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Newsflash: Smoking is Very Unhealthy

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

January 25, 2013 | 2:15 pm

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I have shocking news. Smoking is very very bad for you.

In 1964 the US Surgeon General issued a report summarizing the known adverse health effects of smoking. At that time about 40% of... read on

  • Curing Clostridium difficile with, um, Feces

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 18, 2013 | 11:40 am

    [This post is grosser than most. You may not want to read it over lunch.]

    Last year I warned that Clostridium difficile (C. dif.) infections are becoming more common.

    C. dif. is a bacterium that infects the colon causing severe, sometimes life-threatening, diarrhea. C. dif.... read on

  • This Year’s Flu Season Isn’t Mild

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 11, 2013 | 10:31 am

    The last two years have graced us with atypically mild flu seasons. This year we’re not so lucky. The flu season seems to have started early, and at least on the East Coast is quite severe. This week Boston has declared a public health emergency as their emergency departments... read on

  • Many Women Who Don’t Need Them Are Still Getting Pap Tests

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 4, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    My regular readers know that I frequently bemoan the fact that we have no effective way to test for most cancers, and that in many cancers early diagnosis does not improve survival. Cervical cancer is one of the few exceptions. Since Georgios Papanikolau developed the test named... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Practicing internal medicine in Beverly Hills since 2000, Dr. Fuchs brags that his practice is “tiny and meant to stay that way.” He has blogged for the past three years...

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