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Straight Talk MD is a podcast that examines current hot-button healthcare issues from the informative and unconventional point of view of Dr. Frank Sweeny. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, he approaches the latest and greatest topics with a skeptical mind, presenting all the information, so you can decide for yourself.

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Straight Talk MD is a podcast that examines current hot-button healthcare issues from the informative and unconventional point of view of Dr. Frank Sweeny. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical doctor, he approaches the latest and greatest topics with a skeptical mind, presenting all the information, so you can decide for yourself.

    Post-Mortem Harris Pence Debate (Healthcare 2020 #4)

    Post-Mortem Harris Pence Debate (Healthcare 2020 #4)

    The post-mortem on the Harris v. Pence debate is here! Mike Pence defends his COVID-19 record, the White House Super Spreader Event, and dodges questions on the Trump healthcare replacement plan. Before November 3rd, tune in for the full analysis of the candidates’ claims, with fact checking, and the crucial backstory that the candidates left out.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Post-Mortem Biden Trump Debate #1 (Healthcare 2020 #3)

    Post-Mortem Biden Trump Debate #1 (Healthcare 2020 #3)

    In the third episode of our Healthcare 2020 series, I perform a post-mortem on the first Biden-Trump debate, the “worst Presidential Debate ever,” on all healthcare-related issues.

    I present the clips, the commentary, and the analysis of what the candidates said, and failed to say. I also fact-check each candidate’s claims, their misstatements, and their comments on the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 55 min
    Biden v. Trump Healthcare Plans with Ron Howrigon (Healthcare 2020 #2)

    Biden v. Trump Healthcare Plans with Ron Howrigon (Healthcare 2020 #2)

    Ron Howrigon is back in the virtual studio to analyze Donald Trump’s 4200-word “doctrine” for a new healthcare system, created by Presidential Executive Orders [his words, not ours.]
    We also look at Biden’s “Strive for Five” healthcare tweaks to Obamacare and beyond.
    Lastly, we discuss how both candidates may have to modify their healthcare platforms based on the fate of Obamacare in the Supreme Court.
    In this episode, we lay out the two most likely scenarios…

    • 48 min
    From Obamacare to Election 2020 and Beyond (Healthcare 2020 #1)

    From Obamacare to Election 2020 and Beyond (Healthcare 2020 #1)

    Just five weeks out from the Presidential election, there are more questions than answers about both Presidential candidates’ healthcare plans.
    In this series, we examine each candidate’s plan to reform healthcare, and how it will impact the rest of us. In this episode, we take a look back at how we got here, and get a glimpse of where we’re headed.

    • 59 min
    Production Pressure

    Production Pressure

    In our haste to get a surgery started, sometimes we do things we shouldn’t do. Other times, we don’t do the things we should do. In the operating room, either error can have serious consequences.
    Today’s episode is about the real life consequences of skipping a single, seemingly insignificant, step in safety procedures.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ending Medical Reversal with Dr. Adam Cifu

    Ending Medical Reversal with Dr. Adam Cifu

    Medical Reversal happens when doctors start using a medication, a procedure, or a diagnostic tool without solid evidence that it’s effective. Then, after finding out the medication, procedure, or diagnostic tool doesn’t work or even harms the patient, they eventually stop using it.
    Today, I interview Dr. Adam Cifu, author of the highly acclaimed book “Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives.” We discuss the most controversial current examples of medical reversal, why it happens, and why it takes so long to de-adopt ineffective medical procedures, treatments, and medications. He also shares his prescription for how to prevent it.
    Medical reversal is far more common than we think, and causes far more harm than we admit.

    • 1 hr 19 min

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