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  • Rational Rationing

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 28, 2009 | 9:01 pm

    The healthcare reform debate has generated much heat but very little light.  (And it’s also getting a lot of coverage, so there’s very little else to report about this week.)

    I wrote a couple of months ago my opinion of two simple (but unpopular) steps that would make... read on

  • Important Influenza Inoculation Information

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 21, 2009 | 1:39 pm

    Our office just received our first batch of influenza vaccines, so it’s time for the annual flu shot post.

    The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against novel H1N1 (swine) flu.  Availability of the swine flu vaccine is still at least a couple of months away, and I’ll write... read on

  • Weight Lifting Helps Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 14, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    One of my goals for these posts is to use individual studies to point out the broader trends they suggest.  This week I want to focus on our increasing understanding of the value of exercise after illness or injury.  A generation ago a heart attack meant weeks of bed rest in the... read on

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  • Vertebroplasties:  Not Very Valuable

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 7, 2009 | 1:57 pm

    Osteoporosis, the demineralization and weakening of bones, is common in older patients.  A potentially incapacitating consequence of osteoporosis is a vertebral fracture, in which one of the vertebrae in the spine collapses and breaks under the weight it’s carrying.  Like other... read on

  • H1N1 Flu:  Potential Pregnancy Problem

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 31, 2009 | 12:21 pm

    H1N1, the flu previously known as swine, is still in the news, but this week for a good reason.

    Most of us still have little to worry about.  The CDC estimates that over a million Americans have been sick with H1N1 flu as of July 24.  The vast majority of illnesses were mild and... read on

  • It’s West Nile Virus Season

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 24, 2009 | 7:09 pm

    The news is still flooded with stories about Swine Flu, which will continue to demand the attention of public health officials, but probably doesn’t need much more attention from the public.

    Meanwhile summertime brings mosquitoes which bring West Nile Virus.  West Nile Virus is... read on

  • The Shortsighted AMA

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 21, 2009 | 12:55 am

    The AMA just endorsed the house version of the healthcare reform bill.  The Wall Street Journal excoriates them in this editorial:  What’s Up, Docs?  If you had any notion that the AMA was concerned with patient welfare, I urge you to read it.  Perhaps non-membership in the AMA will soon be a bragging point.  I think I’ll post a sign in the reception area: “Not a member of the AMA for over 10 years.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Practicing internal medicine in Beverly Hills since 2000, Dr. Fuchs brags that his practice is “tiny and meant to stay that way.” He has blogged for the past three years...

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