Monday, June 23, 2008

Doctor Ira Breite's Sirius Doctor Radio Show For June 23rd, 2008

Its always good to arrive at the studio with a lot of energy; it gets you ready for the task at hand.  As much as I enjoy doing Doctor Radio, and feel I am getting much better at it all the time, its still much harder for me to do two hours of good radio than 10 good colonoscopies (11 is a tossup).  But today was a great day, my energy level was high, and my guests were all extremely interesting.

We started off the show by bringing back the informative and knowledgeable Brendan Mcdermott, a certified athletic trainer and spokesperson for the National Athletic Trainers Association.  He is also a laboratory instructor in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.   Brendan answered questions about how to properly hydrate in these hot summer months and how to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  We also analyzed my tennis game in depth.  It appears that stretching more probably will not help me beat my wife.  Jack from Pennsylvania called in to appraise me about my serve.  Thanks to everyone for trying to help me beat Sandy at tennis!

After the break, we switched gears: from avoiding injury to what to do if you have one.  I was joined in studio by Alexander de Moura, MD, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and Founder, NY Spine Institute.   Back pain is one of the most common problems that we see in medical practice, and it was great having a specialist in studio to answer my questions and the listener's questions.  Although surgery is rarely indicated in back surgery, in the right cases it may make all the difference!

Prostate cancer is a huge issue for men, and those that love them.  The common tests for prostate cancer, PSA, digital rectal exam, ultrasound, and prostate biopsy, are far from perfect, and many biopsies are done every year in men without clinical cancer.  Joined in studio by Mr. Richard Edelman, the chairman and CEO of Edelman, the largest private communication company in the world and  Samir Teneja, MD, Director of Urologic Oncology at the NYU Langone Medical Center we heard Mr. Edelman's story of an abnormal PSA and the biopsy that he needed because of it.  We were joined on the phone by Dr. Fay Shtern, MD, the President & CEO, and the founder of the AdMeTech Foundation, which advocates new tests to detect prostate cancer.  She is also an Instructor in the Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Director, Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston.   We also had a dramatic conversation with Dr. Wayne Diamond, ND, who practices naturopathic medicine near Philadelphia and was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  We spent the first half of the hour talking with Mr. Edelman, Dr. Teneja and Dr. Stern about the PSA, prostate biopsies, and future directions for detecting prostate cancer in men.  We spent the second half of the hour talking with Wayne Diamond about his dramatic diagnosis, and also with many callers who had questions for me and for Dr. Stern.  Even with a full hour, we only scratched the surface of this important issue and I hope to bring it up again on Sirius Doctor Radio.

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