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I’m a skeptic searching for the truth in all matters related to science and medicine, especially where it intersects with economics, politics, and public health. The truth is out there and we’re going to find it together...
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May 3, 2017

On Today’s show, I talk with Dr. Aaron Saguil MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, about what it takes to get into medical school, how to increase your chances for success, and here’s the kicker- how you can get that medical education for free.

Apr 24, 2017

Today’s episode comes directly from The A-Files [The Anesthesia Files] Case# 472: “The Twilight Zone.” In this remarkable case, I discovered what happens to patients who are sent into “The Twilight Zone” for surgery. FYI: The A-Files are all true stories.

Apr 17, 2017

Dike Drummond MD discusses the dilemma of physician burnout, and some strategies for prevention. Dike is the author of “Stop Physician Burnout: When Working Harder isn’t Working,” and the CEO and creator of The Happy MD website.

Apr 10, 2017

We continue the discussion on physician burnout with Paul DeChant and Diane Shannon, authors of “Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine."

Apr 3, 2017

Today’s show is in honor of National Doctor’s Day. “A Sick Profession” is a three part series on the growing crisis of physician burnout, why the problem is growing, and the toll it’s taking on doctors and the healthcare system.

Mar 29, 2017

The TrumpCare bill died before it ever reached a vote in the House. Today, we examine “The Death of TrumpCare: How It Happened and Why It May Become Donald Trump’s Greatest Victory.”

Mar 20, 2017

This is a special edition of STMD from the "Frankly Speaking" files. Frank Sweeny tells the Allegory of the Bus as recited to him from the Master, and he explains how the lesson learned can be applied to TrumpCare.

Mar 13, 2017

On March 6, 2017, the House Republicans released their highly anticipated bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, called “The American Health Care Act,” or AHA. From the moment the bill was released, it came under fire from Democrats, Republicans, conservative groups, progressive organizations, the AARP, and nearly all healthcare advocacy groups. Today, Ron Howrigon and I perform a warm autopsy on the corpus of TrumpCare, and discuss why it is being opposed by virtually every segment of the healthcare delivery system and the AARP.

Mar 6, 2017

In his recent address to Congress, President Trump said he intends to repeal and replace Obamacare. Because Obamacare is literally a matter of life and death for many Americans, any plan to repeal and replace it will affect the lives of millions of people who depend on it. We examine the impact of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with Dr. Rick Mayes, a former George Bush Sr. Administration Medicaid policy advisor.

Feb 27, 2017

The war on science may soon include a war on vaccines. Donald Trump still publicly expresses the idea that vaccines are associated with autism, which is at odds with the conclusion of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the NIH, and virtually every other scientific agency in every country that has studied vaccine safety. Now Trump is reportedly forming a “Golden Vaccine Safety Task Force,” ostensibly to make vaccines “safer” and “assure scientific integrity.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental attorney who still openly expresses a belief that vaccines cause autism, is on his list of people under consideration to chair that committee. In this episode, Dr. Paul Offit, an internationally respected authority on vaccine safety, separates vaccine facts from fiction.

Feb 16, 2017

In this episode, we tackle some of the most controversial ethical questions that arise in human enhancement, and the ethical approach to building a better human.

Feb 9, 2017

In honor of National Women Physicians Day, we speak with Dr. Karen Sibert, a nationally recognized MD anesthesiologist, a former professional writer for the Wall Street Journal, and author of one of the most widely read medical blogs, A Penned Point.

Feb 5, 2017

Burnout research pioneer, Dr. Christina Maslach, discusses job burnout, and what we can do about it.

Jan 26, 2017

For the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision, I talk with bioethicist Gregory Pence about abortion, Roe v. Wade, and the highly controversial Kenneth Edelin Case.

Jan 18, 2017

International anti-doping policy expert, Professor Paul Dimeo, discusses the circumstances surrounding the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his medals, and ban him from competition.

Jan 9, 2017

Dr. Sweeny and Dr. Paul Yost discuss the recent FDA warning on the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women.

Jan 2, 2017

Ron Howrigon talks about his new book, “Flatlining: How Healthcare could Kill the U.S. Economy.” He discusses the looming economic crisis in healthcare that could be far bigger and more widespread than the auto industry and the housing market crashes combined.

Dec 28, 2016

Bioethicist Gregory Pence discusses ethical issues in treating alcoholism.

Dec 20, 2016

Sam Quinones joins us to talk about his book, Dreamland, and the origin and evolution of the prescription painkiller and heroin addiction epidemic in the U.S.

Dec 11, 2016

Dr. Anna Lembke discusses “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health” and what we can do about the addiction epidemic in America.

Dec 5, 2016

The executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, Andrew Kolodny, discusses the prescription opioid and heroin addiction crisis.

Nov 28, 2016

Tom Shroder, discusses his remarkable book, “Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal,” that chronicles the evolution of psychedelic drugs.

Nov 21, 2016

Dr. Anna Lembke discusses the forces behind the prescription pill epidemic and how we can solve it.

 

Nov 14, 2016

We examine the controversies surrounding ADHD with Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, author of the critically acclaimed book, “The ADHD Explosion” and come up with the answers.

Nov 6, 2016

Healthcare policy expert, Rick Mayes, discusses where Obamacare is headed depending on who wins the election on November 8th.

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