Jewish Journal

To Clot or to Bleed?

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

January 15, 2010 | 6:56 pm

Aspirin has long been known to prevent strokes and heart attacks in patients with a previous stroke or heart attack.  But aspirin has potentially serious side-effects.  Aspirin can cause... read on

  • Antidepressants for Mild Depression May Not Help Much

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 8, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    Treatments for depression are difficult to study.  First, depression is a condition that can improve without treatment.  So any treatment must be compared to placebo to see if the treatment is responsible for the improvement or if the depression improved on its own.  Also, depression... read on

  • End of Year Cheer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    Short work weeks make for short posts, doubly so when virtually all the health-related news is about the healthcare bill in Congress.  So I’ll end the year with two unrelated bits of good news.

    The first is that the H1N1 flu pandemic is mostly behind us.  The peak numbers of... read on

  • Mollified about Mercury (or Calm about Catfish)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 18, 2009 | 7:46 pm

    Mercury in high doses is known to be toxic.  So if you were thinking about breaking your glass thermometer and drinking the contents on a lark, I beg you to reconsider.  This has raised concern about possible harm from eating seafood since many species of seafood are known to contain... read on

  • 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?”


    “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

  • 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

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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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