Archive for March, 2010

Take Charge of Your Hospital Stay to Avoid Medical Mistakes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Studies show that 98,000 people die in hospitals every year because of medical errors.

That’s a staggering statistic, but there’s ways to make sure those medical mistakes don’t happen to you.

Dr. Marie Savard, “Good Morning America” medical contributor, visited the show this morning to share six insider tips that could save your life on your next hospital stay.

Savard’s Tips

Try not to schedule your hospital stay in June, July or August. Those are the months when new residents start working and older ones move up the ladder, Savard said. She also said to avoid surgery on Thursday or Friday, especially Friday.

Causes and Treatments for Common Allergies

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Spring means warmer days and blooming flowers. Many will delight in the change of season, but for millions of seasonal allergy sufferers across the United States, spring spells trouble.

Congestion. Itchy eyes. Scratchy throat. Hives.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergic rhinitis — better known as hay fever — affects an estimated 60 million people in the United States.

Over-the-counter and prescription drugs to treat allergies cost Americans more than $11.5 billion, according to the organization’s figures from 2005.

This morning, Dr. Marie Savard appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about common allergies and how to treat them.