"Maintenance of Certification": Model of Self-Regulation or Corporate Boondoggle? by F. Perry Wilson

Maintenance of Certification is the process by which docs prove they've kept up with the times in terms of medical knowledge. That's all well and good, but the sky-high exam fees beg the question - where does the money go? For the video version, click here. 

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Obamacare Reduced Hospital Readmissions - Is This a Good Thing? by F. Perry Wilson

The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, which lowered Medicare payments to hospitals with high readmission rates, has accomplished its direct goal of reducing readmission rates. This study, appearing in JAMA, evaluates for potential unintended consequences. For the video version, click here.

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When the First Antidepressant Fails... A Randomized Trial by F. Perry Wilson

A study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined whether the addition of bupropion or the antipsychotic aripiprazole to first-line antidepressant therapy would improve outcomes in major depressive disorder. The results highlight how difficult this disease is to treat. For the video version, click here.

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"The Real Problem is Reproducibility": Doc-to-Doc with Retraction Watch Co-Founder Ivan Oransky by F. Perry Wilson

Retractions in the scientific literature occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from benign error to truly malignant fraud. Whatever the cause, retractions are tracked by Retraction Watch, a blog that seeks to provide insight into the scientific method by investigating some of its most visible failures.

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"What Used to be Fraud is Now Alternative Medicine": Doc-to-Doc with Steve Novella, MD by F. Perry Wilson

Dr. Steven Novella is a faculty member in the Yale School of Medicine and host of the wildly popular podcast "Skeptic's Guide to the Universe". I got to sit down with him to talk about science-based medicine, snake oil, and dealing with patients' occasionally strange beliefs.

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Paying Patients for HIV Control by F. Perry Wilson

A study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine found that paying patients with HIV to keep their viral load under control modestly, but significantly, improved that control. But physicians often have issues with financial incentive programs... 

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Fraud in Medical Research: Understanding the Carlisle Approach by F. Perry Wilson

A "bombshell" paper appearing in the journal Anesthaesia uses a simple statistical test to suggest that a significant proportion of medical studies - some from our most prestigious journals - may be fabrications. But the story is not a clear cut as it seems. For the video version, click here.

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