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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Annual Chest X-Rays Not Useful for Lung Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 28, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    It’s been a disappointing month for proponents of screening.

    You remember what screening is? Screening is testing someone for a disease who does not have any signs or symptoms of that disease. In general it means testing a wide population for a specific disease. So if I have a... read on

  • Vitamin E Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 21, 2011 | 7:58 am

    Lots of my patients take vitamin supplements. I don’t recommend them. My patients don’t ask me about it, they just tell me. In the absence of a specific vitamin deficiency or medical condition, there is absolutely no evidence that any vitamin improves any health outcome. I’ve... read on

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