Neil Fingleton, Game of Thrones Giant

At 7 foot, 7.5 inches, Neil Fingleton was the tallest man in the United Kingdom.  He played basketball at the University of North Carolina and Holy Cross College and as a pro in the United States, Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England. He la ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 22nd, 2018
Cold-Weather Exercise Tips

You feel cold most in your fingers, ears and toes. During World War II, gunners on the bombers complained bitterly about frozen hands, ears and toes. The Army Air Force added special insulation to their gloves, hats and boots, and they stopped comp ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 21st, 2018
What Do Blood Cholesterol Levels Mean?

Having a high (>100 mg/dL) bad LDL cholesterol or a low (<40) good HDL cholesterol has long been associated with increased risk for heart attacks. However, new studies show that you can form plaques and be at risk for a heart attack even if y ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 21st, 2018
Baron Larrey, Napoleon's Surgeon General

  It wasn't the Russians who defeated Napoleon in the War of 1812; it was Napoleon's surgeon general, Baron Larrey.  Napoleon was set to conquer the civilized world, but he was done in by Russia's horribly cold winter. ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 21st, 2018
Strength Training May Reduce Deaths from Heart Attacks and Cancers

A recent study of almost 30,000 older women followed for 12 years shows that those who did strength training had fewer deaths from heart attacks and all causes than those who did not lift weights (J Am Heart Assoc, Oct 31, 2017;6(11)). Another stud ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
How Fiber Helps to Prevent Disease

We have known for a long time that high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and seeds are associated with lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, many cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia and other diseases. Recent studies on gut bacteria ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
Arnold Palmer, The King of Golf

Arnold Palmer was called "The King" because he was considered to be among the world's greatest and most popular golfers.  From 1955 to 1973, he won 62 Professional Golfers Association Tour titles.  He was born in 1929 in L ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
Calcium and Vitamin D Pills Do Not Prevent Fractures

A review of 33 studies shows that calcium and vitamin D pills do not prevent fractures, regardless of dose (JAMA, Dec 26, 2017;318(24):2466). Other reviews of 59 studies and 50 studies showed that neither calcium pills nor foods rich in calcium pre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
Colon Cancer May Be Caused by Bacteria

Researchers at Harvard University and VHIO cancer Institute in Barcelona report that colon cancer may be caused by a specific bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum (Science, Nov 23, 2017). I believe this is breakthrough research that could lead to a po ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
President Eisenhower Changed the Way Doctors Treat Heart Attacks

On Sept 23, 1955, the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was staying at his in-laws’ house in Denver and went to play golf at the Cherry Hills Country Club.  There he suddenly developed pain in his chest and belly.&n ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
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