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The Scourge of Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

February 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

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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... 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

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  • 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

  • The Last Nail in the Coffin for Multivitamins

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 20, 2013 | 9:55 am

    How much money would the US auto industry be making if every car they sold never started? How much could video game console makers charge if their products didn’t play any games? Well, in 2010 the US dietary supplement industry sold $28 billion dollars in vitamins, minerals and... read on

  • Meningitis Outbreaks Strike Two Campuses

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 6, 2013 | 10:38 am

    Those of us who believe in the unvarying beneficence of Mother Nature have yet to contemplate Neisseria meningitidis. N. meningitidis is a bacterium that can live harmlessly in the throats of healthy people. But about 500 times a year in the US it causes bacterial meningitis, a... read on

  • A Polio Outbreak in China in 2011

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 22, 2013 | 8:45 am

    Two weeks ago I wrote about the reemergence of polio in Syria and the Herculean task the World Health Organization faces to eradicate the disease – the vaccination over a million children in the Middle East, some of whom live in a war zone. (See that post for a review of the... read on

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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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