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.

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Episode 486: Needle in a Pain-Stack – Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain

In episode 486, Mike and James go over the evidence we have for acupuncture in chronic low back pain. We find out that some evidence shows acupuncture will improve chronic low back pain in one in 6 patients. However, the magnitude of the effect seen is importantly less when you look at trials that actually use […]...

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Episode 485: Anti-inflammatories for the treatment of community-treated COVID

In episode 485, Mike and James go over a couple of COVID trials that show two different anti-inflammatories – colchicine and inhaled budesonide – seem to have an effect on reducing hospitalizations or urgent care visits. Show Notes 1) Colchicine for community-treated patients with COVID-19 (COLCORONA): a phase 3, randomised, double-blinded, adaptive, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial […]...

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Episode 484: PREMIUM – Vitamin D for respiratory infections and overestimating diagnoses

In episode 484, Mike and James go PREMIUM on two topics that annoy them – Vitamin D and interpretation of tests. We find there is no value to using Vitamin D to prevent acute respiratory infections and that as health care providers we overestimate the probability of diagnoses before and after testing. Show notes 1) […]...

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Episode 483: Aducanumab for Alzheimer’s – forget about it?

In episode 483, James and Mike invite Tina to the podcast to talk about the aducanumab (Aduhelm) FDA approval story. We look at all the latest evidence, we talk about how people analyzed the data, whether or not the findings were clinically important, the side effects and finally the cost. And no matter how we […]...

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Episode 482: A deep dive into baths for atopic dermatitis

In episode 482, Mike and James take a look into all the evidence for baths for atopic dermatitis. The evidence is fairly clear that more frequent bathing has a reasonable effect in people with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis. However, adding bleach or anything else to the bath doesn’t seem to do much at all. […]...

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