Jewish Journal

End of Year Cheer

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

December 23, 2009 | 8:44 pm

Short work weeks make for short posts, doubly so when virtually all the health-related news is about the healthcare bill in Congress.  So I’ll end the year with two unrelated bits of good... read on

  • Mollified about Mercury (or Calm about Catfish)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 18, 2009 | 7:46 pm

    Mercury in high doses is known to be toxic.  So if you were thinking about breaking your glass thermometer and drinking the contents on a lark, I beg you to reconsider.  This has raised concern about possible harm from eating seafood since many species of seafood are known to contain... read on

  • Expired Medications (or Medicines From The Mesozoic)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 11, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    Every primary care physician occasionally encounters questions similar to the following.

    “I just found some of my blood pressure medicines.  The container fell behind the couch a year ago.  The expiration date was last month.  Can I still use them?”


    “I know you just... read on

  • Lemierre Syndrome: Rethinking Pharyngitis in Young Adults

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 4, 2009 | 3:46 pm

    One of the first outpatient problems a primary care trainee learns to manage is sore throat.  The current algorithm is fairly simple.  Most sore throats are caused by viruses and will not improve with antibiotics.  Symptomatic medication for pain and fever is the best we can offer. ... read on