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  • Spiriva:  A New Option for Asthma Patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 1, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    Patients whose asthma symptoms are only mild and intermittent usually don’t need daily asthma medications.  They just use a rescue inhaler, like albuterol, whenever symptoms come up.

    Patients with daily or almost daily symptoms, on the other hand, need daily preventive medications... read on

  • California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 24, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Pertussis or whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory disease marked by a runny nose for a week or two followed by a severe persistent cough.  In adults it rarely causes severe illness, and usually resolves even without treatment, but in infants the disease can be life-threatening.... read on

  • Is There a Patient Educator in the House?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 17, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    … or, An Angioplasty Also Won’t Make You Taller

    Over a million coronary angioplasties are performed in the US each year.  In this procedure a thin tube is threaded into a narrowed coronary artery.  Through this tube a balloon is inflated to open the narrowed artery, and then a... read on

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  • Salmonella Sunny Side Up

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 3, 2010 | 3:04 pm

    This summer a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated eggs has sickened over 1,000 people and led to the recall of over 500 million eggs.

    Eggs are particularly susceptible to Salmonella contamination.  The outsides of egg shells can be contaminated by bacteria if they come into... read on

  • Admitting Our Mistakes

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 27, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    I’ve written before about how the error rate in the practice of medicine is far greater than that in other industries.  I’m not talking about when doctors make a difficult decision that in retrospect was wrong; I’m talking about just plain mistakes, such as when one medication... read on

  • Time for Flu Shots

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 20, 2010 | 2:56 pm

    Summertime, and the livin’ is uneasy Stocks are slumpin’ Unemployment is high

    (with apologies to George Gershwin)

    Reminders of the end of summer are upon us.  Kids are returning to school.  Rain covers are thrown over backyard grills.  Flu vaccines are arriving in doctor offices.... read on

  • Startling Scientific Finding:  Dieting Leads to Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 13, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    What sort of diet helps people lose more weight?  Do overweight people lose more weight on a low-carbohydrate diet (like Atkins) or on a low-fat diet (like Weight Watchers and others)?

    A carefully designed study published in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine... read on

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