Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio!


You're probably not going to be surprised, but we are talking basic science and medicine today. Not the "translational" stuff, but the real, nitty gritty stuff that confuse even most physicians find difficult to understand.

The first thing brings together a modern evil with the stuff of the middle ages.  Dr. Victor J. Torres, Ph.D., of NYU, will be joining us to talk about the links between medieval medicines and Staph aureus, a problem in everything from gym bags to ICU's.  Turns out that our medieval ancestors knew more than we give them credit for.  Find out what, and how!

After that, we will have Gastroenterology Update, where I will tell you the latest and greatest in the world of digestive disease and answer your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS! Or via Twitter, of course.

Continuing with our basic science theme, we are going to be talking HIV. Dr. Jenna Honeycutt, a PhD post-doc at the University of North Carolina, will be coming on to talk about how the HIV gene persists in a part of the body despite treatment (something similar happened with Ebola, if I remember correctly).  Find out how one discovery will (hopefully) lead to others and, potentially, a cure for HIV.

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira,where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Shownon SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio

a very brief post holiday post.  We will be talking alternatives to reflux surgery, answering your GI  questions, talking about drug use in the USA (not the legal kind) and having Ask Doctor Ira.  It all happens starting 8AM ET on Monday.  Questions? Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110


Happy Holidays to everyone. Passover is here and Easter is just around the corner.  Matzoh, which consists of unleavened flour and water, could also be described as the perfect food to help the gastroenterologists college fund.  But its not just matzoh!  Join me and Dr. Michael Camilleri of the Mayo Clinic as we talk about constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation!

Can't go? Give us call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

After that, we will expand the conversation in GI with Digestive Disease Update, where I will tell you the latest and greatest in the world of digestive disease and answer your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or send me a tweet!

I just got back from Miami.  I won't lie, I'm closer to grandchildren than children.  But there is a little something odd about being in a "Zika" area.  Join me as I speak with infectious disease and emerging threat expert Dr. Amesh Adalja.

Going South?  Questions?  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will end the show, as we usually do, with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything your forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give a call at1-877-NYU-DOCS.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio


I'm thinking about livers.  Really. Fatty liver has become big news and big business. Join and my fellow NYU gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu as we talk about fatty liver.  After that we will expand the conversation with GI Update where I will tell you the latest and greatest news in the world of digestive disease.  Liver and GI questions...let me know at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

We will continue the GI conversation at 9AM ET when Thangam Venkatesan, MD of the Medical College of Wisconsin joins us to talk about Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.

We will end the show, as usual, with Ask Doctor Ira where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me!  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio



Weight loss, your questions and the numbers. That is the short summary of Monday's show.  Starting with the weight.  If you've been struggling to figure out how to eat and get thinner, you have to hear Dr. Holly Lofton of NYU's Weight Loss Program will be coming on to talk about her "New You" program.

After that, its time for Gastroenterology Update, where I will tell you the latest and greatest news in the world of Digestive Disease and answer your questions on all things liver, pancreas, stomach and colon related at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.  Or just send a tweet.

Numbers, numbers everywhere.  Medicine loves metrics, for better or worse.  Join me at 9AM ET when I speak with Dr. Petra Lukoschek of NYU about cholesterol, BMI, hemoglobin A1c and more!

Number questions from your physical? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite


Ok, I just got in from Chicago and boy are my arms tired.  Bad jokes aside, a brief update on tomorrow's show. We are talking probiotics, sleep and hiatal hernias...three of my favorite topics.  Tod Copperman, MD of ConsumerLab.Comwill be coming on to talk about probiotics, prebiotics and labels on both of them...what to look for and more.  Dr. Lori Lovitz, DO of the North Shore University Health System in Evanston will be coming on to talk about sleep, the lack of it, and what you can do!  Dr. Brian Bosworth of NYU will be talking hiatal hernias.  And we will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all...anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or send me a tweet.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio


Fellow Gastroenterologist and NYU Faculty Member Dr. Caterina Oneto will be joining me for a whole hour of microbiome, GI and more!

GI questions: Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or send a tweet!

Hemophilia. If you've heard of this bleeding disorder, you may be thinking of early victims of the AIDS epidemic.  But hemophilia is around, and although no longer at huge risk for HIV, the treatments remain suboptimal  Join me and Dr. Barbara Konkle, MD, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine as we talk about My Life Our Future, a nationwide campaign for Hemophilia research.

We will end the show, as usual, with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any medical questions at all and I will be happy to answer them: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio!


March has definitely blown in like a lion here in the Northeast. Cold and windy.  But March is also a month where we celebrate the awareness of many medical problems, including kidney disease and colon cancer.  At 8AM, Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, a nephrologist and Chief Medical Officer of the National Kidney Foundation as we talk about this very important organ.

Kidney questions?  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

After this we will have GI Update, where I will tell you the latest and greatest in the world of digestive disease and answer your questions and tweets at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

March happens to be colon cancer prevention month.  One disturbing trend we have been seeing is the rice of colon cancer in younger people than we usually screen for this disease.  Join me as I speak with Gina Neri, a colon cancer survivor and mother of three and Dr. Jerald Wishner, MD, the director of the Institute of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital about what its like to be be young, pregnant, and find out you have colon cancer.

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical problem at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio!


Heartburn.  GERD.  Call it what you will, its not fun to have.  Although medications are great at treating this condition, there is some worry about using them long term and many people would prefer not to take anything at all.  Surgery has been around for over 40 years, and minimally invasive surgery has been performed since the 1990's.  But does it work?  Join us as we speak to Dr. Francisco Schlottman of the UNC Medical Center For Esophageal Disease and Swallowing as we talk about his new research showing that laparoscopic results are just as good as open surgery (and cheaper, too!)

GERD?  Thinking Surgery?  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

After this we have a very open office.  We will taking your phone calls, tweets,  and emails as we have "Ask Doctor Ira/ GI Update: Expanded Edition."  Anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110, Doctor Radio!

We are thinking about hearts here at Doctor Radio.  Not only is Tuesday Valentine's Day, but all February is Women's Heart Month.  Join me and Dr. Kevin Campbell as we talk about arrhythmia and women! From SVT to WPW to a-fib we have it all!  Yes, its a lot of acronyms, but we are going to get through them all.

Questions? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

After that we will have gastroenterology update: Board Review Edition!  As I go through my review to recertify, I will let you know some of the interesting things I've learned as well as answering your questions and tweets on all things digestive.

Curcumin.  You're thinking spice, and maybe yellow rice.  Dr. Ajay Goel, PhD of Baylor University is thinking epigenetics and possible cancer prevention. Join us as we talk about the genetics, epigenetics (this is a vocabulary and buzzword filled show) and gastrointestinal cancers!

We will end the show as usual with Ask Doctor Ira.  Anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio


Feeling a little stiff from all the recent back and forth in the country? Maybe even a little nauseated.  Join me and Dr. Eric Ruderman of the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University as we talk about rheumatoid arthritis and some of its gastrointestinal complications.

After that we just switch to gastroenterology.  It will be time for Gastroenterology update, where I will tell you the latest and greatest in the world of digestive disease and answer your questions on all things digestive at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Lest we forget, the Flu is going around, big time.  Join me and Doctor Radio's Medical Director Dr. Marc Siegel as we go over winter illness.  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will end the show, as always, with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any medical question at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30th on the Doctor Ira Breite Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio.


With so much going on in the world, its important to step back and think about your health.  So we will.  Rachel Meltzer Warren will be coming on to talk about healthy diet and teenagers.  And Dr. Steven Griffen of JDRF will be coming on to talk type 1 diabetes.  And of course, Gastroenterology Update and #askdoctorira at 1-877-NYU-DOCS (8:30 and 9:30 respectively)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio


Finally I'm back.  So many holidays at this time of the year, and everything on a Monday.  But, until President's Day at least, I'm back.  Starting with diet talk from registered dietician Danielle Capalino.  Join us as we talk about the microbiome, the FODMAP diet, and of course, fitting into yoga pants (I am not sure anyone would want to see me in them but that is probably besides the point.)

Diet and probiotic questions? Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

Speaking of the abdomen

Of course, we will have GI Update (board review edition) and Ask Doctor Ira.

If you've ever had abdominal surgery, a baby, or even deconditioning to your belly, you know how hard it an be to strengthen this often problematic area of your body.  Join me and Scott Sailor, the President of the National Athletic Training Association, as we talk about that all important core.

Had abdominal or pelvic surgery?  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or tweet me.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday, January 9th, 2017 on the Doctor Ira Breite Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine Show on SiriusXM 110: Doctor Radio!



I'm back!  And we have a pretty digestive show planned.  Dr. Caterina Oneto will be joining me to talk about digestive issues ranging from the microbiome to the bile duct.  Questions about your constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloat?  Let us know at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

The mesentery?  What's the mesentery?  I thought I knew, and I may have been taught wrong.  Find out about this old, but new organ at 9AM Eastern when I speak with Dr. Calvin Coffey, the Foundation Chair of Surgery at the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick and University Hospitals Limerick in Ireland.  Professor  Coffey and his colleagues recently published a study about the mesentery, refuting what we had been taught about it the past 100 years!

We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me!  Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or send me a tweet!


image from Dr. Coffey's paper in Lancet