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  • Contagion: the Reality behind the Movie

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 7, 2011 | 10:57 am

    I’m usually here to remind you not to panic about whatever everyone is panicking about. Early in the H1N1 flu epidemic and in the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster I explained that everything was going to be OK.

    But there are some scary germs out there. The 1918 flu pandemic killed... read on

  • Arsenic in Your Apple Juice is Safer than Dr. Oz in Your Education

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 23, 2011 | 11:57 am

    There’s arsenic in apple juice, and I just poured my daughter a big glass. Go ahead, call Child Protective Services.

    On his show last week Dr. Oz tried to scare us about arsenic in apple juice. It was a feat of ratings-driven fear-mongering that was shameful even by daytime TV... read on

  • Contaminated Cantaloupes Responsible for Listeria Outbreak

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 16, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    My regular readers know I have a bit of an obsession with food-borne illness. Why? Because it’s such a difficult and old problem. (Obviously germs have been contaminating food and sickening animals long before people were around.) Modern sanitation and farming have made our food... read on

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  • Primary Care Doctors Want a Raise from Medicare

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 9, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    Imagine that you manufacture and sell ottomans. You are very proud of the excellent ottomans that you make. You trained for many years at great expense to become an expert ottoman maker. But as your career progresses, you find yourself generally dissatisfied with how many ottomans... read on

  • A Revolution in Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 2, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm affecting about 3 million Americans. The most serious risk of atrial fibrillation is stroke, caused by a blood clot forming in the abnormally beating heart chambers and traveling to a blood vessel in the brain. For over 50 years the... read on

  • Vaccines Are Much Safer than the Diseases They Prevent

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 26, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    A child develops a fever of 104 ⁰F, cough, runny nose and red eyes. A few days later she develops a red bumpy itchy rash as in this photo. Any guesses as to the diagnosis? Many of us would be stumped, having never seen this disease. This is the classic presentation of measles,... read on

  • Keep Calm, Carry On, and Get Your Flu Shot

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 19, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Ah, the magical serenity of mid-August! Students face the new school year with dread, parents face the new school year with joy, London is set ablaze, Syria shells its own civilians, and the stock market behaves like a brick thrown out of an airplane window.

    But for primary care... read on

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