Jewish Journal

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Worries Health Officials

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

April 4, 2014 | 9:51 am

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus particle
Credit: CDC Public Health Image Library #1832 / Cynthia Goldsmith

In 1976 a new virus entered the pantheon of lethal human pathogens – Ebola virus. That year outbreaks in Zaire and Sudan sickened 284 people and killed about half of them. Ebola virus... read on

  • What We Don’t Know About Eating Fat

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 28, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Most humans have spent most of human history nearly starving to death. So it’s no surprise that we spend a lot of time thinking about food. And it’s no surprise that food has acquired cultural, social, and religious significance in almost every society. Because food is so... read on

  • When Less is More

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 14, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    When I meet a new patient, I’m frequently astounded by the healthcare he has received. I’ve met patients with absolutely no cardiac symptoms who have been receiving EKGs every six months for years. I’ve had patients brag to me about their annual executive physicals in which myriad... read on

  • The Scourge of Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Opioids are a family of pain medications chemically related to opium and heroin. They include morphine, fentanyl, codeine, hydromorphone and others. Opioids have unique properties that make them both indispensable for pain management and extremely dangerous.

    Unlike virtually any... read on

  • The New Uncertainty about Mammograms

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 21, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    “I’d like to be tested for every kind of cancer.”

    All primary care doctors have heard this request. Our answer is an explanation that we can’t. Understanding this explanation is important before we get to the most recent study about mammograms.

    We don’t test for all kinds of... read on

  • The Blood Type Diet Remains on the Fiction Bookshelf

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 14, 2014 | 9:56 am

    In 1996 a naturopath published “Eat Right 4 Your Type”, a diet book purporting that people with different blood types would benefit from different diets. There are a lot more people who want to lose weight than who want to exercise skepticism, so the book became a multi-million... read on

  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus: the latest lethal germ

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 31, 2014 | 10:35 am

    In 2003 a brand new virus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) caused an outbreak of serious illness in Asia. The outbreak sickened over 8,000 people and killed over 700. Many of the infected were healthcare workers.

    In February of last year a similar... read on

  • Knee Surgery Ineffective for Many Cases of Torn Cartilage

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 3, 2014 | 11:50 am

    With minor variation, the following is an extremely common sequence of events. A man notices slowly worsening nagging knee pain that persists over months. He sees an orthopedist who examines him and orders an MRI. The MRI shows a tear in the medial meniscus. (The lateral and medial... read on

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