Jim Bouton and Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy

Jim Bouton was not good enough to play on his high school baseball team but ended up as a professional All-Star baseball pitcher with the New York Yankees who won both of his starts in the 1964 World Series.  He was also a best-selling autho ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 23rd, 2019
Dementia May Be Preventable

No drug available today can cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles found that specific healthful lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk (JAMA, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 21st, 2019
Cutting Calories Can Lower Heart Attack Risk in Healthy-Weight People

Recently I reported a study showing that post-menopausal women who store fat primarily in their bellies are at increased risk for having heart attacks, even if they are not overweight (Eur Heart, June 30, 2019). Now another study shows that adults ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 21st, 2019
Alma Mahler, Muse to Many

My favorite song ever is “Alma” by Tom Lehrer, based on the true story of Alma Mahler from her sensational New York Times obituary in 1965.  Tom Lehrer was a student in the math department at Harvard just before I arrived there, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 21st, 2019
The Good Food Book

  THE GOOD FOOD BOOK WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE IN A FREE PDF FILE THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD. PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE IN A FEW DAYS.     It is also now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook for just $0.99.  Click the box bel ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 18th, 2019
Brain Health Supplements are a Waste of Money

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) reports that supplements sold to improve your memory and to prevent dementia are a waste of your money. There is no good evidence that any over-the-counter or prescription supplement can delay the onset of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 14th, 2019
New Studies on Fatty Liver

A liver full of fat can be caused by anything that damages the liver. Doctors used to separate liver damage into that caused by alcohol and that not caused by alcohol (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). Now we know that a liver damaged by ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 14th, 2019
Dementia Risk May Be Increased by Some Common Drugs

A study of 58,769 patients over 55 years of age diagnosed with dementia and 225,574 people of the same age without dementia found a 50 percent increased risk of dementia among people who used a strong anticholinergic drug daily for about three year ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 14th, 2019
Jared Lorenzen and the Perils of Obesity

Jared Lorenzen was arguably one of the greatest high school athletes ever.  At Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he was the football quarterback who led his team to a four-year 41-2 won/loss record, passed for 6,822 yards and h ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 14th, 2019
Taking Testosterone May Be Bad for Your Heart

Men should not take the male hormone, testosterone, unless their testicles are not producing adequate amounts. A study of 172,000 men found that those who have the genes for high blood levels of testosterone are at a 37 percent increased risk for s ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 7th, 2019
 
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