Should You Take Probiotics?

A review of 45 scientifically-controlled studies published over the last 27 years (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 26, 2018) shows that in healthy people, the use of probiotic supplements can: • lead to an increase in these heal ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 19th, 2018
High HDL Cholesterol May Not Protect You from a Heart Attack

There are many ways to measure risk factors for having a heart attack, but for more than the last 60 years, the criteria used most by doctors to predict your likelihood to suffer a heart attack was to measure your LDL and HDL cholesterol. However, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 19th, 2018
Gustav Born: Innovations after Hiroshima

Gustav Born was a physician and pharmacologist who taught the world about blood clotting. In 1945, he was posted as a British army doctor in Hiroshima, and noticed that most of the survivors of the atomic bomb suffered from chronic bleeding.  ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 19th, 2018
The More Vegetables, The Better

Researchers followed 38,981 adults for 16 years (1999-2014) and found that those who ate the most vegetables and the widest variety of vegetables, particularly dark green vegetables, had the lowest rate of heart attacks and heart disease (Nutrition ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 12th, 2018
Inactivity Increases Risk for Diabetes

Being inactive for as little as a few days makes muscles weaker and smaller, but that is not all you lose. Two new studies show that just two weeks of decreased physical activity brings you closer to becoming diabetic by decreasing your body's ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 12th, 2018
Charlotte Rae and Pancreatic Cancer

Charlotte Rae was a stage, television and film actress and singer who, at age 52, became widely known and loved as Mrs. Edna Garrett in the TV shows "Diff’rent Strokes" and its spinoff "The Facts of Life" (1978-1987).&nb ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 12th, 2018
Weak Muscles Increase Risk for Dementia

Many studies show that having excess fat in your belly is associated with increased risk for dementia, but a new study shows that as a person ages, lack of muscle size and strength appears to be an even stronger predictor of dementia than having ex ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 5th, 2018
New Drug May Slow Down Alzheimer's Disease

A study of 856 patients with a mild, early form of Alzheimer’s disease, found that a new drug called BAN2401 may reduce the amount of amyloid plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's (Alzheimer’s Association International Co ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 5th, 2018
Hemingway's Suicide Caused by his Doctors

Early on the morning of July 2, 1961, sixty-one year old Ernest Hemingway, one of America's greatest writers and the winner of both the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize, sat in the foyer of his home and shot himself in the head with a double-ba ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 5th, 2018
Exercise and Plaques

Paul D. Thompson, M.D., an accomplished competitive international marathon runner as well as a respected cardiologist, has written an editorial on two studies that show how important regular vigorous exercise is to prolong lives and prevent heart a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 29th, 2018
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