118 episodes

Free Associations is about using a critical eye when reading journal articles or news coverage about research breakthroughs. With a sense of humor and a healthy dose of skepticism Boston University School of Public Health Professors Matt Fox, Chris Gill, Don Thea, and Jessica Leibler talk us through popular health studies and hyperbolic news headlines while teaching us how to ask the right questions. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 108 Ratings

Free Associations is about using a critical eye when reading journal articles or news coverage about research breakthroughs. With a sense of humor and a healthy dose of skepticism Boston University School of Public Health Professors Matt Fox, Chris Gill, Don Thea, and Jessica Leibler talk us through popular health studies and hyperbolic news headlines while teaching us how to ask the right questions. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    HIV self-testing kits in Zambia

    HIV self-testing kits in Zambia

    Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study looking at whether giving pregnant women HIV self-testing kits can increase HIV testing and access to care for male partners in Zambia, they discuss using confidence intervals to judge null results, and Chris solves a musical medical mystery. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 52 min
    Daily COVID testing in schools

    Daily COVID testing in schools

    Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study of the effect of daily COVID-19 testing in the UK for school contacts to stay in school rather than isolate, they discuss issues of equity in the COVID-19 crisis, and Don has thoughts on how to clear your sinuses. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 47 min
    Does HPV vaccination prevent cervical cancer in the UK?

    Does HPV vaccination prevent cervical cancer in the UK?

    Matt, Chris, and Don examine a study of the effect of the UK’s HPV vaccination policy, they discuss the dangers of meta-analyses in relation to Ivermectin, and Matt gets catty. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 47 min
    COVID-19, heart attacks, and stroke

    COVID-19, heart attacks, and stroke

    Matt, Chris, and Jess discuss a complex study of the effect of COVID-19 on heart attacks and strokes, they discuss the mild influenza season (or at least Matt and Jess do), and Chris tells us how many fish we need to catch to decide the color of the fish in the lake. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 53 min
    Convalescent plasma and COVID

    Convalescent plasma and COVID

    Matt, Chris, and Jess examine a study of the effect of convalescent plasma on recovery from COVID-19, they discuss the implications of an increase in gun violence prevention research funding, and Matt gets lyrical. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 50 min
    The Doppler Effect

    The Doppler Effect

    Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study on whether or not Doppler ultrasound has played a role in declining fetal mortality in Norway, they talk about vaccine sharing, and Matt explains just how his getting older is preventing him from preparing for this show. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

mapletree7 ,

Excellent science talking

I love listening to qualified people talk about research and this show is my jam. I also appreciated Dr. Gill’s haiku:

I was going to

Write my own but then I felt

Chagrined and humbled

Ruby lab ,

Always entertaining

I love this podcast and have recommended it to several friends. I teach a counseling research methods class at Umass Boston as an adjunct, and made the first assignment to pick one of the podcasts, read the original study, write a review of both the study and your discussion. It has been a great ice breaker for the first class.

andrewmasucci ,

Always interesting!

I found this podcast fairly recently, and as an aspiring epidemiologist with an interest in non-communicable disease, I have particularly appreciated the variety of topics still discussed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I really enjoyed the most recent episode related to concussion testing as a former collegiate athlete as well.

Thanks for your efforts to release these episodes so frequently!

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