One thing about Super Bowl Parties is noticing how much everyone eats! Now, if this were a unique event, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But its clearly not. As a matter of fact, I saw a recent article describing how serving sizes are truly "not representative" of what really eat. So I was fascinated to see an article stating that non-diabetic, but obese, teenagers, may lose weight better when they take the diabetes medicine metformin. Join me, pediatric endocrinologist Bonita Franklin, MD of NYU and dietitian Laurie Higgins of the Joslin Diabetes Center as we talk about this fascinating topic.
If you are worried about the weight of a younger loved one, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Many advances in medicine are a direct result of cells grown in culture. A common type of these cells are called HeLa cells. HeLa cells are derived from a real woman, Henrietta Lacks, who died of a particuarly aggressive form of cancer at the age of 31. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," written by Rebecca Skloot, describes the life of Ms. Lacks, the surprising truth about how her body tissues were used commercially without her knowledge (or compensation), and the ramifications of this even to this day. Some of the things that happened to her may still happen to you or your loved ones: call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS to have your questions answered.
The next topic is proof that when you help others you help yourself. Friend's of mine sponsor a great technology conference called Gadgetoff: they have asked me to be the "doctor" there which pretty much means that I help give out gift bags and hope nobody burns themselves up on the rocket powered carousel.
If you are trying to get in shape and have questions now would be a great time to call: give us a buzz at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
We will finish the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: I am going to try to get to some of the many emails that we receive as well! Thank you so much for all of your questions and support recently: it is really appreciated. Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!