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

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Rank #34 in Medicine category

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Science
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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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Love your style

By Djeliba - Sep 01 2019
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Interesting and informative. I hope they’ll continue.

GREAT INFO

By interested NP - Aug 03 2018
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Informative, not too long, docs are enjoyable to listen to! Thanks for the scoop ladies.

iTunes Ratings

186 Ratings
Average Ratings
145
16
6
7
12

Love your style

By Djeliba - Sep 01 2019
Read more
Interesting and informative. I hope they’ll continue.

GREAT INFO

By interested NP - Aug 03 2018
Read more
Informative, not too long, docs are enjoyable to listen to! Thanks for the scoop ladies.
Cover image of 2 Docs Talk: The podcast about healthcare, the science of medicine and everything in between.

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

Updated 2 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: Episode 48: Medical Errors

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A BMJ report earlier this year declared that 1 in 3 hospital deaths were the result of medical errors. A flurry of headlines about the dangers of hospitals soon followed. Just what is a medical error? What are the dangers of being in a hospital? And what can we do about it? We talk about these questions in today's episode. 

Resources:

BMJ on medical error

KATZ scale

To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System

Hospital at Home

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Oct 10 2016

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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: Episode 44: Artificial Sweeteners

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In a country (the U.S.) where people drink, on average, 44.7 gallons of soda per person, it's smart to think about what we are putting into our bodies. 

Most of us have figured out that all that sugar is a bad idea, but what about sugar substitutes? Diet sodas make up a big portion of that 44.7 gallons. But is it really any better than plain old sugar?

Resources:

Generally Recognized as Safe

San Antonio Heart Study

Fueling the obesity epidemic: Artificially sweetened beverage use and long term weight gain

Artificial Sweeteners and Gut Microbiota in Rats

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Sep 12 2016

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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

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Rank #13: Episode 54: What Does Planned Parenthood Actually Do? (Rebroadcast)

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If you live anywhere but under a rock, you know that Planned Parenthood has been the center of controversy in recent months. In this episode, we discuss the history of the organization and its founder Margaret Sanger. Then we dig into Planned Parenthood as it exists today and the controversy surrounding it.

The coverage of the controversy in the media is filled with innuendo and half-truths from both sides of the political spectrum. We wanted to know the facts, so we did a little searching. Since we recorded this episode, the courts in Houston did too, and found no evidence that they were profiting from the sale of fetal tissue or organs.

But, what role does Planned Parenthood play in healthcare today?

Do they provide needed services? What are those services? Is abortion their primary business? Should Medicaid funds cover their services? And finally, is there anything that can be done to curb the number of abortions performed today? (Hint: yes there is, and it has nothing to do with Roe v. Wade.)

Resources:

Where are Planned Parenthood Clinics Located?

Texas Tribune Articles on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Services by the Numbers

CDC Abortion Surveillance Report - 2012

New England Journal of Medicine on Planned Parenthood

Long Acting Reversible Contraception in Colorado

The Choice Project - LARCs in Colorado

Nov 21 2016

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Rank #14: Episode 42: Urinary Tract Infections

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Urinary tract infections are one of the most common infections we humans get. In fact, estimates suggest 60-70% of women will have at least one in their lifetime. And many women suffer from them repeatedly.

So what causes these infections and how can you treat them? Is there any way to prevent them? And what does diet have to do with it? 

We discuss these issues and more in this episode. 

Resources:

CDC article on E. coli in our food supply and its role in UTIs

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Aug 29 2016

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Rank #15: Episode 49: The Prostate

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You'd think that something like screening for prostate cancer would be free of controversy, but that just isn't the case. The benefits and risks of screening have been hotly debated by different medical organizations over the years.

Today, 2 Docs Talk about how prostate screening and the various issues surrounding it. This is a topic every man should discuss with his physicians, and we hope this hepls you know what questions to ask when you do.

Resources:

Weiner AB, Matulewicz RS, Eggener SE, Schaeffer EM. Increasing incidence of metastatic prostate cancer in the United States (2004-2013). Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2016 Jul 19.]

AU Tacklind J, Macdonald R, Rutks I, Stanke JU, Wilt TJ. TI Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia. SO Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;12:CD001423.

https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/hp/prostate-screening-pdq

Oct 17 2016

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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