Dr. Larry Mulkerin

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Prostate worries? Consider treatment information

“What should I do about my prostate?” you ask.

Journals: My monthly potpourri

In this month’s look at the journals we travel to Nova Scotia to touch on climate change, leave Walla Walla for prostate cancer treatment via expensive machines, then dive into the world of advertising to discuss claims about antioxidants.

There's no solid research that pineapple can benefit Alzheimer's disease

I was recently asked to comment about the benefits of pineapple in Alzheimer’s disease. I checked peer-reviewed literature and found nothing to directly support the idea. Google, however, led me to Doctor Oz. He recommends a variety of commercial products and brings authors to his TV program. He put Haylie Pomroy’s “Fast Metabolism Diet”on his show’s website. She promotes pineapple as a source of “natural” sugar and suggests that it’s good for the adrenals.

Staving off Alzheimer’s has many schools of thought

Do you remember what I wrote about Alzheimer’s last month. I’m fuzzy about it, too. Here’s a restatement. More than a century ago Alois Alzheimer described misshapen proteins, or peptides, in the brains of patients with dementia. Studies seem to confirm an association, but not necessarily cause and effect. Treatments to clear these proteins from the brain have produced disappointing results. While we wait for clarification, what might help?

The journals: My monthly potpourri

At the end of each year, writers and researchers take a little break and tell what they think about the year past. I’m borrowing wholesale from the journal Science and developments that its staff ranked at the top of 2013.

Alzheimer’s a tangled web of possible causes

Many of us hear an alarm bell when we forget where we left the keys or see someone we should know but can’t connect the face with a name.

Science journals: My monthly potpourri

You probably haven’t heard of a surgical procedure that relieves chest pain by tying off a minor artery. It worked, but it was abandoned. I’ll explain why later. But first, some other things that didn’t work or were proven to be dangerous.

Testosterone therapy: ‘Cure’ looking for problem?

Low T? OMG! The pharmaceutical industry wants men to think their sex lives, muscle mass and energy levels are in trouble because of — oh my goodness — low testosterone

The journals: A potpourri for the new year

Lots of us have taken drugs at one time or another. I began and ended my personal experience with a bad one, when I was in my junior year of medical school.

Clues to aging maladies found in study of diabetes

After his heart attack, Bill Clinton followed a diet program devised by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. The retired surgeon in September spoke to a large audience at Whitman College.

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