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  • A Screening Test for Lung Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 5, 2010 | 4:47 pm

    This week brings very exciting news, but everybody seems worried that we’ll misunderstand and read too much into it.

    There are very few cancers for which we have a good screening test.  A good screening test is a test that is done on people without any signs or symptoms of cancer... read on

  • Live Long and Prosper

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 29, 2010 | 2:27 pm

    “I hope I die before I get old”

    —The Who

    My Generation

    Composed in 1965 by Pete Townshend, currently 65 years old

    The good news is that people are living longer all the time.  This trend has been happening as long as records have been kept and shows no sign of stopping.  Better... read on

  • A Meta-Post about Meta-Research

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 22, 2010 | 5:49 pm

    … or, How to Love the Null Hypothesis

    First, bear with me for an important definition.  “Meta” used as a prefix, has come to mean self-reference, or “an X about X”.  For example, meta-analysis is an analysis of other analyses.  If you are arguing with your boyfriend about... read on

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  • Meridia Withdrawn from US Market

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 15, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    … or, So Long Sibutramine

    Over two thirds of Americans are overweight.  A safe and effective medication that helps people lose weight would be a boon for the health of millions who are struggling to take off the pounds.  Unfortunately, this has been an extremely tough nut to crack... read on

  • Sleep Deprivation Sabotages Dieting

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 8, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    The correlation between obesity and inadequate sleep has been known for some time.  But does one cause the other or are they coincidental?  It’s also known that inadequate sleep increases hunger, an effect I can attest to from my memories of medical training.  I always ate more... read on

  • Spiriva:  A New Option for Asthma Patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 1, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    Patients whose asthma symptoms are only mild and intermittent usually don’t need daily asthma medications.  They just use a rescue inhaler, like albuterol, whenever symptoms come up.

    Patients with daily or almost daily symptoms, on the other hand, need daily preventive medications... read on

  • California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 24, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Pertussis or whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory disease marked by a runny nose for a week or two followed by a severe persistent cough.  In adults it rarely causes severe illness, and usually resolves even without treatment, but in infants the disease can be life-threatening.... read on

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