Ep. 185 James Heathers on Ivermectin, Data Science, and Trust

Our guest is James Heathers, physiologist, scientist, and part-time “data thug” who’s developed the technique of sniffing out fraudulent or highly erroneous scientific publications into an art. He has recently published “The Real Scandal About Ivermectin,” an article in The Atlantic featuring an analysis that he and his colleagues have performed identifying devastating flaws in some randomized control trials that purportedly showed Ivermectin to be effective against COVID-19. The article discusses the Ivermectin story in the broader context of the reliability of scientific publications. James is also Chief Scientific Officer at the technology company Cipher Skin.

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James Heathers, PhD: Twitter, and podcast

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Ep. 65 James Heathers: Why Science Needs Data Thugs.

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Ep. 184 Vinay Prasad

Our guest is Vinay Prasad, hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He is the author of over 300 academic articles, and the books Ending Medical Reversal (2015), and Malignant (2020). We have a wide-ranging conversation covering public health, the politicization of science, and the future of the established institutions of knowledge.

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Vinay Prasad: Twitter, YouTube, and Website

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Ep. 153 Vinay Prasad: Making Conversations About Medicine Great Again.

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Ep. 182 Approving COVID Vaccines for Children: Part 1 with Paul Offit

Our guest is Dr. Paul Offit, an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) which recently approved the EUA for the Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children age 5-11.

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on this topic.

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Paul Offit, MD: Twitter and Webpage

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Ep. 181 Medicine, Capital Punishment, and the Troubling Reality of Death by Lethal Injection

Our guest is Dr. Joel Zivot, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Ho also holds a Masters degree in ethics and is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Emory University Center for Ethics. He shares his personal experience with and perspective on the reality of death by lethal injection and discusses why the medical profession should not serve as an arm of the State.

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Joel Zivot, MD: Twitter and Webpage

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Ep. 179 Political Conservatism: Cure to a Failing Health Care Liberalism?

Our guest is Dr. Shawn Whatley, returning to the show to discuss a recent essay introducing conservative principles to a health care audience steeped in a liberal tradition.

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Shawn Whatley, MD.  Blog and Twitter

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Shawn Whatley. How to Get Canada off the Health Care Teeter-Totter (at The Hub)

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Ep. 40 Practicing Medicine in Canada: Promises and Realities

Ep. 165 Deconstructing Medical Socialism

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Ep. 178 Doctors and Defibrillators

Our guests are John Mandrola and Bogdan Enache, returning to the show to wrap up our series on “Adventures and Misadventures in Defibrillation.”

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John Mandrola, MD: Twitter and Website

Bogdan Enache, MD: Twitter

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Michel Accad. The case against shared decision-making part 1, part 2, and part 3.

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Ep. 172 Adventures in Defibrillation

Ep. 174 Misadventures in Fibrillation

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Ep. 176 The Case for Physician-Owned Hospitals, with Brian Miller

Our guest is Brian Miller, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Business (courtesy) at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a practicing hospitalist, health policy researcher, and health policy analyst, working as a consultant to the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection on health insurance. He is also a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, the UNC-NC State Biomedical Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board, and the Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council.

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Brian J. Miller: Webpage and Twitter

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