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Jun 13, 2023

What does the body of evidence say on fevers and whether or not we should treat them? Plus: more and more children are getting invasive streptococcal disease, and Chris fulfills two dreams of his: to become Dr. House and to write a book!

Block 1:

(1:47) Fever: what a fever is; the role the hypothalamus plays; why we shiver

Block 2:

(7:36) Fever: why fevers start; whether high fevers mean a worse condition; whether fevers help you fight an infection; febrile seizures; whether you should treat a fever; what a normal body temperature is; where you should stick that thermometre

Block 3:

(22:32) A rise in cases of invasive streptococcal disease in children

Block 4:

(32:21) Chris becomes House, MD. Play along!


* Jingle by Jillian Correia of Roctavio Canada

* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris


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1) XKCD cartoon on killing cancer cells:

2) Meta-analysis on the risks and benefits of fever reduction in adults:

3) Prognosis of febrile seizures in children:

4) The use of fever medication to prevent recurrent febrile seizures in children:




5) Normal variation in body temperature:

6) Diagnostic accuracy of ear thermometers:

7) CBC’s report on streptococcal disease in Waterloo, Ontario:

8) The Medscape Emergency Medicine Case Challenge:


It’s Not Twitter, But It’ll Do:

1) Jonathan’s article on the Big Pharma gambit:

2) Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Public Health Threat:

3) Chris’ Gazette article on coronary artery calcium:

4) Chris wrote a book called Does Coffee Cause Cancer? Pre-order it now!