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  • Sitting Won’t Kill You, Except on Train Tracks

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 13, 2011 | 9:49 am

    In the last couple of weeks the media has published stories making it sound like your Ikea chair is a death trap waiting to assist your suicide through the dangerous activity of sitting down. Stories with sensational titles like “Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?” (see link below)... read on

  • Surgery Might Save Lives in Early Prostate Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 6, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Last week’s post, “Armadillos Transmit Leprosy to Humans”, generated much positive feedback, which I appreciated. You all clearly enjoy stories featuring cute mammals and very little serious science or health implications. I did my best to find a story like that this week, but... read on

  • Armadillos Transmit Leprosy to Humans

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 29, 2011 | 7:18 am

    Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is unclean by a dead armadillo.

    —A horrible misquote of Numbers 5:2

    Leprosy, now also called Hansen’s disease, is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae,... read on

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  • More Than Half of Americans Take Dietary Supplements

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 15, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control has something called the National Nutrition Monitoring System? And apparently it’s a good thing too, since who else would monitor the nation’s nutrition?

    This week the intrepid bunch at the National Nutrition Monitoring System... read on

  • New Study on Estrogen Yields Confusion but Same Recommendations

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 8, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    This week a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed new results about estrogen use and generated major media hubbub. (See the links below for some of the media coverage, the article and an accompanying editorial.) To understand the kerfuffle it... read on

  • Eat Right for Your Belt Size, Not Your Blood Type

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 1, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Every couple of months I get asked this same question.

    “Doc, what’s my blood type?”

    I load my “why you don’t need to know your blood type” speech from my cerebrum and press replay, trying to add a little spontaneous variation for authenticity.

    “Actually, I’ve never... read on

  • A Pulmonologist Defends Benzonatate

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 25, 2011 | 11:48 am

    Last month I posted about benzonatate, a cough suppressant also marketed under the brand Tessalon. (See the link below for the original post.) In that post I detailed an FDA warning about the serious potential side effects of benzonatate, especially in accidental overdoses in... read on

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