Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am writing this in the beautiful state of Maine, where I am visiting my children at camp. If you think I'm far away from NYU, wait till you hear where our first guest is from.
The origins of Celiac Disease are quite a mystery, as is its increase in the population worldwide. Dr. Robert Anderson, of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Victoria, Australia will be joining us on the line to talk about his research showing that just fragments of gluten triggers the celiac disease response. This research could lead to an actual cure for celiac disease, rather than our current effective, but miserable, treatment of avoiding all gluten containing products.
If you have any questions about celiac disease give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
As I write this, I am enjoying my morning cup of coffee. I will admit that its hard for me to miss it. But is it good for you? Dr. Peter Martin, of the Vanderbilt University Institute for Coffee Studies will be coming on to talk about new research showing that coffee may reduce the risk for prostate cancer. He will be also talking about his institute's research, and answering your coffee questions!
Wondering if you should give up that cup a day...or add it back? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS
I was going to say that our theme today revolved around food, but its clear that our third guest makes that impossible. Louis Sorkin, entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, will be joining us to talk about all things bug: bedbugs in particular.
If you have a questions about bedbugs or other household problems, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
We will end the show, as always, with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me a question about any medical topic at all and I will be happy to answer you. Anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Happy Summer! We have a great show planned for tomorrow, with an emphasis on the environment.
We are going to start off with a new study showing a relationship between inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and air pollution. We have been exploring the relationship between environmental factors and a variety of disease, including inflammatory bowel diseases, on the show, for a while. I am really excited that my colleague, Dr. Ian Lustbader, will be joining me to discuss this fascinating issue.
If you have any questions at all about Crohn's disease or colitis give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Speaking of diseases whose incidence has been increasing in recent years our next segment will be about peanut allergy. Peanut allergy is a miserable thing not only for the person who has it, but also for their family, friends and classmates as well. Join me and Dr. Julie Wang of the Mount Sinai Medical Center here in New York City as we discuss her research on using Chinese herbs to help treat peanut allergies.
If you or a loved one is plagued by food allergies, now would be a great time to give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
There is an environment of sex that surrounds teenagers. And if you, like me, have a teenage son, it can be a little confusing (and embarrassing) to have the "discussion" with him. Because nowadays its more than the birds and the bees. Joining me in studio is Dr. Jill Grimes, the author of the book "Seductive Delusions: How Everyday people catch STDs." We'll be talking about her book, and about how to talk to your teenager about sex.
If you have any questions about how to approach your son or daughter about sex, or any questions about STD's in general, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
We will end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
We are back! After an excellent July 4th weekend, its time to return to the airwaves with a new show looking at all things gastroenterological! Something a little old, something a little new, and something that is sort of, but not quite, blue (this is family radio, after all).
We'll start with the blue. Well, not quite blue, but more brown or yellow. Dr. Anish Sheth, the author of "What's My Pee Telling Me" and "What's Your Poo Telling You" will be joining us to go over any and all questions about bodily waste that you may have ever had. In addition to being an expert on these most delicate of subjects, Dr. Sheth is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Gastroenterology at Yale. As much as this is a "snickery" (is that a word?) topic, its also an important one, and many people have questions and fears about their bodily functions.
If you have ever wondered if your poo or pee were abnormal now would be a great time to give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Then, something new. I remember being a medical student when the technique for laproscopic surgery was created. All of a sudden, patients no longer had a 4" scar as a reminder that they needed their gallbladders out. Recently, a techinque has been developed that could prevent any scarring externally at all. Yes that's right, there are doctors who are figuring out how to remove the gallbladder through the mouth! Also the appendix and we will see what else. Dr. Anthony Kalloo, the head of the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor of Medicine there, is a pioneer in this technique, called "Natural Orifice Surgery" or "NOTES." Join us as we talk about this exciting new frontier in medicine!
If you have been considering abdominal surgery and have any questions about this amazing new technique, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Onto something old. Colon Cancer is extremely common in the United States: it is the number two cancer killer of both men and women. Some families have a mutation which makes relatives who have it have an even higher risk than the general population. Now it turns out that this gene may have literally come over, if not with the Mayflower, then pretty darn close to that! Join me and Dr. Deb Neklason, Ph.D and Dr. Blaine Bettinger as we talk about how a single mutation in a single gene in a single person from 1630 has led to thousands of colon cancer cases today.
If you have any questions about your own families risk of colon cancer, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Of course, we will end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me a question on any medical topic at all! (I guess, to finish the analogy, I am "borrowing" your stories.) Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!