Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monday, November 30th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show: Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio

Hello: I am writing this on my way back from London, where we had a great time. Missing Thanksgiving in the US was a bit weird, but we did have a large Thanksgiving dinner in the UK, complete with cranberries!

One thing I noticed about the UK seems to be an overwhelming variety of food containing fried, crusty dough. Which got me thinking about cholesterol, which led us to book our first guest, Dr. James Underberg, a clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine and a specialist in preventative cardiology. He is also the director of the Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic. We will be talking about a variety of cholesterol topics, including recent stories you may have heard in the news about Zetia.

If you have any questions at all about your cholesterol medications, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Continuing on our travel theme, I am somewhere over the Atlantic as I write this. I never fully adjusted to British time, but still feel exhausted. And no, I didn’t take an Ambien. Sleep Expert Dr. Joyce Walsleben will join me to talk about jet lag, sleep deprivation, and other holiday joy.

If you have any questions about jet lag, insomnia, or tips to help through them, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

One way not to overindulge on Thanksgiving is to spend it in a foreign country!! But for most of us, this is not an option. And realistically, I am now home for the rest of holidays as well. Keri Gans, registered dietician and spokeperson for the ADA will be joining me to talk about several import eating tips for the holidays, including storing and eating left overs safely and some smart substitution tips. And don’t worry that she’s a dietician: if I don’t think it will work in the cooking I’ll let her know!

Healthy holiday recipes or tips: let us know!!! at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

Of course, we’ll end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where I will answer your calls on any medical topic at all: just give me a buzz at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Monday, November 23rd on the Doctor Ira Breite Show, Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio!

Happy Thanksgiving. Like many of you, I will be heading (very) far from my home for the holidays, which got me thinking about some of the things that can affect you when you travel.

The eyes! I started thinking out how important it was to see all of those other cars moving really slowly on the Interstate with you as you attempted to get where you were going. Then I started thinking about how Thanksgiving was when we all saw family, which pretty much means that every single thing wrong with any of you gets pointed out by that great aunt who just, well, does that. So Dr. Emily Ceisler, a pediatric ophthalmologist here in NYC will be here to talk about Strabismus (lazy eye) and other assorted pediatric muscle eye disorders. We will also be talking about common pediatric eye problems such as trauma (which always seems to happen on the holidays!)

If you've ever wondered about patches, glasses or surgery for kids with lazy eyes, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

Although the weather has been quite warm here in NYC, its starting to snow in the Northwest and Thanksgiving often announces the beginning of winter. And carrying all of those suitcases can't do wonders for your body. Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist Dr. David Kloth of Connecticut Pain Care in Danbury will be joining us to speak about how to keep that snow shovel from causing you a problem and what to do if its already too late!

If you are having chronic back pain problems and can't control it easily give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Our second hour begins with Keri Gans, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the ADA, coming in to talk about comfort foods and what you can do to be comfortable and healthy this Thanksgiving.

Call us with your questions or answers about Healthy Thanksgiving eating at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will end the show, as usual, with ask Dr. Ira, where I can answer all of your questions about any medical problems: as an internist its my job to know a little about everything an point you in the right direction. Also, H1N1 update!

Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monday, November 16th, 2009 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show: Sirius 114 and XM119: Doctor Radio

We have a digestive day planned for Monday! Starting with our first half our, when endocrinologist and diabetologist Stuart Weiss, MD joins me to discuss some of the latest findings in diabetes (where of course, you can't digest what you want too) and H1N1. We will also go over some other interesting headlines and talk about prediabetes.

Worried about you borderline sugar, or that of a loved ones? Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS

As a gastroenterologist, I am a medical expert of the digestive tract. But, sometimes, the only way to heal is with cold steel. Or so the surgeons say. Join me and colorectal surgeon Dr. Brian Harlin as we discuss bowel surgery in everything from Crohn's disease to hemorrhoids.

If you've been told you need surgery on you intestines...and have questions...give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

One of the biggest problems many people have is keeping the weight off. If you can do it, you can often avoid physicians like Stu Weiss. But if you can't, maybe surgery is a reasonable option. Join me and Dr. Marina Kurian, bariatric surgeon and the author of "Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies" as we talk about all of your surgical options if the diet fails.

If you've thought about bariatric surgery for yourself or a loved one, this is a great time to ask a question: give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

As usual, we'll have a full segment of Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all! We'll also have our weekly H1N1 update and I'll tell you how I'm doing a week after getting my flu mist from Doctor Radio Medical Director Marc Siegel, MD!

Call me with any medical question you have: 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Monday, November 9th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio: Sirius 114 and XM 119

We have a great show in store for everyone tomorrow.

Insomnia is one of the most common problems that we encounter in the office. Complaint's about snoring (either your own or your significant others) is right up there as well. There are a ton of medications out there for sleeping, ranging from over the counter products to highly controlled substances....what do they do, and what should you? Join Dr. Joyce Walsleben, a Board Certified Medicine Specialist and a member of Sleep Medicine Associates of NYC and the co-author of the book, "A Woman's Guide to Sleep," as she tells us about this very common problem.

Can't Sleep? Have Questions? Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Its the beginning of disease season in the office. After the quiet of the summer, and the check ups of September and October, November brings with it the beginning of "sick" season in the office. One of the more common complaints is an eye infection. The question is, what do you do about pink eye? Join me and ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Cykiert as we talk about pink eye in both children and adults!

If you have ever wondered about your scratchy, red eyes, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Part of being a good physician is trying to learn as much as possible about what's going on out there, even if it is not always "traditional" medicine. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, the author of "Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life," a book he wrote based on his own experiences with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 31. After the cancer recurred, he used his medical training to explore how to best prevent cancer.

If you have ever wondered about alternative treatments for you or a loved one, this would be a great time to call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

Of course, we will end the show with "Ask Doctor Ira," where you can ask me any medical question on any topic at all. Plus, supplies willing, I will be getting my H1N1 immunization on the air as a testament to its importance!!!

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

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monday, November 2nd, on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio: Sirius 114 and XM 119

We are trying a new segment on tomorrow's show: Doctor Ira's Got The Answers. There are so many excellent calls during "Ask Doctor Ira" that it is often difficult to get to some of the many emails that we receive. And although I do the show "live," many people listen to the show either on the taped replay at night or on Sundays. So for our listeners who may not have the ability to call immediately, we have developed this segment for you. I will review and go over listener emails.

Remember, if you can't call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS, you can always send your questions to . Please make sure my name "IRA," appears somewhere in the subject line. Hopefully, we be able to introduce "Doctor Ira's Got the Answers" as a regular segment on the show!

It may be my diet, but I have been certainly thinking about the upcoming holiday season, with all of its wonderful eating opportunities (how I avoided Halloween is a testament to willpower and the World Series distracting me), and its affect on the fats in your body. Now while we all think about cholesterol, research is showing that TRIGLYCERIDES may be more important that previously thought in the development of heart disease! Cardiologist Dr. Dennis Goodman will join us in studio to talk about this and all of your other cholesterol/triglyceride questions.

If you have a question about what your triglyceride numbers mean, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

I noticed a bit of good news for older guys who like a drink now and then: moderate drinking may increase mobility in older people! Surprised? I was. Join me and study author Dr. Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D, the Director of the Stricht Center at Wake Forest University to talk about this and other research he has conducted in the field of aging and Geriatrics.

If you have a medical or lifestyle question about an aging relative give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Just because we're doing email, doesn't mean that we've forgotten the callers. There will be a swine flu update (plug for me: I have been on MSNBC twice in the last week talking about this) as well answering all of your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

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