Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • When the Stool Hits the Sprouts

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 24, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    ... or Technology Phobia Can Be Fatal

    [This post is perfectly safe for work, but may not be safe for lunch, as it mentions poop more frequently than you may find appetizing.]

    This post is an update about the E. coli food poisoning outbreak in Germany that I posted about two weeks... read on

  • 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

  • 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

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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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