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Even More Studies You Should Ignore

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

July 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

Fish oil capsules. Image
credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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... 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

  • Many Terminally Ill Patients Believe Chemo Might Cure Them

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 26, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Metastatic (stage IV) colon cancer and lung cancer are fatal incurable illnesses. That doesn’t just mean they are life-threatening. A fatal incurable illness is one which has zero survivors. You don’t know anyone who had metastatic colon or lung cancer who survived and is no longer... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Benzonatate: A cough suppressant so dangerous, you’d rather just cough

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 4, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Benzonatate is a cough suppressant available by prescription as a generic medication or under the brand Tessalon. It is chemically related to medicines used as local anesthetics and works by numbing the nerves in the lungs which trigger a cough reflex. It was approved by the FDA in... read on

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