Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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