Mental health

Why is life expectancy in the US declining?

Midlife mortality and mental health.

Diseases

Measuring cardiovascular disease risk and the importance of apoB

Millions of Americans schedule an annual physical health examination. During their visit, many can expect to get their blood drawn for a standard lipid panel, which ultimately provides the patient with a readout of total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TGs). What virtually nobody among them will get is…

Fasting

Can fasting help athletes hold their breath longer?

This was basically the question posed to me by my friend, Justin Lee, a world-class freediver and spearfisherman who is already hard at work training for the 2020 World Championships next Fall.

Weekly Emails

Book update

It’s been about a month since I finished the first draft of my book, a project I’ve been working on since early 2016.

Diseases

Coronary artery calcium scan

After last week’s deep dive into the relationship between LDL cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, I thought it would not hurt to go a bit deeper in the weeds. You’ll recall that atherosclerosis takes the greatest proportion of lives when people are in their later years, but it’s a disease that takes a…

Diseases

LDL-C & systolic blood pressure and lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease

Mendelian randomization and lifetime cardiovascular disease risk.

Understanding science

Is ditching meat a “game-changer” for your health?

A new documentary makes the case it is.

Treatments

Metformin and exercise – déjà vu all over again?

Metformin blunts muscle hypertrophy in response to progressive resistance training

Understanding science

Am I fooling myself?

This story serves to remind me that we are not wired to think scientifically. Full stop. It is the quintessential human flaw. But scientific thinking is a skill to be practiced and improved upon.

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