Can an itchy arm ruin a clinical trial? Does intermittent fasting work? And is pharma more trustworthy than the CDC?

We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, Yale University vaccine expert Saad Omer joins us to discuss how the side effects of Covid-19 vaccines could disrupt ongoing clinical trials. Next, University of California, San Francisco, cardiologist Ethan Weiss calls in to tell us about new clinical trial results that call into question the benefits of intermittent fasting. Finally, we bring you a lightning round, with hot takes on the first presidential debate, new data on a Covid-19 treatment, and a spicy congressional hearing.

For more on what we cover, here’s the paper on time-restricted eating; here’s a take on the presidential debate; here’s coverage from this week’s congressional hearings; and here’s STAT’s complete coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

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