BS Medicine Podcast

Hosted by James McCormack and Mike Allan

These podcasts promote healthy skepticism and critical thinking, with the majority presented in a case-based format.

Recommended Listening

Episode 579: Oral Calcitonin Gene-related Peptide Antagonists: A painfully long name for the acute treatment of migraines

In episode 579, Mike and James invite Nicholas Dugré back to the podcast to talk about the evidence around the benefits and harms of a new class of medications for the acute treatment of episodic migraines. Ubrogepant is an oral calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonist. In this case, amazing as it may sound, there are triple […]...


Episode 578: Making a difference in indifference? Medications for apathy in dementia

In episode 578, Mike, James and Jennifer Potter try to answer the question, in patients with dementia, how safe and effective are stimulants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics for treating apathy? We look at the evidence for methylphenidate, antipsychotics, and antidepressants so tune in to find out if any of these treatments have any sort of effect […]...


Episode 577: Looking for Closure: Managing simple excisions or wounds efficiently

In episode 577, Mike and James invite Jennifer Young to join us to go over all the evidence around how best to close punch biopsies, lacerations and incisions. We go over all the evidence for sutures (absorbable/nonabsorbable), skin glue, and tape. We look at cosmesis, patient satisfaction, and infection rates so have a listen and […]...


Episode 576: Acne – the evidence for antibiotics

In episode 576, James, Mike, and Jamie continue to review the evidence for acne treatments. In this podcast, we examine if antibiotics work and we find they do have an effect. Check out the podcast for all the numbers. Show notes Tools for Practice Facing the Evidence in Acne, Part II: Oral Antibiotics Tools for […]...


Episode 575: Acne – the evidence for oral contraceptives and spironolactone

In episode 575, James and Mike invite Jamie Falk back to the podcast to help us sift through all the evidence for using oral contraceptives and spironolactone to treat acne. We find that they actually do work. We go over all the numbers for the benefits and harms. Have a listen. Show notes Tools for […]...




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