NSAIDs May Increase Heart Attack Risk

Millions of people take over-the-counter NSAID pain medicines when they have a headache, fever, chills, joint pain or various other aches and pains. A new study shows that NSAIDs are associated with increased risk for heart attacks (British Medical ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2017
Benefits of Exercise from a Pill?

Don't believe that you can gain the benefits of exercise without exercising. Many products are promoted to give people bigger muscles and make them better athletes, as well as to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes and heart attacks. The ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2017
George Jones - Sad Life, Sad Songs

George Jones lived and sang about sorrow and poverty, and became one of the greatest country music singers of all time,  He recorded more than 900 songs and charted the most hits of any country singer, but he paid the price of spending a tre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2017
How Excess Salt Affects You

Two excellent recent studies from Germany and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee tell us that us excess salt: • causes hunger, rather than thirst • breaks down muscle and fat • may be a primary dietary factor in the high rates of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 14th, 2017
More Good News About Nuts and Peanuts

Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes. • T ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 14th, 2017
Bicycling is the Most Dangerous Professional Sport

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed by a truck on April 22, 2017.  At age 37, he was at the peak of his career as a professional bicycle racer.  He won the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps in Trento, Italy, eventually fi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 14th, 2017
Roger Ailes and Hemophilia

Seventy-seven-year-old Roger Ailes had hemophilia, a genetic inability to clot normally, so when he fell at his home on May 10, 2017, and hit his head, he bled into his brain which caused a subdural hematoma.  The massive bleeding and tremen ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 8th, 2017
Energy Drinks

Energy drinks can raise blood pressure and may cause irregular heartbeats, according to a new study conducted at Travis Air Force Base in California (Journal of the American Heart Association, April 26, 2017;6(5)). This extremely well-planned, perf ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 7th, 2017
Most Urinary Symptoms are Caused by Infections

The vast majority of women who have burning on urination, frequency and urgency have urinary tract infections, even if their cultures do not grow any germs (Clinical Microbiology and Infection, published online April 28, 2017). In addition to a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 7th, 2017
What Killed Mario Lanza at Age 38?

On October 7, 1959, singer Mario Lanza died suddenly at age 38 of a heart attack just as he was getting ready to check out of a medical clinic in Rome.  He didn't mean to kill himself, but his entire adult life was full of behaviors and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 7th, 2017
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