Jewish Journal

  • Benzonatate: A cough suppressant so dangerous, you’d rather just cough

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 4, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Benzonatate is a cough suppressant available by prescription as a generic medication or under the brand Tessalon. It is chemically related to medicines used as local anesthetics and works by numbing the nerves in the lungs which trigger a cough reflex. It was approved by the FDA in... read on

  • Rattled by Rickets Resurgence

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 21, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Rickets is a childhood bone disease caused by severe vitamin D deficiency. It causes bone pain, weak bones and bone deformities in growing children. In the 1920s the link between rickets and vitamin D was discovered and within a couple of decades rickets largely disappeared from the... read on

  • Study Linking Vaccines to Autism not Just Wrong, Intentionally Fraudulent

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 14, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    In 1998 the British medical journal Lancet published a study led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that changed public opinion about vaccination ever since. The study described twelve children with autism and colitis whose symptoms began shortly after they received the MMR vaccine. Public... read on

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nasal Decongestants But Were Afraid to Ask

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 7, 2011 | 9:59 am

    … Or, You Might Think That it’s Funny, But it’s Snot

    As I mentioned last week, a miserable cold is striking lots of my patients, spreading grief across the land.  The typical symptoms are nasal congestion, cough and the mother of all malaise.  Since there is nothing proven to... read on

  • Echinacea Still Unproven for the Common Cold

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 30, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    Many of my patients have come down with a nasty cold in the last two weeks – runny nose, cough, hoarseness, sore throat and the kind of fatigue that makes lifting your head off the pillow seem unnecessarily ambitious.  And just in time the Annals of Internal Medicine published a... read on

  • Flu Incidence on the Rise

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    (Please excuse this short post during this short week.  If you feel deprived of health education, I’ve listed some educational links for you below.)

    You better watch out.  The flu is coming to town, and it doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice.  It looks like flu season... read on

  • NDM-1:  No Drug Matters

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 17, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    My longtime readers know that I’m not one to panic when the media does.  I wasn’t very worried about anthrax in the mail.  I didn’t think swine flu was going to be a big deal.  (See link below.)  And I’m not concerned about the health effects of airport X-ray back-scatter... read on

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