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  • Multivitamins May Slightly Decrease Cancer Risk in Older Men

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 19, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    My regular readers already know my deep skepticism about the benefit of vitamin supplements in well-nourished healthy people. My post last year summarized the available studies about many vitamins and ran under the headline “A Reminder to Dump Your Multivitamin”. Thus far, large... read on

  • Fourteen Deaths Linked to Fungal Meningitis from Tainted Injections

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 12, 2012 | 9:48 am

    This week you’ll have to learn a little medical jargon, and I know that you love that. The meninges (men-IN-jees) are the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is inflammation of those membranes, usually caused by an infection. Meningitis can lead to brain... read on

  • On Medicine and Absolution

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 21, 2012 | 10:11 am

    … or Reflections on Yom Kippur

    “My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread.”
    – A patient’s prayer, Psalm 102

    [None of the anecdotes in this post are descriptions of any specific patient. They are amalgams of many patients. Specific details have... read on

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  • Ninth hantavirus case linked to Yosemite

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 14, 2012 | 11:59 am

    In 1993 in the Four Corners region of the US Southwest a woman developed a cough and progressive shortness of breath and died shortly thereafter. A few days later, her fiancée, a young physically fit man developed similar symptoms was rushed to a hospital and also died. A series of... read on

  • Still no evidence that organic food is healthier

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 7, 2012 | 10:46 am

    “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know that isn't so.” -- attributed variously to Mark Twain and to Will Rogers

    Many popular ideas are popular not because they're right but because of a widespread failure of skepticism. For example, in the 1970s the idea... read on

  • Get Your Flu Shot

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 24, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    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 influenza vaccine has shipped from manufacturers. Our office just received them. So it’s a... 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

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