Jewish Journal

Mickey, Minnie, Measles

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

4 days ago

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. Credit: Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons

It’s a world of measles, a world of flu.
It’s a world of mumps and pertussis too.
It’s a world that we share,
but please stand over there.
It’s a small world after all.
— My new... read on

  • ‘Tis the Flu Season

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    3 weeks ago

    Ah, the joys of January 2! Bleary eyed employees return to work, holiday cards fill waste baskets, and everyone contracts influenza.

    This year’s flu season has started earlier than expected and has already reached high numbers of flu cases in 36 states. California is not one of... read on

  • Retrievable stents offer improved outcomes for stroke patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 19, 2014 | 9:53 am

    There are few illnesses as disabling as a stroke. A stroke is the cessation of blood flow to part of the brain. It can cause sudden difficulty speaking, difficulty moving a limb, facial drooping, or the loss of vision in a fragment of the field of view. In many stroke patients the... read on

  • Measles makes a comeback

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 5, 2014 | 10:35 am

    I haven’t written about measles in over two years, but unfortunately it’s in the news again.

    Measles is a very contagious viral illness that causes a high fever, rash, cough, and a runny nose. Complications include pneumonia, brain inflammation and death. Prior to 1963 there were... read on

  • Thank You Very Much

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 26, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Tomorrow I expect to sit with my extended family at my sister’s house and consume copious quantities of yummy food. After that, my and her kids will destroy her house in cute ways that will delight the grandparents. Good times.

    That in itself is a reason for gratitude. Given the... read on

  • A second vaccine against pneumonia recommended for seniors

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

    If you’re over 65, there’s a new vaccine you should know about.

    But before I explain the vaccine, let me introduce you to the bacterium that the vaccine protects you from. The little blue ovals in the above picture are Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. You might have guessed by... read on

  • Sorting Out the Different Flu Vaccines

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 10, 2014 | 9:09 am

    The best way to avoid the flu is spending the months from fall until spring in a solitary bunker, communicating with other people only electronically. The second best way is getting the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for... read on

  • Why Ebola is not a major threat in the US

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 3, 2014 | 8:59 am

    I have written twice this year (links below) about the increasingly severe Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The news in West Africa is still mostly bad. Over 7,000 have become ill and over 3,300 have died. This is by far the worst Ebola outbreak ever.

    This week marked another... read on

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