Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • The H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccine

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 2, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    Countless of you (well actually, several of you) have asked me in the last few weeks “What about the swine flu vaccine?”  “Should I get it?”  “When will it be available?”  “Is it safe?”  “Does it not herald the coming of the zombie apocalypse?”  Well, your long... read on

  • Reservations Regarding Resveratrol

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 25, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    Resveratrol is a chemical found in the skin of red grapes, berries, plums and peanuts.  It is being widely promoted as the latest antiaging wonder drug.  Fortunately, to separate research from hype, this issue of The Medical Letter reviewed the current knowledge on Resveratrol.

    ... read on
  • A New Blood Thinner May Outperform Coumadin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 18, 2009 | 6:37 pm

    Atrial fibrillation is a very common abnormal heart rhythm affecting 3 million Americans.  The most dangerous complication of atrial fibrillation is stoke, which can happen when a blood clot forms in the fibrillating heart chambers and travels to the brain.

    Blood thinners have been... read on

  • The Facts on Red Yeast Rice

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 11, 2009 | 5:41 pm

    Many of my patients ask me whether they should take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol.  This week’s issue of The Medical Letter has a very handy review of red yeast rice which I summarize below.

    Red yeast rice is a food that is produced by fermenting rice with a specific... read on

  • National Cholesterol Education Month

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 4, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    The CDC says that September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and who am I to argue?  So here is a dollop of education about cholesterol.

    • High cholesterol is a major risk factor for strokes and heart attacks.  Other risk factors include
      • smoking,
      • age,
      • high blood pressure,
      • ... read on
  • Rational Rationing

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 28, 2009 | 9:01 pm

    The healthcare reform debate has generated much heat but very little light.  (And it’s also getting a lot of coverage, so there’s very little else to report about this week.)

    I wrote a couple of months ago my opinion of two simple (but unpopular) steps that would make... read on

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