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 […]

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: • […]

Hearing Loss Association to learn about latest developments on cochlear implants

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Central Florida Chapter will be holding its next meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Churchill Street Recreation Center. Guest speaker will be Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialst, Karalee Needelman, of Advanced Bionics, LLC. She’ll provide up to date information on Advanced Bionics Technology, including the […]

Smoking is bad for pets, too

If you smoke, here’s some extra incentive to quit: The health of your best pet pal may be at risk. Secondhand smoke doesn’t just harm people. It’s bad for animals too. And pets may be exposed to what experts call third-hand smoke. That’s the harmful chemical residue that accumulates in smokers’ homes—including on floors and […]

Gov. Scott meets with incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After promising to help President-elect Donald Trump rewrite the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Tuesday afternoon with the incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scott, a former health-care executive, was slated to meet at 2 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., in Washington, D.C. Price, a physician who will […]

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. […]