This is a show for all those who love medicine but have grown weary of this vast boondoggle called the health care system. We produce an episode once a week and we regularly bring in guests that we put on the hot seat. We discuss current topics in medical science, policy, economics, and ethics, always with an eye toward safeguarding the doctor-patient relationship. We bring fresh, provocative insights that resonate with physicians in the trenches who are determined not to let their passion for medicine be ground to a pulp.
Ep. 188 Jason Abaluck on the Bangladesh Mask Trial
1:57:23Our guest is Jason Abaluck, Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management and one of the principal investigators of the Bangladesh cluster randomized trial of community masking that was just https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abi9069 (published) in Science. GUEST: Jason Abaluck, PhD: https://twitter.com/Jabaluck (Twitter) and https://faculty.som.yale.edu/jasonabaluck/ (faculty webpage) RELATED EPISODE: https://accadandkoka.com/episode187/ (Ep. 187.) That Bangladesh Mask Study! with Ben Recht WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/VU4d2GBsz9U (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel Support this podcast
Ep. 187 That Bangladesh Mask Study!
53:15Our guest is Ben Recht, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, who recently got hold of and analyzed the raw data from the Bangladesh cluster randomized control trial of masking which made headlines in September. GUEST: Ben Recht: https://twitter.com/beenwrekt (Twitter) and https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~brecht/?_ga=2.137066873.835125709.1638047158-1360907758.1638047158 (webpage) LINKS: Ben Recht's recent blog post: http://www.argmin.net/2021/11/23/mask-rct-revisited/ (Revisiting the Bangladesh Mask RCT) Michel Accad http://alertandoriented.com/why-n-of-1-is-enough/ (Why N-of-1 is Enough) Ep. 97 with Peter Klein on "https://accadandkoka.com/episode97/ (Evidence-Based Economics: What the Doctor Ordered?)" WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/5P8aVDqEY6Q (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel Support this podcast
Ep. 186 Jenin Younes on Legal Challenges to Vaccine Mandates
42:04Our guest is Jenin Younes, a Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance. She joins us to discuss her involvement in advocacy and in legal challenges against vaccine mandates. She holds a B.A. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She has been featured on several national media outlets for her commentary and she recently penned https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-vaccine-mandate-kids-unlawful-eua-emergency-use-authorization-5-to-11-year-old-11636493796 (an op-ed) in the Wall Street Journal building the case against mandatory vaccination in children. GUEST: Jenin Younes: https://twitter.com/Leftylockdowns1/ (Twitter) and https://nclalegal.org/jenin-younes/ (webpage) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/6C0X8zP140Q (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel Support this podcast
Ep. 185 James Heathers on Ivermectin, Data Science, and Trust
1:06:31Our guest is James Heathers, physiologist, scientist, and part-time "data thug" who's developed the technique of sniffing out fraudulent or highly erroneous scientific publications into an art. He has recently published "https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/10/ivermectin-research-problems/620473/ (The Real Scandal About Ivermectin)," an article in The Atlantic featuring an analysis that he and his colleagues have performed identifying devastating flaws in some randomized control trials that purportedly showed Ivermectin to be effective against COVID-19. The article discusses the Ivermectin story in the broader context of the reliability of scientific publications. James is also Chief Scientific Officer at the technology company Cipher Skin. GUEST: James Heathers, PhD: https://twitter.com/jamesheathers (Twitter), and https://everythinghertz.com/ (podcast) PREVIOUS APPEARANCE ON THE PODCAST: https://accadandkoka.com/episodes/episode65/ (Ep. 65) James Heathers: Why Science Needs Data Thugs. WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/n0USAdlkU34 (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel Support this podcast
Ep. 184 Vinay Prasad
1:21:10Our guest is Vinay Prasad, hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He is the author of over 300 academic articles, and the books https://www.amazon.com/Ending-Medical-Reversal-Improving-Outcomes/dp/1421417723/ (Ending Medical Reversal) (2015), and https://www.amazon.com/Malignant-Policy-Evidence-People-Cancer/dp/1421437635/ (Malignant) (2020). We have a wide-ranging conversation covering public health, the politicization of science, and the future of the established institutions of knowledge. GUEST: Vinay Prasad: https://twitter.com/VPrasadMDMPH (Twitter), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUibd0E2kdF9N9e-EmIbUew (YouTube), and http://www.vinayakkprasad.com/ (Website) PRIOR APPEARANCE ON THE SHOW: https://accadandkoka.com/episodes/episode153/ (Ep. 153) Vinay Prasad: Making Conversations About Medicine Great Again. WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/Nm_koZ_NWfg (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel SUPPORT THE SHOW: https://www.patreon.com/accadandkoka (Make a small donation) on our Patreon page Support this podcast
Ep. 183 Approving COVID Vaccines for Children: Part 2 with Cody Meissner
57:25Our guest in Dr. Cody Meissner, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Tufts University School of Medicine, and member of the FDA's Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) who recently approved the EUA for Pfizer's COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11. GUEST: H. Cody Meissner, MD: https://www.tuftschildrenshospital.org/physiciandirectory/h-cody-meissner (Webpage) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/ET9aTrTfXOQ (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel. Support this podcast
Ep. 182 Approving COVID Vaccines for Children: Part 1 with Paul Offit
54:03Our guest is Dr. Paul Offit, an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) which recently approved the EUA for the Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for children age 5-11. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on this topic. GUEST: Paul Offit, MD: https://twitter.com/DrPaulOffit (Twitter) and http://paul-offit.com/ (Webpage) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/sNU6YgBwLBw (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel Support this podcast
Ep. 181 Medicine, Capital Punishment, and the Troubling Reality of Death by Lethal Injection
1:06:11Our guest is Dr. Joel Zivot, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Ho also holds a Masters degree in ethics and is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Emory University Center for Ethics. He shares his personal experience with and perspective on the reality of death by lethal injection and discusses why the medical profession should not serve as an arm of the State. GUEST: Joel Zivot, MD: https://mobile.twitter.com/joel_zivot (Twitter) and https://ethics.emory.edu/who-we-are/our-people/faculty/senior-faculty-fellows/courrier-anne-elisabeth1.html (Webpage) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/vewMYFymMVo (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel. Support this podcast
Ep. 180 A New Yorker Speaks Truth to Power
59:07Our guest is Eli Klein, a gallery owner in Manhattan who became a scourge to governor Andrew Cuomo for his handling of the pandemic. GUEST: Eli Klein: https://twitter.com/TheEliKlein (Twitter) and http://www.galleryek.com/ (Website) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/hUShgHdoa8Y (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel. Support this podcast
Ep. 179 Political Conservatism: Cure to a Failing Health Care Liberalism?
1:07:09Our guest is Dr. Shawn Whatley, returning to the show to discuss a recent essay introducing conservative principles to a health care audience steeped in a liberal tradition. GUEST: Shawn Whatley, MD. https://shawnwhatley.com/ (Blog) and https://twitter.com/shawn_whatley?lang=en (Twitter) LINK: Shawn Whatley. How to Get Canada off the Health Care Teeter-Totter (at https://thehub.ca/2021-10-12/shawn-whatley-how-to-get-canada-off-the-health-care-teeter-totter/ (The Hub)) BOOKS BY DR. WHATLEY: Note: The Accad and Koka Report participates in the Amazon Affiliate program and may earn a small commission from purchases completed from links on the website. https://amzn.to/31ORXwq (When Politics Comes Before Patients: Why Canadian Medicare Is Failing) https://amzn.to/2PExM1y (No More Lethal Waits: 10 Steps to Transform Canada’s Emergency Departments ) PREVIOUS APPEARANCE ON THE SHOW: https://accadandkoka.com/episodes/episode40/ (Ep. 40 Practicing Medicine in Canada: Promises and Realities) https://accadandkoka.com/episodes/episode165-2/ (Ep. 165 Deconstructing Medical Socialism) WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/EwzuQW5Oegs (Watch the episode) on our YouTube channel. Support this podcast