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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Interview – Jonathan Howard on Errors of Thinking in Medicine

  Jonathan and Chris interview Jonathan Howard, a neurologist in New York who wrote a book that will make you, the patient, understand a bit more how your doctor is thinking. Howard is interested in how the brain fires (and misfires), which led him to write this book about the biases in the thinking of doctors and patients that can lead to correct answers... but that sometimes result in errors.    This episode plunges you…

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The Hype about Young Blood transfusions

If you have the blood of young person transfused into your veins, will that help prevent disease? No. You cannot steal another person's youth essence. Nor can young blood reverse the course of aging.  But for a few thousand dollars, some private companies will certainly let you try. Of course the FDA has some words of caution for anyone with that much money to burn.   Read the story here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-hype-ab...

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047 – Fasting and a Worrisome DNA Kit

  Chris loses his mind when he misses his after-dinner cookie, which leads the boys to talk about fasting! Ada asks students about their thoughts on the issue, which range from mentioning Terry Crews to believing monks can survive for months without eating. Back in the studio, it's time to catch up on the hundreds of definitions of fasting and to answer the questions: does fasting work? compared to what? and can people stick with…

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Early exposure can help prevent allergies

Intuitively you would think that avoiding allergens is best. But in reality, exposing yourself early is what can help prevent them. Thinking on allergies has changed a great deal over the past few years and new guidelines from the Canadian Pediatric Society have reflected how our thinking has evolved. Check out the article here : https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/christopher-labos-early-exposure-can... *********************************************** New guidelines issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society have changed course on the best way to prevent food allergies…

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