Eleanor Roosevelt's Doctors Vindicated 40 Years after Her Death

Each year, more than 100,000 North Americans die from medical mistakes. In 1962, newspapers reported that Eleanor Roosevelt may have died because her doctors at one of the most respected medical schools in the world did not diagnose her infection ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 20th, 2019
Low Vitamin B12 May Increase Risk for Bleeding Strokes

A surprising study from the UK shows that vegetarians and pescatarians (those who eat fish but not meat) appear to be at increased risk for suffering bleeding strokes, even though they are at reduced risk for heart attacks and are not at increased ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 20th, 2019
Bob Hayes, World’s Fastest Human

For many years the world’s fastest human was Bob Hayes, the only man to win Olympic gold medals and a Super Bowl ring, and to hold world records in the 60, 100, and 220-yard dashes and the Olympic 100-meter dash at the same time. In the Tok ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 20th, 2019
Recovery: the Key to Improvement in Your Sport

If you want to become stronger and faster and have greater endurance, you need to exercise on one day intensely enough to damage your muscle fibers and feel sore on the next day, and then train at reduced intensity for as many days as it tak ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 15th, 2019
Strengthen Bones with Weight Training

Your bones weaken progressively after age 30, and between ages 35 and 50, about 28 percent of North American men and women suffer from bone weakening called osteopenia (J Amer Osteo Assoc, June 2019;119:357-363). By age 65, 25 percent of women and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 14th, 2019
Keto Diets Increase Risk for Fatty Liver

The various ketogenic diets that severely restrict all carbohydrates and replace them mostly with fats are associated with increased risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD (JAMA Intern Med, published online July 15, 2019). NAFLD can le ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 12th, 2019
Franco Columbu, Mr. Olympia

Franco Columbu was considered to be one of the strongest men in the world.  He was a bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor, and author who won the Mr. Olympia contest twice and also the Mr. Universe, Mr. World, Mr. International, Mr. Europe and Mr ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 8th, 2019
Statin Drugs and Muscle Pain

At last we have a reasonable explanation why statins can cause some people to suffer skeletal muscle pain and damage, but do not cause heart muscle damage (JACC: Basic to Translational Science, Aug 2019;4(4):509-523). Muscles contract after they re ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 7th, 2019
Head Injuries Increase Risk for Impotence

A study of more than 3,400 former National Football League players, average age 52, found that those who had had a concussion were at increased risk for low testosterone and erectile dysfunction, regardless how young or old they were (JAMA Neurolog ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 5th, 2019
Fasting Blood Sugar Can Be Too Low

A low fasting blood sugar or an abnormally low HbA1C (a test of the amount of sugar stuck on cells) may increase risk for heart attacks. Researchers followed almost 5000 people for 13 years and found that having a very low fasting blood sugar (< ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 1st, 2019
 
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