Dr. Matt and Dr. Mike's Medical Podcast

By Mike Todorovic

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Dr Matt Barton and Dr Mike Todorovic are University lecturers and researchers who love discussing the anatomy and physiology of various human systems and explore important clinical correlates.

Episode Date
Hiccups - Medical Minutes
In this episode of Medical Minutes, Dr Matt has prepared while Dr Mike has no idea that the topic is HICCUPS!
Jul 18, 2021
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss pharmacokinetics (how your body alters a drug) and explore the 4 stages; Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion.
Jul 09, 2021
Farts - Medical Minutes
This is the first on many bonus episodes that Dr Matt & Dr Mike will release!! Welcome to Medical Minutes, where Dr Matt and Dr Mike will discuss a weird or wonderful function of the body! Today, FARTS!!
Jun 25, 2021
Cortisol: The Stress Hormone
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike explore what physiological stress is. They discuss the difference between acute and chronic stress, and explore the important role of cortisol in keeping us alive during stressful situations.
May 23, 2021
Alcohol (w/ Matt Donnelly)
This episode was so much fun! Dr Matt & Dr Mike talk everything alcohol with Vegas comedian, magician, and podcaster, Matt Donnelly. They discuss; types of alcohol, history of alcohol, how it is produced, absorbed, blood alcohol limits, metabolism, its effects on the body (short term and long term), hangovers and hangover cures, 'breaking the seal', and a few personal stories thrown in there! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: Dr Mike Todorovic: @drmiketodorovic Dr Matt Barton: @drbartox Matt Donnelly: @sweetmattyd
Apr 13, 2021
Dietary Fats and Blood Lipids (w/ Dr Kevin Klatt)
Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss dietary fats and blood lipids (triglycerides, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and VLDL) with Dr Kevin Klatt. Dr Klatt has a PhD in molecular nutrition and is a registered dietician at Baylor College of Medicine.
Mar 30, 2021
Adaptive Immune System
How does our body target specific pathogens for destruction? What are B and T cells? Dr Matt & Dr Mike will make the complex adaptive immune system EASY!
Mar 12, 2021
In this episode Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss everything vaccines! Start - 0:07:37 : What is immunity? 0:07:37 - 0:16:24 : The 4 Types of Immunity 0:16:24 - 0:39:42 : History of Vaccines 0:39:42 - 0:49:00 : Herd Immunity 0:49:00 - 1:02:05 : Types of Vaccines 1:02:05 - 1:08:40 : Vaccine Myths 1:08:40 - End : COVID-19 Vaccines
Jan 28, 2021
Innate Immune System
In this episode, Dr Matt and Dr Mike explore the following components of the innate immune system; cells (macrophages, mast cells, leukocytes, and NK cells), chemicals (compliment and cytokines), and physiological responses (inflammation and fever).
Jan 17, 2021
This episode was an eye opener! Delirium is poorly understood and very common. Luckily, Professor Andy Teodorczuk is here to help us understand what Delirium is and how it is treated.
Nov 22, 2020
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike are joined by Doctor, Lawyer, and Disability Advocate, Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM. Dr Palipana has also experienced a spinal cord injury, being the first quadriplegic doctor in Queensland, Australia. He talks about his experience with spinal cord injury as both a doctor and a patient.
Nov 04, 2020
The Spinal Cord
Is the spinal cord more like a highway or an elevator in a multi-story building? In this episode, Dr Matt and Dr Mike explain the anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord.
Oct 21, 2020
Drug Addiction and Abuse (w/ Dr Kieran Kennedy)
What is drug addiction? How is it different to other addictions like gambling? What is drug abuse? What is withdrawal? When does drug use become a "problem"? How is drug abuse treated? And more!
Oct 04, 2020
Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss everything about blood! What are its components? What does it do? Everything an aspiring health professional, or interested person, could ever want to know!!
Sep 21, 2020
In this episode Dr matt and Dr Mike discuss the role of testosterone in embryological development, masculinization, muscle growth and development, exercise and performance, and in the treatment of hypogonadism.
Sep 01, 2020
Male Reproductive System
In this episode we explore the tubes, glands, and structures of the male reproductive tract! The journey begins at the testes, moves to the epididymis, ductus (vas) deferens, prostate, seminal vesicles, ejaculatory ducts, urethra, penis, and erection and ejaculation.
Aug 13, 2020
Shock is a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body. The circulatory system fails to maintain adequate blood flow, sharply curtailing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs. In this episode we discuss the types, causes, and treatments of shock.
Jul 22, 2020
Medical Conspiracies (feat. Dr Steven Novella)
In this episode, Dr Matt and Dr Mike are joined by Clinical Neurologist and Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Dr Steven Novella. They discuss conspiracy thinking in medicine and explore what drives people away from science-based thinking. Dr Novella offers some insight from his clinical experience and explains how (or if) we can address people with incorrect views.
Jul 10, 2020
Inflammation is the body's response to damage. Specifically damage to vascularised tissue. In this episode Dr Matt and Dr Mike explain the cardinal signs of inflammation, the chemicals involved in the inflammatory response, and the drugs used to treat inflammation.
Jun 17, 2020
The Stomach
In this episode Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss everything about the stomach! Including; anatomy, embryology, physiology, histology, and disease!
Jun 01, 2020
Prostate Gland
What is the prostate? Where can it be found? What does it do? How did it develop during embryology? What prostate disorders are there?
May 12, 2020
Membrane Transport (Passive vs. Active Transport)
In this episode we discuss osmosis, diffusion, primary active transport, and secondary active transport.
Mar 17, 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
What is it? Where did it begin? What are the symptoms? How does it compare to other viruses? How do we test? What is the treatment? What can WE do to prevent it?
Mar 16, 2020
Everything you ever wanted (needed) to know about the Gallbladder.
Mar 06, 2020
DNA Transcription and Translation
What is DNA? How is it transcribed into RNA? How does RNA translate into protein?
Feb 25, 2020
What is anaphylaxis? What causes it? And how is it treated?
Feb 14, 2020
Cell Stress and Adaptation
How do cells respond to stress? In this episode Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss hypertrophy, hyperplasia, atrophy, and metaplasia!
Jan 24, 2020
What are the different vitamins? Is there any evidence that vitamin supplements benefit our health?
Dec 06, 2019
What are the different classes of antibiotics and how do they work?
Nov 17, 2019
Episode 57 - NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
What are NSAIDs and how do they work? In this episode we discuss aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and paracetamol.
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 56 - Opioids and Opiates
What is the difference between opioids and opiates? How does our pain pathway work? What is pain gate theory? Do we have an inbuilt opioid system? How do opiates work? What is the history of opiate use? And more!
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 55 - Macronutrient Digestion (Proteins, Fats, and Carbs)
How and where in our body do we digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates?
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 54 - Smoking & Vaping
What happens to our body when we smoke and vape?
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 53 - Glycolysis
How do we turn glucose into pyruvate or lactate? What controls this process?
Aug 29, 2019
Episode 51 - Medical Terminology
In this episode Dr Matt and Dr Mike discuss simple ways to remember medical terminology. This includes directional terms, regional terms, root words, prefixes and suffices!!
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 50 - Alcohol *UPDATED*
How is alcohol metabolised? How bad/good is alcohol for you? What happens to an alcoholics brain? Why can alcoholics have seizures and hallucinations when they withdraw? Is there such a thing as "breaking the seal?" What is a hangover? Is there a cure? Does mixing drinks make you more drunk? And more!
Jul 05, 2019
Episode 49 - Cholinergic Pharmacology
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike explore drugs that mimic or inhibit the neurotransmitter acetylcholine!
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 48 - Adrenergic Pharmacology
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike explore how drugs that mimic or inhibit adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine) work.
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 47 - Nausea & Vomiting
We are joined by Order of Australian and Emergency Doctor, Dinesh Palipana, to discuss Nausea and Vomiting and how it is recognised and treated.
May 26, 2019
Episode 46 - Cholinergic Receptors
In this episode Dr Matt and Dr Mike look at receptors for acetylcholine, called cholinergic receptors. They discuss where they are located and what happens when they are stimulated!
May 14, 2019
Bonus Episode! ABC Radio: Epilepsy!
What is epilepsy? How many different types of seizures are there? And how is it treated?
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 45 - Adrenergic Receptors
How does noradrenaline (norepinephrine) work in the body? In this episode we discuss the different types of adrenaline binding receptors, where they are located, and what is there function?!
Mar 27, 2019
Episode 44 - Hunger & Appetite
Today we are joined by nutrition expert Dr. Emma Beckett. Dr Beckett has a PhD in Nutrition Science and lectures at the University of Newcastle. She is an expert on all things food related! In this episode we talk about hunger and appetite! What makes us hungry? Can we suppress appetite? What role does our gut microbiome play in hunger and appetite? And more! *Sorry about some of the poor audio quality - Matt's fault!*
Mar 15, 2019
Bonus Episode! ABC Radio: Endometriosis
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike talk with ABC Brisbane host Kelly Higgins-Devine about Endometriosis.
Mar 12, 2019
Bonus Episode! ABC Radio: Congenital Heart Disease
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 43 - Body Tissues
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 42 - Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain is complex. Luckily for us we have Order of Australia medal recipient and Junior Doctor of the Year, Dinesh Palipana, to help us discuss the complexities of abdominal pain.
Feb 01, 2019
Episode 40 - Integumentary System
In this episode, Dr Matt and Dr Mike discuss the epidermis, dermis, fingerprints, melanocytes, hair, and nails and more!
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 39 - Diabetic ketoacidosis
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 38 - Spleen
Aug 18, 2018
Episode 37 - Pancreas
Aug 13, 2018
Bonus Episode! ABC Radio Edition! - Spinal Cord Injury
Jul 26, 2018
Bonus Episode! ABC Radio Edition! - Smell
Jul 19, 2018
Episode 36 - Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack) and Angina
Emergency Department Resident, Dr Dinesh Palipana, join Dr Matt & Dr Mike to discuss the 300,000 Australians that visit ED every year with chest pain.
Jun 21, 2018
Episode 35 - Blood Pressure Medications
In this episode, Dr Matt & Dr Mike cover the most common anti-hypertensive medications and how they work! Expect to hear about beta-blockers, calcium channel antagosnists, AT2 receptor antagonists, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and more!!!!
Jun 12, 2018
Episode 34 - Pain!
What is pain? How is it transmitted to the brain? How is it different to touch? What medications can we use to treat pain? Do other animals feel pain?
May 30, 2018
Episode 33 - Memory
Can't remember what we spoke about...I think it was something about memory. How it works? Different types? Who knows, you'll have to listen to find out.
May 20, 2018
Episode 32 - The Auditory System (Hearing & The Ear)
How do we hear? What is the difference between the outer, middle, and inner ear? What does the cochlear do? How does our hearing compare to other animals? What is Tinnitus? And so much more!!
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 31 - The Eye & Vision
Everything you wanted to know about the eye & more!!
Apr 20, 2018
Episode 30 - Bones
Dr. Matt & Dr. Mike outline bone structure and function. Why do we have a skeleton? Why is calcium homeostasis important? What is Osteoporosis?
Apr 11, 2018
Episode 29 - The Cell
Mar 20, 2018
Episode 28 - Cancer
In this episode Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss cancer! What is it? How does it occur?
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 27 - Muscular System (Part 2 - Contraction)
Muscular contraction - Botox, Tetanus, Myesthenia gravis.
Mar 08, 2018
Episode 26 - Muscular System (Part 1)
There are approximately 660 skeletal muscles that make up the human body, how do they work and how are they different to the smooth muscle in our digestive system and the cardiac muscle of our heart??
Feb 11, 2018
Episode 25 - Homeostasis
All diseases are simply a problem with the body maintaining homeostasis - so what is homeostasis??
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 24 - Chemistry of Life (Atoms to Organisms)
How do individual atoms create entire organisms?? This podcast outlines how elements within the periodic table are produced and come together, through varying levels of complexity, to form US!!
Jan 11, 2018
Episode 23 - Adrenal Glands
The amazing adrenal glands produce and release important hormones involved in the stress response of organisms. This includes adrenaline (epinephrine), glucocorticoids (cortisol), sex hormones (androgens), and mineralocorticoids (aldosterone).
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 22 - Thyroid and Parathyroid
Does Donald Trump have Hypothyroidism? Find out here!!
Dec 03, 2017
Episode 21 - Endocrine System (Hypothalamus & Pituitary)
In this episode we explore the anatomy and physiology of the hypothalamus and pituitary. We describe the hormones produced by each and what they do! We also talk about certain diseases that can arise from having either too much or not enough of these hormones!
Nov 23, 2017
Episode 20 - Cranial nerves and how to test them!
In Episode 20, Dr. Matt & Dr. Mike go through the 12 pairs of cranial nerves! They explain how to remember their names! How to remember whether they are sensory, motor, or both! AND how to test them clinically!!
Nov 17, 2017
Episode 19 - Autonomic Nervous System (Parasympathetic & Sympathetic Divisions))
How do the fight or flight (Sympathetic) and rest and digest (Parasympathetic) divisions of the autonomic nervous system work? Here we discuss the anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology (including receptors).
Nov 10, 2017
Episode 18 - The Brain! Including lobes, corpus callosum, and cerebellum!
- Brain metabolism (sugar, lactate, and ketones) - Frontal lobe (Phineas Gage getting a rod through his head, motor cortex, dementia, and Broca's aphasia - inability to create words) - Parietal lobe (Sensory cortex, phantom limb, neuroplasticity, disowning your own body parts) - Temporal lobe (memory, learning, epilepsy and religious experiences, Wernicke's aphasia - word-salad) - Occpital lobe (interpreting vision, visual disorders) - Insula (food avoidance after food poisoning) - Corpus Callosum (Split brain experiment, separating consciousness, confabulation) - Cerebellum (proprioception, balance, cerebral ataxia, walking on all four limbs, getting drunk)
Nov 01, 2017
Episode 17 - Resting Membrane & Action Potential (Clinical relevance!!)
In order for our neurons to fire off, heart muscle to contract, and kidneys to reabsorb substances, the cells in our body need to establish charge and concentration differences between the inside of the cell and outside the cell (resting membrane potential). In this episode, we explore how our body creates these differences and exploit them to send signals to and from the brain (action potential). We also discuss what can happen to the body if we alter these concentrations and charges.
Oct 27, 2017
Episode 16 - The Nervous System (An introduction)
In this episode Dr. Matt and Dr. Mike introduce the nervous system. They outline the various components of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (cranial nerves and spinal nerves)  and discuss its primary functions. Dr. Matt also explains to Dr. Mike the embryological development of the nervous system.
Oct 23, 2017
Episode 15 - Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) analysis
"ABGs are easy as 1,2,3!!" ​​​​​​​In this episode Dr Matt and Dr Mike explain how to read an arterial blood gas (ABG) report and help determine whether a patient has a respiratory or metabolic based acidosis or alkalosis. They also look at some complex mixed cases and explain some easy ways to determine what's going on?!
Oct 16, 2017
Episode 14 - Acid Base Physiology
What is the clinical importance of understanding pH? In this episode we discuss acidosis and alkalosis.
Oct 09, 2017
Episode 13 - Lactation and Breastfeeding
Dr. Mike has recently had a baby and is experiencing the complexities of breastfeeding. In this episode Dr Matt & Dr Mike discuss the anatomy and physiology of lactation. They are also joined by a special guest, Midwife & Nurse, Rose Townley, to discuss the complexities of breastfeeding for both mum and bub.  
Sep 28, 2017
Episode 12 - The Nephron and Diuretics
How are substances reabsorbed and secreted along the nephron to create urine? How do diuretics work?
Sep 20, 2017
Episode 11 - The Glomerulus & Glomerular filtration rate
Our kidneys need to filter 120mL per minute (or 180L per day) of blood in order to maintain the appropriate amount of salts, pH, waste, and other components in the blood. The glomerulus is the filter that decides what can and cannot get filtered. If this membrane is damaged or disrupted, patient health can rapidly decline. What is the glomerulus? How does it work? How can it be damaged? What are some diseases of the glomerulus?
Sep 09, 2017
Episode 10 - Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS)
Did you know that our kidneys control our blood pressure? It does this so it can continually create 180 litres of filtered blood every day to keep us healthy! The system that the kidneys use to control blood pressure is called the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) - it's a big name but easy to learn! Many patients with hypertension manage their blood pressure by taking medications that act upon this system! Join Dr. Matt & Dr. Mike in this episode to explore this clinically important system! 
Sep 03, 2017
Episode 9 - The kidneys
Dr Matt and Dr Mike explore the anatomy and physiology of the kidneys!!
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 8 - The Liver
Why is our poo brown? What is Jaundice and why do people with Jaundice turn yellow? This episode has A LOT of information!! In this episode, Dr. Matt talks about the embryological origins of the liver and gross anatomy, while Dr. Mike talks about the function of the liver and its diverse role/s in metabolism, protein synthesis, hormone production, storage, blah, blah blah!! This episode has A LOT of information!!
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 7 - Digestive System / Gastrointestinal tract
Coprophagia, belly-flopping koala's, why the appendix IS useful, fecal transplants, and a general medical examination of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. ​​​​​​​Enjoy!!
Aug 18, 2017
Episode 6 - Diabetes Mellitus
Dr Mike tastes diabetic urine and D Matt explains how the old definitions of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are no longer relevant. 
Aug 12, 2017
Episode 5 - Ventilation perfusion (VQ) coupling
Dr Matt and Dr Mike explore the clinical importance of matching alveolar ventilation with pulmonary blood flow.  
Aug 12, 2017
Episode 4 - Gas Exchange
How do we exchange gases with our blood? In this episode Dr Matt and Dr Mike examine how we bring gases into our lungs from the atmosphere and how we exchange gases with our blood.
Aug 12, 2017
Episode 3 - The Respiratory Tract
This week Dr. Matt and Dr. Mike explore the functional anatomy of the respiratory system They begin at the nose and move through various structures such as the sinuses, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and finally into the alveoli of the lungs.
Aug 11, 2017
Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Dr Matt and Dr Mike discuss what blood pressure is and the pathophysiology of hypertension
Aug 11, 2017
The Cardiovascular System
The functional anatomy of the cardiovascular system with clinical correlates
Aug 11, 2017