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 448: Unmasking the evidence around masks for healthcare workers

In episode 448, Mike and James go over all the evidence around masks for preventing viral respiratory infections in healthcare workers. We find that surgical masks and N95 masks provide similar protection against viral infections. Unfortunately we have no evidence for COVID-19. Show notes  Tools for Practice...


Episode 447: Stealth style transmission? Covert data on COVID-19

In episode 447, Mike and James invite Tina and Mike to talk about a really important topic – is there asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19? The simple answer is yes. Have a listen and hear about all the data and the numbers. Show notes  Tools for Practice...


Episode 446: COVID -19 A rushed introduction to an uninvited guest

In episode 446, Mike and James invite Mike and Tina to talk about all things COVID. In this podcast we look at what are the presenting symptoms, the clinical course and the risk factors for mortality.   Show notes  Tools for Practice...


Episode 445: COVID and breathlessness - are there any objective tools to assess breathlessness over the phone?

In episode 445, Mike and James wade into the evidence-free zone (pretty much) around assessing dyspnea over a telephone/video conference. We talk about the Roth score, respiratory rate, fever, and patient self-rating of dyspnea. Have a listen and see what we found. Show notes The BMJ...


Episode 444: Hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin for COVID-19

In episode 444, James and Mike wade into the evidence quagmire around hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19.  The bottom line is the evidence will likely be different around the time you listen to the podcast. So listen quickly. Show notes 1)Tools for Practice...


Episode 443: Electronic Cigarettes - Hoot that helps, hurts, or just hype?

In episode 443, James and Mike continue with Mike Kolber and we discuss the evidence around electronic cigarettes and their use for smoking cessation. Overall, the podcast ends up being smoking hot in so many ways. Show notes Tools for Practice...