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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) Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis of aggregate data from randomised controlled trials 

Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2021; 9: 276–92 

2) Accuracy of Practitioner Estimates of Probability of Diagnosis Before and After Testing 

JAMA Intern Med. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.0269 

Episode 473: All the numbers for bisphosphonates and denosumab in osteoporosis

In episode 473, Mike and James invite Samantha Moe yet again to talk about a recent Tools for Practice that looked at treatments for osteoporosis. Sam helps us put all the evidence into perspective for bisphosphonates and denosumab when it comes to fractures. We discuss the numbers and help explain why secondary prevention in osteoporosis is not really secondary prevention.

Show notes

Tools for Practice

Osteoporosis treatment for post-menopausal women

Episode 472: Glucosamine & Chondroitin: Natural remedies for osteoarthritis?

In episode 472, Mike and James invite Samantha Moe in to talk about a recent Tools for Practice that looks at the evidence for glucosamine and chondroitin in osteoarthritis. Sam does a great job of showing why you have to look at publicly funded trials and responder analyses to really get the whole picture of the evidence around these products.

Show notes

1) Tools for practice

Glucosamine & Chondroitin: Natural remedies for osteoarthritis? 

2) PEER simplified decision aid: osteoarthritis treatment options in primary care

3) Pain calculator

Episode 471: PREMIUM – Vitamin C, iron and diabetes – new evidence and good answers

In episode 471, Mike and James get back to being PREMIUM and discuss 2 studies that should impact what you do today in your practice. Is Vitamin C needed when you take iron? What does the evidence really show about the SGLT-2 and the GLP-1s for diabetes and is one better than the other?

Show notes

1) The Efficacy and Safety of Vitamin C for Iron Supplementation in Adult Patients With Iron Deficiency Anemia

JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(11):e2023644. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.23644

2) Sodium-glucose cotransporter protein-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists for type 2 diabetes: systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials 

BMJ 2021;372:m4573 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4573

Episode 470: Thinking gooder in medicine – logic missteps – PART III

In episode 470, Mike and James finish their discussion about misinterpretation and misdirection in medicine by looking at some of the evidence about how we incorporate new information and whether or not we change our minds. We also talk about competence versus experience vs knowledge.

Episode 469: Thinking gooder in medicine – logic missteps – PART II

In episode 469, Mike and James continue their discussion about misinterpretation and misdirection and how much of it starts with a narrative/story. We bring up a number of specific “stories” that are examples of how we were initially mislead into making bad treatment decisions.

Episode 465: COPD inhalers – the evidence leaves you gasping for breath

In episode 465, Mike and James invite Jamie Falk to go over all the data we have for the plethora of inhalers and COPD. We start with what we know about single puffers, how we decide whom to treat, and then when to try dual inhalers.

Show notes 

1) COPD handout

2) Should the number of acute exacerbations in the previous year be used to guide treatments in COPD?

European Respiratory Journal 2020; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.02122-2020

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