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
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 12th, 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
Exercise May Change Gut Bacteria for More Endurance

A recent study showed that after finishing the 26-mile Boston Marathon, runners had changes in the bacteria in their colons that may have helped them to run faster and longer (Nature Medicine, June 24, 2019). Fifteen marathon runners and 10 non-run ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 7th, 2019
Dr. John's Life of Music

For more than 60 years, Dr. John sang, played and wrote songs in the blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie, and rock and roll.  He dressed in Mardi Gras costumes and his performances were often staged as voodoo ceremonies or folk medicine shows.&n ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 7th, 2019
Exercise for Endurance AND Strength

If you want to gain maximum benefit from your exercise program, you should try to do both endurance (heart-lung) activities and resistance (muscle strength) training. The usual way to do this is to: • do your endurance training with an activ ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 30th, 2019
Drink Sugar and Caffeine During Vigorous Exercise

I have often recommended that exercisers take a sugared, caffeinated soft drink for a performance boost during prolonged vigorous exercise. I still think this is good advice, but based on a new study, people who are exercising at a casual pace for ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 30th, 2019
 
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