Feature Interview (12:00) – Heart Disease expert Dr. Michael Farkouh discusses the latest research into the causes, treatments, and prevention of heart disease including how alcohol affects the risk of heart problems, the dangers of people living in big cities, how screen time can increase your risks for heart disease, and even how misguided government can be hurting you. Then he gives some important tips on the best steps you and your family can take to lower your risk for heart disease.

Dr. Michael Farkouh, MD is Professor and Vice-Chair, Research, Department of Medicine, at the University of Toronto and the Peter Munk Chair in Multinational Clinical Trials at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Director of the Heart and Stroke Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Cardiology Training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Also in this episode:

News (00:45) – New info that could lead to a blood test for melanoma (doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.25669)

Women’s Health Tip (4:40) – Zika Update: What You Need to Know for Fall 2018

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:45) – In the five-year period from mid-2012 to mid-2017, internet searches of “basal cell carcinoma” saw five peak periods for the weeks following November 21, 2013; May 9, 2014; October 27, 2014; May 6, 2015; February 8, 2016; and February 13, 2017. These peaks were 50-150% higher than the average internet search rate for “basal cell carcinoma”. What happened on each of these six dates that led to this greatly increased interest in basal cell carcinoma?

Linacre for Laypeople (40:30) – Dr. Frederick White discusses his recent article about the push for physician-assisted suicide, how professional medical associations are being lobbied for their support, and the important efforts from some doctors to resist the trend (“The American Medical Association and Physician-Assisted Suicide,” Linacre Quarterly, Vol. 85, May 2018)

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