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Olympic medalist Peter Snell dies while watching TV

New Zealand runner Peter Snell blazed to gold medal glory in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics. He died earlier this month while watching TV. Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on his life.

Vitamin B12 deficiency leads to confusion and muscle weakness

Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes that if you suffer from daytime sleepiness, forgetfulness, confusion, tiredness or muscle weakness, you should get a blood test for vitamin B12 deficiency.

Impotence a major risk factor for heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes that impotence is associated with all the same risk factors as those for heart attacks. He offers some advice.

Eating vegetables can combat diabetes

Multiple studies show that eating vegetables is a good way to prevent diabetes. Dr. Gabe Mirkin breaks it down.

Taking testosterone may be bad for your heart

Dr. Gabe Mirkin makes the case that older men who suffer from poor sexual function should not choose to take testosterone. He outlines the dangers.

Drink water instead of sweetened drinks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks at the health risk of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages. His recommendation? Drink water.

Parent company of Villages Regional Hospital honored with fifth straight workplace award

Central Florida Health, the 636-bed not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, is included in the new list, “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019.”

Electric-Assist Bikes and Trikes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin and his wife Diana are enthusiastic cyclists, riding 150 miles per week. He contends electric-assist bikes can improve the training programs for cyclists at all levels.

Tim Conway and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Tim Conway starred on television for 40 years, most notably on "The Carol Burnett Show." Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks at the condition from which Conway suffered, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.

Heart attacks again linked to red meat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin takes a sobering look at the dangers of eating red meat.