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Anticipating Autumn

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

August 30, 2013 | 2:20 pm

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Fall is upon us with its much-anticipated wonders. Giddy parents are gently pushing anxious children onto school buses and then enjoying their first child-free hours in months. The... read on

  • On Stinting On Stents

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 9, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Former President George W. Bush underwent an angioplasty this week, and the details sparked a public debate about the controversies of heart disease treatments.

    His spokesman stated that he underwent a routine physical exam and had no symptoms of heart disease. A stress test... read on

  • Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Sickens Hundreds

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 26, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Cyclosporiasis is the name of the intestinal illness caused by the single-celled microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. It is spread through ingestion of food or water contaminated by stool. (Oh, sorry. I hope you’re not reading this over lunch.) In the US, outbreaks of... read on

  • Marie Curie Helps Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 19, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Anytime you or I feel particularly content with our achievements, we would be well advised to review the biography of Marie Curie. We would then quickly realize that we are unambitious mediocrities who should be much more productive. The magnitude of her accomplishments is... read on

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  • Even More Studies You Should Ignore

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Back when I was a medical student (in the Cretaceous Period) we were taught that someone once did a study comparing folic acid levels in the blood of cancer patients compared to the blood of healthy patients. The cancer patients had, on average, significantly lower folic acid... read on

  • Weight Loss Doesn’t Decrease Strokes and Heart Attacks in Overweight Diabetics

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 5, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    Doctors spend a lot of time recommending diet and exercise for weight loss. If you’re my patient, unless you’re quite fit, you've probably heard me ask you to exercise more and eat less. There is good reason for this. Many short term studies have convinced us of multiple benefits... read on

  • Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Frozen Berry and Pomegranate Mix

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 14, 2013 | 7:01 am

    Hepatitis A is an illness which affects the liver and is caused by a virus. (You’ll be shocked to learn it's called the hepatitis A virus.) It is usually transmitted through food and water contaminated by human feces, even in microscopic amounts. In the US outbreaks have frequently... read on

  • A New Weapon against Hospital-Acquired MRSA Infections

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 7, 2013 | 6:35 am

    The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can live on our skin and in our noses without causing disease. Such a condition is called bacterial colonization, to contrast it from infection in which the bacteria causes illness. When the skin is broken or when host immunity is weakened Staph.... 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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