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Bad Patient

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Malpractice makes perfect! Two non-medical non-experts dive into today’s health news. Connect with us via Twitter @thebadpatient or by emailing story ideas and health questions to [email protected]


Facebook, Mental Health, Notes, Movement
Jul 10 • 24 min
You’re not moving enough. No one’s surprised.
TV, Nature, Gene Tests, Gut Microbe
Jun 20 • 23 min
Blue light is actually pretty bad for you
Falls, White Meat, Breakthrough, Dietary Supplements
Jun 13 • 35 min
Supplements aren’t as safe as you think (and we keep trying to tell you this).
Energy Drinks, Diabetes, Teen Sports, Burn Out
Jun 9 • 32 min
Burnout is officially an illness.
Smell, Radiation, Inhalers, Dr. Google
May 29 • 23 min
Primal leadership somehow = emotional intelligence? Your hosts are cranky this week.
Summer Camp, Dietary, CRISPR (again), Surprise!
May 24 • 28 min
Air quality matters, especially to kids.
Bubble Boy, Hyper, Shrinking, Obesity
May 9 • 42 min
Skip the first 5 minutes.
Heart, Statin, Junk Food, SWEEEET
Apr 26 • 20 min
Robin falls off her bike.
Zap, Max Heart, Vitamin Supplements, Five Minutes
Apr 11 • 41 min
Natural flavorings are NOT 100% natural.
Vitamin D, Dust, Human Brain, Technoference
Apr 4 • 40 min
House dust can make you fat
Robin Ditches Laura - Karma is a B$*&#
Mar 27 • 1 min
No one said we needed high-quality sourceshttp://www.filamentgames.com/single-post/how-avoid-getting-sick-conferences
Drug Cost, Aspirin, Soda, Apple Watch
Mar 21 • 30 min
There’s no such thing as too much data
Laura Got Sick at Disney
Mar 14 • 19 min
Female problems, ketamine, walk your dog, eye exam
Laura Leaves for One Week and This Happens
Mar 7 • 1 min
Who said we needed high-quality sources?https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/you-might-catch-one-o…
Apple Shaped, Scientifically, Where You Live, Childbirth
Feb 27 • 44 min
It’s shocking that childbirth in the U.S. isn’t safer.
Girl’s Trip, Processed Food, Untreated, Teen Vaped
Feb 21 • 37 min
We answer a reader’s question about cancer research promises. (Sorry, still no cure in the next year.)
Gut, Toothpaste, Depressed, Gender Bias
Feb 14 • 39 min
Cranky? Maybe you’re depressed.
New Study, Screen Time, Less Pain, Cure for Cancer
Feb 6 • 32 min
Cancer is NOT cured.
Long Life, SuperBugs, Save The Planet, Fat
Jan 30 • 45 min
Your office is making you fat
Learn to Love Exercise, Vitamin D, Bio Printer, Carbs
Jan 24 • 33 min
Bio printing is the FUTURE
How To, Make People Live Longer, Intolerance, Dental Floss
Jan 16 • 43 min
Dental floss is … toxic?!
Avoiding the Gym, Breath Test, Phone App, Gratitude
Jan 9 • 37 min
This week’s health news:
Happy New Year (Unless You Have High Blood Pressure)
Jan 3 • 1 min
FDA recalls valsartan
Bleed Out, Implicit Bias, Hep C, NYE
Dec 26, 2018 • 45 min
American Airlines sucks
Research Gap, Kids and Cancer, Late Start, Xmas Eve Heart Attack
Dec 19, 2018 • 35 min
How we experiment on pregnant women
Deceased Donor, Too Much Sleep, Toddler Needs Blood, OJ
Dec 12, 2018 • 37 min
Baby is born via deceased donor
CRISPR Baby, 5 Habits, Life Expectancy, Measles
Dec 6, 2018 • 45 min
Can we reason with anti-vaxers?
Cold or Flu, Insulin, Rare Illness, Make A Wish
Nov 25, 2018 • 50 min
No, you probably CAN’T be sure it’s not the flu.
Organ, Vomit, Non-Diabetes, Drink Free
Nov 14, 2018 • 36 min
There’s a reason kids puke so much. Kind of.
Ep. 34: Genetic Testing, Chemo, Drug Cost, Hearing Aids
Jun 2, 2018 • 43 min
Laura and Robin wrap up season one by figuring out if there’s evidence for essential oils, agreeing with a new Trump policy that protects Medicare patients, and more!
Ep. 33: Childbirth, Postpartum, DRUG RESISTANCE, Cancer Pill
May 19, 2018 • 39 min
Why are maternal mortality rates ONLY rising in the US? (among developed nations)
Ep. 32: Depression, Ebola, 2.4 Million Babies, Hangover
May 11, 2018 • 42 min
UCLA scientists are studying one of life’s most perplexing questions: How to prevent a hangover.
Ep. 31: Babies, Stem Cells, Race, Pain
May 5, 2018 • 44 min
Now there’s a race anyone can finish, complete with beer and cigarettes.
Ep. 30 Alcohol, chocolate, old medications, anxiety
Apr 28, 2018 • 36 min
Alcohol, chocolate, old medications, anxiety are they connected? No…
Ep. 29: Pasta, Nightmare Bacteria, Suicidal Thoughts, CT Scanner
Apr 21, 2018 • 47 min
Pasta. It’s actually not all that bad for you.
Ep. 28: Cancer, Evolution, Lose Weight, Headaches
Apr 15, 2018 • 47 min
Cancer, Evolution, Lose Weight, Headaches
Ep 27: Guilt-Free, Normal, Butter, Condom Challenge
Apr 7, 2018 • 54 min
No food need be “guilt-free,” some old remedies are best left in the past, nobody’s normal, and teens are snorting condoms (or ARE THEY?).
Ep. 26: Half-Assed, Depressed, Appears Visually, Apps
Mar 31, 2018 • 53 min
When it comes to exercise, it turns out that you get out what you put in, and even brief spurts during the day can help.
Ep. 25: Poverty, Secondhand Marijuana Smoke, Game Changing, Women Orgasm
Mar 24, 2018 • 36 min
Poverty hurts mental heath, even after poverty ends; stem cells could transform treatments for multiple sclerosis, but our article overstates the potential benefits; secondhand marijuana smoke is harmful; and women report more orgasms in sexual encounters…
Ep. 24: Nostrils, Adrenal, Digestive System, Jellybeans
Mar 17, 2018 • 43 min
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, but did Laura pick a St. Patrick’s Day story? No. No, she did not.
Episode 23: Pencil, VR, Apple, Amazon
Mar 3, 2018 • 43 min
Robin is out this week, so we prerecorded a TECHSTRAVAGANZA!!!
Ep. 22: Long Life, Cutting Out Foods, Scientists Say, YouTuber
Feb 24, 2018 • 56 min
Is it possible that NOT exercising and drinking alcohol could help you live into your 90s?
Ep. 21: Kidneys, British Accents, 4/20, Eat Slowly
Feb 17, 2018 • 48 min
Are you willing to drink a QUART of water a day to avoid kidney stones?
Ep 20: Over-Prescribing, Lifestyle Changes, Mushrooms, Cell Phone
Feb 10, 2018 • 54 min
We talk about tangents and go on a few of our own.
Ep. 19: Flu Vaccine, Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness Program, “Awkward” Doctor
Feb 3, 2018 • 56 min
Big Pharma is making a killing on flu vaccines, even when they don’t work. So, what’s their incentive to develop better ones?
Ep. 18: Screen Time, Tractor Beams, Non-Drugs, Pharmacy Desert
Jan 27, 2018 • 60 min
We might never be independently wealthy, but we’ve got the same chance as Gordon Ramsay’s kids (but not quite as good a chance as Melinda and Bill Gates’ children).
Ep. 17: Hormones, Alcohol, Porn, Cancer
Jan 20, 2018 • 50 min
We’re shocked, but not unhappy, that pizza might actually be an anti-inflammatory food.
Ep: 16: Alzheimer’s, Sugar Sleep, Farts, Couch Potatoes
Jan 13, 2018 • 58 min
Laura, it turns out, is an alien who experiences no food cravings.
Ep. 15: Stigma, Flu, Nightcaps, Raw Water
Jan 6, 2018 • 50 min
Suicide attempts are heavily stigmatized; the flu spreads across the US; there are some weird home remedies out there; raw water is ridiculous.
Ep. 14: Boosting Memory, Science Resolutions, Pot-Smokin’ Mamas, Fatigue
Dec 30, 2017 • 46 min
New recommendations for older people with mild cognitive impairment; science gets misquoted; not much support for expectant mothers who smoke pot; and a plethora of problems caused by fatigue (and bad journalism).
Ep. 13: Blindness, Super Salad, Fish, Penis Stickers
Dec 23, 2017 • 48 min
Pricey gene therapy could cure blindness; leafy greens might be memory boosters; kids who eat fish sleep better (if their parents’ reports can be trusted), and contraceptive gel for men is weird but much less weird than the Jiftip penis sticker.
Ep. 12: Hairdressers, States, Man Flu, 💯
Dec 16, 2017 • 46 min
Hairdressers check for melanoma; the healthiest and least healthy states; men are wimps about the flu; and how to live to 100.
Ep. 11: Pollution, Cheese, Hurt Feelings, Running
Dec 9, 2017 • 49 min
Air pollution can hamper the healthfulness of walks; a little cheese might not kill you; acetaminophen (Tylenol) can dull emotions and emotional pain; and four top tips for improving your running form.
Ep. 10: Medical Errors, Siblings, Mouthwash, Brain Cells
Dec 2, 2017 • 51 min
Pathology errors are underreported, parent-driven sibling rivalry creates lifelong rifts, one study associates mouthwash and diabetes, and viruses may help replace faulty brain cells in people with Parkinson’s.
Ep. 9: Cinnamon, Thanksgiving, Gene Editing, Calling in Sick
Nov 25, 2017 • 53 min
Cinnamon may promote fat burning (breathe, America), the holidays are a *great* time to talk about family health histories, gene editing offers hope for one man with a rare disorder, and medical professionals don’t call in sick as often as they should.…
Ep. 8: Side Effects, Blood Pressure, Diet, Cooling Towers
Nov 18, 2017 • 52 min
We explore flu shot side effects, an expanded blood pressure definition, the link between diet and heart disease, and cooling towers linked to Legionnaires’ disease.
Ep. 7: Fitbit, Labeling, Language Patterns, Prostate
Nov 11, 2017 • 57 min
The NIH is giving away 10,000 Fitbits; medical marijuana is often mislabeled; the way you speak could reveal hidden stress; and tailored prostate cancer treatments could help men avoid treatment side effects.
Ep. 6: New vaccine, Socializing, iPhone, Potassium
Nov 4, 2017 • 52 min
The new shingles vaccine has a name formed by the worst sounds in the English language.
Ep. 5: Diabetes, Editing, Fruit, Daydreams
Oct 28, 2017 • 49 min
There are THREE kinds of diabetes?! Apples continue to be carcinogen-laden nightmares. And it turns out that people who daydream really are better than the rest of us.
Episode 4: Kidney Stones, Vegan, Marijuana, Sleep
Oct 21, 2017 • 50 min
Men don’t like being told kidney stones hurt more than childbirth, and being a “bad” vegan has some of the same health risks of eating meat.
Episode 3: Home remedies, Headaches, Birth control
Oct 14, 2017 • 61 min
There are SEVEN ways to remove a varicose vein, and it turns out that the pit of an apricot is actually called a “kernel.”
Episode 2: CVS, Tatas, Clocks, Vitamins
Oct 7, 2017 • 66 min
Stock photos of headless women in pink tank tops are weird, even if it IS breast cancer awareness month.
Episode 1: Fake science, Sitting/standing, “Heat” attacks
Oct 3, 2017 • 51 min
Sitting will kill you. Standing will also kill you. Is lying down the only option?