Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • Animated about Aspirin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 10, 2010 | 5:45 pm

    Aspirin was hailed as a wonder-drug in the 1800s when it was first purified – the first anti-inflammatory medication that did not have the severe side effects of steroids.  More recently aspirin’s benefits in stroke and heart attack prevention have been proven.  This week another... read on

  • The Most Recent Celebrity Vitamin: D

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 3, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    Every now and then some vitamin or dietary supplement becomes all the rage.  A couple of generations ago vitamin C was the miracle drug that could prevent all diseases, despite lots of evidence to the contrary.  Lots of my patients still take it for colds, demonstrating its... read on

  • Apathy about Anacetrapib

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 19, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    The new cholesterol medication generating hubbub this week is anacetrapib.

    Why is the world holding its breath for another cholesterol medicine in an already crowded field?  Well, the most successful family of cholesterol medications is statins.  Statins have solid evidence for... read on

  • Safety:  It’s not Just for Airlines Anymore

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 12, 2010 | 5:12 pm

    Preventing medical errors is a subject that is belatedly attracting a lot of attention.  The way in which hospitals prevent errors and manage them after they happen is undergoing a major transformation.  (See the links below to my prior posts on medial errors.)

    The traditional plan... read on

  • A Screening Test for Lung Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 5, 2010 | 4:47 pm

    This week brings very exciting news, but everybody seems worried that we’ll misunderstand and read too much into it.

    There are very few cancers for which we have a good screening test.  A good screening test is a test that is done on people without any signs or symptoms of cancer... read on

  • Live Long and Prosper

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 29, 2010 | 2:27 pm

    “I hope I die before I get old”

    —The Who

    My Generation

    Composed in 1965 by Pete Townshend, currently 65 years old

    The good news is that people are living longer all the time.  This trend has been happening as long as records have been kept and shows no sign of stopping.  Better... read on

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