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  • Normal Weight Obesity:  Why Losing Weight Is Not Always the Answer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 29, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    Weight loss is one of the most common recommendations that doctors make.  How do we know if a patient should lose weight?  We usually use the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a way to compare a patient’s weight to her height.  (For all you math geeks, it’s the weight in kilograms... read on

  • A New Treatment for Clostridium difficile

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 22, 2010 | 5:12 pm

    You may not yet have heard of the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. dif.), but in the next few years it will likely become a household name, as well known as Staph and StrepC. dif. causes a severe infection of the colon leading to severe diarrhea.  It frequently results as a... read on

  • To Clot or to Bleed?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 15, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    Aspirin has long been known to prevent strokes and heart attacks in patients with a previous stroke or heart attack.  But aspirin has potentially serious side-effects.  Aspirin can cause stomach ulcers, and it inhibits blood clotting raising the risk of life-threatening bleeding.

    If... read on

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  • Antidepressants for Mild Depression May Not Help Much

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 8, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    Treatments for depression are difficult to study.  First, depression is a condition that can improve without treatment.  So any treatment must be compared to placebo to see if the treatment is responsible for the improvement or if the depression improved on its own.  Also, depression... read on

  • End of Year Cheer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    Short work weeks make for short posts, doubly so when virtually all the health-related news is about the healthcare bill in Congress.  So I’ll end the year with two unrelated bits of good news.

    The first is that the H1N1 flu pandemic is mostly behind us.  The peak numbers of... read on

  • Mollified about Mercury (or Calm about Catfish)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 18, 2009 | 7:46 pm

    Mercury in high doses is known to be toxic.  So if you were thinking about breaking your glass thermometer and drinking the contents on a lark, I beg you to reconsider.  This has raised concern about possible harm from eating seafood since many species of seafood are known to contain... read on

  • Expired Medications (or Medicines From The Mesozoic)

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 11, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    Every primary care physician occasionally encounters questions similar to the following.

    “I just found some of my blood pressure medicines.  The container fell behind the couch a year ago.  The expiration date was last month.  Can I still use them?”

    or

    “I know you just... read on

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