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  • Expired Medications (or Medicines From The Mesozoic)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 11, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    Every primary care physician occasionally encounters questions similar to the following.

    “I just found some of my blood pressure medicines.  The container fell behind the couch a year ago.  The expiration date was last month.  Can I still use them?”

    or

    “I know you just... read on

  • Lemierre Syndrome: Rethinking Pharyngitis in Young Adults

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 4, 2009 | 3:46 pm

    One of the first outpatient problems a primary care trainee learns to manage is sore throat.  The current algorithm is fairly simple.  Most sore throats are caused by viruses and will not improve with antibiotics.  Symptomatic medication for pain and fever is the best we can offer. ... read on

  • New Mammogram Recommendations Betray Women, Doctors and Science

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 20, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    This week the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised their recommendations for screening mammograms.  Their recommendations have ignited much controversy and have weakened the credibility of a formerly objective scientific body.

    This post is longer than usual.  It deals... read on

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  • H1N1 Flu Update

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 13, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    I want to write another post about H1N1 flu about as much as I’d like to pour lemon juice on my paper cuts.  But there’s absolutely no other medical news to report and many of you are still much attuned to this developing story.

    Today’s Wall Street Journal summarized the most... read on

  • Should You Have a Pap Smear?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 6, 2009 | 3:10 pm

    Last week I lamented that we can prevent so few cancers.  Cervical cancer screening is one of the success stories of prevention.  Regular pap smears can drastically decrease the risk of cervical cancer and makes death from cervical cancer virtually unheard of.

    Cervical cancer is a... read on

  • Proactive or Paranoid?  When Vigilance is Valueless

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 30, 2009 | 7:41 pm

    What a better topic for Halloween than fear?

    All of us when hearing of a coworker or loved one who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness wonder if we could be next.  “What if I have lung cancer?  Should I get checked out?  There must be some tests I can get to make... read on

  • Vaccines: Fighting Fear with Information

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 23, 2009 | 8:57 pm

    Diversity of opinion is a mark of any free society.  Whenever I hear the latest conspiracy theory, see a commercial for a ghost-investigating “reality” show, or hear the latest quack cure advertised on radio, I remind myself that the spread of wacky fringe ideas is a consequence... 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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