Floridians urged to protect their eyes as state experiences partial solar eclipse on Monday

Eclipse glasses

On Monday, Aug. 21, Florida will experience a partial solar eclipse, and the Florida Department of Health reminds all Floridians to enjoy this rare event safely by following simple precautions and using proper protection. Severe retinal damage can occur from looking directly at the sun. “The solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that I’m sure many […]

Glen Campbell’s dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Glen Campbell was the son of a sharecropper who went from childhood poverty to wealth and world fame as a country singer, but he spent his last several years suffering from dementia and died from its complications at age 81 on August 8, 2017.   He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, […]

John Urschel quits football in order to save his brain

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

John Urschel, arguably the smartest player in the National Football League, just retired from football at age 26 to avoid concussions that can cause brain damage, known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE.  He will finish his course work for a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. […]

Sam Shepard and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Sam Shepard was a prolific playwright, actor, screenwriter and director who: • acted in more than sixty films and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff;  • wrote more than 55 plays, often focusing on the serious problems that occur in American […]

The Villages Health apparently attempting to woo back patients

The Villages Health

The Villages Health is surveying former patients in an apparent effort to woo some of them back. Responses to the survey by Study Hall Research, a Tampa marketing and branding research consulting firm, are due by Sunday midnight, according to an email sent to the past patients. “Your participation in this important survey is encouraged […]

Grass-fed vs. corn-fed meat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Nobody has presented good evidence that eating meat from grass-fed animals is more healthful than the meat from corn-fed animals. The main health arguments for eating grass-fed meat are its lower fat content and higher content of omega-3 fatty acids (Meat Science, January 2014; 96(1):535-540). Fat: There is no evidence that the small reduction in fat […]

Dr. Mirkin will speak on healthy eating to Nutz for Nutrition group at FishHawk Recreation Center

Diana and Gabe Mirkin on their Ti Trike.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a Villager and Villages-News.com columnist, will speak in August to the Nutz for Nutrition group at FishHawk Recreation Center. The Nutz for Nutrition, all Village of Gilchrist residents, are opening up their meeting to fellow Villagers who would like to hear Mirkin’s program on “Eating Healthy; Weight Control using intermittent fasting.” The group […]

Blood pressure during and after exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

High blood pressure puts you at increased risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke and damaging every organ in your body. Lowering high blood pressure helps to protect you from these complications (JAMA, 1970;213:1143-52). Blood pressure is at its lowest at bedtime. Your blood pressure is too high if it is: • above 120/80 […]