Author Archives: Gabriel Piña, MD

Elevated Dementia Risk Associated with High Fast Food Intake

There has been a growing body of evidence associating consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) with adverse health outcomes including depression, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.  UPFs are high in sugar, fat, and salt and low in protein and fiber. Some examples are soft drinks, salty and sugary snacks, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, yogurt, canned […]

Vitamin D May Protect Infants From Atopic Eczema if their Moms Take it During Pregnancy

Atopic eczema is an inflammatory skin disease that can substantially impact affected individuals. It is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older. There is increasing evidence that atopic eczema partly […]

Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Mortality Risk

In the last years fitness lifestyle has increased around the world thanks to the diffusion of the media, and obviously for the benefit that it carries. Reaching a healthy weight, glucose control, cardiovascular benefits and emotional regulation are some of the benefits of fitness.  Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) emerged as a stronger predictor of all-cause mortality […]

Social Isolation and Loneliness Linked with Cardiovascular and Brain Issues

Social isolation is defined as having infrequent in-person contact with people and loneliness is when a person feels he or she is alone or has less connection with others than desired. More than 4 decades of research have “clearly demonstrated that social isolation and loneliness are both associated with adverse health outcomes. Given the prevalence […]

Stem Cell–Derived Cardiomyocytes Exosomes Promote Myocardial Repair

Induced pluripotent stem cells and their differentiated cardiomyocytes (iCMs) have tremendous potential as patient‐specific therapy for ischemic cardiomyopathy following myocardial infarctions by differentiate into contractile cardiomyocytes (iCMs) and transplanted into the myocardium. Despite initial enthusiasm, the lack of sustained cell engraftment has restricted clinical translation. Exosomes secreted from iCMs (iCM‐Ex) can be robustly collected in […]

AI-Assisted Colonoscopies Could Detect Cancer Sooner

Invasive colorectal cancer is a preventable disease. Early detection through widely applied screening programs is the most important factor in the recent decline of colorectal cancer in developed countries. Colorectal cancer remains the third most common cancer and third most common cause of cancer-related mortality in US men and women. [25]  In addition, rates of […]

Lack of Awareness of Hypertension Disease Risk at different Ethnic Groups

Hypertension is a worldwide problem, and there is some especially prevalence at different groups. Black and Hispanic adults are diagnosed with hypertension at a significantly younger age than are white adults, and they also are more likely than Whites to be unaware of undiagnosed high blood pressure, based on national survey data collected from 2011 […]

Dermatologists Share Vitiligo Breakthrough News With Patients

Vitiligo is an acquired pigmentary disorder of the skin that is characterized by circumscribed, depigmented macules and patches. The condition is frequently associated with disorders of autoimmune origin, with thyroid abnormalities being the most common. Initial lesions occur most frequently on the hands, forearms, feet, and face, favoring a perioral and periocular distribution. The lesions […]