Jewish Journal

A Meta-Post about Meta-Research

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

October 22, 2010 | 5:49 pm

… or, How to Love the Null Hypothesis

First, bear with me for an important definition.  “Meta” used as a prefix, has come to mean self-reference, or “an X about X”.  For example,... read on

  • Meridia Withdrawn from US Market

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 15, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    … or, So Long Sibutramine

    Over two thirds of Americans are overweight.  A safe and effective medication that helps people lose weight would be a boon for the health of millions who are struggling to take off the pounds.  Unfortunately, this has been an extremely tough nut to crack... read on

  • Sleep Deprivation Sabotages Dieting

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    October 8, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    The correlation between obesity and inadequate sleep has been known for some time.  But does one cause the other or are they coincidental?  It’s also known that inadequate sleep increases hunger, an effect I can attest to from my memories of medical training.  I always ate more... read on

  • 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

  • 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

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