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Medication Mythbusters – Home of the Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast

The BS Medicine Podcast episodes are presented by James McCormack and Michael Allan. We try to promote healthy skepticism and critical thinking and most of the podcasts are presented in a case-based approach. We also try to inject some humour into the whole process to make the learning more interesting. Occasionally we have great guests like Mike Kolber, Tina Korownyk and Bruce Arroll help us out.

Most podcast episodes are available for free until they become archived after about 1-2 months. Every 4th episode or so is a “New Studies You Need to Know About” podcast and these will only be available to our Premium Podcast members. Premium members will also be able to listen to all archived episodes since episode #1.

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.

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

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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 medications we use for weight loss.

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Weight to Go: Naltrexone/bupropion for weight loss

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 is the “best”. In addition, we look at the evidence for intranasal corticosteroids and they are likely more effective than oral antihistamines.

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

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 in side effects.

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

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 alcohol-induced cirrhosis.

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Check out the book “The Nutrition Proposition” for all the references discussed. The book is available on Amazon as a paperback and a Kindle Edition

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Episode 511: Alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems

In episode 511, James and Mike go on a binge and dissect the best available evidence around alcohol – more specifically 0-3 drinks a day. We look at what is a “drink” and then dive into one of the largest reviews of alcohol ever done. We explore what that evidence suggests about the harms and the benefits, and as always we discuss what the numbers really say.

Show Notes

Check out the book “The Nutrition Proposition” for all the references discussed. The book is available on Amazon as a paperback and a Kindle Edition

  1. Website
    nutritionproposition.com
  2. Amazon link

Episode 510: PREMIUM – Stopping antidepressants, and starting ASA in pregnancy

In episode 510, Mike and James talk about a trial that looks at what happens when you discontinue antidepressants in primary care. We see there is about a 15% absolute difference in the chance of relapse – and we put all this into context because this is a PREMIUM podcast. We also discuss what happens…

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Episode 509: Removing the pain from dealing with chronic pain – PART IV

In episode 509, James, Mike and Tina finish talking about our new clinical practice guideline on chronic pain. We focus on the top questions we all have in chronic pain and also discuss the best available evidence for the many different medications we use for chronic pain.

Show Notes

  1. PEER simplified chronic pain guideline: Management of chronic low back, osteoarthritic, and neuropathic pain in primary care
  2. Guideline summary
  3. Patient Handout
  4. PEER pain calculator
  5. Tame the Beast

 

Episode 508: Removing the pain from dealing with chronic pain – PART III

In episode 508, James and Mike ask Tina to come in and talk about our new clinical practice guideline on chronic pain. We focus on the best available evidence which shows that physical activity is key (except for neuropathic pain). We also go over the role for psychological interventions and the problem with opioids.

Show Notes

  1. PEER simplified chronic pain guideline: Management of chronic low back, osteoarthritic, and neuropathic pain in primary care
  2. Guideline summary
  3. Patient Handout
  4. PEER pain calculator

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THE NUTRITION PROPOSITION BOOK HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED

Check it out at nutritionproposition.com and think about picking up a copy on Amazon. All the evidence you ever wanted about nutrition and the only nutrition book that won’t tell you what to eat.

 

Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) Conference

Oct 21-22, 2022 in Edmonton, AB

We’re back for the 11th year of the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) conference! Sure hope you can join us.

Registration Opens August 2022

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