How Do Drugs Get Invented?

From Healthcare Triage. With support from the National Institute for Health Care Management, we’re spending the next three episodes talking about how drugs get approved in the United States. In this first episode, we discuss the drug approval process from the discovery phase all the way to what happens after its approval. Related HCT episodes:…

Ketamine as a Treatment for Depression?

From Healthcare Triage. *Description Related HCT episodes: 1. ** 2. ** Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr 2. Check out our Facebook page: http://goo.gl/LnOq5z 3. We still have merchandise available at http://www.hctmerch.com 4. Aaron’s book "The Bad Food Bible: How and Why…

Can Dosing with Psilocybin Mushrooms Treat Depression?

From Healthcare Triage. May is mental health month, and we’re talking about treatments for depression. Today, we’re looking at the evidence for using psilocybin mushrooms to treat depression. There’s lots of studies to look at, so here we goooo! Related HCT episodes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: https://youtu.be/2hfqjB1JEtI The Reproducibility Crisis in Science: https://www.healthcaretriage.info/reproducibility-podcast Be sure to…

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

From Healthcare Triage. May is mental health awareness month and in honor of that, we’re dedicating the next four episodes to different treatments for depression, a major mental health issue across the globe. We’ll cover medications – approved and unapproved – but we’re kicking things off with an evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Related…

Can a Tick Bite Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

From Healthcare Triage. Can you really become allergic to red meat? Yes. Alpha-gal is a sugar molecule found in many mammals, including pigs, cattle, and lamb. And yes, it is possible for the human immune system to become reactive to alpha-gal. So, if you have the antibodies, and you eat red meat, you could have…

Can a Low Sugar Diet “Starve Cancer?”

From Healthcare Triage. Cancer is scary. And fear can lead us to try and find hope in some pretty dubious treatment suggestions. There’s a myth circulating in internet health circles that eating a low-sugar diet can somehow starve the cancer and shrink tumors. Today we’ll look at how that is supposed to work, and look…

Do you Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

From Healthcare Triage. Your fitness tracker encourages you to take 10,000 steps a day for better health. Science doesn’t exactly support that. Today we’re talking about the research around step counts and all-cause mortality. Related HCT episodes: Is Butt Legs? https://youtu.be/k2qqycnnbtU Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support…

Is Butt Legs? The Scientific View

From Healthcare Triage. In 2019, Hank Green set the internet ablaze with his highly divisive question: Is Butt Legs? Like, the the human butt a thing unto itself, or is it part of your leg? Today, Healthcare Triage, in collaboration with the powers of science, brings you an answser. Related HCT episodes: 1. ** 2.…

How Can We Fix the Culture of Science? A Podcast

From Healthcare Triage. Healthcare Triage has a podcast, and that podcast recently dropped a special limited series. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the culture of science and how researchers can improve the reproducibility of research. We also talked to a lot of really smart people who think a lot about this stuff,…

Can Text Messages Increase Vaccination Rates?

From Healthcare Triage. Remember last week’s episode on the exercise megastudy? Well, there’s another megastudy in existence! This time on using text message reminders to encourage people to get vaccinated for the flu. We’ve got the deets for you on today’s episode. Related HCT episodes: Exercise Megastudy: https://youtu.be/cK-JOeJtUbM Natural Immunity vs Vaccination: https://youtu.be/oDxlG_Dtj_o Be sure…

Most Americans Exercise. What About You?

From Healthcare Triage. Is that video title going to convince you to exercise? MEGASTUDY alert. The term megastudy is a pretty new one to us, and we like it. Basically, a MEGASTUDY is a group of large randomized controlled trials run simultaneously to look into multiple questions. Today, we’re talking about a MEGASTUDY on exercise…

That Pricey New Alzheimer’s Drug? Still Not Great

From Healthcare Triage. We really need good treatments for Alzheimer’s. But Biogen’s very expensive and maybe not that effective drug Aduhelm is not the treatment we’re looking for. Today we look at the saga of Adulhelm’s approval and it’s road to acceptance (or lack thereof) in the medical community. Related HCT episodes: How Accurate are…

The Problems with EPA Pollution Reporting

From Healthcare Triage. While we’re all probably aware that we’re sometimes exposed to air pollution in one way or another, we generally assume that some official (you know, like from the EPA) is keeping tabs on it to make sure it isn’t excessive. However, a recent analysis of EPA data suggests that for those of…

What We Know About the Covid Omicron Variant

From Healthcare Triage. We’ve got another major variant, and a lot of people have questions. What is the Omicron variant? Do the vaccines protect us from this variant? Is it more contagious or more virulent? It’s still early days for Omicron, and there’s a lot we don’t know. But there are some things we can…

Covid Natural Immunity vs Vaccine Immunity

From Healthcare Triage. There’s a lot of talk about “natural immunity” to Covid-19, and some people are refusing vaccination on the grounds that they’ve got this natural immunity thanks to a previous Covid-19 infection. In this episode we take a look at how infection and vaccination compare in terms of immunity, reinfection, and overall health…

If Economists Chose the Health Care System

From Healthcare Triage. Health economists study the economic determinants of health. They also analyze how health care resources are utilized and allocated, and how health care policies and quality of care can be improved. In this episode, we discuss what exactly a healthcare system would look like if these professionals were calling all the shots.…

The Pitfalls of Cost Sharing for Healthcare

From Healthcare Triage. Cost-sharing is the practice of making individuals responsible for part of their health insurance costs beyond the monthly premiums they pay for health insurance – think things like deductibles and copayments. The practice is meant to inspire more thoughtful choices among consumers when it comes to healthcare decisions. However, the choices it…

Mask Promotion and Covid Prevention

From Healthcare Triage. Mask-wearing is one of a set of measures that helps slow the spread of respiratory disease. This is particularly important in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but mask uptake has been low in some areas. In today’s episode we discuss a recent study that examines strategies to successfully increase mask usage,…

The Research on Ivermectin and Covid

From Healthcare Triage. Interest in the antiparasitic drug Ivermectin has increased drastically as of late thanks to the belief that it can help to prevent and/or treat Covid-19. In today’s episode we examine recent data on the efficacy of Ivermectin as an antiviral and discuss the history behind how it gained this reputation. Related HCT…

Can We Do Anything About Childhood Obesity?

From Healthcare Triage. Between 2017 and 2018, obesity affected about 14.4 million children and adolescents in the United States. In order to create treatments, interventions, and health policies to adequately address this issue, we need solid data from well-conducted studies. In today’s episode we discuss why we’re largely lacking such data, and how we can…

The Delta Variant and Vaccine Protection

From Healthcare Triage. What’s the deal with Covid variants? How well do the different Covid vaccines protect against the several variants? Today we’ll tell you about the several variants, including the Delta variant that is prevalent in the US, and we’ll talk about the studies that have looked at vaccine efficacy against these variants. Related…

Alcoholics Anonymous vs Other Treatments

From Healthcare Triage. Alcoholics Anonymous has long been a treatment for alcoholism, and many, many addiction experts and people in recovery swear by the 12 step process. But what does the research show? How does AA stack up against other treatments for alcohol abuse disorder. There have been several high quality studies in recent years,…