Jewish Journal

Raining on the Ice Bucket Parade

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

August 29, 2014 | 11:13 am

Photo from flickr/slgckgc Creative Commons License

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a truly horrible illness. It is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disorder that leads to worsening muscle... read on

  • Suicide Contagion in the Age of Social Media

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 15, 2014 | 9:23 am

    In every life we have some trouble
    When you worry you make it double
    Don’t worry. Be happy.

    It will soon pass, whatever it is.
    Don’t worry. Be happy.
    – Bobby McFerrin

    Much has already been written in reaction to Robin Williams’s untimely death, about his incandescent... read on

  • Largest Ebola Outbreak in History Continues to Spread

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 25, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    Given the myriad horrors happening around the world this week you could be excused if West Africa has fallen off of your radar, but from a health perspective, it deserves some attention.

    I wrote in April about an Ebola outbreak in southeastern Guinea that had spread to Liberia... read on

  • A Small Step Towards An Artificial Pancreas

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 20, 2014 | 8:43 am

    Patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are forced to spend much of their time obsessing about their blood sugar and insulin doses. The state of the art in treatment of T1D is an insulin pump that delivers insulin and a continuous glucose monitor that displays the glucose level and... read on

  • Eating Breakfast Neither Helps nor Hinders Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 6, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    It’s nearly impossible for us not to believe that what we eat has a profound effect on our health. But what we know about the link between food and health is much less than what we believe. A study published this week provides a perfect example.

    An overweight person trying to... read on

  • The Anti-Medication Bias

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 23, 2014 | 9:08 am

    [The patient interactions in this post are amalgams of hundreds of patient encounters over my career. They are not accurate depictions of any encounter with any single patient.]

    “I don't like taking medicines.”

    All physicians hear some form of this opinion very frequently. Even... read on

  • Nearing a Cure for Hepatitis C

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 16, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    In the contest to get a creative name, few pathogens have done worse than hepatitis C. In the 1970s there were two known viruses that caused hepatitis – liver inflammation. You might have already guessed that these two viruses were called hepatitis A and hepatitis B. It was known... read on

  • Return of the Spirochete

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 9, 2014 | 8:11 am

    "Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."
    – Edmund Burke

    Syphilis has been around at least since Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum, a member of a group of corkscrew-shaped... read on

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