Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monday September 27th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio.

We have a great show planned for Monday: a mixture of good old fashioned medicine and ripped from the headlines.

First, Avandia! The diabetes drug has been banned in Europe, but it is still available here in the United States. What gives? Join me as I speak with Marc Siegel, MD, the medical director here at Doctor Radio about what this means for you and your loved ones with diabetes!

Call us with your questions about this drug at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

,What about the middle aged man? Even though Doctor Radio does a great job of explaining so many health facts, sometimes I feel that its difficult for us men to get the explanation of health issues that literally "work for us." Join me and Greg Stebben, the editor of Men's Health Magazine as we speak about health tests that "men can't miss."

If you have any questions about preventative tests for either your or a male loved one, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Have you ever been a patient in the hospital? Have you ever eaten hospital food? Besides the taste have you ever wondered how all those people who keep hectoring you to eat healthy could serve you, well, that stuff? Join me and Dr. Preston Maring, Associate Physician in Chief at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland California and also the founder of the Permanente Group Farmer's Market. Learn about what Dr. Maring, and his son Ben, a fourth year medical student here at NYU, have done to help promote healthy eating. Ben Maring and third year NYU medical student Aviva Regev will also be joining us.

If you've ever looked at your doctor and wondered "how can this guy tell me what to eat" you are not going to want to miss this segment. Call us with your healthy eating and cooking questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will have a full segment of Ask Doctor Ira to end the show. Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all. Anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Monday, September 20th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio

Fall is almost here! I know this because 1) the sunlight hurts my eyes as I drive and 2) I am at a hockey rink writing this while one of my kids gets dressed and ready. Interestingly enough, sitting at the rink and looking around reminds me of our four topics for tomorrow's show.

The first is teenage obesity. While there's not a lot of it around a competitive hockey rink, there certainly is throughout the country. Join me and bariatric surgeon Dr. Thomas Inge, an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens and Director of the Center of Bariatric Research there. We talk a lot about surgical weight loss in adults, but how young should somebody be to consider this option? Find out, and ask any questions about whether bariatric surgery is reasonable in your teenager at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

I have left hockey rinks a few times in my life to head to the emergency room. Sports can hurt! While many of these injuries heal up completely, many American's suffer from chronic pain, and we, as physicians, are entrusted to treat them as best we can. Join me and Will Rowe, the CEO of the American Pain Foundation, to talk about their recent survey about physician attitudes towards opioid pain killers. If you've ever wondered what physicians think when you walk in with a pain problem, you will not want to miss this segment.

Share your stories about speaking to your doctor about pain issues at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Now people who don't play may not know, but hockey equipment appears to be a phenomenal place to live if you are a Staph Organism. So when I found out the Drs. Marc Siegel, the Medical Director of Doctor Radio, and Ian Lustbader, my gastroenterology colleague, would be joining me to speak about a hospital acquired infection that makes Staph seem easy to treat. Learn about Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenamase, or KPC, and how it is spreading throughout nursing homes and hospitals throughout the United States. We will also talk about the latest salmonella out breaks and some of the things that you can do to prevent it.

Call us with your infection prevention stories (or horror stories!) at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

I've now reached the age where I can't be anywhere without somebody I know stopping to ask me a medical question or two: even at the hockey rink! And you can, too! Ask me any medical questions on any topic at all at 1-877-NYU-DOCS during "Ask Dr. Ira." Anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Monday, September 13th on The Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio!

Summer is officially over, the kids have started school, and we are all geared up for flu shots, colonoscopies, check ups, and the inevitable run of allergies and sinuses that come every fall. We have a great show touching on a variety of topics that come up every day in the office!

We talk about probiotics often, both on the air and in the examination room. But getting accurate information is difficult, even for practicing physicians. Join me and Dr. W. Allan Walker, the Conrad Taff Professor of Immunology and Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School as we talk about what probiotics are, where they live in you, and whether you should be taking them!

Call us with you probiotic questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Its allergy and sinus season again! Allergies and sinus problems run from a little sniffle to potentially fatal problems. Join me and allergist Dr. Allen Kaplan, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, as we talk about allergies great and small. Dr. Kaplan is an expert in all aspects of allergy, and has a particular interest in exercise induced anaphylaxis.

Call us with your allergy questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

School is starting. As a gastroenterologist, I'm pretty immune to my kids bellyaches, but GI related stomach distress is a common problem in both children and adults. Join me and Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, the author of Living Dairy Free for Dummies as we talk about this and other common abdominal problems in kids and adults.

Call us with your questions about lactose intolerance and how to deal with it at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We will of course have a segment of Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!