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  • 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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  • Linaclotide is Safe and Effective for Chronic Constipation

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 12, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Chronic constipation affects about one in six people in the U.S. and is a problem that primary care doctors hear about very frequently. Symptoms include infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, straining, abdominal bloating and discomfort, and a sense of incomplete evacuation. It’s... read on

  • A New Species of Tick-Borne Bacteria Identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 5, 2011 | 10:26 am

    [Lunch warning: Parts of this post are kind of gross. If you’re reading this over a meal, you have been warned.]

    What a depressing week. The debt ceiling debate postponed all difficult decisions, second quarter economic growth was revised so low that you need to squint to see it,... read on

  • Mammogram Reading Not Better With Computer Assistance

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 29, 2011 | 10:34 am

    I went to college in the late 1980s, at perhaps the peak of optimism about computer intelligence. Personal computers had just become available and there was a general expectation that computers would soon be driving our cars, accepting our commands in spoken English, and generally... read on

  • The Power of Placebo

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 22, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    We’ve all heard of the power of the placebo effect – the benefit from receiving an inactive medication or a phony simulated treatment. But how do placebos work? Do they improve objective measures of disease? Do they improve the patient’s subjective symptoms? Do they do both? A... 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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