Jewish Journal

  • Aspirin for Cancer Prevention not Ready for Prime Time

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 23, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Let’s imagine that we had a hunch that lighting incense at midnight contributes to weight loss, and we wanted to test that hunch. How would we do that? We would recruit lots of overweight adults and (with their permission) randomly assign them into two groups. The first group would... read on

  • Epidemiology is Much Worse For You Than Red Meat

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 16, 2012 | 10:53 am

    “Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!”—Tommy Smothers

    I generally try to avoid writing about meaningless studies that should be ignored. First, there are a lot of them. Second, I don’t want to attract more attention to them than they already get... read on

  • Clostridium difficile Infections on the Increase

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 9, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    In 2010 I predicted that Clostridium difficile (C. dif.) would become a household name. C. dif. is a bacterium that infects the colon causing severe, sometimes life-threatening, diarrhea. C. dif. infection is frequently a complication of antibiotic use. Antibiotics can kill the... read on

  • Doctor, Test Me for Everything

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 2, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    “Doctor, I really want to stay healthy and I just got a big promotion/had a baby/had a grandchild, so I really don’t want to end up with some horrible illness. Please test me for everything.”

    Primary care doctors hear requests like this all the time. It’s an impossible... read on