Bigger Little Questions

Radiolab Podcasts - December 22, 2017 - 3:59am

When we dumped out our bucket of questions, there was a lot of spillover. Like, A LOT of spillover. So today, we’re back for round two. This time with some bigger, little questions.  

This episode was reported and produced by Annie McEwen, Bethel Habte, Latif Nasser, Matt Kielty, Simon Adler, and Tracie Hunte.

Special thanks to Stephen Brady and Staff Sergeant Erica Picariello in the US Air Force's 21st Space Wing.

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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Naturopathy

Science-Based Medicine - December 21, 2017 - 1:00am
Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, naturopathic "doctors" gained state licensure and practice expansion, but also suffered major defeats, in 2017.
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FDA Proposes Changes to Homeopathy Regulation

Science-Based Medicine - December 20, 2017 - 8:23am
The FDA has proposed new guidelines for regulating homeopathy. They sound encouraging, and may signal a new era of actual regulation of the homeopathic industry.
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Big Little Questions

Radiolab Podcasts - December 20, 2017 - 3:12am

Here at the show, we get a lot of questions. Like, A LOT of questions. Tiny questions, big questions, short questions, long questions. Weird questions. Poop questions. We get them all.

And over the years, as more and more of these questions arrived in our inbox, what happened was, guiltily, we put them off to the side, in a bucket of sorts, where they just sat around, unanswered. But now we’re dumping the bucket out.

Today, our producers pick up a question that spilled out of that bucket, and venture out into the great unknown to find answers to some of life's greatest mysteries: coincidences; miracles; life; death; fate; will; and, of course, poop.

This piece was reported and produced by Rachael Cusick, Tracie Hunte, and Matt Kielty. 

Special thanks to Blake Nguyen, Sarah Murphy, and the New York Public Library. 

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Why Are Previously Normal BPs Now Classified as High Blood Pressure?

Science-Based Medicine - December 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Under the new blood pressure guidelines, more people are classified as having high blood pressure; but the treatment emphasis is on lifestyle changes, not medications.
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The seven dirty words the CDC won’t be able to say any more

Science-Based Medicine - December 18, 2017 - 12:01am
On Saturday, the Washington Post broke a story that Trump administration will prohibit officials at the CDC from using a list of seven words or phrases — including "transgender," “evidence-based,” and “science-based” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. As much as we like the title of our blog, this is not the sort of recognition we at SBM want. It's also an ominous indication that the Trump administration will attempt to impose ideology on the most important public health agency in the federal government.
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Vaccine Post Updates: the Good, the Bad, and the Crooked?

Science-Based Medicine - December 15, 2017 - 7:00am
Updates on two previous vaccine related posts plus one of the most ridiculous anti-vaccine theories of all time.
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Update on neglect cases

Science-Based Medicine - December 14, 2017 - 9:00am
An update on two Canadian cases where reliance on alternative medicine resulted in the death of two children.
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Medical Profession is Underutilizing Computer Technology

Science-Based Medicine - December 13, 2017 - 8:16am
There is tremendous potential to improve the medical industry through robust adoption of electronic systems for training and improving practice. So why aren't we doing it?
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Freud Was a Fraud: A Triumph of Pseudoscience

Science-Based Medicine - December 12, 2017 - 3:00am
Frederick Crews has written a reassessment of Freud based on newly available correspondence and re-evaluation of previously available materials. He shows that Freud was a fraud who deceived himself and succumbed to pseudoscience.
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SXSW Wellness Expo and Goop: Accepting HIV/AIDS denialism and antivaccine pseudoscience by embracing Dr. Kelly Brogan

Science-Based Medicine - December 11, 2017 - 3:21am
Dr. Kelly Brogan is doing well these days. Invited to be a headliner at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summit and to be on the advisory board of the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo, she's riding high. Unfortunately Goop and SXSW appear not to care about her being an HIV/AIDS denialist, antivaxer, and all around quack.
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Damn the evidence and federal regulations: VA goes full speed ahead with medical pseudoscience

Science-Based Medicine - December 7, 2017 - 1:00am
The VA recently mandated inclusion of acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and other CAM in veterans medical benefits and will require that they be offered at VA medical facilities, ignoring the lack of evidence and federal rules on what medical benefits can be covered.
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False Claims for Acupuncture

Science-Based Medicine - December 6, 2017 - 8:16am
Acupuncture proponents claim that acupuncture works for a long list of medical indications, and claiming that this is supported by evidence. Meanwhile the actual evidence, fairly and rigorously evaluated, is negative.
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Super Cool

Radiolab Podcasts - December 5, 2017 - 6:12pm

When we started reporting a fantastic, surreal story about one very cold night, more than 70 years ago, in northern Russia, we had no idea we'd end up thinking about cosmology. Or dropping toy horses in test tubes of water. Or talking about bacteria. Or arguing, for a year. Walter Murch (aka, the Godfather of The Godfather), joined by a team of scientists, leads us on what felt like the magical mystery tour of super cool science.

This piece was produced by Molly Webster and Matt Kielty with help from Amanda Aronczyk.  It originally aired in March of 2014.

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I Was Wrong about Protandim

Science-Based Medicine - December 5, 2017 - 3:00am
A seriously flawed Protandim study seemed to show that side effects were no more common than with placebo. Actually, they were almost twice as common. The researchers were looking at the wrong numbers and didn't even add correctly.
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Move over, Christopher Shaw, there’s a new antivaccine scientist in town

Science-Based Medicine - December 4, 2017 - 3:34am
Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it.
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Science-Based Satire: Alternative Medical Adverse Events on the Rise

Science-Based Medicine - December 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Are patients being senselessly slaughtered by poorly trained Reiki practitioners? Probably not. Okay, they aren' least not directly. But Reiki is dumb and so is the belief that the power to manipulate human energy fields would be risk free. Here satire article is.
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Go ahead, have that coffee

Science-Based Medicine - November 30, 2017 - 7:00am
Coffee drinkers, rejoice. A new paper shows positive associations between consumption and an array of health outcomes.
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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

Radiolab Podcasts - November 30, 2017 - 3:41am

This story comes from the second season of Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect. To hear more, subscribe here.

On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, and in police handcuffs. In this episode, we explore a case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest for true objectivity, and changed the face of policing in the US.



The key voices:

    Dethorne Graham Jr., son of Dethorne Graham, appellant in Graham v. Connor Edward G. (Woody) Connette, lawyer who represented Graham in the lower courts Gerald Beaver, lawyer who represented Graham at the Supreme Court Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded and All Things Considered


 The key case:


Additional production for this episode by Dylan Keefe and Derek John; additional music by Matt Kielty and Nicolas Carter.

Special thanks to Cynthia Lee, Frank B. Aycock III, Josh Rosenkrantz, Leonard Feldman, and Ben Montgomery.

Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.

Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.

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SBM Progress Report

Science-Based Medicine - November 29, 2017 - 7:29am
Science-Based Medicine has been operating for a decade. While we have been successful by many measures, the challenges we face remain great. Here is a look at the mission of SBM, and a call for support to our readers.
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