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Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

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United States

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Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery-store pricing have in common?

Language:

English


Episodes

63. What Medicine Gets Wrong About Race

12/1/2022
Some diagnostic tests give distorted results for Black patients. How are doctors trying to change that?

Duration:00:33:27

Why Don’t We Have a Cure for Alzheimer’s? (Ep. 49 Update)

11/24/2022
Promising drugs keep failing in trials. Allegations of fraud have cast a shadow over the field. An expert explains why Alzheimer’s treatments have been so hard to find — and why one clue may lie in the Andes Mountains.

Duration:00:33:10

62. Dr. Ashish Jha Anticipated a Pandemic. He Didn’t Think It Would Look Like This.

11/17/2022
Bapu talks to White House Covid Czar Dr. Ashish Jha about becoming a household name, studying pandemics, and the frustrations of politics. Also, when will he be out of a job?

Duration:00:28:48

61. Should You Bother Getting a Colonoscopy?

11/10/2022
Colonoscopy is strongly recommended for Americans over 45. But a new study suggests its benefits have been overstated. Should we change how we screen for colorectal cancer?

Duration:00:33:23

60. The Doctor Is Out. The Physician Assistant Is In.

11/3/2022
Chances are, at some point you’ll be treated by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant instead of a doctor. Will your care suffer?

Duration:00:30:38

59. The Most Valuable Resource in Medicine

10/27/2022
Time is precious. How can doctors and patients make the best use of it — especially when there isn’t much left?

Duration:00:27:34

58. How Important Is Breastfeeding, Really?

10/20/2022
Can a clever new study shed light on one of parenting’s most elusive and contentious questions?

Duration:00:31:35

57. Doctors Know They Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics. Why Don’t They Stop?

10/13/2022
Antibiotics save lives. But what happens when we use them too much? Bapu looks at how changing physician behavior could help prevent a major public health disaster.

Duration:00:27:53

56. Could Prison Be Good for Your Health?

10/6/2022
Incarceration has been linked to infectious diseases, mental illness, cancer, and violence. But new research suggests it can extend some people’s lifespans. Bapu investigates the paradox of prison time.

55. This Vaccine Lottery Seemed Like a Great Idea. Why Didn’t it Work?

9/29/2022
Behavioral economists say “regret lotteries” are powerful motivational tools. When Philadelphia tried one in 2021, the results were disappointing. Bapu looks at how incentives can backfire — and what we can learn from failures.

54. Will You Ever Go Back to Your Doctor’s Office?

9/22/2022
When COVID hit, telemedicine use in the U.S. exploded. But how are we using it now? Bapu Jena explores the consequences of this evolving technology.

Duration:00:32:18

53. Why Do Doctors Have to Play Defense?

9/15/2022
After the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, doctors in some states are concerned that delivering treatment could put them in legal jeopardy. Bapu Jena looks at how the practice of “defensive medicine” can compromise patient care.

Duration:00:28:39

52. Who Gets a Heart Disease Test?

9/8/2022
Medical tests can save lives. So how do doctors decide who gets tested, and when?

Duration:00:33:01

Why Fridays May Be Dangerous for Your Health (Ep. 9 Replay)

9/1/2022
When researchers analyzed which day of the week most F.D.A. drug-safety alerts are released — and what it means for public health — they were stunned. So, what can we do about the “Friday Effect?”

Duration:00:22:13

51. What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients?

8/25/2022
A small number of patients with multiple, chronic conditions use a lot of resources. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner found a way to identify and treat them. Could it reduce health care spending too?

Duration:00:28:41

50. What Happens When a Hospital Closes?

8/18/2022
When a hospital closes in a rural area, it’s a big deal. But are all patients affected equally? We look at new research on the unexpected outcomes of traveling farther for care.

Duration:00:28:15

49. Why Don’t We Have a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

8/11/2022
Promising drugs keep failing in trials. Allegations of fraud have cast a shadow over the field. An expert explains why Alzheimer’s treatments have been so hard to find — and why one clue may lie in the Andes Mountains.

Duration:00:32:15

48. The Hidden Consequences of School Shootings

8/4/2022
Beyond the immediate casualties, school shootings have costs — for survivors, and for the rest of us.

47. Should We Trust Hospital Rankings?

7/28/2022
Hospitals compete for prime spots on the U.S. News rankings — but could those lists be doing more harm than good?

Duration:00:32:24

How Does Retirement Affect Your Brain? (Ep. 17 Replay)

7/21/2022
Our cognitive health can change as we get older. So, does leaving the workforce make problems like memory loss and difficulty focusing worse? We investigate the research, and Bapu asks: is it time for his dad to retire?

Duration:00:24:46