Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • 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

  • Spiral CT Scans Save Lives from Lung Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 8, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    In November I wrote about preliminary data from the National Lung Screening Trial, a large study funded by the National Cancer Institute that attempted to find out if catching lung cancer early with spiral CT scans made a difference. (See link 1 below for my November post.) Last... read on

  • Rescuing Primary Care

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 1, 2011 | 11:26 am

    For almost any category of product or service you can think of, a huge variety of price and quality is available. From clothes to food to transportation we can all think of lousy but inexpensive choices that we wouldn’t like and incredibly luxurious choices that we can’t afford.... read on

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