fbpx
Sunday, August 9, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Albert Fuchs, M.D.

242 ARTICLES

More Than Half of Americans Take Dietary Supplements

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control has something called the National Nutrition Monitoring System? And apparently it’s a good thing too,...

New Study on Estrogen Yields Confusion but Same Recommendations

This week a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed new results about estrogen use and generated major media hubbub....

Eat Right for Your Belt Size, Not Your Blood Type

Every couple of months I get asked this same question. “Doc, what’s my blood type?” I load my “why you don’t need to know your blood...

A Pulmonologist Defends Benzonatate

Last month I posted about benzonatate, a cough suppressant also marketed under the brand Tessalon. (See the link below for the original post.) In...

News Nincompoops Narrate Nuclear Nonsense

Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that...

Disaster Preparedness

I was I was going to post about a different topic today, but I could not ignore the devastation that befell Japan. The powerful...

News Flash: Diabetes is Not Good

Type 2 diabetes mellitus has long been known to increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and eye disease. In the US...

Evidence Mounts in favor of Weight Loss Surgery

Readers who have been following my posts for a few years know that weight-loss surgery is amassing an impressive body of scientific evidence supporting...

This Isn’t Your Father’s Heart Disease

What’s the most common cause of death among American women? Breast cancer? Accidents? Suicide after watching too many Lifetime Channel specials? Nope. Heart attacks...

An Advance in Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast cancer surgery began long before radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormonal therapy existed. At that time surgery was the only available treatment. The standard...

Benzonatate: A cough suppressant so dangerous, you’d rather just cough

Benzonatate is a cough suppressant available by prescription as a generic medication or under the brand Tessalon. It is chemically related to medicines used...

Rattled by Rickets Resurgence

Rickets is a childhood bone disease caused by severe vitamin D deficiency. It causes bone pain, weak bones and bone deformities in growing children....

Study Linking Vaccines to Autism not Just Wrong, Intentionally Fraudulent

In 1998 the British medical journal Lancet published a study led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that changed public opinion about vaccination ever since. The...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nasal Decongestants But Were Afraid to Ask

… Or, You Might Think That it’s Funny, But it’s Snot As I mentioned last week, a miserable cold is striking lots of my patients,...

Echinacea Still Unproven for the Common Cold

Many of my patients have come down with a nasty cold in the last two weeks – runny nose, cough, hoarseness, sore throat and...

Flu Incidence on the Rise

(Please excuse this short post during this short week.  If you feel deprived of health education, I’ve listed some educational links for you below.) You...

NDM-1: No Drug Matters

My longtime readers know that I’m not one to panic when the media does.  I wasn’t very worried about anthrax in the mail.  I...

Animated about Aspirin

Aspirin was hailed as a wonder-drug in the 1800s when it was first purified – the first anti-inflammatory medication that did not have the...

The Most Recent Celebrity Vitamin: D

Every now and then some vitamin or dietary supplement becomes all the rage.  A couple of generations ago vitamin C was the miracle drug...

Apathy about Anacetrapib

The new cholesterol medication generating hubbub this week is anacetrapib. Why is the world holding its breath for another cholesterol medicine in an already crowded...

Safety: It’s not Just for Airlines Anymore

Preventing medical errors is a subject that is belatedly attracting a lot of attention.  The way in which hospitals prevent errors and manage them...

A Screening Test for Lung Cancer

This week brings very exciting news, but everybody seems worried that we’ll misunderstand and read too much into it. There are very few cancers for...

Live Long and Prosper

“I hope I die before I get old” —The Who My Generation Composed in 1965 by Pete Townshend, currently 65 years old The good news is that people...

A Meta-Post about Meta-Research

… or, How to Love the Null Hypothesis First, bear with me for an important definition.  “Meta” used as a prefix, has come to mean...

Meridia Withdrawn from US Market

… or, So Long Sibutramine Over two thirds of Americans are overweight.  A safe and effective medication that helps people lose weight would be a...

Sleep Deprivation Sabotages Dieting

The correlation between obesity and inadequate sleep has been known for some time.  But does one cause the other or are they coincidental?  It’s...

Spiriva: A New Option for Asthma Patients

Patients whose asthma symptoms are only mild and intermittent usually don’t need daily asthma medications.  They just use a rescue inhaler, like albuterol, whenever...

California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

Pertussis or whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory disease marked by a runny nose for a week or two followed by a severe persistent...

Is There a Patient Educator in the House?

… or, An Angioplasty Also Won’t Make You Taller Over a million coronary angioplasties are performed in the US each year.  In this procedure a...

Salmonella Sunny Side Up

This summer a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated eggs has sickened over 1,000 people and led to the recall of over 500 million eggs. Eggs...

Latest news

Lebanese Information Minister Resigns Amid Unrest Following Beirut Disaster

The decision was made as a “response to the public will for change,” minister says • Hezbollah chief, Lebanese leaders hanged in effigy in Beirut protests.

Trump’s Germany Ambassador Pick Under Fire from Jewish Groups for Statements on Immigrants and Nazi History

The nomination of Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran who now frequently appears on Fox News, made headlines this week after CNN’s K File unearthed a long history of the retired colonel’s comments.

Israeli Cabinet Meeting Canceled Amid Ongoing State Budget Dispute

Likud Party: Blue and White is blocking a $2.5 billion economic aid program. Blue and White: Likud is refusing to honor the coalition agreement.

David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force Chief, Is Stepping Down

Gen. David Goldfein, who for a time was in line to become the first Jewish chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has retired as Air Force chief.

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.
x