100 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 • 106 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.

    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
    Cannabis and car crashes

    Cannabis and car crashes

    Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a study on the role of cannabis in car crashes, they talk about something called “lay epidemiology”, and Chris gets mellow. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 56 min
    White privilege and health

    White privilege and health

    Matt and guest hosts Lori Dean and Dustin Duncan discuss a study on how white privilege affects health, they talk through the role of neighborhoods and health, and Lori tells us about her new favorite TV show. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    Migraine prevention AND treatment?

    Migraine prevention AND treatment?

    Matt and guest hosts Michelle Caunca and Sarah Ackley discuss a study on a new treatment to stop migraines, they talk about stitching together multiple datasets to study lifecourse epidemiology, and Michelle tells us about how doctors react to observational epidemiology. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 59 min
    Obamacare and medical debt

    Obamacare and medical debt

    Matt, Jess, and guest host Erica Walker discuss a study on whether The Affordable Care Act reduced medical debt, they consider the role epidemiologists play in communicating information about COVID, and Erica fights off various wild animals. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

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!

Lizzycambu ,

Love this!

Full disclosure: I am a big nerd and Professor Fox was my favorite professor from my time at BUSPH. Even for non-nerds though, this is an interesting and insightful listen.

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