Sunday, September 29, 2013
New week. New fear of Contagion. (Ironic Doctor Radio Fact: I have not seen the movie Contagion because I don't like scary movies). We have talked a lot about C. difficile, the bacteria that is not easily killed by normal antibiotics. The assumption has always been that transmission of C. diff occurred because the normal gut flora was depleted due to antibiotic use. But a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that transmission can occur in a variety of ways. Join me and Mayo Clinic C. diff expert Dr. Sahil Khanna as we talk about this latest study and learn what you can do to avoid to this growing pathogenic pest and new ways to treat it if you do get it.
C diff questions: 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
We will expand the digestive disease conversation after this with Gastroenterology Update. Find out some of the latest and greatest news in the world of digestive disease and call me with your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS. You can also tweet me a short question (or picture) to @doctorira.
Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Its like a mantra out my mouth. But, if you're pregnant, is there too much of a good thing? How much is too little and how much is too much. Join me and NYU OB/GYN Dr. Daniel Roshan as we about about exercise in pregnancy.
Pregnant? Pregnant relative? Want to know how much they should (or shouldn't) do. Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
We will end the show, as always, with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all....anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me! Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS. If you can't reach me live, tweet me or send an email (with my name in the subject heading) to email@example.com!
photo via "Crossfit" Facebook page via the NY Times
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Ticks cause all kinds of misery. But allergies? To meat? Well, maybe. Join me and allergist Dr. Erin McGintee as we talk about the potential relationship between lone star tick bites and meat allergy!
Having hives? Not sure why? (I never seem to know why people have hives) Give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
After that we will have Gastroenterology Update. As you all know I've been reviewing for my board recertification recently and have discovered my new favorite GI disease: Cannabanoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (really). But it doesn't have to be about that. Call me with any of your digestive disease questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
I hate the look on a patients face when I tell them I think its not worth it to start antibiotics. I get it: everyone wants a magic pill that just makes them better. But most infections are viral and just need time, fever reducers, and a small dose of day time television. Join me and Tufts Microbiologist Dr. Stuart Levy as we talk about a new CDC "Threat Report" talking about the growing dangers of antibiotic resistance.
We're going to end the show with "Ask Doctor Ira," where you can ask me any question on any medical topic at all: anything you forgot to ask your doctor ask me! Give me a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A brief post on tomorrow's show. We are going to start with stories of the odd, and medical mysteries in general. I am reviewing for my board recertification (every 10 years!) and trying to learn all the various "zebra" diagnosis to be ready for the test. We'll start by talking about Naegleria, the almost uniformly fatal parasite that people get in fresh water. There is an outbreak in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and we will be talking about this, and other "weird" and occasionally scary medical topics. If you have a medical mystery this is a great time to call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Then, onto something a little bit more mundane. But common. Kidney stones. Mayo Clinic nephrologist Dr. John Lieske will be joining us to talk about those small pellets of misery. Find out what causes them, what you can do to prevent them, and what to do if the stones get out of hand.
We are going to spend the final hour recreating my office...A combination of Ask Doctor Ira and GI Update. Call me with your questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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School is back. Children are sad. Parents are not. And, if you are a doctor, the sick season starts.
Dr. Alexandra Levitt, PhD is the author of "Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug Resistant Parasites" will be joining us to talk about her new book. Learn how medical detectives help to figure out where epidemics come from, and what they do when the mainstays of modern medicine, vaccines and antibiotics, are unable to protect us from rapidly evolving infectious diseases.
Gastroenterology update follows this. Call me with Digestive disease questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS, tweet me, and find out about the latest and greatest news in the world of digestive diseases.
Kid going back to school? College bound? Gluten sensitive or Celiac. Then Join me and Rachel Begun, MS, RD as we talk about living gluten free in college. Big question: Do they make gluten free ramen?
Gluten and Celiac Questions? Call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
We will end the show with Ask Doctor Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic at all. Give me a call at 1-877-NYU DOCS!