78 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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    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

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?

    71. What Do COVID-19 and Cancer Have in Common?

    71. What Do COVID-19 and Cancer Have in Common?

    mRNA vaccines helped bring the pandemic under control. Could they also train the immune system to fight cancer?

    • 26 min
    70. Why Are There Still So Few Female Surgeons?

    70. Why Are There Still So Few Female Surgeons?

    Success and failure are hard to measure in medicine. Bapu looks at how surgeons are judged after a bad outcome — and whether men and women are treated the same.

    • 29 min
    69. Home Sweet … Hospital?

    69. Home Sweet … Hospital?

    We take it for granted that, when people are acutely ill, they should be in the hospital. Is there a better way?

    • 27 min
    68. The E.R. Doctor’s Dilemma

    68. The E.R. Doctor’s Dilemma

    Figuring out which patients to hospitalize and which to safely send home can be tricky. Is there a way to make this decision easier for doctors — and get better outcomes, too?

    • 29 min
    What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients? (Ep. 51 Replay)

    What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients? (Ep. 51 Replay)

    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?

    • 30 min
    67. Why Did This 60-Year-Old Man Collapse at the Supermarket?

    67. Why Did This 60-Year-Old Man Collapse at the Supermarket?

    Bapu tries to stump master clinician Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal with a medical mystery.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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No1 Research Evidenced Based Content

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Loving it!

I love this podcast, i learn new things and look smart amongs my family and fiends when I make references to info I learned in this podcast.

artifaxiom ,

A contribution to the space!

This podcast has episodes ranging from good to essential. Sometimes I’ll hear a trend or some history and wonder how I’ve made it so far in life without knowing about it. For some episodes, I’m left wanting a bit more depth. Maybe that’s because this podcast has the shortest episodes out of its relatives (PIMA, Freakonomics, NSQ).

If anyone’s still hesitant about the biopsychosocial approach to medicine, this podcast may be the argument that convinces them.

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