Jewish Journal

  • Erroneous Evidence about Enough Exercise

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 26, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    This week, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association received a lot of undeserved media attention.  The study wanted to examine the relationship between exercise and long-term weight changes among women who were eating a normal diet (i.e. not dieting).  It followed... read on

  • More Match Day Misery

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 19, 2010 | 6:29 pm

    … or, If We Beg, Will You Go Into Primary Care?

    What if tomorrow 30% of the nation’s plumbers disappeared?  Perhaps they vanish due some fantastic science fiction experiment gone horribly wrong.  What would happen?  Would a national plumber group call for making plumbing a more... read on

  • Are Bisphosphonates to Blame for Baffling Bone Breaks?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 12, 2010 | 11:08 am

    This week ABC World News aired a story about a possible side effect of osteoporosis medications.  The family of medications involved in this story is called bisphosphonates and includes Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva.  These medications have been proven to prevent fractures in patients... read on

  • American Cancer Society Revises its Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 5, 2010 | 5:34 pm

    About a year ago I reviewed the controversies of prostate cancer screening, especially the conundrum that we still don’t know whether finding prostate cancer early saves any lives.  I concluded by citing the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations that the... read on

  • Carotid Stenting Still Controversial

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 26, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Almost 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year.  Strokes are the third most common cause of death in the US, and are frequently disabling to those who survive.  These sobering numbers are despite the substantial improvement in recent decades in stroke prevention through the use... read on

  • Alarms about Asthma Agents

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 19, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    (or, LABAs Relabeled)

    Long acting beta agonists (LABAs) are a family of inhaled medicines used to control asthma symptoms.  LABAs include the medicines in Serevent and Foradil.  LABAs are also available in combination inhalers, Advair and Symbicort, which combine a LABA with an... read on

  • Gastric Banding is an Effective Option for Obese Teens

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 12, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    What’s my advice to my overweight patients?  Eat less and exercise more.  I give this advice every day, but following this advice is much harder than giving it.  Overweight people frequently struggle with diet and exercise for years, sometimes successfully, sometimes regaining... read on

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