Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • New Evidence Supports Prostate Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 2, 2010 | 11:42 am

    My regular readers know that prostate cancer screening has been an active research topic recently.  (My not-so-regular readers who are interested are invited to catch up on the topic by reading my most recent post on the subject.  See the link below.)  Whether testing men for... read on

  • Doctors to Deal with Distracted Drivers

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 11, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    Doctors are expected not just to diagnose and treat diseases but to prevent disease by counseling patients about behaviors that expose them to risk.  We are expected to ask patients about smoking, alcohol use, high-risk sexual behavior, failure to use seatbelts and dancing on... read on

  • Heavy Coffee Drinkers May not be Getting any Boost from their Caffeine Fix

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 4, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    Everyone knows that caffeine is useful on occasion if we need to stay alert, especially when we’re sleepy.  Is there any college graduate who hasn’t had a caffeine-fueled all-night study session before an exam?  I certainly remember several nights in which I drank coffee to the... read on

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