Denton Cooley, the Fastest Heart Surgeon

Heart surgeon Denton Cooley, who died on November 18, 2016 at the age of 96, was better than his peers in just about everything he did.  He founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1972, where he and his team performed  • almost 120, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 5th, 2016
Should You Take a Daily Aspirin?

More than 50 million North Americans take a baby aspirin daily or every other day because research shows that aspirin can help to prevent heart attacks and colon cancer. Heart attacks and strokes cause 30 percent of deaths in the United States and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 4th, 2016
Meat and Colon Cancer: New Studies

This week, a study from Spain adds to the evidence that eating any type of meat (red, white processed, cured or organ meat) is associated with increased risk of colon cancer, and that cooking and processing meat increases risk (European Journal of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 4th, 2016
Julius Wagner-Jauregg's Nobel Prize for Syphilis Treatment

In 1927, Austrian psychiatrist Julius Wagner-Jauregg received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for curing some patients with brain damage from syphilis by infecting them with malaria (Yale J Biol Med, June, 2013;86(2):245–254).  He got ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | December 4th, 2016
Vitamin D: Latest Research

A review of studies written since January 2015 shows that you do not benefit from taking high doses of vitamin D or having very high blood levels of that vitamin. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults need only 600–800 IU of vitami ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 27th, 2016
Genes and Belly Fat

If you store the extra fat in your buttocks and thighs, you are at low risk for being harmed by that extra fat. However, if you store the extra fat primarily in your belly, you are at high risk for becoming diabetic and dying prematurely. People wi ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 27th, 2016
Leon Russell, A Song For You

Famous pianist, singer and songwriter Leon Russell died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13, 2016.  While I consider that dying at age 74 is way too young, the real tragedy is not how long he lived but ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 27th, 2016
Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Can Increase Risks for Cancer and Heart Attacks

The United States Public Health Service says that alcohol kills more than 88,000 people in the United States each year, and has shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Alcohol also causes one in 10 deaths among working-age ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 20th, 2016
How Soluble Fiber Helps to Prevent Heart Attacks

Forty percent of deaths in the United States are from heart disease, which kills more than 400,000 people each year. Soluble fiber (from beans, oats, peas, barley, nuts, fruits and vegetables) reduces high blood levels of Low-Density Cholesterol (L ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 20th, 2016
Gwen Ifill and Uterine Cancer

On November 14, 2016, Gwen Ifill, a noted American journalist, television newscaster and author, died at age 61 of uterine cancer. She was a political analyst who was featured on Public Television's Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, and moder ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 20th, 2016
Subscribe to Dr. Mirkin's free FITNESS & HEALTH NEWSLETTER
Find us on Facebook
Copyright 2016 Drmirkin | All Rights Reserved | Powered by Xindesigns