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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • A Dose of Realism about Advanced Dementia

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 16, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Dementia isn’t one disease.  Like cancer, dementia is a family of different diseases that have important similarities.  The diseases that cause dementia all lead to progressive memory loss and brain dysfunction.  Dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia,... read on

  • The Challenge of Trusting Science

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 9, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    Around the turn of the last century medical practice was in a sorry state.  Despite dramatic advances in physics, chemistry and physiology, the day-to-day practice of medicine was still entirely estranged from the scientific method.  Medical training and medical practice was still... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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