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  • 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

  • News Nincompoops Narrate Nuclear Nonsense

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 17, 2011 | 11:26 pm

    Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that number will likely rise. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes. I’m having a hard time finding recent numbers on those... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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