22 episodes

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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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?

    20. Do Our Politics Need a Doctor?

    20. Do Our Politics Need a Doctor?

    Bill Frist was a transplant surgeon before serving in the Senate, where he drove controversial legislation on embryonic stem cells and end-of-life care. Did he change politics? Or did politics change him?

    • 32 min
    19. Do Your Doctor’s Political Views Affect Your Care?

    19. Do Your Doctor’s Political Views Affect Your Care?

    Since doctors are human, they bring their own beliefs and preferences into the examination room. But they’ve also taken an oath to act in the best interest of all patients. What happens when politics and medicine collide?

    • 28 min
    18. When Is a Natural Disaster Good for Your Health?

    18. When Is a Natural Disaster Good for Your Health?

    A clever study tracking the survivors of Hurricane Katrina came to a bold conclusion: when it comes to your health, place is destiny. So how can the benefits of healthier places be spread to everyone?

    • 27 min
    17. How Does Retirement Affect Your Brain?

    17. How Does Retirement Affect Your Brain?

    Aging carries a risk of losing our memory, focus, and ability to take care of ourselves and others. Does leaving the workforce worsen that risk? We investigate the research. And…Bapu asks: is it time for dad to retire?

    • 23 min
    16. An Exit Interview with N.I.H. Director Dr. Francis Collins

    16. An Exit Interview with N.I.H. Director Dr. Francis Collins

    The National Institutes of Health is the backbone of health research in the U.S., and Collins has been in charge for more than a decade. Now that he’s stepping down, he ponders the arc of his history-making career, from his leadership of the Human Genome Project to the fight against Covid-19 (not to mention the absolute happiest moment of his life).

    • 26 min
    15. The Most “Unique, Excellent, and Promising” Episode

    15. The Most “Unique, Excellent, and Promising” Episode

    Studies by men published in scientific journals are more likely to include glowing, hyperbolic terms. Bapu talks about this “groundbreaking” research (see what we did there?) in a wide-ranging discussion with physicians and an economist about the gender gap in medicine.

    • 29 min

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