Four healthily skeptical primary care physicians discuss the latest in primary care medicine. Join Essential Evidence Editor Mark Ebell MD, JFP editor John Hickner MD, Rush University's Kate Rowland MD, and POEMs co-founder Henry Barry MD, for this fast-paced weekly update on evidence-based primary care.
Episode 108: LDL and mortality, cost-effectiveness of Alzheimer drugs, and surgery for ortho problems
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21:54This week, Kate, Henry and Mark discuss how much statins lower mortality, the cost-effectiveness of the new crop of Alzheimer's drugs, and whether surgery is helpful for a range of orthopedic conditions.
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Episode 106: hMKPX (OK, monkeypox), screening for afib, and aducanumab for Alzheimer dementia
24:03John has the week off, so Kate, Mark and Henry plow forward rudderless and talk about monkeypox (sorry, WHO, we're not calling it hMKPX, buy a vowel), screening for atrial fibrillation, and our new candidate for worst drug ever: aducanumab for Alzheimer dementia.
Episode 105: coronary calcium CT, what happens to prediabetics, an RCT of ketamine, and 1 vs 2 antidepressants
27:15This week, Kate, Mark, Henry and John discuss the added value of coronary calcium scores, the natural history of prediabetes in older adults, using ketamine in suicidal persons, and whether antidepressant combination or monotherapy is better in severe or refractory depression.
Episode 104: stress urinary incontinence, thyroid meds, Achilles tendon rupture, and HEPA for COPD
27:40Kate, John, Henry and Mark (he set his alarm this time) are back to talk about a new treatment for female stress urinary incontinence, air cleaners for preventing COPD exacerbations in smokers, surgery vs non-operative management of Achilles tendon rupture, and whether switching among levothyroxine generics is a problem.
Episode 102: Prevention of preterm delivery, statins during pregnancy, and aromatherapy for postmenopausal symptoms
25:22This week, Kate leads us on a special Mother's Day edition focused on women's health. Topics discussed by Kate, John and Henry (Mark is in Würzburg busily pontificating) include prevention of preterm delivery, statins during pregnancy, and aromatherapy for postmenopausal symptoms.
Episode 101: new VTE guidelines, weight loss drugs, and increased CV risk post-COVID
26:23This week Kate, Henry and Mark discuss updated guideline recommendations for treatment of VTE, weight loss drugs, and the increased risk of cardiovascular events following COVID-19 infection. John has the week off.
Episode 100: Best of the best of the best!
33:20This week, Kate, Mark, Henry and John pick their 4 favorite POEMs from the first 99 episodes. We'll dig into aspirin, beer before wine or vice versa, chronotherapy for hypertension, and asthma diagnosis. And thanks for being our audience for 100 episodes! Keep listening, and spread the word to friends and colleagues.
Episode 99: NSAIDS for back pain, masks in schools, fluoride, and antipsychotics
22:34Join family physicians Kate Rowland, Mark Ebell and John Hickner this week as they discuss the best NSAID for acute low back pain, a study on masks in schools to reduce COVID incidence, antipsychotics, and the benefits of fluoride varnish and supplements in kids.