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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Albert Fuchs, M.D.

242 ARTICLES

Expired Medications (or Medicines From The Mesozoic)

Every primary care physician occasionally encounters questions similar to the following. “I just found some of my blood pressure medicines.  The container fell behind the...

Lemierre Syndrome: Rethinking Pharyngitis in Young Adults

One of the first outpatient problems a primary care trainee learns to manage is sore throat.  The current algorithm is fairly simple.  Most sore...

New Mammogram Recommendations Betray Women, Doctors and Science

This week the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised their recommendations for screening mammograms.  Their recommendations have ignited much controversy and have weakened...

H1N1 Flu Update

I want to write another post about H1N1 flu about as much as I’d like to pour lemon juice on my paper cuts.  But...

Should You Have a Pap Smear?

Last week I lamented that we can prevent so few cancers.  Cervical cancer screening is one of the success stories of prevention.  Regular pap...

Proactive or Paranoid? When Vigilance is Valueless

What a better topic for Halloween than fear? All of us when hearing of a coworker or loved one who has been diagnosed with a...

Vaccines: Fighting Fear with Information

Diversity of opinion is a mark of any free society.  Whenever I hear the latest conspiracy theory, see a commercial for a ghost-investigating “reality”...

A Dose of Realism about Advanced Dementia

Dementia isn’t one disease.  Like cancer, dementia is a family of different diseases that have important similarities.  The diseases that cause dementia all lead...

The Challenge of Trusting Science

Around the turn of the last century medical practice was in a sorry state.  Despite dramatic advances in physics, chemistry and physiology, the day-to-day...

The H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccine

Countless of you (well actually, several of you) have asked me in the last few weeks “What about the swine flu vaccine?”  “Should I...

Reservations Regarding Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a chemical found in the skin of red grapes, berries, plums and peanuts.  It is being widely promoted as the latest antiaging...

A New Blood Thinner May Outperform Coumadin

Atrial fibrillation is a very common abnormal heart rhythm affecting 3 million Americans.  The most dangerous complication of atrial fibrillation is stoke, which can...

The Facts on Red Yeast Rice

Many of my patients ask me whether they should take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol.  This week’s issue of The Medical Letter...

National Cholesterol Education Month

The CDC says that September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and who am I to argue?  So here is a dollop of education about...

Rational Rationing

The healthcare reform debate has generated much heat but very little light.  (And it’s also getting a lot of coverage, so there’s very little...

Important Influenza Inoculation Information

Our office just received our first batch of influenza vaccines, so it’s time for the annual flu shot post. The seasonal flu vaccine does not...

Weight Lifting Helps Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema

One of my goals for these posts is to use individual studies to point out the broader trends they suggest.  This week I want...

Vertebroplasties: Not Very Valuable

Osteoporosis, the demineralization and weakening of bones, is common in older patients.  A potentially incapacitating consequence of osteoporosis is a vertebral fracture, in which...

H1N1 Flu: Potential Pregnancy Problem

H1N1, the flu previously known as swine, is still in the news, but this week for a good reason. Most of us still have little...

It’s West Nile Virus Season

The news is still flooded with stories about Swine Flu, which will continue to demand the attention of public health officials, but probably doesn’t...

The Shortsighted AMA

The AMA just endorsed the house version of the healthcare reform bill.  The Wall Street Journal excoriates them in this editorial:  <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124804389935663419-email.html#mod%3Digoogle_wsj_gadgv1%26articleTabs%3Darticle " title="What’s...

Travelers Troubled by Thrombosis

Prolonged immobility has long been known to increase the risk of blood clots forming in veins in the legs (the medical term for which...

The Healthcare Meltdown – Part IV

A Recipe for Reform <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_i/ " target="_blank"><< Back to Part I:  How Insurance Works <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_ii/ " target="_blank"><< Back to Part II:  How Medical Insurance Was Broken <a...

The Smell of Quackery

I’ll post the last part of The Healthcare Meltdown later this week, but meanwhile a quick post that deserves your attention. What’s worse than a...

The Healthcare Meltdown – Part III

Medicare <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_i/ " target="_blank"><< Back to Part I:  How Insurance Works <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_ii/ " target="_blank"><< Back to Part II:  How Medical Insurance Was Broken Thanks for sticking with...

The Healthcare Meltdown – Part II

How Medical Insurance Was Broken <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_i/ " target="_blank"><< Back to Part I:  How Insurance Works In the last post we learned the legitimate valuable role that...

Striving for Quality, Not Quantity

Last Sunday’s NY Times had a great article about the increasing number of doctors who are spending more time with fewer patients:  <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/health/07health.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=%22if%20all%20doctors%20had%20time%20to%20listen%22&st=cse ">If...

Dr. Oprah

I’ll post part II of The Healthcare Meltdown later this week (<a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/the_healthcare_meltdown_part_i/ ">part I is here) but in the meantime I couldn’t pass up...

The Healthcare Meltdown – Part I

How Insurance Works For many families healthcare is increasingly expensive while simultaneously increasingly mediocre.  A recent study in the American Journal of Medicine found that...

Angst about Acetaminophen

When many of us get a headache, a fever, or just suffer the aches and pains of physical exertion we don’t think twice about...

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