Which Food is Going to Kill You?

From Healthcare Triage. A few nutrition studies have been circulating social media lately and need some clearing up. Related HCT episodes: 1. New Research on Plant-Based Diets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvnLjWXw21s 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.…

Many Common Treatments Aren’t Helpful

From Healthcare Triage. There are a surprising number of treatments that get accepted into mainstream care, and covered by insurance, despite the fact that there is little evidence that they work. There’s even evidence that some of these treatments may be harmful! So, how do treatments like these become the norm? Related HCT episodes: Be…

Is Cereal Really A “Superfood”?

From Healthcare Triage. A new General Mills infographic posted on Businesswire.com last week asks if cereal is the secret superfood. Here’s a (not so secret) secret: It isn’t. Related HCT episodes: 1. Nutrition studies are just terrible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrBblRuQFo&t Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on…

Is Cereal Really A “Superfood”?

From Healthcare Triage. A new General Mills infographic posted on Businesswire.com last week asks if cereal is the secret superfood. Here’s a (not so secret) secret: It isn’t. Related HCT episodes: 1. Nutrition studies are just terrible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrBblRuQFo&t Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on…

Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy

From Healthcare Triage. Drinking during pregnancy is roundly frowned upon, for good reason. It’s a huge risk factor for lots of post-natal problems. But prevention can be counter intuitive. Strong prohibitions and punitive measures for pregnant women who drink mostly just have the effect of driving women away from prenatal care. We look at the…

New Research On Plant-Based Diets and Mortality

From Healthcare Triage. A new study out this month claims plant-based diets are associated with lower risk of not only cardiovascular disease and mortality but of all-cause mortality as well. Can this be so? Related HCT episodes: 1. Nutrition Studies Are Just Terrible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrBblRuQFo Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage…

Facts Don’t Really Change Minds

From Healthcare Triage. GMOs. Vaccines. Death Panels. There are a lot of “beliefs” circulating about a wide variety of health policy issues. Luckily, these are all pretty well researched areas. Thanks to thorough investigations, we can conclude with certainty that vaccines are safe and effective, that GMOs are generally safe, and that the Affordable Care…

Why Is It So Hard to Lower Drug Prices?

From Healthcare Triage. There are many, many factors that contribute to high drug prices. Regulating them is complicated. It turns out, expensive drugs are often expensive because they’re hard to replicate. We try to shed some light on the situation. Special thanks to Austin Frakt. This video was adapted from his Upshot article in the…

Is Our Health Care Spending Actually Worth It?

From Healthcare Triage. Many people know by now that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country, and that health outcomes are not a lot better (and in many instances worse). That raises the question: Is our health care spending actually worth it? Related HCT episodes: 1. Why Does the…

More People Should Get the HPV Vaccine

From Healthcare Triage. The CDC recommendations for the HPV vaccine have just changed. If you’re 45 years of age or younger, then you might want to talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated yourself. Related HCT episode: 1. The HPV Vaccine Is Still Underutilized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ducC8kRJDyw Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare…

Nutrition Studies Are Just Terrible

From Healthcare Triage. Nutrition studies are really, really bad a lot of the time. Sometimes researchers don’t do careful work, and the systems in place don’t always prevent weak research from being published. Add that to the fact that media outlets tend to overblow stories about food and cancer, and it’s a recipe for research…

Private Coverage Often Isn’t Enough For Children

From Healthcare Triage. Often, private coverage is assumed to be better than public coverage. More and more often, that’s just not what families are finding. Those that work, even those earning a decent living, just can’t afford the private care they’re offered. They have to turn to public insurance. Related HCT episodes: 1. CHiP Premiums…

Residency and the 80 Hour Work Week

From Healthcare Triage. Performative overwork is more and more common in the United States, and long hours have long been the norm in medicine. During residency, doctors have traditionally been asked to work for up to 100 hours per week. A rule in 2003 capped residents hours at 80 hours per week. Older docs claim…

Does Better Education Mean Better Health?

From Healthcare Triage. Many, many studies have associated better and more education with better health outcomes? But which way does the causality go? Do people attain more education because they’re healthy? Or maybe those who are in a economic position to attain education also tend to be able to afford good healthcare? We’re here to…