Exercisers Have More Stable Plaques

Two recent breakthrough studies give the best explanation yet of how exercise helps to prevent heart attacks. Competitive older endurance athletes may have more plaques in their arteries than non-exercisers, but they have the type of plaques that a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 19th, 2017
John Brinkley, Goat Testicle Entrepreneur

Medical fraud is as rampant today as it has always been, but John Brinkley was among the greatest medical frauds of all time. From the 1920s onward, between World War I and World War II, he became fabulously wealthy by surgically implanting the t ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 15th, 2017
NSAIDs May Block Gains in Endurance and Strength

A new study io mice showed that taking NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), to reduce muscle pain before, during or after exercise, can reduce the gains in endurance from aerobic training (PNAS, June 27, 2017;114(26):6675–6684). Th ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 15th, 2017
Why Meat May Increase Risk for Diabetes

Researchers followed 63,257 Chinese adults aged 45–74 for an average of 10.9 years and found that eating red meat was associated with increased risk for developing diabetes. The authors suggest that it may be the iron in meat that could cause ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 15th, 2017
Heat Stroke

Nobody should ever die of heat stroke, a rapid uncontrolled rise in body temperature that causes you to pass out. Your body sends you warning signals as your temperature rises. In 1965, I almost died from heat stroke in an unimportant local race ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 8th, 2017
Sweet Drinks Raise Risk for Diabetes

A just-published study shows that drinking either sugared or artificially-sweetened drinks is associated with increased risk for diabetes (Am J Clin Nutr, Jun 28, 2017). Of 64,850 post-menopausal women followed for 8.4 years, 4675 developed diabete ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 8th, 2017
Emil Zatopek, the Best Distance Runner

Most runners think that Emil Zatopek was the greatest runner who ever lived.  He is the only athlete ever to win three gold medals in distance running in the same Olympics. At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics he won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 8th, 2017
Incredible Senior Athletes

My report on Exercisers Have More Stable Plaques, showing that vigorous exercise in later life helps to prevent heart attacks by stabilizing plaques, should be a strong stimulus for people to continue exercising at any age.    This ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 6th, 2017
Red Yeast Rice Pills

People who take red yeast rice pills to lower their cholesterol levels may not be getting their expected protection against suffering a heart attack. North Americans spend an estimated 40 million dollars a year on these pills. Harvard professor Pie ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 2nd, 2017
Power Napping

Power napping for an hour can help you to learn, remember and interpret more efficiently. When I was in high school, I found that I could study best immediately after awakening from at least a 45-minute nap. Only then could I read, study and memori ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 2nd, 2017
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