Jewish Journal

Admitting Our Mistakes

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

August 27, 2010 | 5:01 pm

I’ve written before about how the error rate in the practice of medicine is far greater than that in other industries.  I’m not talking about when doctors make a difficult decision that... read on

  • Time for Flu Shots

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 20, 2010 | 2:56 pm

    Summertime, and the livin’ is uneasy Stocks are slumpin’ Unemployment is high

    (with apologies to George Gershwin)

    Reminders of the end of summer are upon us.  Kids are returning to school.  Rain covers are thrown over backyard grills.  Flu vaccines are arriving in doctor offices.... read on

  • Startling Scientific Finding:  Dieting Leads to Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 13, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    What sort of diet helps people lose more weight?  Do overweight people lose more weight on a low-carbohydrate diet (like Atkins) or on a low-fat diet (like Weight Watchers and others)?

    A carefully designed study published in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine... read on

  • Rethinking Calcium Supplements

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 6, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    This week I discovered how painful it can be to change a habit.  Not because it means admitting I was doing the wrong thing, but because it means analyzing how feeble my reasons were for the habit in the first place.

    Ever since I started practice I’ve been recommending calcium... read on

  • More Support for Hands-Only CPR

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 30, 2010 | 11:14 am

    My regular readers are a sharp bunch, so you probably already know that cardiac arrest – the cessation of a pulse and of blood circulation – is very very bad for you.  Most doctors don’t recommend it.  Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands in the U.S. every year suffer cardiac... read on

  • Progress in Type 1 Diabetes:  Insulin Pumps with Continuous Glucose Monitoring

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 23, 2010 | 2:27 pm

    Before I review this week’s study, bear with me while I clear up some terms.

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes mellitus are completely different diseases.  That they have such similar names and are differentiated only by a “type” promotes the common misunderstanding... read on

  • A New Medication for Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 16, 2010 | 5:05 pm

    Obesity is an increasingly prevalent problem in developed countries, and a safe and effective medication for weight loss is eagerly sought.  Most weight loss medications have been plagued by serious side effects.

    Fenfluramine, a medication used with phentermine in the popular... read on

  • Fewer Americans Dying of Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 9, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    This week the American Cancer Society published its annual review of cancer statistics and trends.  This year the big picture was overwhelmingly positive.

    The three most frequently diagnosed cancers in men are prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer (in that order).  For... read on

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