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  • A Dietitian’s Thoughts on Diet Sodas

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 23, 2010 | 10:35 am

    Two weeks ago I wrote a post about the mistake we make when we think of some medicine or food as generally “good for you” or “bad for you” as opposed to having specific benefits and harms.  I started with an anecdote in which a friend asked me whether diet sodas or regular... read on

  • Your Food Is Pretty Safe, But it’s Not Getting Safer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 16, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    In a world where journalism was free of hype the above headline would have been atop the many stories this week relating to a press release by the CDC about food-borne illness.  The numbers are far less sensational than the headlines.

    The CDC report reviewed statistics about... read on

  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E Do Not Prevent Eclampsia

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 9, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    A friend of mine recently asked me “Is regular soda or diet soda better for you?”

    I tried to probe for details.  “Are you talking about calories?  Obviously, if you’re watching your weight or restricting carbohydrates, you should have the diet soda.”

    “No, I don’t mean... read on

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  • Pitfalls in Prostate Cancer Prevention

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 1, 2010 | 8:22 pm

    My regular readers know the controversies and challenges posed by prostate cancer.  It is very common.  Over half the men who die at advanced age of other causes will have prostate cancer on autopsy.  It is very slow.  From the time that prostate cancer is detectable on biopsy to the... read on

  • Erroneous Evidence about Enough Exercise

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 26, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    This week, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association received a lot of undeserved media attention.  The study wanted to examine the relationship between exercise and long-term weight changes among women who were eating a normal diet (i.e. not dieting).  It followed... read on

  • More Match Day Misery

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 19, 2010 | 6:29 pm

    … or, If We Beg, Will You Go Into Primary Care?

    What if tomorrow 30% of the nation’s plumbers disappeared?  Perhaps they vanish due some fantastic science fiction experiment gone horribly wrong.  What would happen?  Would a national plumber group call for making plumbing a more... read on

  • Are Bisphosphonates to Blame for Baffling Bone Breaks?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 12, 2010 | 11:08 am

    This week ABC World News aired a story about a possible side effect of osteoporosis medications.  The family of medications involved in this story is called bisphosphonates and includes Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva.  These medications have been proven to prevent fractures in patients... read on

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