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  • A comparison of low carb and low fat diets

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 5, 2014 | 9:26 am

    The joys of September! Parents gleefully shove their reluctant children onto school buses, the palm trees in Los Angeles don’t change color, and everyone realizes that they gained 20 pounds during their summer vacation. It’s time to get serious again about losing weight.

    But how... read on

  • Raining on the Ice Bucket Parade

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 29, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a truly horrible illness. It is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disorder that leads to worsening muscle weakness.

    Weakness in the limbs initially makes handwriting sloppy and makes it hard to... read on

  • Suicide Contagion in the Age of Social Media

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 15, 2014 | 9:23 am

    In every life we have some trouble
    When you worry you make it double
    Don’t worry. Be happy.

    It will soon pass, whatever it is.
    Don’t worry. Be happy.
    – Bobby McFerrin

    Much has already been written in reaction to Robin Williams’s untimely death, about his incandescent... read on

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  • Largest Ebola Outbreak in History Continues to Spread

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 25, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    Given the myriad horrors happening around the world this week you could be excused if West Africa has fallen off of your radar, but from a health perspective, it deserves some attention.

    I wrote in April about an Ebola outbreak in southeastern Guinea that had spread to Liberia... read on

  • A Small Step Towards An Artificial Pancreas

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 20, 2014 | 8:43 am

    Patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are forced to spend much of their time obsessing about their blood sugar and insulin doses. The state of the art in treatment of T1D is an insulin pump that delivers insulin and a continuous glucose monitor that displays the glucose level and... read on

  • Eating Breakfast Neither Helps nor Hinders Weight Loss

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 6, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    It’s nearly impossible for us not to believe that what we eat has a profound effect on our health. But what we know about the link between food and health is much less than what we believe. A study published this week provides a perfect example.

    An overweight person trying to... read on

  • The Anti-Medication Bias

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    May 23, 2014 | 9:08 am

    [The patient interactions in this post are amalgams of hundreds of patient encounters over my career. They are not accurate depictions of any encounter with any single patient.]

    “I don't like taking medicines.”

    All physicians hear some form of this opinion very frequently. Even... 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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