Podcast Episode 8: NHL’s got the mumps, Chikungunya, how to predict your lifespan, and a Christmas-themed Medical Moment

Sit-and-Stand-testThis past week, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburg Penguins became the most recent NHL player to be diagnosed with the mumps in this weird outbreak.  How are all of these players getting the same virus?  How did Crosby get the virus if he was already vaccinated against the mumps?

Also in the news, the mysterious and oddly-named Chikungunya virus.  What is it? How can you prepare for its likely crossover to the United States?  Tune in to find answers to all these questions and more!

Dr. John’s trade secret this week talks about the SRT (Sitting Rising Test) and how it can predict the chances of you dying within the next 6 years.  So go ahead and try the test at home.  We’ve added a graphic of the test to this post.

For a Holiday-themed Medical Moment, Dr. John explores the health benefits of the gifts of the Magi (the Three Kings/ Wise Men) to the biblical, infant Jesus.  Could the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh have been more than just a show of wealth?


Want to learn more about this week’s topics?

Read more about the NHL’s mumps outbreak here.

Read about Chikungunya here.


And as always, check in with us next Tuesday for a new episode!