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More Match Day Misery

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

March 19, 2010 | 6:29 pm

… or, If We Beg, Will You Go Into Primary Care?

What if tomorrow 30% of the nation’s plumbers disappeared?  Perhaps they vanish due some fantastic science fiction experiment gone... read on

  • Are Bisphosphonates to Blame for Baffling Bone Breaks?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 12, 2010 | 11:08 am

    This week ABC World News aired a story about a possible side effect of osteoporosis medications.  The family of medications involved in this story is called bisphosphonates and includes Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva.  These medications have been proven to prevent fractures in patients... read on

  • American Cancer Society Revises its Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 5, 2010 | 5:34 pm

    About a year ago I reviewed the controversies of prostate cancer screening, especially the conundrum that we still don’t know whether finding prostate cancer early saves any lives.  I concluded by citing the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations that the... read on

  • Carotid Stenting Still Controversial

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 26, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Almost 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year.  Strokes are the third most common cause of death in the US, and are frequently disabling to those who survive.  These sobering numbers are despite the substantial improvement in recent decades in stroke prevention through the use... read on

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  • Alarms about Asthma Agents

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 19, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    (or, LABAs Relabeled)

    Long acting beta agonists (LABAs) are a family of inhaled medicines used to control asthma symptoms.  LABAs include the medicines in Serevent and Foradil.  LABAs are also available in combination inhalers, Advair and Symbicort, which combine a LABA with an... read on

  • Gastric Banding is an Effective Option for Obese Teens

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 12, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    What’s my advice to my overweight patients?  Eat less and exercise more.  I give this advice every day, but following this advice is much harder than giving it.  Overweight people frequently struggle with diet and exercise for years, sometimes successfully, sometimes regaining... read on

  • Twelve Years Later, the Truth about Vaccines and Autism

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 5, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Ideas have consequences.  False ideas, especially popular false ideas, can cause harm.  For example, the very popular false idea “corduroy pants and wide lapels are far out, man” made an entire nation ugly for about a decade.  And some false ideas do even more harm than that.

    In... read on

  • Normal Weight Obesity:  Why Losing Weight Is Not Always the Answer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 29, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    Weight loss is one of the most common recommendations that doctors make.  How do we know if a patient should lose weight?  We usually use the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a way to compare a patient’s weight to her height.  (For all you math geeks, it’s the weight in kilograms... read on

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