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Mad musings from the messy world of science.

Latest Episodes

Will convalescent plasma cure COVID?

Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study on whether plasma from those who have recovered from COVID can be used to treat people with COVID, they explore whether masks might actually help make people immune to SARS-CoV-2, and Jess has the solution to forgetting your mask at home (though maybe not for everyone).

53 min1 w ago
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Will convalescent plasma cure COVID?

Does vaccinating moms against RSV protect babies?

Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study that looks at whether vaccinating mothers against RSV prevents their babies from getting infected, they discuss attacks on health workers in the time of COVID, and Chris brings us all down with a new COVID study. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

51 min3 w ago
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Does vaccinating moms against RSV protect babies?

Is Vitamin D a magic cure-all or a bust?

Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study that looks at whether vitamin D can prevent getting tuberculosis, they debate whether citation hacking is really a thing, and Don reminds us all that there is still amusement in the amazing and amusing. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

56 minSEP 22
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Is Vitamin D a magic cure-all or a bust?

A treatment to prevent influenza?

Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study that looks at using an influenza treatment for prevention in exposed contacts, they debate whether we should be using lotteries to decide who gets scarce coronavirus treatments, and Matt shows he really does read the reference section. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 minSEP 8
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A treatment to prevent influenza?

The pro vs anti probiotics showdown

Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study that looks at the effectiveness of probiotics in those in care homes, they discuss cognitive biases in relation to decisions about COVID policies, and Jess wows us with her first Amazing and Amusing. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

61 minAUG 25
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The pro vs anti probiotics showdown

Gun ownership and suicide in California

Don, Chris, and Matt examine a study that looks at the impact of gun ownership and risk of suicide in California, they discuss whether we should be doing trials of coronavirus policies, and Matt proves he doesn’t know a thing about hens. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 minAUG 11
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Gun ownership and suicide in California

Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?

Don and Chris are back with Matt to go over a study that looks at the impact on survival in those who got tuberculosis and smallpox vaccination in Denmark, they discuss whether it is ethical to expose people to coronavirus in vaccine trials, and Chris gets snotty. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 minJUL 28
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Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?

Does one pregnancy complication predict another?

Matt welcomes guests Nedghie Adrien and Julie Petersen to discuss a study that looks at whether having a complication in a first pregnancy predicts having one in a second, they debate whether anyone should make clinical decisions based on non-significant trial results, and Nedghie updates us on the latest in toilet technology. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

59 minJUL 14
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Does one pregnancy complication predict another?

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 minJUN 30
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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 minJUN 16
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A new treatment for adolescent obesity?

Latest Episodes

Will convalescent plasma cure COVID?

Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study on whether plasma from those who have recovered from COVID can be used to treat people with COVID, they explore whether masks might actually help make people immune to SARS-CoV-2, and Jess has the solution to forgetting your mask at home (though maybe not for everyone).

53 min1 w ago
Comments
Will convalescent plasma cure COVID?

Does vaccinating moms against RSV protect babies?

Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study that looks at whether vaccinating mothers against RSV prevents their babies from getting infected, they discuss attacks on health workers in the time of COVID, and Chris brings us all down with a new COVID study. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

51 min3 w ago
Comments
Does vaccinating moms against RSV protect babies?

Is Vitamin D a magic cure-all or a bust?

Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study that looks at whether vitamin D can prevent getting tuberculosis, they debate whether citation hacking is really a thing, and Don reminds us all that there is still amusement in the amazing and amusing. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

56 minSEP 22
Comments
Is Vitamin D a magic cure-all or a bust?

A treatment to prevent influenza?

Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a study that looks at using an influenza treatment for prevention in exposed contacts, they debate whether we should be using lotteries to decide who gets scarce coronavirus treatments, and Matt shows he really does read the reference section. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

52 minSEP 8
Comments
A treatment to prevent influenza?

The pro vs anti probiotics showdown

Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study that looks at the effectiveness of probiotics in those in care homes, they discuss cognitive biases in relation to decisions about COVID policies, and Jess wows us with her first Amazing and Amusing. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

61 minAUG 25
Comments
The pro vs anti probiotics showdown

Gun ownership and suicide in California

Don, Chris, and Matt examine a study that looks at the impact of gun ownership and risk of suicide in California, they discuss whether we should be doing trials of coronavirus policies, and Matt proves he doesn’t know a thing about hens. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 minAUG 11
Comments
Gun ownership and suicide in California

Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?

Don and Chris are back with Matt to go over a study that looks at the impact on survival in those who got tuberculosis and smallpox vaccination in Denmark, they discuss whether it is ethical to expose people to coronavirus in vaccine trials, and Chris gets snotty. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

57 minJUL 28
Comments
Could vaccines for other infectious diseases help with COVID?

Does one pregnancy complication predict another?

Matt welcomes guests Nedghie Adrien and Julie Petersen to discuss a study that looks at whether having a complication in a first pregnancy predicts having one in a second, they debate whether anyone should make clinical decisions based on non-significant trial results, and Nedghie updates us on the latest in toilet technology. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

59 minJUL 14
Comments
Does one pregnancy complication predict another?

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 minJUN 30
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 minJUN 16
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A new treatment for adolescent obesity?
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