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  • FDA Warns of Risk of Highest Zocor Dose

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 17, 2011 | 10:01 am

    What’s the difference between a medication’s intended effect and its side effects? Is there some physiologic difference between the beneficial effects of a medicine and the annoying or even toxic things that it does? Not really. All medications have lots of different effects on... read on

  • Germany Struck by Major Food Poisoning Outbreak

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 10, 2011 | 2:03 pm

    Since May Germany has been plagued with a particularly nasty outbreak of food poisoning. There have been almost 3,000 people who have become sick so far and 27 deaths, with a small number of cases in other countries.

    The bacterium causing the outbreak has been identified, but the... read on

  • Cellphone Users Have a Higher Risk of Getting Annoyed at the World Health Organization

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 3, 2011 | 9:57 am

    This week all the buzz is about cellphones and brain tumors. Who would possibly link cellphones and brain tumors? The World Health Organization, that’s WHO.

    This week, an agency in WHO announced that it was declaring cellphone use to be “possibly carcinogenic”, adding it to a... read on

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  • Niacin Does Not Prevent Strokes or Heart Attacks

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 27, 2011 | 11:40 am

    In the last decades we’ve made major strides in heart attack prevention through the use of blood pressure medications, smoking cessation, and statins – a family of cholesterol-lowering medications that have been proven to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Despite these advances,... read on

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Criticized by Patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 20, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
    –attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, among others

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness marked by chronic disabling fatigue that is not explained by another diagnosis. Other symptoms such as... read on

  • 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

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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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