Side Stitch: Belly pain while running

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

It took years for the medical community to learn what causes a side stitch in which a runner suddenly develops a sharp stabbing pain, usually in the right upper part of the belly just underneath the ribs. With continued running, the pain worsens, but it goes away as soon as you stop running. Dr. Tim […]

Dina Merrill and Dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Dina Merrill was an American actress and philanthropist who was the only child of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Post Cereals heiress who became the richest woman in America, and her second husband, E.F. Hutton, the fabulously-wealthy founder of the financial company that bore his name.   Known throughout her life for her high intelligence, drive, […]

Roger Moore’s many medical problems

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Roger Moore was an English film and television star who was most famous for having played secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985.  In 1991, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for his work in helping underprivileged children. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.  He received a […]

Alcohol and heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Moderate drinking does not appear to prevent heart attacks.  An analysis of 45 studies of relationships between heart attacks and alcohol consumption reports that the studies that associated moderate drinking with reduced heart attack rates are flawed (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, May 2017;78(3):375-386). To show that moderate drinking is associated with heart […]

Roger Ailes and Hemophilia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Seventy-seven-year-old Roger Ailes had hemophilia, a genetic inability to clot normally, so when he fell at his home on May 10, 2017, and hit his head, he bled into his brain which caused a subdural hematoma.  The massive bleeding and tremendous pressure squashed his brain and killed him eight days later.    Ailes was one […]

Gregg Allman and liver cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Gregg Allman was a very famous musician, singer and songwriter who, together with his brother, founded The Allman Brothers Band, one of the top bands in America in the late 1960s and the 1970s.  He wrote and played top hit songs “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post,”  “Trouble No More,” “Blue Sky” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Dreams.” […]

More good news about nuts and peanuts

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes. • Three ounces of ground peanuts that contain 198 kcal taken with a high-fat meal prevented […]

Bicycling is the most dangerous professional sport

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed by a truck on April 22, 2017.  At age 37, he was at the peak of his career as a professional bicycle racer.  He won the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps in Trento, Italy, eventually finished fourth in that tour, returned home that night, and went […]

What you need to know about energy drinks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Energy drinks can raise blood pressure and may cause irregular heartbeats, according to a new study conducted at Travis Air Force Base in California (Journal of the American Heart Association, April 26, 2017;6(5)). This extremely well-planned, performed and controlled study shows that two hours after drinking 32 ounces (four cups) of a popular energy drink, […]

What killed Mario Lanza at age 38?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On October 7, 1959, singer Mario Lanza died suddenly at age 38 of a heart attack just as he was getting ready to check out of a medical clinic in Rome.  He didn’t mean to kill himself, but his entire adult life was full of behaviors and actions that are known to cause heart attacks, […]

What killed Babe Ruth at age 53?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Babe Ruth was arguably the greatest baseball player who ever lived. When he retired from baseball in 1935, he held the record for most home runs (714), had a batting average of .342, batted in 2,213 runs, had a slugging percentage of 690, got on base 47.4 percent of the time he batted, scored 2,174 […]

Artificial sweeteners, strokes and dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

People who take one diet soda a day are nearly three times more likely than non-diet soda drinkers to suffer a stroke or to become demented (Stroke, April 20, 2017), Both sugar drinkers and artificial-sweetener drinkers were at increased risk for having smaller brains and advanced brain aging. The study shows only an association between […]

Treat diabetes with diet and exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Recent studies show that the high blood sugar of diabetes is caused by excess fat in: • the liver (JAMA, February 14, 2017), • the muscles (J Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, April 2017) and • the pancreas ((Diabetes Care, December 2015). Diabetes can be treated and often cured with: • exercise that removes fat from […]