Exercisers Have Fewer Heart Attacks

A study of 21,758 men, average age 51.7 years, followed for an average 10.4 years, showed that men who exercised the most have more plaques in their arteries, but do not suffer more heart attacks or deaths than those with less heart artery calcific ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Brain Benefits from Exercise

Three new studies help us understand the many good things that exercise does for your brain. The first study, from the University of Maryland, shows that a regular exercise program alters blood flow to the brain to improve mental function in older ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Lyndon Baines Johnson's Heart Attacks

On January 22, 1973, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, died at his ranch in Johnson City, Texas, at age 65 from what was probably his fifth heart attack.    He was one of the hardest-working presidents ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

I cried when I heard the life story of Scott Joplin, and you will cry also.  He was an African-American composer and pianist whose  44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas paved the way for other black artists to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Daily Aspirin May Not Save Lives

Just about everyone agrees that aspirin helps to prevent heart attacks by keeping clots from forming, but a major side effect of daily aspirin is increased risk for bleeding.  Almost all heart attacks are caused by clots blocking blood flow to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
Fried and Browned Foods Linked to Shorter Lives

A study of almost 107,000 women, ages 50-79, followed for an average 18 years, found that one serving or more of fried chicken a week was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death during the study period, and a serving of fried fish or shel ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
What Killed Alexander the Great?

In 323 BCE, Alexander the Great died suddenly at the very young age of 32.  This month, more than 2,300 years later, Dr Katherine Hall of the University of Otaga in New Zealand gives a very strong argument that he died of nerve damage from G ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
Carbohydrate Loading DOES NOT Work

"Carbohydrate loading" the night before a big race can impair your performance and damage your health. More than 45 years ago, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (March 26, 1973;223(13):1511-1512), I reported the case of a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 27th, 2019
Get Calcium from Foods, Not Pills

Osteoporosis or low bone mass affects 55 percent of people over age 50 in the United States, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation. A study of 1,064 women followed for 15 years shows that not getting enough calcium is associated wi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 27th, 2019
Cole Porter's Horrendous Accident

This is the sad story of Cole Porter, one of America's greatest and most talented composers who won just about every award possible for songs and musical productions, and how his life was destroyed by a fall off a horse that caused pain for t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 27th, 2019
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