Sunday, May 31, 2009
A happy Sunday to everyone. We have a great show planned for Monday. In addition to taking your calls on any medical topic on "Ask Doctor Ira," we have some very exciting guests lined up to talk with me.
Sonia Sotomayor is garnering headlines as President Obama's pick to be a Supreme Court Justice. But what interested us here at Doctor Radio was her diabetes, which she has had till the age of 8. Join me in welcoming Joy Pape, the author of "The Real Life Guide to Diabetes" and we will talk about what it really means to live with diabetes.
If you have any questions at all about living with your diabetes (or the diabetes of a loved one) please give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
While everyone is talking about the flu, the real issue in the internist's office at this time of the year is allergy, asthma and sinusitis. And although it seems like I can spend my day seeing the same diagnosis, in fact every patient has a unique problem requring a personalized solution. For this reason I am happy to have Dr. Todd Schaeffer back on the show. Doctor Shaffer, an otolaryngologist, will be able to answer all of your questions about sinus problems. He will also be talking to us about an new experimental surgical procedure to treat sinusitis.
We will also be talking about colon cancer prevention this week! Recently, CMS, the Government agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, decided not to pay for CT (virtual) colonoscopy. Right or wrong, the decision is far reaching and will ultimately affect most Americans. As a gastronenterologist, I am quite familiar with the Colonoscopy procedure. But I thought it would be interesting to have an expert on Virtual Colonoscopy come in and talk to us about this procedure, how its done, and its future. Joining me is Dr. Elliot Fishman of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
If you have any questions about colonoscopy, CT colonoscopy give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We have another great show tomorrow. A brief rundown follows.
First, we have the former winner of the "The Biggest Loser" winner Erik Chopin!! He will be talking about his latest efforts to lose some of the weight that he gained after the Biggest Loser victory in 2006. Find out about what he plans to do it!
If you have any questions for Erik, or if you want to share your own stories of weight loss (or gain) give us a call at Doctor Radio: 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
One of the great risks of obesity is diabetes. And one of the dreaded complications of diabetes is neuropathy. I'll be talking to Dr. David Kloth of Connecticut Pain Care about what causes this problem and what you can do about it!
If you have been having painful complications from your diabetes, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Diabetics are at risk for heart disease, and both cause risks for sexual health (Some studies show that the rate of heart attacks goes up 2 and half fold immediately after sexual activity!) Join me and Urologist Joseph Alukal as we tackle this sensitive topic!
If you have heart disease, diabetes or other chronic medical problems and are worried about sex, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
We will end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me questions on any medical topic at all and I will tell you stories from my own office!
Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS with all of your medical questions!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
If you've ever had so many problems with your kids that you think you're having a heart attack while your joints are killing you then we are ready for you! We have a great show lined up for tomorrow.
We are starting off with resident cardiology expert Stephen Siegel MD, who will go over some new studies that are important to millions of people who have had cardiac stents and are now taking medications to prevent a clot from reforming. In honor of my recent check up, we will also talk about the heart tests that you are likely to have. There is also a lot of new information on the stents themselves.
We would love to answer any cardiology questions that you may have...give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Lori Evans, PhD, my fellow Doctor Radio Host and Child Psychologist, will join us next. She will be talking about all forms of issues in adolecents. We realized that I was probably the only Doctor Radio Host with middle school aged children (lucky me) and that I would not need any prep at all!
If you have any questions at all about your adolecent's behavior, give me and Dr. Evans a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
After this, Burt Agus, MD, our fibromyalgia expert, will join us to tell us about some of the latests updates in this disease and to answer your questions on this as well as its cousin: chronic fatigue syndrome. Did you know that a drug that treats heroin addiction may help relieve symptoms in this disease!!! Find out by listening.
If you have any questions on fatigue, exhaustion or pain you may be having, give me and Dr. Agus a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Of course, we'll have a full segment of Ask Dr. Ira, where I will go over all of the interesting things that I saw in my office as well as take all of your questions on any medical topic at all!
If you have any questions on ANY MEDICAL TOPIC AT ALL give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Hello, and greetings from New York, The H1N1 Flu Capitol of the US. And we are still not worried! You won't be worried either, after listening to Sirius/XM's hourly flu updates here on Doctor Radio at the top of the hour! Stay tuned. There are also updates on other stations (I was on the Catholic Channel Last week).
But, there is a lot more than flu going on around healthwise, and Doctor Radio and the Doctor Ira Breite Show are not forgetting that! We have a great line up.
There has been so much interest in heart arrythmias during our cardiology segments that that we decided to bring on a specialist in this specific problem. My former co-resident, Doug Holmes, MD, an electrophysiologist at NYU, will discuss various arrythmia issues, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardias, and even heart problems in children.
If you have any questions about your beating heart (or the heart of a loved one, including children!) call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
OK, besides H1N1 Flu, the media is full of stories about the recession. One of the ones that caught our eye is that, in an effort to save costs, more men are having vasectomies! While its not for us to tell people what to do in this sensitive area, it is important to know your birth control options, including vasectomy.
If you have any questions about vasectomy, male birth control, or reversing a prior vasectomy, now would be a great time to call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Of course all of this talk about birth control leads to....headaches (ha ha, and sorry to everyone but I couldn't resist!). Deciphering and treating headaches ranges from the incredibly easy to the confoundingly difficult. Join me and my guest, Neurologist and Headache expert Dr. Keith Siller, as he answer all of YOUR questions about headaches, what to do about them and what tests you may need.
Got a headache? need an answer? call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS
Of course, we will have a full segment of Ask Doctor Ira where you can ask me any question on any medical topic you want...CALL me at 1-877-NYU-DOCS
If you have any ideas for a show, or any questions, feel free me to email me at irabreite AT yahoo DOT com. Remember, this advice is not a substitute for seeing a doctor.