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Stay informed of the most relevant medical developments by subscribing to Clinical Conversations (http://podcasts.jwatch.org), from NEJM Journal Watch. This podcast features a round-up of the week's top medical stories, clinically-oriented interviews and listeners’ comments…in 30 minutes or less. Produced by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Journal Watch (jwatch.org) delivers independent, practical, and concise information you can trust.
||Podcast 183: An Obesity ‘Switch’ in the Genome Described||There’s a kind of “wall switch” in the human genome that’s been newly described. It seems to be able to turn on and off genes controlling the efficiency with which we burn fat. The study describing the finding in the Ne[...]||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 182: Dietary fat studies meta-analyzed — trans fat still a bad bet||The BMJ’s meta-analysis of several large cohorts finds no association of saturated fat with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality or total coronary disease. Trans fat, on the other hand, increased risk in all those categories. The first[...]||8/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 181: Oral Contraceptives’ Role in Reducing Endometrial Cancers||(Running time: 15 minutes) A study in the Lancet Oncology gathered information from dozens of epidemiological studies to estimate that over 200,000 cases of endometrial cancer have been prevented in the past 10 years as a result of oral contra[...]||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 180: A sketch of community-acquired pneumonia||How Webster defined it 90 years ago. The CDC’s Seema Jain is our guest, talking about a study she did with her team to characterize the causes of community-acquired pneumonia in U.S. adults. (They don’t mention finding Webster’s[...]||7/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 179: Pradaxa (dabigatran) reversal near?||Running time: 20 minutes The anticoagulant dabigatran, marketed in the U.S. as Pradaxa, has always had the problem that, although it’s more convenient to use, there’s no sure way to stop its effect if the patient has a major b[...]||7/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 178: Why Should Clinicians’ Complicity in CIA Torture Matter to You?||Dr. Scott Allen of Physicians for Human Rights talks about the lessons evident in the complicity of clinicians — physicians, PAs, and psychologists at the very least — in the torture of prisoners. His group published an analysis un[...]||7/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clinical Conversation 177: Can We Deliver NICEly?||Neel Shah wrote a Perspective essay in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month on the U.K.’s NICE recommendation that encourages wider acceptance of home delivery and midwifery. The question is, could it work in the U.S.? [...]||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 176: HPV Vaccine — How many doses are needed to confer protection?||Running time: 19 minutes We talk with Dr. Cosette Wheeler about a new Lancet Oncology paper that offers follow-up on two major trials of HPV-16/18 vaccines. The analysis adds more data to the suspicion that although three doses of vaccine[...]||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 175: “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare” — A Discussion with the Authors of an Important New Book||Running time: 26 minutes “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare,” published in April by McGraw-Hill is today’s focus. Drs. Christopher Moriates, of the University of California, San Francisco; Vineet Arora, of the Univer[...]||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 174: PARADIGM and Heart Failure||The PARADIGM-HF trial of LCZ696 — a novel compound that both blocks the renin-angiotensin system with an ARB component and blocks neprilysin’s degradation of natriuretic peptides — increased survival in heart failure by some 20% r[...]||9/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 173: Sensible Sodium Levels in View at Last||Running time: 9 minutes In the light of the New England Journal of Medicine‘s recent publication three papers on sodium intake and its implications for cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and excess mortality, we thought we’d s[...]||8/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 172: Listening for the Diagnosis, a Conversation with Danielle Ofri||Running time: 15 minutes Dr. Danielle Ofri, author and internist (as well as an aspiring cellist), is writing a book about how patients and clinicians hear each other. Our discussion centers on that, and on her request that you contact her if [...]||7/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 171: PTSD Treatment Effects Remain Largely Unmeasured By the Military and the VA||Running time: 10 minutes The Institute of Medicine’s report on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder finds that active military and veterans with PTSD aren’t always getting evidence-based treatments. And when those treatment[...]||6/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 170 — An Emergency Physician Has the Tables Turned On Her and Returns with Lessons for All Clinicians||Dr. Charlotte Yeh was crossing the street in Washington, D.C., on her way to dinner when a car hit her. She ended up in a Level I trauma center, and the experience was sobering for its reminder that in our drive to measure quality indicators, [...]||6/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 169: New guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention||Running time: 11 minutes The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology have released four sets of guidelines — all aimed at the lowering of risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. For perspective, we’ve as[...]||11/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 168: The Camden Coalition’s work on alleviating the discontinuity of medical care||Running time: 10 minutes The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers formed about 10 years ago as a quarterly breakfast club of primary-care providers who were frustrated in their attempts to bring care to comprehensive care to their patients[...]||9/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 167 — The polypill: adherence at last?||Running time: 7 min The recent JAMA article examining the effects of the “polypill” on adherence and clinical benefits in patients with (or at high risk for) cardiovascular disease, is our topic. The polypill in this trial containe[...]||9/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 166: Delirium and intensive care||Running time: 19:45 This week’s guest is Yoanna Skrobik, a Montreal intensivist and author of an intriguing commentary on a Lancet Respiratory Medicine paper on the (non)effect of haloperidol in influencing the incidence or length of del[...]||8/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 165: The Mediterranean diet’s salutary interaction with risk-conferring genes||Running time: 14 minutes. A study in Diabetes Care shows that people at higher genetic risk for diabetes and cardiovascular complications had a relatively lower stroke risk when they adhered to a Mediterranean diet. Dr. Jose Ordovas, the study[...]||8/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 164: Talking about death||Running time: 11 minutes Last month John You and his colleagues published a guide to discussing advance care planning with patients at high risk of dying in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It’s full of practical advice, an[...]||8/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 163: Boston bombings – 4||Dr. Brien Barnewolt of Tufts Medical Center shares his thoughts on the aftermath of the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Simple things matter in these circumstances, like wearing your ID badge. Length: 9 minutes||6/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 162: Boston bombings lessons part 3||Andrew Ulrich, executive vice chair of Boston Medical Center’s emergency department and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine talks about the day and its lessons. He was just starting his shift w[...]||5/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 161: Boston bombings’ lessons part two||Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School continues our series on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Thank you for listening. Do let[...]||5/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 160: The Marathon bombing — lessons learned||Thank you for your questions about the status of Clinical Conversations. We’re edging our way back toward a normal schedule with this, the first of a planned multipart series on the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon[...]||5/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 159: Making the Clinical Diagnosis, But Blowing the Patient’s Treatment Preference||Running time: 20 min. In some diseases there are two diagnoses to make: the clinical diagnosis and the diagnosis of what the patient’s treatment preference is. The first is hard enough to make, and the widening choice of treatment choice[...]||11/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 158: Physician-assisted dying — a conversation with Dr. Marcia Angell about the Massachusetts ‘Death with Dignity||Our conversation explores the question that Dr. Marcia Angell poses in a recent essay in the New York Review of Books: May doctors help you to die? Angell’s is the first name to appear as the sponsor of a November 6 ballot initiative her[...]||10/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 157: Of parking lots, low back pain, the Yankees, writing, and — oh yes — clinical medicine||A chat with clinician-essayist Cameron Page, whose essay “They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot” appears in this month’s Health Affairs. Our conversation explores the connections in medicine that link outside the clini[...]||6/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 156: Using low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in defined populations — a conversation with Peter Bach||Dr. Peter Bach is the first author on a new JAMA analysis of the benefits and harms of using low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. The American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology requested the systematic rev[...]||5/20/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 155: What’s wrong with U.S. healthcare and what will save it?||Dr. Arnold Relman, longtime observer of the U.S. healthcare system and editor emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine, proposes two major reforms: First, private insurance companies should leave the healthcare field, and second, physicians [...]||5/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast 154: Treating heart failure’s hypercoagulable state — warfarin or aspirin?||Heart failure brings problems associated with hypercoagulation, such as stroke and sudden death. An international study followed some 2300 patients with heart failure (ejection fractions of 35% or less) and in stable sinus rhythm for a mean of[...]||5/2/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Great information! Personally I prefer the original title to "Clinical Conversations" but I can count on high quality review and information in this podcast on a weekly basis. I highly recommend it to any clinician interested in keeping abreast of the current literature.
I really enjoy Joe's voice
Why does he not do the Audio summaries; since the nature of the material is abstruse physicians might not accept him as legit, I like him, but
I tried to figure out why you removed him from the audio summaries and I realize maybe it was because he isn't a physician. Joe Ilea (Ileo's) voice is very nice.; his voice is so pleasant.
Is it coming back?
This is an awesome podcast, is it coming back for 2013?