Ted Williams, the Greatest Hitter

He was arguably the greatest baseball batter ever.  He played 19 years for the Boston Red Sox and every one of those 19 years, he was an American League All-Star.  In 1941, he had a batting average of 406, which remains the highest batt ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 17th, 2018
Will Daily Baby Aspirin Help to Prevent a Heart Attack?

Aspirin has been shown to help prevent a second heart attack in people who have already had a heart attack. However, aspirin also causes bleeding that can kill a person, so researchers wanted to find out if the heart-attack-preventing effects of as ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 16th, 2018
Fatty Liver Disease and Diabetes

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when excess fat is stored in your liver. The most common cause of liver disease used to be alcohol, but now it is far more likely to be caused by eating sugar-added foods and drinking anything with sugar in ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 16th, 2018
Burt Reynolds' Heart Attack

Burt Reynolds was a famous film and television star, producer, and director who had it all.  He was extremely good looking, incredibly popular with the ladies, a gifted movie star who could be absolutely hilarious,  a college scholarshi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 16th, 2018
Exercisers Should Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet

A study of 798 asymptomatic and apparently healthy master athletes (runners, cyclists, triathletes, rowers and hockey players), 35+ years old, who exercised fairly vigorously 3-7 days a week, found that 10 percent had greater than 70 percent blocka ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2018
Diet Recommendations from the PURE Study

The PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) Study, reported at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich on August 28, 2018, concludes that increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy and non-processed red me ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2018
Robin Leach: Risk Factors for Strokes

Robin Leach was best known as the host of the 1984-95 television series, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which featured palatial homes, yachts, expensive cars and lavish lifestyles of wealthy entertainers, athletes and corporate executives. Le ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2018
Red Meat, Neu5Gc and Risk for Cancer

This year, researchers have identified the CMAH gene in meat, dairy, and even caviar from some fish that produces a sugar-protein called Neu5Gc, which may explain the association between eating red meat and increased risk for certain cancers (Genom ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 4th, 2018
Risk for Dementia Goes Down with Steps to Prevent Heart Attacks

You can reduce your risk for suffering from dementia by up to 70 percent when you follow the same healthful habits that help to prevent heart attacks (JAMA, Aug 21, 2018;320(7):657-664). A study of 6,600 people over 65, followed for 8.5 years, foun ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 2nd, 2018
Eggs Do Not Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

A recent news headline proclaimed, "An Egg a Day May Keep Heart Disease Away" (Time, May 21, 2018), based on a study of 512,891 adults in urban and rural areas of China. Those who ate one egg a day were reported to have an 18 percent redu ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 2nd, 2018
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