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  • 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

  • Meridia Withdrawn from US Market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

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  • 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

  • Is There a Patient Educator in the House?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 17, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    … or, An Angioplasty Also Won’t Make You Taller

    Over a million coronary angioplasties are performed in the US each year.  In this procedure a thin tube is threaded into a narrowed coronary artery.  Through this tube a balloon is inflated to open the narrowed artery, and then a... 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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