough screening in the right people. This means missed diagnoses and unnecessary interventions.  But recent research offers an alternative that we hope will target screening for the right people, while the rest of us get to avoid the "scope."

Does this approach provide what we need to keep the most people the healthiest for the longest time? Resources: USPSTF recommendations for colorectal cancer screening (note -a new draft update is in progress now, so these could potentially change in the near future). BMJ recommendations on colorectal cancer screening

QCancer risk calculator for 15 year risk of colorectal cancer

Dec 03 2019

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Episode 129: Is There a Physician Shortage

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For those who pay attention to the state of healthcare in the U.S., the idea that we face a looming physician shortage is nothing new. Today, 2 Docs Talk about where the idea of a potential shortfall comes from, what is being done to try to remedy the problem, and some numbers that suggest maybe a shortage isn't on the horizon anyway.

Resources:

AAMC predictions of physician shortage

Ezekiel Emanuel's response to AAMC prediction

Nov 26 2019

12mins

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Episode 128: Tracking Maternal Mortality

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There has been a lot of commentary in the news and in medical journals about the problem of maternal mortality - specifically how we are really crappy at tracking it, which makes it really difficult to know if interventions are working or making things worse. In a country with healthcare as advanced as it is in the U.S., this is just stupid. I mean, we could use fancier words, but the bottom line is stupid.  Today, 2 Docs Talk about maternal mortality, the problems with tracking it, and one place that's done a pretty good job of both tracking and improving the numbers.  Resources: That Propublica article we kept referring to.

Obstetrics and Gynecology article about trends and tracking

Identifying Maternal Deaths in Texas

CMQCC Toolkits WHO's Trends in Maternal Mortality

Nov 19 2019

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Episode 127: Is There Really an Advantage to Medicare Part C?

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Medicare can be confusing for a lot of folks. Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D – some are automatic, some require enrollment; some have premiums, some don't; some have eligibility requirements besides age, some don't. It can get confusing.  To try to take some of the mystery out of Medicare, today 2 Docs Talk about Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage Plans. Take a listen and decide for yourself if these plans really offer any advantage.

Nov 12 2019

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Episode 126: The Cerumen Show

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Have you ever had water in your ear after swimming, gotten a bug in there, or just felt the urge to clean that wax out of there? If so you might have experienced otitis externa, or an infection of the outer ear.

In today's episode, 2 Docs Talk about cotton swabs (should you use them to clean out your ears?), ear wax (what is it, how do you get rid of it, and do you really want to get rid of it?), and how the outer ear can become infected (swimmer's ear anyone?). 

Nov 05 2019

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Episode 125: Kratomic Explosion

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Kratom doesn't sound like your typical herbal supplement, but it does come with all the issues common to the supplement industry. Namely, it hasn't withstood the test of clinical trials to demonstrate safety and efficacy. 

And that causes problems.  Problems like not knowing how much of the ingredient is in the supplement, or how much of other ingredients for that matter. Or wht kind of side effects might be evident if it were subjected to randomized placebo-controlled trials.  But another problem is that it might actually offer a solution to a very big problem—opioid addiction But we don't know if it does because guess what? It hasn't been studied.  This week, 2 Docs Talk about Kratom and why the regulatory requirements (or absence thereof) on the supplement industry might be causing us to miss out on some real benefits.

Nov 06 2018

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Episode 124: Treating Opioid Addiction

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With our apologies to and appreciation of Frances McDormand. The opioid crisis is showing no signs of tapering off any time soon, so today, 2 Docs Talk about the cornerstone of opioid addiction treatment - medication assisted therapy or MAT. We also (because we can't resist) talk about the irony of the very company who triggered the epidemic with their deceitful marketing practices now profiting from selling the treatment for that very problem. Resources: Previously, we disucssed the opioid epidemic in episode 12 - you can find it right here.

Oct 30 2018

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Episode 123: Fall 2018 Updates

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After a hiatus that lasted much longer than planned, we are back with our fall 2018 season of 2 Docs Talk, with look back on previous topic and an update on what's been going on since we first discussed them. We'll talk about the following episodes: Hormone Supplementation and Menopause

Right to Try Legislation

The Flu, the Flu Shot and the Future

Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine

Medicaid Expansion

The Mumps

Other resources for this episode can be found here:

JAMA article on racial differences in vasomotor symptoms  Info on HPV vaccine expanded recommendations

Mumps booster information

Oct 23 2018

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Episode 122: Does everyone get healthcare in the U.S. when they really need it? (Rebroadcast)

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If you've had many conversations about healthcare reform, it is likely you've heard some variation on this theme:  "Hospitals have to provide care for people who show up. So everyone can get healthcare when they need it. So when people say that can't get healthcare, that isn't true." Is there any merit to that argument? Spoiler: NO. But if you want to hear more about where that idea comes from, take a listen. 

Resources:

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EMTALA/

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/medicaid-income-eligibility-limits-for-parents/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

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Mar 19 2018

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Episode 121: Is There a Bright Side to SSRIs?

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If you aren't taking an SSRI yourself, there it's almost certain you know someone who does. Selective Serotoning Reuptake Inhibitors are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs out there.

Is their widespread use earned on the basis of good evidence? It's not clear - let's take a look.

References: Genetic and clinical predictors of sexual dysfunction in citalopram-treated depressed patients.

Perlis RH, Laje G, Smoller JW, Fava M, Rush AJ, McMahon FJ

Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009;34(7):1819. Epub 2009 Mar 18. 

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Mar 12 2018

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Episode 120: Who do Right to Try Laws Really Help?

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Right to Try laws have come about as a response to cumbersome paperwork required to access the FDA's compassionate use program. However, the FDA has lessened the paperwork required for terminally ill patients to access investigational drugs. 

So is Right to Try a meaningful movement, or is it simply one piece of an overaraching ideology.

Today, 2 Docs Talk about Right to Try laws and who they help.

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Mar 05 2018

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Episode 119: Is Alchohol Good for Your Health

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For decades, much has been made of the healthvbenefits of drinking alcohol. And those benefits are real. But, what exactly are the benefits, and how do they stack up against the risks associated with alcohol? 

Today, 2 Docs Talk about the ways alcohol and help and harm your health, and we offer some of our opinions, too. 

Resources:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/alcohol-full-story/

https://www.cdc.gov/features/costsofdrinking/index.html

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/dsmfactsheet/dsmfact.pdf

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Feb 26 2018

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Episode 118: Scratching the Surface of Varicella

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If you are of a certain age, you remember a time when pretty much every kid got chicken pox. But those days are behind us as most of our children are vaccinated agains varicella, the virus that causes chicken pox. But for us old folks, shingles is the still around to remind of the old days when we still got chicken pox. 

Today 2 docs talk about the effect of the varicella vaccine, the problem with shingles, and what you can do about it.

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Feb 19 2018

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Episode 117: Glioblastoma Multiforme - What would Jimmy V Do?

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Senator McCain has a malignant brain tumor called a Glioblastoma Multiforme, orglioblastoma or GBM for short.

He’s not the first person politically connected to get one of these things. I think this is what Senator Ted Kennedy had back in 2008 and also Beau Biden, Joe Biden’s son died of a glioblastoma.

Glioblastomas are one of a class of brain tumors called Gliomas. Gliomas can be low grade which are considered pre-malginant or pre-cancerous or they can be high grade malignancies such as GBMs.  

Today 2 Docs Talk about Glioblastoma Multiforme, and the difficulties associated with treating - or not treating - the tumor. 

Resources: Don't Tell John McCain to Fight His Cancer

FDA approval of Optune device for Glioblastoma

2 Docs Talk episode on hospice

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Feb 12 2018

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Episode 116: The Where, What and Why of Exercise

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We all know that exercise is beneficial for our health. But how much  - how long - what type? Understanding what offers the best outcomes is tricky because it's difficult to conduct rigorous research with long term endpoints such as reduction of disease and death. 

Today 2 Docs Talk about some interesting studies on exercise and what they reveal about the benefits of physical activity. 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25844730

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25844882

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/mets-activity-table/

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2814%2900138-7/abstract

https://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1479-5868-9-89

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18332184

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612003565

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2852580/#R12

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=580#.Wlt9eSOZM_W

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Feb 05 2018

19mins

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Episode 115: Pressure to Treat Hypertension

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The normally staid world of hypertension was a bit controversial in 2017, so this week 2 Docs Talk about the recent recommendations — and their accompanying controversies — for treating high blood pressure. 

Resources:

Systolic Hypertension in the Elderly (SHEP) Study

Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) blood pressure trial.

Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT)

JNC 8 blood pressure treatment guidelines

Jan 29 2018

14mins

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Episode 114: Supplemental Ethics?

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Does your doctor sell dietary supplements? Have you considered the ethics of such an arrangement? The American Medical Association has, and they think it's a bad idea. 2 Docs Talk about the ethics of physicians profiting from supplement sales.

Resources:

About DSHEA 1994

ER visits due to supplements

Study showing supplement reduces LDL

AMA Ethics Statements on Supplement Sales

Pharmceutical marketing and prescribing habits

Jan 22 2018

12mins

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Episode 113: Influenza 2017-18 Update

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This has been a particularly bad year for the flu. More people are getting sicker than in most years. And the vaccine is not working well. 

In this episode, 2 Docs Talk about why the influenza virus circulating this year is causing so many problems. Beware there is a little bit of basic science involved. But not too much.

Resources: 

Our information is from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm

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Jan 15 2018

11mins

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Episode 112: Drug Pricing (Rebroadcast)

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If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past year or so, you’ve likely seen stories of greedy capitalists gouging the vulnerable by hiking up the prices of their life-saving drugs.

But are the prices hikes all that bad?

Yes. Yes, they are. And we talk about that to day on 2 Docs Talk.

Resources:

JAMA on Drug Pricing

Our episode on Hep C

Our episode on Alzheimers

Our episode on Pricing Transparency

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Jan 08 2018

15mins

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Episode 111: Drug Pricing (Rebroadcast)

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If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past year or so, you’ve likely seen stories of greedy capitalists gouging the vulnerable by hiking up the prices of their life-saving drugs.

But are the prices hikes all that bad?

Yes. Yes, they are. And we talk about that to day on 2 Docs Talk.

Resources:

JAMA on Drug Pricing

Our episode on Hep C

Our episode on Alzheimers

Our episode on Pricing Transparency

Be sure and subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher if you haven’t already.  And you know we’d appreciate it so much if you would tell your friends about 2 Docs Talk!

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Jan 01 2018

15mins

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