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  • Expensive placebos work better than cheap ones

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 30, 2015 | 12:16 pm

    The power of placebos has long been known. People who believe that they are taking an effective drug frequently feel better. In fact, prior to the discovery of penicillin, it is likely that the placebo effect accounted for much of the benefit of medical care.

    A study published... read on

  • Mickey, Minnie, Measles

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 23, 2015 | 9:33 am

    It’s a world of measles, a world of flu.
    It’s a world of mumps and pertussis too.
    It’s a world that we share,
    but please stand over there.
    It’s a small world after all.
    — My new proposed lyrics for the ride It’s A Small World

    In December I wrote that 2014 was a banner year... read on

  • ‘Tis the Flu Season

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 5, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Ah, the joys of January 2! Bleary eyed employees return to work, holiday cards fill waste baskets, and everyone contracts influenza.

    This year’s flu season has started earlier than expected and has already reached high numbers of flu cases in 36 states. California is not one of... read on

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  • Retrievable stents offer improved outcomes for stroke patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 19, 2014 | 9:53 am

    There are few illnesses as disabling as a stroke. A stroke is the cessation of blood flow to part of the brain. It can cause sudden difficulty speaking, difficulty moving a limb, facial drooping, or the loss of vision in a fragment of the field of view. In many stroke patients the... read on

  • Measles makes a comeback

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 5, 2014 | 10:35 am

    I haven’t written about measles in over two years, but unfortunately it’s in the news again.

    Measles is a very contagious viral illness that causes a high fever, rash, cough, and a runny nose. Complications include pneumonia, brain inflammation and death. Prior to 1963 there were... read on

  • Thank You Very Much

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 26, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Tomorrow I expect to sit with my extended family at my sister’s house and consume copious quantities of yummy food. After that, my and her kids will destroy her house in cute ways that will delight the grandparents. Good times.

    That in itself is a reason for gratitude. Given the... read on

  • A second vaccine against pneumonia recommended for seniors

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

    If you’re over 65, there’s a new vaccine you should know about.

    But before I explain the vaccine, let me introduce you to the bacterium that the vaccine protects you from. The little blue ovals in the above picture are Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. You might have guessed by... 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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