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 516: The LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) Song: Is the etonogestrel implant a hit?

In episode 516, James and Mike invite Nicolas Dugré to the podcast yet again, and this time we talk about the evidence around the latest long-acting implantable reversible contraception. As always, we talk about the efficacy, the harm and all the rest of the issues around the use of these forms of contraception. Show Notes […]...


Episode 515: Weight to Go: Naltrexone/bupropion for weight loss

In episode 515, James and Mike invite Allison Paige to the podcast for the first time. Alli takes us through all the evidence around a combination product (naltrexone/bupropion) for weight loss. We talk about all the numbers we have for benefit, harm and cost and we put this agent into the context of the other […]...


Episode 514: Antihistamines for allergic rhinosinusitis: ‘Achoo’sing the right treatment

In episode 514, James and Mike invite Betsy Thomas to the podcast for the first time. We look at a very common condition that many of us have at some point in our lives – allergic rhinosinusitis. We go over the best available evidence for the oral antihistamines and try to figure out which one […]...


Episode 513: To Pee or Not to Pee: Combination agents for benign prostatic hypertrophy

In episode 513, James and Mike invite Emelie Braschi to the podcast for the first time. We go over the best available evidence around the treatment of BPH and focus on the combination therapy of alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase and find as for many things there is an improvement in symptoms but also an increase […]...


Episode 512: Alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems – PART II

In episode 512, James and Mike finish going over the best available evidence around drinking alcohol. We look at what evidence says about the “red-wine” theory and the French Paradox. We also look at the evidence around alcohol and surrogate markers, and atrial fibrillation. We also examine the effect of social drinking on emotion and […]...




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