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 536: Asymptomatic bacteriuria in the elderly – Don’t drug the bugs?

In episode 536, Mike and James talk about 4 questions – Is any bacteriuria associated with altered mental state? – Does treating ASB improve/prevent clinical outcomes? – Does treating ASB improve altered mental state? – Do antibiotic reduction interventions for ASB affect patient outcomes? Tune in to find out the answers. Show Notes 1) Tools […]...


Episode 535: Wouldn’t Bet On it: What is the risk of muscle symptoms on statins?

In episode 535, Mike and James work through all the evidence and come up with the definitive (in our minds) answer as to whether or not statins cause muscle symptoms. They likely do in 1% of people, but if you have muscle symptoms when you are on a statin it is very unlikely it is […]...


Episode 534: Come Spy with Me: Continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes

In episode 534, Mike and James bring Jamie Falk to go through all the evidence for continuous glucose monitors that use subcutaneous sensors. There certainly seems to be evidence of benefit for T1DM but when it comes to T2DM the evidence for a benefit is not clear at all. Have a listen to get all […]...


Episode 532: Topical Anal Fissure Treatments – getting to the bottom of it

In episode 532, Mike and James bring Mike Kolber in to chat about potential treatments for anal fissures. We discuss the evidence for topical nitroglycerin, topical calcium channel blockers and topical Vitamin E. At the end we provide guidance that will blow your head off – or maybe we were all using too high a […]...


Episode 531: Bronchodilators or inhaled steroids for post-infectious cough

In episode 531, Mike and James chat with Samantha Moe yet again. In this podcast we go over all the best evidence for whether or not inhalers help with post-infectious cough in adults without asthma. The evidence is miles/kilometres from being overwhelming but we do our best give you numbers you can use in your […]...




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