85 Episodes • By Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher • freakonomics.com/series/bapu...
Each week, physician and economist Dr. Bapu Jena will dig into a fascinating study at the intersection of economics and healthcare. He takes on questions like: Why do kids with summer birthdays get the flu more often? Can surviving a hurricane help you live longer? What do heart surgery and grocery- ...more
Science Society & Culture
78. Do Kids Cause Divorce?
Couples get divorced for all kinds of reasons. Is ha... more
Mar 31 2023 18m
Chapter 1 8 minsThe Impact of Twins on Marriage
Chapter 2 12 minsRisk of Divorce
77. They Make Minimum Wage. They Could Save Your Life.
Doctors and nurses get most of the attention — but a... more
Mar 24 2023 18m
Chapter 1 11 minsImproving Health Care Quality
Chapter 2 10 minsIncreasing Minimum Wage in Nursing Homes
76. Is a Spoonful of Sunlight the Best Medicine?
In hospitals, a softer pillow or a nicer room might ... more
Mar 17 2023 17m
Chapter 1 11 minsNatural Daylight in Care
Chapter 2 9 minsBuilt Environment Impact
Chapter 3 1 minBringing Levity to Patients
75. What Is Sugar Really Doing to You?
Americans eat a lot of sugar — and it’s hard to dete... more
Mar 10 2023 19m
Chapter 1 5 minsImpact of Sugar on Health
Chapter 2 17 minsSugar Exposure Effects
Chapter 3 2 minsSupporting the Podcasts You Love
74. How Does Playing Football Affect Your Health?
It’s not a new question, but it’s a tricky one to s... more
Mar 3 2023 16m
Chapter 1 11 minsPro Football Effects on Health
Chapter 2 7 minsRisks of Football & Sports
Chapter 3 1 minSupporting the Podcasts You Love
73. Who Pays for Multimillion-Dollar Miracle Cures?
The most expensive drugs in the world are treatments... more
Feb 17 2023 29m
Chapter 1 10 minsInnovative Solutions for Treating Rare Diseases
Chapter 2 13 minsThe Economics of Curing Chronic Diseases
Chapter 3 9 minsSubscription Model for Healthcare
72. What’s Stopping Us From Curing Rare Diseases?
Breakthroughs in biotech that seem like science fict... more
Feb 10 2023 31m
Chapter 1 4 minsThe Promise of Genetic Treatments
Chapter 2 11 minsAI in Medicine
Chapter 3 15 minsCrispr
Chapter 4 3 minsGolf
71. What Do COVID-19 and Cancer Have in Common?
mRNA vaccines helped bring the pandemic under contro... more
Feb 3 2023 26m
Chapter 1 9 minsImmune System and Cancer Treatment
Chapter 2 19 minsImmunotherapies in Cancer
70. Why Are There Still So Few Female Surgeons?
Success and failure are hard to measure in medicine.... more
Jan 27 2023 29m
Chapter 1The Impact of Discrimination in Healthcare
Chapter 2 5 minsThe Negative Impact of Gender Bias
Chapter 3 16 minsGender Bias Among Healthcare Workers
Chapter 4 6 minsThe Impact of Discrimination on Female Surgeons
Chapter 5 29 secXfinity Internet and Mobile
69. Home Sweet … Hospital?
We take it for granted that, when people are acutely... more
Jan 20 2023 27m
Chapter 1 6 minsHome Hospital Lifts All Boats
Chapter 2 6 minsHospital Care at Home
Chapter 3 16 minsThe Home Hospital Program
68. The E.R. Doctor’s Dilemma
Figuring out which patients to hospitalize and which... more
Jan 13 2023 29m
Chapter 1Why It Can Be Hard to Figure Out Which Patients Need to Be in the Hospital
Chapter 2 7 minsWhat Drives Emergency Department Decisions?
Chapter 3 8 minsAI Algorithm Helps Physicians Reduce Over-Testing
Chapter 4 10 minsAlgorithms to Make Better Decisions About Who Needs Hospitalization
What Can We Do About the Hardest Patients? (Ep. 51 Replay)
A small number of patients with multiple, chronic co... more
Jan 6 2023 30m
Chapter 1 5 minsHardest Patients
Chapter 2 13 minsThe Complexity of Healthcare Patients
Chapter 3 12 minsThe Camden Coalition Project
67. Why Did This 60-Year-Old Man Collapse at the Supermarket?
Bapu tries to stump master clinician Dr. Gurpreet Dh... more
Dec 30 2022 33m
Chapter 1 13 minsWhat to Do in a Medical Emergency
Chapter 2 14 minsCauses of Low Potassium and Bicarbonate
Chapter 3 6 minsMedical Mystery Solving
Chapter 4 1 minThe Many Benefits of Collagen
66. Does Health Insurance Make You Healthier?
It’s a surprisingly hard question to answer. Bapu ta... more
Dec 23 2022 31m
Chapter 1 15 minsThe Oregon Medicaid Lottery
Chapter 2 9 minsThe Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
Chapter 3 8 minsHealthcare's Impact on Labor Market
Chapter 4 1 minThe Importance of Listening to Podcasts
65. How Do Pandemics Change Health Care?
At the start of the 20th century, there weren’t many... more
Dec 16 2022 31m
64. Is Facebook Bad for Your Mental Health?
Half the world's population uses social media — and ... more
Dec 9 2022 31m
63. What Medicine Gets Wrong About Race
Some diagnostic tests give distorted results for Bla... more
Dec 2 2022 32m
Why Don’t We Have a Cure for Alzheimer’s? (Ep. 49 Update)
Promising drugs keep failing in trials. Allegations ... more
Nov 25 2022 32m
62. Dr. Ashish Jha Anticipated a Pandemic. He Didn’t Think It Would Look Like This.
Bapu talks to White House Covid Czar Dr. Ashish Jha ... more
Nov 18 2022 28m
61. Should You Bother Getting a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is strongly recommended for Americans ov... more
Nov 11 2022 33m
60. The Doctor Is Out. The Physician Assistant Is In.
Chances are, at some point you’ll be treated by a nu... more
Nov 4 2022 30m
59. The Most Valuable Resource in Medicine
Time is precious. How can doctors and patients make ... more
Oct 28 2022 27m
58. How Important Is Breastfeeding, Really?
Can a clever new study shed light on one of parentin... more
Oct 21 2022 31m
57. Doctors Know They Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics. Why Don’t They Stop?
Antibiotics save lives. But what happens when we use... more
Oct 14 2022 27m
56. Could Prison Be Good for Your Health?
Incarceration has been linked to infectious diseases... more
Oct 7 2022 28m