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  • A New Medication for Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 16, 2010 | 5:05 pm

    Obesity is an increasingly prevalent problem in developed countries, and a safe and effective medication for weight loss is eagerly sought.  Most weight loss medications have been plagued by serious side effects.

    Fenfluramine, a medication used with phentermine in the popular... read on

  • Fewer Americans Dying of Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 9, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    This week the American Cancer Society published its annual review of cancer statistics and trends.  This year the big picture was overwhelmingly positive.

    The three most frequently diagnosed cancers in men are prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer (in that order).  For... read on

  • New Evidence Supports Prostate Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 2, 2010 | 11:42 am

    My regular readers know that prostate cancer screening has been an active research topic recently.  (My not-so-regular readers who are interested are invited to catch up on the topic by reading my most recent post on the subject.  See the link below.)  Whether testing men for... read on

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  • Doctors to Deal with Distracted Drivers

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 11, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    Doctors are expected not just to diagnose and treat diseases but to prevent disease by counseling patients about behaviors that expose them to risk.  We are expected to ask patients about smoking, alcohol use, high-risk sexual behavior, failure to use seatbelts and dancing on... read on

  • Heavy Coffee Drinkers May not be Getting any Boost from their Caffeine Fix

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 4, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    Everyone knows that caffeine is useful on occasion if we need to stay alert, especially when we’re sleepy.  Is there any college graduate who hasn’t had a caffeine-fueled all-night study session before an exam?  I certainly remember several nights in which I drank coffee to the... read on

  • Carotid Artery Stenting Almost Ready for Prime Time

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 28, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    Three months ago I wrote about carotid artery narrowing, which is one of a number of causes of stroke.  There are currently two alternative treatments for severe carotid artery narrowing:  surgery, called endarterectomy, to open the artery, and a newer procedure called carotid artery... read on

  • A Brief History of Unnatural Selection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 21, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    Indulge me as I digress from writing about health this week to write about an important scientific breakthrough.

    People have been altering the living things around us as long as we have been around.  We domesticated wild wolves into tame dogs and kept them for protection and as... read on

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