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Polio Outbreak in Syria

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

November 8, 2013 | 8:32 am

Child in Bangladesh
receiving polio vaccine.
Credit: Wikimedia
Commons / USAID
Bangladesh

If you remember the 1950s you probably remember the terror of polio. Polio, short for poliomyelitis, is a disease caused by a virus which can cause severe inflammation of the spinal cord.... read on

  • Tighter Restrictions Coming for Painkillers Like Vicodin

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 25, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    To understand this week’s story we first have to understand how habit-forming medicines are currently prescribed in the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Agency divides potentially addictive substances into different schedules. Schedule II controlled substances are prescription medicines... read on

  • Musings From the AAPP Conference

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 18, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    Last weekend I attended the fall conference of the American Academy of Private Physicians, a group dedicated to encouraging, organizing, and supporting concierge physicians. Here are the most interesting points I took away from the event.

    • The most inspirational talk was given... read on

  • Brain Dysfunction Persists Long After a Serious Illness

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 4, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    A sudden life-threatening illness is every family’s nightmare. A loved-one suddenly develops an overwhelming infection or is in a terrible accident. She is rushed to the intensive care unit (ICU) and is put on a ventilator (breathing machine). Many medications are started or she is... read on

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  • A Step Forward for Artificial Limbs

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 27, 2013 | 9:26 am

    Four years ago Zac Vawter was in a motorcycle collision that severely injured his right leg. He underwent an amputation at the knee, thereby becoming one of the more than one million amputees living in the U.S. Over half of the amputations in the U.S. are due to vascular disease –... read on

  • CDC Sounds the Alarm about Antibiotic Resistance

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 20, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    A recurrent theme of my posts is the increasing danger of antibiotic-resistant germs and the harmful consequences of antibiotic overuse. This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, a detailed... read on

  • A Better Understanding of Sex Hormones in Men

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 13, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Testosterone is one of the most over-prescribed and poorly understood medications. It is prescribed to millions of men for myriad indications, many of them unproven. Athletes believe it will improve their muscle mass and strength. Older men look to it as an anti-aging remedy. Men... read on

  • Anticipating Autumn

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 30, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Fall is upon us with its much-anticipated wonders. Giddy parents are gently pushing anxious children onto school buses and then enjoying their first child-free hours in months. The temperature is dropping into the 70s. The leaves on the palm trees in Beverly Hills are staying... read on

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