Tammy Wynette and the pain of gall bladder disease

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Tammy Wynette rose from poverty in rural Mississippi to become one of the most famous female country music singers.  She sold more than 30 million records, had 57 Top-40 country hits between 1967 and 1988, won two Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association awards, eight Billboard awards and 16 BMI songwriter awards.  In 2003, five […]

Deaths from liver cancer increasing

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The death rate from all cancers in the United States has dropped steadily since 1991 (CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, published online Jan 4, 2017). The total drop of 25 percent, or 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths over the past 25 years, is explained largely because people are smoking less. However, deaths from cancer […]

Cyclist Robert Marchand sets amazing world record at 105

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On January 4, 2017, 105-year-old Robert Marchand rode his bicycle 14.01 miles to set the world record for his age for the one-hour ride.  He rode 92 laps at the Velodrome National near Paris and as he completed his ride, the fans gave him a standing ovation, chanting “Robert, Robert” while dozens of TV crews […]

Alan Thicke and aortic dissection

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Alan  Thicke was best known as psychiatrist Jason Seaver in the ABC television show, “Growing Pains”, but was also a popular Canadian actor, songwriter, and television game and talk show host who was nominated for three Emmy Awards as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and later for “America 2-Night.” He composed several theme […]

Ten-minute workouts for fitness

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

One minute of intense exercise can give you the same level of fitness as 45 minutes of more casual exercise (PLoS One, April 26, 2016;11(4):e0154075). Two groups of out-of-shape men exercised three times a week for 12 weeks. One group pedaled stationary bicycles for 45 minutes. The other group did the following 10-minute workout: • […]

Denton Cooley, the fastest heart surgeon

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Heart surgeon Denton Cooley, who died on November 18, 2016 at the age of 96, was better than his peers in just about everything he did.  He founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1972, where he and his team performed  • almost 120,000 open heart operations,  • 258,000 cardiac catheterizations and  • 270 heart transplants. […]

Genes and belly fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you store the extra fat in your buttocks and thighs, you are at low risk for being harmed by that extra fat. However, if you store the extra fat primarily in your belly, you are at high risk for becoming diabetic and dying prematurely. People with tiny buttocks and a huge belly probably already […]

Leon Russell, A Song For You

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Famous pianist, singer and songwriter Leon Russell died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13, 2016.  While I consider that dying at age 74 is way too young, the real tragedy is not how long he lived but how much he suffered during the last 10 years of his […]

Gwen Ifill and uterine cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On November 14, 2016, Gwen Ifill, a noted American journalist, television newscaster and author, died at age 61 of uterine cancer. She was a political analyst who was featured on Public Television’s Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, and moderated the 2004 and 2008 U.S. vice-presidential debates.  She is the only known Washington journalist who covered […]