These are the "best of the best" Methods Man blog entries. Start here to get a sense of what this site is all about.
This week, three studies were published that explore a potential link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism in offspring. In this deep dive, we explore the nuances of the data to determine just how worried moms-to-be should be. For the video version, click here.
President Trump's first budget proposal came down hard on a number of institutions. But his proposed 20% cut to NIH funding directly undermines what makes America great in the first place.
President Trump has indicated he would like to see a major investigation into widespread voter fraud that multiple studies have concluded is non-existent. But that doesn't mean he won't get results that support his position. It just takes a little misapplication of statistics.
Dr. Thomas Frieden is the second-longest serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has announced his resignation effective January 20th. In this doc to doc conversation, Dr. Frieden and I discuss his proudest moments, his greatest challenges, and what keeps him up at night.
An article appearing in the journal Pain attempts to quantify the transition between acute and chronic opioid use. But the study misses a few critical variables we really need in order to address this national crisis. For the video version, click here.
We know that some medical studies are wrong. But how many? The number might be more than you think. And it turns out that a quarter, a street magician, and an 18th century minister might be the key to figuring it out. For the video version, click here.
Methods Man discusses medicine's biggest secret: the number needed to treat. For the video version, click here.
Mylan pharmaceuticals is lobbying the United States Preventive Services Task Force to label Epipen as a "preventive" medication, which would effectively transfer the exorbitant cost from individuals to insurance companies. This is not the right strategy, folks. For the video version, click here.
A randomized trial appearing in the journal Pediatrics found similar choking rates when infants were exposed to solid food early versus the traditional mush. But I'm frankly more interested in how often these kids were choking! For the video version, click here.
A study appearing in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes suggests that pasta may actually lower your BMI. Can that actually be right? A detailed look at the data, and how it relates to Simpson's paradox inside. For the video version of this post, click here.