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.
Previously, we disucssed the opioid epidemic in episode 12 - you can find it right here.
Historically, cervical cancer has been one of the major killers of young women. But since the advent of the pap smear, death from the disease has dropped dramatically. However, treatment of lesions identified on pap smear can lead to significant issues including infertility. And in other parts of the world where screenign is not easily accessed, cervical cancer remains a significant cause of death for women in the prime of life.
As with any disease, prevention is better than treatment, and this is where the HPV vaccine comes into play. Known mainly by its trade name, Gardasil, the vaccine has been on the market for over a decade. That’s long enough to provide data to draw reasonable conclusions about its safety and efficacy.
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.
Kendall and Amy are in agreement that hospice care is an important, compassionate aspect of healthcare that humanizes what can be a very clinical, impersonal process. We've both experience with hospice - personally and professionally.
Sadly, like most aspects of healthcare, the potential for profit has introduced some ugly practices into what should be focused solely on the needs of dying patients and their families.
Today, Kendall and Amy talk about the good and the bad of hospice as it exists in 2017.
Each year, under Obamacare rules, the USPSTF is required to issue a report on evidence gaps. These are areas of preventive medicine that they decide we are lacking sufficient evidence to determine if the harms outweight the risk.
This week, we take a look at the primary areas of evidence shortfall. If you are wondering about a screening test, take a listen to see if it made the list.
�America has a weight problem. A full one third of us are classified as obese, and other third are obese. This has implications for individuals, families and society that cut across social and economic factors.
We take a look at a handful of studies that take a look at the weight problem from a variety of angles.
Metabolic rate, BMI, whole grain intake,physical inactivity, and more.
CDC Info on Obesity
Vaccines are both one of the most widely used and most widely misunderstood preventive medical treatments available. People have concerns about autism, efficacy, the promotion of unhealthy behaviors. We dig into the evidence on some of those topics, as well as take a look at the effectiveness of vaccines against some of the scariest disease of our time - including cancer.
Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality an ebook by the Institute of Medicine that states, "The evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between MMR vaccine and autism."
2014-2015 Flu vaccine info - why it was less effective, but did reduce disease severity