Saturday, January 29, 2011

Monday, January 31st 2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119

Stomach problems are a major part of what I take care of on a daily basis. So I am very excited that a large part of our show will be devoted to "Digestive Issues." A great breakfast show indeed!

Jaqueline Wolf, MD is an Associate Professor of Gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and a pioneer in the field of women's gastroenterology. She has just written a book called "A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach." Join us as we talk about common digestive problems in women (and men!) and answer your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

In our second , its time for another episode of Doctor Ira's "Ripped From the Headlines." Hear about some of the latest advances in gastroenterology; from the important (risk of bleeding in aspirin takers) to the weird (peppermint oil for irritable bowel). I will also be answering your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

We're going to expand the questions in the top of our second hour with a full "Ask Doctor Ira," where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all and I will be glad to answer! Anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

We're going to end the show with an interview from the other side of the world. Dr. Sarah Medland of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia is going to talk to us about the genetic epidemiology of curly hair. I hope to find out how my dad has a great wave, and all I'm going to have is the need for a good weave! We'll also be joined by Ms. Loraine Massey, the co-owner of the famed Devachan Salons and the author of the new book "Curly Girl, the Handbook."

So, if you are a curly girl (or boy), and want to know about either the science of how you got there or what to do to just look good give us call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Monday, January 24th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119

March may be colon cancer prevention month, but we wanted to start 2011 off right by talking about how you can prevent colon cancer in your loved ones. Join me and Dr. Carol Burke, a gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic, and the author of "Colonoscopy for Dummies," which is available free at this link!

Call us with all of your colonoscopy questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

One problem with colonoscopy is that its rather invasive: a lot of people don't even want blood tests. What if you could get important clinical information from your saliva? Join me and Penn State Psychoneuroendocrinologist (how would you say that on Twitter?) Dr. Douglas Granger as we talk about his research on using saliva in a variety of laboratory measurements. I am extremely fascinated by his recent study on measuring cortisol levels during times of stress.

Wondering if you can avoid a blood test? Call us with your saliva testing questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.

One of the big issues with prevention is whether we diagnose things too early. An example: if you diagnose someone elderly with prostate cancer early, there is an excellent chance that something else will kill them long before the cancer ever becomes even symptomatic. Much of what we do as physicians is try to prevent: with cholesterol and hypertension medicines, with blood tests like the PSA and with mammograms and colonoscopies. Are we going to far? My next guest thinks we have: join me and Dartmouth Internist and Professor of Medicine Dr. H. Gilbert Welch as we talk about his new book: "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health." How much do physicians overdo it, and are people willing to give up the things they think will help them?

If you think you're getting tests you don't need call us at 877-NYU-DOCS! If you think that tests, even with minimal benefit, are a good idea, call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

We'll end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic you might have, and I will be happy to answer your questions...anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me! We'll be joined by special guest pediatrician Doctor Tanya R. Altmann.

Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Martin Luther King Day

This Monday, the office will be open in the early morning only...please call for any urgent appointments.

My radio show will be a replay...please listen on Sirius 114 and XM 119.

There is a normal endoscopy and colonoscopy schedule for Monday late morning and afternoon at Eastside Endoscopy.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011 on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio

Old giants, new technologies and a new you! We have a really interesting show lined up for you this Monday.

First the giants. Charles Byrne was enormous: seven feet seven inches at a minimum. Before dying of tuberculosis and a love of gin in 1783, he was a successful circus freak in London. Although it was long suspected that he had a tumor in his pituitary as a cause of his height, recently the actual mutation that he had was isolated by scientists in London. Join me and NYU endocrinologist Dr. Stuart Weiss as we talk about how a 250 year old dead giant might affect cancer treatments for you and your family!

I don't know how many times I hear "I checked this out on the internet..." as I speak to patients about their medical issues. I must admit that I have not heard "I twittered my symptoms and now have some questions for you!." But social media and medicine is they tell me. Join me and Mr. Phil Bauman, an RN, who runs "Health is," a website about the intersection of social media and medicine.

Join in by calling us (old media) at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or tweeting me (@doctorira) during the show...we'll see how that works!

We have a program switch. Ask Doctor Ira will be at the top of the hour, 9 AM Eastern. Ask me about your medical problems at 1-877-NYU-DOCS or tweet me at @doctorira (yeah, we'll see if that works). We will also talk about new potential treatments in IBS.

Yes, its after New Years...resolutions to stop smoking, drink less, and of course, get into shape, abound. Can you do it? Well, my next guest thinks you can. Timothy Ferriss, the author of the new book: "THE 4-HOUR BODY: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman." Hear what he has to say, and ask him questions about his plan at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Monday, January 3rd on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Sirius 114 and XM 119: Doctor Radio

Happy New Years and welcome back. Here is a brief rundown of tomorrow's show.

Jules Shepard, the author of "Free For all Cooking" and a celiac disease patient will be joining us along with Roben Ryberg the author of the Ultimate Gluten Free Cookie Book. Celiac patients can start the New Years off right!

Erik Olson of the the Director of the Pew Health Group Food Program will join us to talk about the Food Safety Modernization Act.

If you've ever wanted to eat like a caveman (what do cavemen eat?) you won't want to miss Robb Wolf of Art De Vany, the authors, respectively, of The Paleo Solution - The Original Human Diet" and "The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us About Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging."

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