How to Do Interval Training

If you want to improve your level of fitness, you can try interval training, the technique used by athletes in sports requiring speed and endurance such as cycling, skiing, running or swimming. They exercise very intensely, rest, and then alternate ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 17th, 2019
Best Diet to Prevent and Treat Diabetes

More than 30 million adults in North America suffer from diabetes and another 85 million have pre-diabetes that is likely to become full-blown diabetes within five years. Research papers published this month suggest that people who are diabetic or ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 17th, 2019
Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

I cried when I heard the life story of Scott Joplin, and you will cry also.  He was an African-American composer and pianist whose  44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas paved the way for other black artists to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 17th, 2019
Exercisers Have Fewer Heart Attacks

A study of 21,758 men, average age 51.7 years, followed for an average 10.4 years, showed that men who exercised the most have more plaques in their arteries, but do not suffer more heart attacks or deaths than those with less heart artery calcific ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Albert Finney's Kidney Cancer Treatments

Albert Finney was an English actor best remembered for his Academy-Award-nominated roles as the lawyer in Erin Brockovich, Geoffrey Firmin in Under the Volcano, Sir in The Dresser, Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, and the title rol ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Brain Benefits from Exercise

Three new studies help us understand the many good things that exercise does for your brain. The first study, from the University of Maryland, shows that a regular exercise program alters blood flow to the brain to improve mental function in older ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Lyndon Baines Johnson's Heart Attacks

On January 22, 1973, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, died at his ranch in Johnson City, Texas, at age 65 from what was probably his fifth heart attack.    He was one of the hardest-working presidents ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 10th, 2019
Daily Aspirin May Not Save Lives

Just about everyone agrees that aspirin helps to prevent heart attacks by keeping clots from forming, but a major side effect of daily aspirin is increased risk for bleeding.  Almost all heart attacks are caused by clots blocking blood flow to ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
Fried and Browned Foods Linked to Shorter Lives

A study of almost 107,000 women, ages 50-79, followed for an average 18 years, found that one serving or more of fried chicken a week was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death during the study period, and a serving of fried fish or shel ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
What Killed Alexander the Great?

In 323 BCE, Alexander the Great died suddenly at the very young age of 32.  This month, more than 2,300 years later, Dr Katherine Hall of the University of Otaga in New Zealand gives a very strong argument that he died of nerve damage from G ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | February 3rd, 2019
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