Jewish Journal

  • Vaccines: Fighting Fear with Information

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 23, 2009 | 8:57 pm

    Diversity of opinion is a mark of any free society.  Whenever I hear the latest conspiracy theory, see a commercial for a ghost-investigating “reality” show, or hear the latest quack cure advertised on radio, I remind myself that the spread of wacky fringe ideas is a consequence... read on

  • A Dose of Realism about Advanced Dementia

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 16, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Dementia isn’t one disease.  Like cancer, dementia is a family of different diseases that have important similarities.  The diseases that cause dementia all lead to progressive memory loss and brain dysfunction.  Dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia,... read on

  • The Challenge of Trusting Science

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 9, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    Around the turn of the last century medical practice was in a sorry state.  Despite dramatic advances in physics, chemistry and physiology, the day-to-day practice of medicine was still entirely estranged from the scientific method.  Medical training and medical practice was still... read on

  • The H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccine

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 2, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    Countless of you (well actually, several of you) have asked me in the last few weeks “What about the swine flu vaccine?”  “Should I get it?”  “When will it be available?”  “Is it safe?”  “Does it not herald the coming of the zombie apocalypse?”  Well, your long... read on