Exercise May Help to Prevent Dementia

More than 80 percent of North Americans over the age of 85 suffer from some form of dementia. A new study in rats helps to explain why exercise could help to prevent or delay this dreaded condition (Sci Rep, 2017 Sep 7;7(1):10903). A group of rats ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 22nd, 2017
Preventing Osteoporosis

Twenty-eight million North Americans have osteoporosis that puts them at high risk for breaking bones. People who suffer osteoporotic hip fractures have a 20 percent chance of dying within the next year. If you have suffered bone fractures with min ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 22nd, 2017
Ted Corbitt, the Father of Long Distance Running

Ted Corbitt ran more miles in training, often up to 200 miles a week, than any runner I ever heard of, yet his fastest time in a marathon was a mediocre 2 hours 26 minutes 44 seconds, almost 24 minutes slower than the present world record for tha ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 22nd, 2017
Intervals for Everyone

All healthy people can benefit from some form of interval training. They can pick up the pace for a few seconds while walking, running, cycling, swimming, skiing or skating, and then slow down when they feel the least discomfort. When they regain t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 15th, 2017
How Sugar Can Fill Your Liver with Fat

A study this month shows how people who eat a lot of sugar can develop a liver full of fat that can lead to diabetes (Clin Sci (Lond), 2017 Sep 18). Twelve men with fatty livers who had not been diagnosed as being diabetic and the same number of no ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 15th, 2017
Tom Petty's Heart Attack

Tom Petty was a rock singer, songwriter and record producer who was the lead singer of  the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.  He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 80 million record ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 15th, 2017
Breakfast Skippers Have More Plaques

A new study surveyed more than 4,000 adults ages 40 to 54 about their breakfast habits and then checked them for heart attack risk factors. The researchers found that people who eat a large percentage of their total daily calories for breakfast hav ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2017
Processed Meats and Cancer Risk

The World Cancer Research Fund International Continuous Update Project has released its recent findings from their review of about 400 studies. They found that the risk for colorectal cancer increases by 12 percent for every 100 grams per day of pr ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2017
John von Neumann, Father of the Computer Revolution

John von Neumann was one of the most versatile and brilliant mathematicians of all time.  He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1955 and died a year later after it spread quickly to his bones and brain.  He had helped to develop both ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2017
Fried vs Unfried Potatoes

A study of 4400 North American men and women, ages 45 to 79, followed for eight years, showed that those who ate fried potatoes two or more times a week were at increased risk for dying during the study period, compared to those who ate fried potat ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 28th, 2017
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