These podcasts are driven by our passion for improving the public dialogue about health care. You’ll hear from leading physicians, researchers, and journalists. But you’ll also hear patient stories, some of them talking about how they were harmed by misleading media messages.
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Podcast: 10th anniversary of an unusual medical group

This week, the National Physician Alliance co-authored a new report, “Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat.” The authors state that it “looks at state laws that intrude into exam rooms in the areas of toxic chemical exposures, women’s reproductive health, and gun violence prevention, jeopardizing the quality of medical care available to pati

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Podcast: Overuse in orthopedics

To foster conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary, the AAOS recently released a list of five specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary. The effort is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

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Podcast: Pathologic profiling – Dr. Otis Brawley on cancer overdiagnosis

Despite many advances in studying cancer, we still use a definition of cancer from the 1850s. That’s what Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told the recent Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 conference at the National Institutes of Health.

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2 9/23/2015

Podcast: DCIS dilemma – Dr. Laura Esserman

Dr. Laura Esserman is a surgeon and breast cancer specialist who works at the University of California San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle last year called her a rock star. She told the newspaper that she is driven by “Passion, persistence and energy. I want to drive efforts to completion: change the way we run clinical trials.”

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Podcast: Overdiagnosis & radiology … the arsonist & the firefighter

Professional definition: Radiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.

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6 9/11/2015

Podcast: Idolatry of the surrogate … Dr. John S. Yudkin on overdiagnosis in diabetes

Our new podcast features an important topic: Is there overdiagnosis of diabetes? Is the creation of the term and the diagnosis of “pre-diabetes” another form of over diagnosis?

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2 8/11/2015

Introducing the Health News Watchdog podcast

I started in radio news 42 years ago in Milwaukee. Finally, I’m getting back into it – in a way – by introducing our first podcast on

The first episode features Dr. Hanna Bloomfield, who had a Howard Beale “mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” moment when she received a piece of direct mail marketing that promoted cardiovascular screening tests that she knew she didn’t need. Listen to hear her story.

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