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An Introduction to Medical Podcasts (Part 3)

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In part 1, I briefly introduced podcasts and iTunes. In part 2 and in this post, I'll introduce some of my favorite medical podcasts. After logging in to the iTunes store, each of these podcasts can be found by typing the name of the podcast in the "Search iTunes Store" box in the upper right corner of the screen.


Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Radio is a professionally produced, non-technical discussion of common medical topics designed for a general audience. Recent topics include ear infections, depression as a brain disease, and the use of robots for urologic procedures.

NIH Research Radio is a twice monthly review of studies performed by and resources available from the National Institutes of Health. It's lively and relatively nontechnical. Recent topics have included using MRI to diagnose breast cancer, programs from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and a visit to an NIH-funded clinical research center.

The New England Journal of Medicine produces two excellent podcasts each week. The first is NEJM This Week, a summary of the most recent issue of the NEJM. (For those who don't have time to look at the journal that week, the podcast provides an excellent alternative.) For example, this is a summary of the podcast for the week of April 12:
Featured are articles on optimal medical therapy with or without PCI for stable coronary disease, interleukin-1-receptor antagonist in type 2 diabetes mellitus, radiotherapy for glioblastoma in the elderly, inactivated poliovirus vaccine in Cuba, and retinal progenitor cells; a review article on strategies for safer liver surgery and partial liver transplantation; a case report of a man with neck pain, weakness in the arms, and cranial-nerve palsies; and Perspective articles on balancing disease prevention and economic development in China, on making smoking history worldwide, and on bridging the divide in diabetes treatment.
The second New England Journal of Medicine podcast is NEJM Interviews. These interviews with authors in the NEJM are detailed but accessible and are designed to appeal to both health care professionals and to a general audience. Recent topics have included tobacco control, tax-based health care proposals, and the U.S. market for human oocytes (human eggs).

The New York Times' Science Times podcast is a weekly highlight of articles in the Tuesday Science Times, and usually includes interviews with reporters or scientists on current topics. Recent podcasts have included an interview with a researcher who studies the neuroanatomy of love, medical ethics dilemmas, and an update on avian flu.

This "Introduction to Medical Podcasts" will conclude with part 4.
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