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Free Associations

Population Health Exchange

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Free Associations

Free Associations

Population Health Exchange

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15
Plays
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Mad musings from the messy world of science.

Latest Episodes

Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?

Matt welcomes guests Lisa Bodnar and Jaimie Gradus to discuss a study that looks at the impact of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why on suicides, they discuss whether epidemiologists should be called “Doctor”, and Lisa finally uses the word ‘twizpipe’ correctly. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 MIN1 w ago
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Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?

A new treatment for adolescent obesity?

Matt, Jen, and guest Hailey Banack from The University of Buffalo discuss a study that looks at the effect of a new drug to treat adolescent obesity, they discuss the rise of armchair epidemiologists, and Jen reminds us of a past public health success. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 MIN3 w ago
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A new treatment for adolescent obesity?

Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?

Matt, Jen, and guest Kerry Keyes from Columbia University discuss a study that looks at the effect of digital media on health of adolescents, they debate whether COVID research is moving too fast, and Kerry warns us about taking medical advice from cartoons. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

50 MINJUN 2
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Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?

Is fish oil all that useful?

Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson discuss a study that looks at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular disease, they get into the weeds on the proportional hazards assumption (no hate mail please), and Matt sits down to do some coloring. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

54 MINMAY 19
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Is fish oil all that useful?

Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson examine a study that looks at the risk of accidents from cycling to work, they discuss an impressive response to a mistake in a research study, and Laura gives us the skinny on doctors’ coffee consumption habits. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 MINMAY 5
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Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

Matt, Jen, and guest Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether elective and non-elective C-sections are leading to increased BMI in kids, they discuss a blog that asks whether bad statistical practices are crowding out good ones, and Matt breaks out his dance moves. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

60 MINAPR 21
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Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

Matt, Jen, and guest host Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether exposure to kids with chicken pox protects adults from shingles, they ask whether blinding in randomized trials really matters, and Jen survives a podcast episode that feels like a year on Mars. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

59 MINAPR 7
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Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

An informal chat about COVID-19

The gang paused their usual format this week to discuss how they are all dealing with the changes that have come about due to COVID-19. We got Chris, Matt, Don, Jen and newcomer Laura (and even a guest appearance by Nick) all on Zoom. We’ll be back to our regular format in two weeks. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

41 MINMAR 24
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An informal chat about COVID-19

Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

Matt and Jen discuss a long-term follow up study of a drug to prevent breast cancer, they ask whether papers in predatory journals get cited, and Matt lets it all out watching guilty pleasure movies on planes. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

49 MINMAR 10
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Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

What is hotspotting healthcare and does it work?

Matt and Jen discuss a study on the hotspotting of healthcare, they raise a toast to the error detectors, and Jen instructs us on surviving encounters with wildlife. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

53 MINFEB 25
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What is hotspotting healthcare and does it work?

Latest Episodes

Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?

Matt welcomes guests Lisa Bodnar and Jaimie Gradus to discuss a study that looks at the impact of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why on suicides, they discuss whether epidemiologists should be called “Doctor”, and Lisa finally uses the word ‘twizpipe’ correctly. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Did Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why lead to suicides?

A new treatment for adolescent obesity?

Matt, Jen, and guest Hailey Banack from The University of Buffalo discuss a study that looks at the effect of a new drug to treat adolescent obesity, they discuss the rise of armchair epidemiologists, and Jen reminds us of a past public health success. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 MIN3 w ago
Comments
A new treatment for adolescent obesity?

Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?

Matt, Jen, and guest Kerry Keyes from Columbia University discuss a study that looks at the effect of digital media on health of adolescents, they debate whether COVID research is moving too fast, and Kerry warns us about taking medical advice from cartoons. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

50 MINJUN 2
Comments
Which is worse, social media or eating potatoes?

Is fish oil all that useful?

Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson discuss a study that looks at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular disease, they get into the weeds on the proportional hazards assumption (no hate mail please), and Matt sits down to do some coloring. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

54 MINMAY 19
Comments
Is fish oil all that useful?

Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson examine a study that looks at the risk of accidents from cycling to work, they discuss an impressive response to a mistake in a research study, and Laura gives us the skinny on doctors’ coffee consumption habits. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 MINMAY 5
Comments
Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

Matt, Jen, and guest Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether elective and non-elective C-sections are leading to increased BMI in kids, they discuss a blog that asks whether bad statistical practices are crowding out good ones, and Matt breaks out his dance moves. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

60 MINAPR 21
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Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

Matt, Jen, and guest host Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether exposure to kids with chicken pox protects adults from shingles, they ask whether blinding in randomized trials really matters, and Jen survives a podcast episode that feels like a year on Mars. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

59 MINAPR 7
Comments
Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

An informal chat about COVID-19

The gang paused their usual format this week to discuss how they are all dealing with the changes that have come about due to COVID-19. We got Chris, Matt, Don, Jen and newcomer Laura (and even a guest appearance by Nick) all on Zoom. We’ll be back to our regular format in two weeks. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

41 MINMAR 24
Comments
An informal chat about COVID-19

Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

Matt and Jen discuss a long-term follow up study of a drug to prevent breast cancer, they ask whether papers in predatory journals get cited, and Matt lets it all out watching guilty pleasure movies on planes. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

49 MINMAR 10
Comments
Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

What is hotspotting healthcare and does it work?

Matt and Jen discuss a study on the hotspotting of healthcare, they raise a toast to the error detectors, and Jen instructs us on surviving encounters with wildlife. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

53 MINFEB 25
Comments
What is hotspotting healthcare and does it work?
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