75 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 and Jennifer Rider 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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    • 5.0, 92 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 and Jennifer Rider 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.

    Episode 73 - Is fish oil all that useful?

    Episode 73 - Is fish oil all that useful?

    Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson discuss a study that looks at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular disease, they get into the weeds on the proportional hazards assumption (no hate mail please), and Matt sits down to do some coloring. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 54 min
    Episode 72 - Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

    Episode 72 - Is it worth the risk to bike to work?

    Matt, Jen, and guest Laura Sampson examine a study that looks at the risk of accidents from cycling to work, they discuss an impressive response to a mistake in a research study, and Laura gives us the skinny on doctors’ coffee consumption habits. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 57 min
    Episode 71 - Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

    Episode 71 - Are C-sections increasing BMI in kids?

    Matt, Jen, and guest Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether elective and non-elective C-sections are leading to increased BMI in kids, they discuss a blog that asks whether bad statistical practices are crowding out good ones, and Matt breaks out his dance moves. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 70 - Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

    Episode 70 - Can kids with chicken pox protect you from shingles?

    Matt, Jen, and guest host Jennifer Weuve discuss a study that looks at whether exposure to kids with chicken pox protects adults from shingles, they ask whether blinding in randomized trials really matters, and Jen survives a podcast episode that feels like a year on Mars. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 59 min
    Episode 69 - An informal chat about COVID-19

    Episode 69 - An informal chat about COVID-19

    The gang paused their usual format this week to discuss how they are all dealing with the changes that have come about due to COVID-19. We got Chris, Matt, Don, Jen and newcomer Laura (and even a guest appearance by Nick) all on Zoom. We’ll be back to our regular format in two weeks. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 41 min
    Episode 68 - Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

    Episode 68 - Long-term follow up on a new prevention for breast cancer

    Matt and Jen discuss a long-term follow up study of a drug to prevent breast cancer, they ask whether papers in predatory journals get cited, and Matt lets it all out watching guilty pleasure movies on planes. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

rhoepsilonkappa ,

my only regret is not discovering this earlier

I have become a staunch listener of this podcast. it’s at once entertaining and educational. the papers they pick are fun and interesting, but beyond that, I have learned so much about research methods through their discussions.

the podcast is well-produced. the sound quality is divine, and the content is beautifully structured and organized 😍

dear Matt, Jen, Chris, and the rest of the production team: please keep making these because I don’t know what I’d do if you stopped.

nadia is moana ,

Fun and educational

I love these podcasts! Usually listen to it during my workouts. I’m pretty sure people at the gym think I’m crazy when I laugh out loud to the jokes.
Question: where do you guys find the fun epi stuff for the amazing and amusing section? I read a lot but I never find the fun stuff. I particularly enjoyed the octopus story!

master of games ,

Love them!

I don’t know if they’ll read this, but I am so happy I found this podcast. I usually listen to other medical podcasts, and reviewing of literature, but this is the first Public Health/ epi-podcast where the literature comes to life. Also, shout out to Chris and Fox, both whom I have had the pleasure of being taught a few lessons by! Especially Chris, definitely recommend his classes!

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