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  • New Evidence Supports Prostate Cancer Screening

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 2, 2010 | 11:42 am

    My regular readers know that prostate cancer screening has been an active research topic recently.  (My not-so-regular readers who are interested are invited to catch up on the topic by reading my most recent post on the subject.  See the link below.)  Whether testing men for... read on

  • Doctors to Deal with Distracted Drivers

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 11, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    Doctors are expected not just to diagnose and treat diseases but to prevent disease by counseling patients about behaviors that expose them to risk.  We are expected to ask patients about smoking, alcohol use, high-risk sexual behavior, failure to use seatbelts and dancing on... read on

  • Heavy Coffee Drinkers May not be Getting any Boost from their Caffeine Fix

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 4, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    Everyone knows that caffeine is useful on occasion if we need to stay alert, especially when we’re sleepy.  Is there any college graduate who hasn’t had a caffeine-fueled all-night study session before an exam?  I certainly remember several nights in which I drank coffee to the... read on

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  • Carotid Artery Stenting Almost Ready for Prime Time

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 28, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    Three months ago I wrote about carotid artery narrowing, which is one of a number of causes of stroke.  There are currently two alternative treatments for severe carotid artery narrowing:  surgery, called endarterectomy, to open the artery, and a newer procedure called carotid artery... read on

  • A Brief History of Unnatural Selection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 21, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    Indulge me as I digress from writing about health this week to write about an important scientific breakthrough.

    People have been altering the living things around us as long as we have been around.  We domesticated wild wolves into tame dogs and kept them for protection and as... read on

  • Maybe You Have Food Allergies, But Probably Not

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 14, 2010 | 4:49 pm

    A lot of people who believe they have food allergies don’t.  What’s worse, a lot of people who were told by their doctor they have food allergies don’t.

    An article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tried to review the existing literature... read on

  • Zostavax is Safe, Effective, and Not Free

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 7, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox, usually a relatively minor childhood illness.  Unlike other viruses that are cleared from our bodies after infection, VZV stays in our sensory nerve cells forever.  Over the subsequent decades our immunity to VZV... 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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