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  • The Final Chapter

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 16, 2011 | 7:28 am

    “Soon I will rest, yes, forever sleep. Earned it I have.”—Jedi Master Yoda

    I have some bad news for you. You’re going to die.

    Not soon, I hope. But for the foreseeable future the death rate will remain one per person.

    This week a patient pointed me to a wonderful article by... read on

  • A Reminder to Dump Your Multivitamin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 9, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    The Medical Letter is a biweekly publication which publishes the most unbiased reviews of medications. It is not supported by advertising and prides itself in giving objective evidence-based information. I think it’s mandatory reading for anyone with a prescription pad. Several of... read on

  • Niacin Much Less Helpful in the Age of Statins

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 2, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    Niacin has been getting some bad press recently. A brief retrospective of Niacin’s rise to prominence will help us understand its recent fall from favor.

    Niacin is also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid, a molecule that we need in tiny quantities in our food. As far back as... read on

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  • Reflections on Gratitude

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 23, 2011 | 7:18 am

    For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends

    Thanksgiving By Ralph Waldo Emerson

    It’s been a difficult year for many of my patients. Some have had catastrophic health... read on

  • Yoga Or Stretching Helps Chronic Back Pain

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 18, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    Everyone hates stress, and for good reason. Stress makes us miserable. Perhaps for that reason, stress is blamed for virtually every disease for which the cause is still unknown. Later, when we discover the true cause, we find that it is unrelated to stress. We thought stress causes... read on

  • Difficult to Digest Carbohydrates Implicated in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 11, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition marked by abdominal pain, bloating, and alternating constipation and diarrhea. There is no specific test for IBS and other more serious diseases like celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease can cause similar symptoms. The... read on

  • Ivacaftor – a Breakthrough in Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 4, 2011 | 8:27 am

    One of the implicit themes we were taught in medical school is that an understanding of the basic science of a disease informs and guides treatment of patients. The general philosophy that we absorbed was that an understanding of the molecular or cellular defects in a disease would... read on

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