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 21, 2007|
This week's topics include a wearable hemodialysis device, no benefit to bowel prep before surgery, too much use of cardiac catheterization, and recent FDA activity.
0:24 Hemodialysis device
|Week of December 14, 2007|
This week's topics include face transplant follow up, flu and adenovirus concerns, diet and ovulation issues, and coronary calcium scans in women at low risk for heart disease.
0:26 Face transplant
|Week of December 7, 2007|
This week's topics include treatment of acute sinusitis, adverse events related to common medications in elderly, osteoporosis in men, and shift work as a risk factor for cancer.
0:30 Acute sinusitis
|Week of November 30, 2007|
This week's topics include a cardiovascular age score, the benefits of whole grains, a return of rickets, and too many X-rays in pregnant women.
0:28 Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency
|Week of November 23, 2007|
This week's topics include using barbers and beauticians to address health issues, obesity's effect on PSA, the benefit of pedometers, and ultrasound for diagnosing ovarian masses.
0:21 Bringing healthcare to those who need it
|Week of November 16, 2007|
This week's topics include the success of vaccines, depression among Iraq war veterans and hospitalized people, increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, and the dangers of homeopathy.
0:30 Mental health issues in returning veterans
|Week of November 9, 2007|
This week's topics include use of automatic external defibrillators, heart risk of childhood obesity, 64 slice CT to look at the heart, and seasonal variation in blood pressure.
0:26 New studies from American Heart Association meeting
|Week of November 2, 2007|
This week's topics include screening kids for autism, incident findings on brain MRI, how long HIV has been lurking, and weight and cancer.
0:27 American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for autism
|Week of October 26, 2007|
This week's topics include risks of hysterectomy, a rise in maternal deaths in the US, increasing numbers of women choosing double mastectomy, and improved devices to bridge people to transplant.
0:30 First increase in maternal mortality in decades
|Week of October 19, 2007|
This week's topics include stents vs. bypass surgery, a new superbug causing ear infections in kids, MRSA, and Pap vs. HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer screening.
0:20 CABG or stents?
|Week of October 12, 2007|
This week's topics include sudden death in athletes, preventing strokes in those at risk, a new medication for alcohol dependence, and the state of healthcare for kids.
|Week of October 5, 2007|
This week's topics include when to take blood pressure, use of implantable defibrillators, CT vs. traditional colonoscopy, and use of flu vaccine in elderly.
0:25 Men get defibrillators more often than women
|Week of September 28, 2007|
This week's topics include ASCO's plans for post-cancer care, more on HDL and LDL, a lack of harm related to vaccine preservative thimerosol, and questions about the flu vaccine in elderly people.
|Week of September 21, 2007|
This week's topics include using an osteoporosis drug for breast cancer prevention, a once yearly use of another osteoporosis drug to reduce repeat fractures, use of steroids to prevent preterm delivery, and the best way to control type 2 diabetes when insulin is needed.
0:30 Osteoporosis drug in breast cancer
|Week of September 14, 2007|
This week's topics include a simple way to predict heart failure, benefits of vitamin D, genetic testing panned, and even modest overweight hurts your heart.
0:30 Genetic testing for cancer risk
This week's topics include impact of reducing resident duty hours, modest reduction of blood pressure in people with diabetes, huge increase in diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and food additives and hyperactivity in children.
|Week of August 31, 2007|
This week's topics include regionalized heart centers, medical clinics in retail stores, direct to consumer ads for drugs, and the possible cause of rosacea.
|Week of August 24, 2007|
This week's topics include the last word on calcium and vitamin D in preventing osteoporosis, benefits of obesity surgery, high blood pressure in kids and sexuality in older adults.
0:30 Calcium and vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis
|Week of August 17, 2007|
This week's topics include a new vaccine for multiple sclerosis, no benefit seen with antioxidants and heart disease in women, diet can help prevent colon cancer return, and the HPV vaccine can't help those already infected.
0:22 Diet and colon cancer recurrence
|Week of August 10, 2007|
This week's topics include atrial fibrillation detection and treatment, osteoporosis in men, and non-drug strategies for flu containment.
0:30 1918 flu lessons
|Week of August 3, 2007|
This week's topics include genome wide analysis for ALS, MS, and coronary artery disease, transplanting protected insulin secreting cells, and the dangers of not taking prescription drugs correctly.
0:22 Genome wide analysis
|Week of July 28, 2007|
This week's topics include the negative effects of salt on high blood pressure, the benefits of the herb echinacea in preventing or shortening the duration of colds, the impact of diet soda on development of the metabolic syndrome, and choosing a surgeon with experience in prostate cancer.
0:30 Sodas related to development of metabolic syndrome
|Week of July 19, 2007|
This week's topics include the risk of imported foods, the predictive value of a non-fasting test for triglycerides, cancer risk posed by CT scans of the heart, and a new test for metastatic breast cancer approved by the FDA.
0:28 Imported food risk
|Week of July 13, 2007|
This week's topics include a look at the risk of lightning strikes, especially through iPods, the success of folic acid supplementation in reducing spina bifida, ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation, and recurrent urinary tract infections in kids
0:30 Case report on lightning strike through iPod
|Week of July 6, 2007|
This week's topics take a closer look at avoiding the hazards of travel and summer. Its under podsummer.mp3, but here it is.
0:20 Summer travel tips
|Week of June 29, 2007|
This week's topics include a closer look at diabetes and its impact on our healthcare system, including a discussion of several recent studies.
|Week of June 22, 2007|
This week's topics include avoiding too many tests that require radiation, the benefits of a whole grain diet, asthma and antibiotic use in early life, and estrogen use to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors.
0:20 Radiationi using tests
|Week of June 15, 2007|
This week's topics include the looming burden of Alzheimer's disease, the relationship between one type of prostate cancer treatment and heart attack, low red blood cells and surgery risk, and the connection between heart disease and kidney disease.
0:21 New data show huge increase in Alzheimer's
|Week of June 8, 2007|
This week's topics include 'heeling,' a type of sneaker associated with injury, avoiding Chinese toothpaste, lack of benefit and perhaps harm seen with folate supplements, and heart disease death decline explained.
0:20 Kid's sneakers
|Week of June 1, 2007|
In this week's podcast, soy nuts help reduce blood pressure, calcium and vitamin D appear to reduce breast cancer risk in some women, new genes found associated with breast cancer, surgery helps for some back conditions but not others, and medicines used in MRI may pose a health risk.
0:30 Soy nuts and high blood pressure
|Week of May 25, 2007|
This week's podcast includes coverage of FDA's warning on the diabetes drug rosaglitazone, advanced life support training for emergency responders, surgery for urinary incontinence, and alcohol intake and progression to Alzheimer's disease.
Here are the show notes:
0:20 Avandia/rosaglitazone warning
|Week of May 18, 2007|
This week's podcast topics include: proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, minerals and their role, fiber and magnesium in type II diabetes, as well as topics related to Asthma.
Here are the show notes:
0:20 Proton pump inhibitors
|Week of May 11, 2007|
This week's topics include: optimal dose of aspirin, more news on stents, HPV infection and mouth cancer and drug rebates from doctors.
|Week of May 4, 2007||This week's topics include: a look at 'chemo brain,' treating diabetes doesn't hurt cognitive function, a once a year medication to prevent osteoporosis, and the decline in deaths due to acute coronary syndromes.|
|Week of April 27, 2007|
This week's topics include: A novel medication for the chest pain known as angina, AIDS medications may harm heart, treating depression in bipolar disorder may not help, and new bacteria emerge when vaccine-covered strains decline.
|Week of April 20, 2007||This week's topics include: the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts in children who take antidepressant medications, new screening recommendations for blood vessel disease, the first bird flu vaccine is approved, and getting a routine flu vaccine prevents heart attacks.|
|Week of April 13, 2007|
This week's topics include: the dangers of lawn mowers to children and adolescents from Johns Hopkins, a review of strategies to manage jet lag from The Lancet, use of stem cells to treat type I diabetes from JAMA, and use of a medication already approved for other conditions in type II diabetes from NEJM.
|Week of April 6, 2007|
This week's podcast topics include: development of drug resistant strains of influenza (JAMA), computer assisted mammography (NEJM), treatment of migraine (JAMA) and autism and autism spectrum disorders (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine).
|Week of March 30, 2007||This week's podcast topics include: use of MRI in women with breast cancer, low dose aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women, stents or medical therapy- which is best?, and manipulation of cholesterol components.|
|Week of March 23, 2007|
This week's podcast topics include: the FDA's warnings on sleep disorder medications, CPR with just chest compressions helpful, many at risk for atherothrombosis, and Chinese food isn't healthy.
|Week of March 16, 2007|
This week's podcast topics include: Varicella vaccination in children, financial barriers to health care among people with insurance, mortality following a heart attack on weekdays vs. weekends, high deductible, lower ER use.
|Week of March 9, 2007||This week's podcast topics include: stents, aspirin plus clopidogrel, early detection of lung cancer, colorectal cancer, aspirin and NSAIDS.|
|Week of March 2, 2007||This week's topics include: hypertension and over the counter pain relievers, garlic and antioxidants not helpful, new hepatitis vaccine, treatment of periodontal disease and reduction of atherosclerotic risk. |
|Week of February 23, 2007|
This week's topics include: on-pump versus on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, new American Heart Association guidelines for women, counterfeit medications cause real harm, and direct to consumer advertising by pharma.
|Week of February 16, 2007|
Are physicians becoming too paternal? Assessing heart disease in women. A new drug for treating psoriasis, and over the counter sale of a weight loss medicine.
|Week of February 9, 2007|
This week's topics include: the use of topical anaesthetic creams and their potential for adverse everts, federal government's flu pandemic plans, new genetic test for predicting relapse in women with breast cancer, and control of methicillin resistant staph aureus using simple testing and prevention strategies.
|Week of February 2, 2007||This week's topics include: dermal fillers, pay for performance for hospitals, end of life care improvements, and niacin to improve the cholesterol profile.|
|Week of January 26, 2007||This week's topics include: treating depression and cardiac events, early discontinuation of tamoxifen therapy for women with breast cancer, are repeat bone densities necessary, and surgery or embolization for uterine fibroids.|
|Week of January 19, 2007|
This week's topics include: dense breasts and breast cancer, ear tubes for kids, anticoagulation and stents, and why aren't generics making it to the drug market.
|Week of January 12, 2007||This week's topics include: new drug for lowering LDL cholesterol, FDA changes in labeling for OTC medications, new source of stem cells, and a technique for finding small numbers of resistant viruses in those infected with HIV|
|Week of January 5, 2007|
This week's topics include: expanded prenatal testing for Down syndrome, Parkinson's meds and heart valve damage, salmonella in pet rodents, and breast cancer treatment changes when second opinions are sought.