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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 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 for Practice
Asymptomatic bacteriuria in the elderly: Don’t drug the bugs?

2) Annual MEME talk Vancouver May 12/13, 2023

3) CFPC Learn


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 because of the statin.

Show Notes
Tools for Practice
Wouldn’t Bet On it: What is the risk of muscle symptoms on statins?

Annual MEME talk Vancouver May 12/13, 2023

CFPC Learn

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 the details.

Show Notes
Tools for Practice
Come Spy with Me: Continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes
Annual MEME talk Vancouver May 12/13, 2023

Episode 533: PREMIUM – 4 new pieces of evidence to add to the puzzle

In episode 533, Mike and James go PREMIUM yet again with new information on not so new primary care questions. We talk about FODMAP diets, intra-articular steroids, cannabis and time taken in family practice to do everything.

Show Notes
1) Diet or medication in primary care patients with IBS: the DOMINO study – a randomised trial supported by the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE Trials Programme) and the Rome Foundation Research Institute
Gut. 2022 Nov;71(11):2226-2232
2) Clinical effectiveness of one ultrasound guided intra-articular corticosteroid and local anaesthetic injection in addition to advice and education for hip osteoarthritis (HIT trial): single blind, parallel group, three arm, randomised controlled trial
BMJ. 2022 Apr 6;377:e068446
3) Revisiting the Time Needed to Provide Adult Primary Care
J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jul 1 . DOI: 10.1007/s11606-022-07707-x


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 dose of topical nitroglycerin.

Show Notes
Tools for Practice
Topical Anal Fissure Treatments – getting to the bottom of it

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 practice.

Show Notes
Tools for Practice
Coughing up the evidence: Bronchodilators or inhaled steroids for post-infectious cough

Episode 530: Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

In episode 530, Mike and James welcome Samantha Moe back to the podcast to do an end of the year podcast. In this podcast we discuss the evidence around New Year’s resolutions. We discuss what are the most popular types of resolutions and which are more likely to be kept. At the end we resolve to “improve” future podcasts – so please continue to listen to see if that happens and give us feedback – although we also resolved to ignore all feedback so who knows what will happen. Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Show Notes
Tools for Practice
Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

Episode 529: Tranexamic acid in adult trauma and/or gastrointestinal bleeding

In episode 529, Mike and James welcome Mike Kolber back to the podcast and we discuss all the best available around the use of tranexamic acid for acute adult trauma and acute GI bleed. It seems to have an effect in one of these. Tune in to find out the numbers. Show Notes 1) Tools…

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Episode 528: Proving you don’t need to repeat cholesterol measurements?

In episode 528, James and Mike go through the logic and math around CVD risk estimates with regard to repeat cholesterol measurements. We discuss the impact remeasuring cholesterol has on CVD risk estimates and show that re-measuring every 5-10 years provides minimal if any value when it comes to making treatment decisions. All you need to do is look at a person’s drivers license.

Show Notes

The Absolute CVD Risk/Benefit Calculator

Don’t Be Unheard – an educational medical musical parody of the iconic song We Are The World by USA for Africa.

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Episode 527: To Treat or Not Treat Uncomplicated UTIs

In episode 527, Mike and James continue their urinary tract infections “trilogy and more” discussions. In this podcast, we look at the evidence around whether or not we need to use antibiotics to treat uncomplicated symptomatic urinary tract infections. We talk about the evidence for NSAIDs and antibiotics and we also delve a little bit into testing. Have a listen so you can get all the numbers and use them tomorrow in your practice.

Show Notes

Tools for Practice
To Treat or Not Treat Uncomplicated UTIs

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The 2024 MEME Conference – May 24-25, 2024


Making Evidence Matter For Everyone | May 24 & 25, 2024
From the clinicians who brought you the Best Science Medicine Course and the Meds Conference, as well as the BS Medicine Podcast and Tools for Practice




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