Jewish Journal

Normal Test Results are Often Not Reassuring

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

March 1, 2013 | 11:50 am

A CT scanner. Not a good test for anxiety. Photo by 1weezie23/Wikipedia.

Every primary care doctor has been faced with this situation. A patient reports vague symptoms and is very worried that they are a sign of a catastrophic illness. The symptoms aren't even... read on

  • Healthcare That You Should Avoid, part 2

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 22, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    16% of all spending in the US is on healthcare. About half of that is spent by federal, state, and local governments, and the other half is spent by the private sector. In 1970 about 7% of all spending was for healthcare. Total annual spending on healthcare per person has increased... read on

  • The Pathogens on Cupid’s Arrow

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 15, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    “Love is a burning thing
    And it makes a fiery ring”
    -- Johny Cash

    On Valentine’s Day some think of chocolate, or wine, or flowers. Physicians think of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This week with perfect timing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... read on

  • Newsflash: Smoking is Very Unhealthy

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 25, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    I have shocking news. Smoking is very very bad for you.

    In 1964 the US Surgeon General issued a report summarizing the known adverse health effects of smoking. At that time about 40% of American adults smoked. A widespread campaign followed informing Americans about the link... read on

  • Curing Clostridium difficile with, um, Feces

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 18, 2013 | 11:40 am

    [This post is grosser than most. You may not want to read it over lunch.]

    Last year I warned that Clostridium difficile (C. dif.) infections are becoming more common.

    C. dif. is a bacterium that infects the colon causing severe, sometimes life-threatening, diarrhea. C. dif.... read on

  • This Year’s Flu Season Isn’t Mild

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 11, 2013 | 10:31 am

    The last two years have graced us with atypically mild flu seasons. This year we’re not so lucky. The flu season seems to have started early, and at least on the East Coast is quite severe. This week Boston has declared a public health emergency as their emergency departments... read on

  • Many Women Who Don’t Need Them Are Still Getting Pap Tests

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 4, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    My regular readers know that I frequently bemoan the fact that we have no effective way to test for most cancers, and that in many cancers early diagnosis does not improve survival. Cervical cancer is one of the few exceptions. Since Georgios Papanikolau developed the test named... read on

  • On the Passage of Time

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 28, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    The sun will come up tomorrow.
    – Little Orphan Annie

    But in a trillion tomorrows the sun will become
    a red giant and extinguish all life on earth.
    – astronomers

    If you’re reading this, you’ve completed another loop around the sun. Congratulations.

    Marking space is easy.... read on

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