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  • Disaster Preparedness

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 11, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    I was I was going to post about a different topic today, but I could not ignore the devastation that befell Japan. The powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami have caused destruction that is difficult to grasp. (See links below for two news articles.) The magnitude of the disaster... read on

  • News Flash: Diabetes is Not Good

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 4, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus has long been known to increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and eye disease. In the US diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure requiring dialysis and one of the leading causes of blindness. Diabetes is also increasing in... read on

  • Evidence Mounts in favor of Weight Loss Surgery

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 25, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    Readers who have been following my posts for a few years know that weight-loss surgery is amassing an impressive body of scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness and safety. (Links to my previous posts about weight loss surgery are below.)

    This week, two studies in the... read on

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  • This Isn’t Your Father’s Heart Disease

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 18, 2011 | 11:27 am

    What’s the most common cause of death among American women? Breast cancer? Accidents? Suicide after watching too many Lifetime Channel specials? Nope. Heart attacks kill more women than any other cause—same as men. A generation ago heart disease was mistakenly thought of as an... read on

  • An Advance in Breast Cancer Surgery

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 11, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    Breast cancer surgery began long before radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormonal therapy existed. At that time surgery was the only available treatment. The standard of care was radical mastectomy – removal of the entire breast tissue with the underlying muscle and removal of... read on

  • Benzonatate: A cough suppressant so dangerous, you’d rather just cough

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 4, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Benzonatate is a cough suppressant available by prescription as a generic medication or under the brand Tessalon. It is chemically related to medicines used as local anesthetics and works by numbing the nerves in the lungs which trigger a cough reflex. It was approved by the FDA in... read on

  • Rattled by Rickets Resurgence

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 21, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Rickets is a childhood bone disease caused by severe vitamin D deficiency. It causes bone pain, weak bones and bone deformities in growing children. In the 1920s the link between rickets and vitamin D was discovered and within a couple of decades rickets largely disappeared from the... read on

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