Jewish Journal

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nasal Decongestants But Were Afraid to Ask

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 7, 2011 | 9:59 am

    … Or, You Might Think That it’s Funny, But it’s Snot

    As I mentioned last week, a miserable cold is striking lots of my patients, spreading grief across the land.  The typical symptoms are nasal congestion, cough and the mother of all malaise.  Since there is nothing proven to... read on

  • Echinacea Still Unproven for the Common Cold

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 30, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    Many of my patients have come down with a nasty cold in the last two weeks – runny nose, cough, hoarseness, sore throat and the kind of fatigue that makes lifting your head off the pillow seem unnecessarily ambitious.  And just in time the Annals of Internal Medicine published a... read on

  • Flu Incidence on the Rise

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    (Please excuse this short post during this short week.  If you feel deprived of health education, I’ve listed some educational links for you below.)

    You better watch out.  The flu is coming to town, and it doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice.  It looks like flu season... read on

  • NDM-1:  No Drug Matters

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 17, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    My longtime readers know that I’m not one to panic when the media does.  I wasn’t very worried about anthrax in the mail.  I didn’t think swine flu was going to be a big deal.  (See link below.)  And I’m not concerned about the health effects of airport X-ray back-scatter... read on

  • Animated about Aspirin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 10, 2010 | 5:45 pm

    Aspirin was hailed as a wonder-drug in the 1800s when it was first purified – the first anti-inflammatory medication that did not have the severe side effects of steroids.  More recently aspirin’s benefits in stroke and heart attack prevention have been proven.  This week another... read on

  • The Most Recent Celebrity Vitamin: D

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 3, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    Every now and then some vitamin or dietary supplement becomes all the rage.  A couple of generations ago vitamin C was the miracle drug that could prevent all diseases, despite lots of evidence to the contrary.  Lots of my patients still take it for colds, demonstrating its... read on

  • Apathy about Anacetrapib

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 19, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    The new cholesterol medication generating hubbub this week is anacetrapib.

    Why is the world holding its breath for another cholesterol medicine in an already crowded field?  Well, the most successful family of cholesterol medications is statins.  Statins have solid evidence for... read on

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