Hank Williams and Spina Bifida

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Hank Williams was one of the America’s most influential singers and songwriters, with 11 number-one and 35 Top-10 songs on the Western Best Sellers list.  In a recording career that lasted only six years, he wrote and performed classics we still hear today such as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “I Saw the Light”, […]

Ron Lester and morbid obesity

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Ron Lester was a Hollywood actor who became famous for playing Billy Bob, the 500-pound high school football player in the 1999 blockbuster movie, Varsity Blues.   He also starred on the WB Television series, Popular.   At age 30, after his massive obesity had caused him to have four arthroscopic knee surgeries and two “mild” […]

The hidden epidemic of early diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Many people with high blood sugar levels are told by their doctors that they do not have diabetes because their fasting blood sugar levels are below 100 mg/dl, which is considered normal. Early in the disease, diabetics often have a “normal” fasting blood sugar, but one hour after they eat, their blood sugar levels rise […]

Mary Tyler Moore and Type I Diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most famous female television stars in North America, first as a wife and mother on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and then as a single working woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) where  she became a role model admired by women all over the world. […]

Your appendix is useful after all

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

I had my appendix removed when I was a child because the doctor told my mother it was a useless organ that might someday burst and cause horrible problems. After generations of children had their appendices removed for no reason, researchers have found that perhaps it may have an important function. The lymphatic tissue in […]

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: • […]