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Nearing a Cure for Hepatitis C

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

May 16, 2014 | 3:15 pm

The Hepatitis C virus is what scientists call very small. Here is an electron micrograph of one.
The scale bar is 50 nanometers. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Rockefeller University

In the contest to get a creative name, few pathogens have done worse than hepatitis C. In the 1970s there were two known viruses that caused hepatitis – liver inflammation. You might have... read on

  • Return of the Spirochete

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 9, 2014 | 8:11 am

    "Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."
    – Edmund Burke

    Syphilis has been around at least since Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum, a member of a group of corkscrew-shaped... read on

  • There Has Never Been a Better Time to Have Diabetes

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 18, 2014 | 8:22 am

    The danger of diabetes is not only the immediate risk of very high blood sugar. Diabetes also has many dreaded long-term complications. (In this post I am referring to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. For an explanation of the differences between these two very different... read on

  • Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Worries Health Officials

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 4, 2014 | 9:51 am

    In 1976 a new virus entered the pantheon of lethal human pathogens – Ebola virus. That year outbreaks in Zaire and Sudan sickened 284 people and killed about half of them. Ebola virus causes an illness that initially resembles a typical intestinal virus, with fever, headache, joint... read on

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  • What We Don’t Know About Eating Fat

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 28, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Most humans have spent most of human history nearly starving to death. So it’s no surprise that we spend a lot of time thinking about food. And it’s no surprise that food has acquired cultural, social, and religious significance in almost every society. Because food is so... read on

  • When Less is More

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 14, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    When I meet a new patient, I’m frequently astounded by the healthcare he has received. I’ve met patients with absolutely no cardiac symptoms who have been receiving EKGs every six months for years. I’ve had patients brag to me about their annual executive physicals in which myriad... read on

  • The Scourge of Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Opioids are a family of pain medications chemically related to opium and heroin. They include morphine, fentanyl, codeine, hydromorphone and others. Opioids have unique properties that make them both indispensable for pain management and extremely dangerous.

    Unlike virtually any... read on

  • The New Uncertainty about Mammograms

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 21, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    “I’d like to be tested for every kind of cancer.”

    All primary care doctors have heard this request. Our answer is an explanation that we can’t. Understanding this explanation is important before we get to the most recent study about mammograms.

    We don’t test for all kinds of... 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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