When it comes to statin dosing, um, what is the right dose?
Drs Joe Weatherly and Andrew Buelt of Questioning Medicine tackle this question as they review the evidence on statin dosing in their latest podcast. They also do a nice shout out to Less is More Med, but get into dangerous territory by bragging to a Canadian about their hockey team.*
Anyway, they do know a lot more about statins than they know about hockey; this is the fourth in a series of 5 shows devoted to critical appraisal of statin studies. The whole collection is here at Podomatic.
The pair also run a blog at MedPage Today, Questioning Medicine; though less frequently updated, their posts are great at tackling some of the assumptions we make.
Kayexelate to lower potassium? Maybe not that effective. Pelvic Exams? Probably unnecessary and likely harmful. What Joe and Andrew write always provides a gentle reminder to readers that our thinking "it might not help but it probably doesn't hurt" is off-base; there's plenty of evidence to back a change in practice for the better.
Like their style? You'll also love the other groups that act as Evidence-Based Medicine champions and 'medical mythbusters,' providing sharp (and sometimes hilarious) critical reviews of the latest evidence.
* While Tampa Bay did pretty well this NHL Playoff season, these guys will have to be careful about bragging about their success, given that the Lightening's roster is primary comprised of Canadian players.