Jewish Journal

Alarms about Asthma Agents

By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

February 19, 2010 | 1:56 pm

(or, LABAs Relabeled)

Long acting beta agonists (LABAs) are a family of inhaled medicines used to control asthma symptoms.  LABAs include the medicines in Serevent and Foradil.  LABAs are... read on

  • Gastric Banding is an Effective Option for Obese Teens

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 12, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    What’s my advice to my overweight patients?  Eat less and exercise more.  I give this advice every day, but following this advice is much harder than giving it.  Overweight people frequently struggle with diet and exercise for years, sometimes successfully, sometimes regaining... read on

  • Twelve Years Later, the Truth about Vaccines and Autism

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 5, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Ideas have consequences.  False ideas, especially popular false ideas, can cause harm.  For example, the very popular false idea “corduroy pants and wide lapels are far out, man” made an entire nation ugly for about a decade.  And some false ideas do even more harm than that.

    In... read on

  • Normal Weight Obesity:  Why Losing Weight Is Not Always the Answer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 29, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    Weight loss is one of the most common recommendations that doctors make.  How do we know if a patient should lose weight?  We usually use the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a way to compare a patient’s weight to her height.  (For all you math geeks, it’s the weight in kilograms... read on

  • A New Treatment for Clostridium difficile

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 22, 2010 | 5:12 pm

    You may not yet have heard of the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. dif.), but in the next few years it will likely become a household name, as well known as Staph and StrepC. dif. causes a severe infection of the colon leading to severe diarrhea.  It frequently results as a... read on

  • To Clot or to Bleed?

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 15, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    Aspirin has long been known to prevent strokes and heart attacks in patients with a previous stroke or heart attack.  But aspirin has potentially serious side-effects.  Aspirin can cause stomach ulcers, and it inhibits blood clotting raising the risk of life-threatening bleeding.

    If... read on

  • Antidepressants for Mild Depression May Not Help Much

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    January 8, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    Treatments for depression are difficult to study.  First, depression is a condition that can improve without treatment.  So any treatment must be compared to placebo to see if the treatment is responsible for the improvement or if the depression improved on its own.  Also, depression... read on

  • End of Year Cheer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    Short work weeks make for short posts, doubly so when virtually all the health-related news is about the healthcare bill in Congress.  So I’ll end the year with two unrelated bits of good news.

    The first is that the H1N1 flu pandemic is mostly behind us.  The peak numbers of... read on

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