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Get Your Flu Shot

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

August 24, 2012 | 5:43 pm

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Temperatures are dropping. Children are returning to school. (Parents are elated.) Families are planning a last summer outing on Labor Day. It must be time for flu shots.

This season’s... read on

  • The Anatomy of a Shortage

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 17, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
    – P.J. O’Rourke

    I distinctly remember that in first grade I had an idea of breathtaking wisdom and profundity. Candy should be free. You may have had a similar thought at the same... read on

  • Preventing Falls in Older Patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 10, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Falls are the most common cause of injury in adults 65 years or older. About one third of adults in that age group fall at least once per year, and 5% to 10% of those falls result in a broken bone, a laceration, or a head injury. Injuries sustained due to falls can cause a permanent... read on

  • West Nile Virus Cases at Eight Year High

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    It’s summertime! Summer is the perfect time for swimsuits, outdoor grilling, throwing Frisbees, and contracting dangerous untreatable viral infections.

    West Nile is a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Four out of five people infected with West Nile Virus have no... read on

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  • CT Scans Not Very Helpful in Diagnosing Heart Attacks

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 27, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Obstetrician 1: Get the EEG, the BP monitor, and the AVV.
    Obstetrician 2: And get the machine that goes ‘ping!’.
    Obstetrician 1: And get the most expensive machine - in case the administrator comes.
    —From Monty Python’s movie “The Meaning of Life”

    Heart attacks remain the number... read on

  • Many with Prostate Cancer Do Not Benefit From Surgery

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 20, 2012 | 11:14 am

    My regular readers know that prostate cancer has been a controversial topic recently. The controversy centers around our ignorance of whether treating early prostate cancer helps patients, and by extension, whether early diagnosis is helpful. In May I wrote about the US Preventive... read on

  • Are You Obese?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 13, 2012 | 11:11 am

    Americans are getting heavier and have been doing so for decades. One in three adults in the US is obese. Overweight and obese people are more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other serious health problems. What can be done?

    Last month the US... read on

  • A Reminder about Water Safety

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 15, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    I’m always dismayed when people try to exaggerate the health risks of certain substances by calling them “chemicals”. “We have to worry about chemicals in apple juice” they’ll warn, or “chemicals in plastic bottles”. As anyone who’s taken a chemistry class can tell... 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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