Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tomorrow, March 9th 2009, on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio

We have a great show planned for tomorrow. There's an old phrase in medicine, "when you hear hoofbeats think of horses, not zebras. I religiously ascribe to this practice, and it has served me well. But what if you live in Africa? Then it could be both. With that in mind, we are going to deal with some less common (but more common than you think) medical problems.

We're going to start off with the pituitary: the little gland that sits between your eyes and controls a ton of stuff in your body. A lot can go wrong with it: and its not as uncommon as you think. I will be talking with Dr. Ramesh Babu, a neurosurgeon at NYU, about this gland: what it does, what goes wrong and how it can be fixed (hint...he is a surgeon!).

If you have been having pretty much ANY vague medical problem that can't be clearly diagnosed, it might be your pituitary..give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

After that, we are going to be talking about Celiac disease... the inability to digest gluten. Although one of my jobs as a GI doctor is to diagnose and treat this disease, I am excited to have one of the world's experts on the disease, Dr. Peter Green, to talk about this disease. Even if you think you know something about Celiac, Dr. Green can always teach you something new: I think I'm looking forward to this more than the audience!

If you have any questions about your digestion, or you are worried about celiac disease in either yourself or a loved one, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

Then, onto the heart. Stephen Siegel, MD, cardiologist will join us to talk about stress and the heart. We will also be talking a little bit about the recent rash of celebrity aortic valve problems (Robin Williams and Barbara Bush).

If you are literally worried that your marital problems may literally be killing you, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

As usual we will end the show with a full half hour of Ask Dr. Ira, our open phone segment, where you can ask me any problem on any medical topic at all. This is what I do all day, and I love to do it on the air, too.

Call me with any medical questions at all at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

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