PodMed is a weekly podcast looking at the top medical stories of the week for people who want to become informed participants in their own health care. With Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Rick Lange M.D., professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and vice chairman of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
|Week of December 29, 2005|
This week's topics include: Medicare part D, diet and reduced risk of macular degeneration, statins and their multiple uses, and the soon to be unveiled nutrition label.
|Week of December 26, 2005|
This week's topics include: tamiflu resistant bird flu cases, diabetes control and reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, one-third of American teens unfit, increasing life expectancy among men but not women, and modification of the Framingham risk score to correctly predict women at risk of heart disease.
|Week of December 19, 2005|
This week's topics include: the new initiative by the NIH to integrate gene analysis and cancer, colorectal cancer and fiber consumption based on a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on medications just as effective as surgery for GERD, and Hopkins study on 'hospital at home' elderly tx at home and do just as well, like it more.
|Week of December 11, 2005||This week's topics include: A New England Journal of Medicine study on new emerging pathogen Clostridium difficile, a Journal of the American Medical Association report on not everyone who needs adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer gets it, and the Institute of Medicine study on too much junk food advertising to kids, also Hopkins study on noisy hospitals and their negative effects.|
|Week of November 28, 2005|
This week's topics include: a study on monounsaturated fats, carbohydrate and protein diets for reduction of heart disease risk, the benefits of cancer screening in older people, diet pills are more effective if used with lifestyle modifications and exercise, and the National Academy of Sciences study on problems for cancer survivors.
|Week of November 21, 2005|
This week's topics include: aspirin use in women for primary prevention of cardiac events, obesity in kids who eat out more than four times per week, exercise as a means of extending life from the Framingham study, and learning CPR in 20 minutes instead of four hours.
|Week of November 14, 2005|
This week's topics include:waist/hip ratio and their impact on predicting heart attack, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) for obstructive sleep apnea and late stage congestive heart failure, and cola consumption in women and risk of high blood pressure.
|Week of November 7, 2005|
This week's topics include: screening for cervical cancer, Bush's flu plan, a huge study of British civil servants showing that when people feel they're being treated unfairly at work that increases their heart disease risk, and the human papilloma virus vaccine.
|Week of October 31, 2005|
This week's topics include: the federal government's study on breast cancer showing that mammography is credited with a reduction in breast cancer deaths of about 25%, digital vs. traditional mammography, the bird flu and McDonald's using packaging with nutritional info.
|Week of October 24, 2005|
This week's topics include: mortality related to obesity surgery, trastuzumab for breast cancer, antipsychotic medications in people