050 – The Anniversary Edition

  An unexplained bout of amnesia leads Jonathan to completely change his mind about Chris' interior decoration choices. For the 50th episode of their podcast, the boys have friends over who will help them explain what's been in the news lately. A dentist and a paediatrician talk about human touch; a chemistry and gender studies double major comments on the line between male and female in competitive sport; and an Apple fanboy and his sui…

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E-books vs. paper books

  If you have children, here's what you have to do. You have to feed them. You have to clothe them. You have to love them. And if you can, you should try to read them a bedtime story. Parents are often inundated with advice, much of which is often wrong and self-contradictory. But reading with your children is probably one of the most meaningful and beneficial things you can do. As the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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Interview – Timothy Caulfield Returns

  Chris and Jonathan interview Timothy Caulfield, former guest of the show, health policy expert, and one of the major pro-science voices quoted in the Canadian media. They discuss solutions to vaccine hesitancy; "dancing" on Twitter; the rise of "bro science"; what recently made Tim very happy (hint: it involves the government); and Tim's new TV show.   Timothy Caulfield on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaulfieldTim   Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.…

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The Bald Truth About Hair Loss

A reader's letter about platet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat female pattern hair loss, inspired this latest Gazette article. PRP does have some evidence behind it, although from incredibly small trials that involved mostly men. But before you go injecting concentrated blood products into your scalp, there are easier, cheapter, more evidenced based options available. Read the full article here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-the-bal...   Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay 

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049 – Autism and the New York Measles Epidemic

  The boys travel back to 1998 to change history (and inadvertently alter the course of cutlery). Ada speaks to autistic artists to know what the media gets wrong in its portrayal of autism. Back in the studio, Jonathan and Chris discuss why it looks like rates of autism are increasing, the likely cause of autism spectrum disorder, interventions real and imaginary, and how long you have to wait to get a diagnosis (Jonathan's reaction…

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Interview – Brian Nosek on Open Science

  Jonathan and Chris interview Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology and the co-founder and director of the Center for Open Science. They discuss problems and solutions in modern scientific research, such as committing scientists... to stick to a protocol.    Table of contents. 2:00 The culture of science.  4:18 Publications as currency for career advancement.  7:53 What researchers tell each other at the bar.  10:22 Cynicism.  12:48 The solution to climate change (not really). …

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Textured Breast Implants and Cancer Risk

The story of breast implants and cancer risk is not a new one. The issue has been debated for decades and silicone breast implants were taken off the market and then re-introduced. But Health Canada has acted to take a specific type breast implant off the market because of a concern that textured implants might cause a rare form of cancer known as breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). What does the evidence say? Read it…

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048 – Heart Attacks and the Devil’s Eggs

  An ill-timed surprise spells heart trouble for our favourite cardiologist. But what exactly is a heart attack, and how does it relate to strokes and angina? Do you need a stress test? What are the warning signs of a heart attack? Is stress a trigger? And what do you do if your friend complains of chest pain, short of filming it for the 'gram? Also: eggs are no longer sunny side up in the…

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Do Diet Drinks Help with Weight Loss ?

Intuitively the answer should be yes. Soft drinks contain sugar and substituting the sugar for a zero calorie sweeteners should theoretically make you lose weight. But the evidence is not that clear that artificial sweeteners help you lose weight. A recent BMJ meta-analysis reviewed the evidence and while the overall study was negative, there were some interesting points to be drawn from the data. Read the full story here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-do-diet...

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