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  • A New Blood Thinner May Outperform Coumadin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 18, 2009 | 6:37 pm

    Atrial fibrillation is a very common abnormal heart rhythm affecting 3 million Americans.  The most dangerous complication of atrial fibrillation is stoke, which can happen when a blood clot forms in the fibrillating heart chambers and travels to the brain.

    Blood thinners have been... read on

  • The Facts on Red Yeast Rice

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 11, 2009 | 5:41 pm

    Many of my patients ask me whether they should take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol.  This week’s issue of The Medical Letter has a very handy review of red yeast rice which I summarize below.

    Red yeast rice is a food that is produced by fermenting rice with a specific... read on

  • National Cholesterol Education Month

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 4, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    The CDC says that September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and who am I to argue?  So here is a dollop of education about cholesterol.

    • High cholesterol is a major risk factor for strokes and heart attacks.  Other risk factors include
      • smoking,
      • age,
      • high blood pressure,
      • ... read on
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  • Rational Rationing

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 28, 2009 | 9:01 pm

    The healthcare reform debate has generated much heat but very little light.  (And it’s also getting a lot of coverage, so there’s very little else to report about this week.)

    I wrote a couple of months ago my opinion of two simple (but unpopular) steps that would make... read on

  • Important Influenza Inoculation Information

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 21, 2009 | 1:39 pm

    Our office just received our first batch of influenza vaccines, so it’s time for the annual flu shot post.

    The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against novel H1N1 (swine) flu.  Availability of the swine flu vaccine is still at least a couple of months away, and I’ll write... read on

  • Weight Lifting Helps Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 14, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    One of my goals for these posts is to use individual studies to point out the broader trends they suggest.  This week I want to focus on our increasing understanding of the value of exercise after illness or injury.  A generation ago a heart attack meant weeks of bed rest in the... read on

  • Vertebroplasties:  Not Very Valuable

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 7, 2009 | 1:57 pm

    Osteoporosis, the demineralization and weakening of bones, is common in older patients.  A potentially incapacitating consequence of osteoporosis is a vertebral fracture, in which one of the vertebrae in the spine collapses and breaks under the weight it’s carrying.  Like other... 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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