No one is in a better position than a nurse to give you insider information about your hospital stay – unless she’s a nurse who went on to become a doctor. Marie Savard, M.D., medical contributor to Good Morning America and the author of Ask Dr. Marie and How to Save Your Own Life, offers these tips for taking charge of your healthcare when you’re going to the hospital:
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Another diet myth bites the dust: Products containing the calorie-less fake fat Olean, of fat-free potato chips fame, may make you gain weight, not lose it.
In a new study released today by Purdue University, researchers found that rats who were fed Olean-containing potato chips as part of a high-fat diet ate more overall and gained more weight than those who were fed a high fat diet and regular, full-fat potato chips.
This counter-intuitive finding shakes the conventional wisdom that substituting lower calorie, lower fat foods for the full-fat versions will help reduce overall caloric intake and encourage weight loss.
U.S. News and World Report today released its fifth annual rankings of Best Children’s Hospitals for such pediatric specialties as cancer, cardiology, neurology and orthopedics. “Honor Roll” hospitals that excelled in four or more specialties are:
1. Children’s Hospital Boston
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver
6. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
7. Seattle Children’s Hospital
8. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
9. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg of UPMC
10. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital
Most patients have a limited amount of time to express themselves during a doctor’s visit. Indeed, patients can generally expect 15 to 20 minutes of face time with their doctors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Good Morning America” medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard offers five tips on how patients can make sure they get the most out of their doctors’ time.
You Are the Expert on You
So many people are afraid to listen to their guts — both figuratively and literally. You’ve got to trust your own health radar.
An ongoing Women’s Health Initiative study released results last week showing postmenopausal women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin therapy had a higher chance of getting aggressive forms of breast cancer and may even be at a higher risk of death because of the disease.
“World News” asked viewers to respond to the Oct. 19 story and they did in the hundreds.
Below are some of the main questions and concerns about hormone replacement therapy and answers from Dr. Marie Savard, an ABC News medical contributor.
What are some of the alternatives to using HRT?
Mayo Clinic doctors from every specialty work together to care for patients, united by one philosophy: “The needs of the patient come first.”
Now, the Mayo Clinic has released a book designed to keep you out of the hospital.
Every woman goes through menopause, but there are some common misconceptions about “The Change.”
Savard tackles the most intimate questions women have about the female reproductive system in her new book, “Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk and Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions.”
You Asked, We Answered
Note: Some questions have been slightly edited for clarity and to ensure anonymity for the submitter.
Researchers studying drug treatments for 200 women with sexual dysfunctions say they were surprised to find that 35 percent of the women who were given a placebo — a sugar pill — reported significant improvement in their sex lives.
Now, some experts say, the solution may be found in a conversation with a doctor.
About 7 million people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with depression, and many more could be suffering.
Dr. Marie Savard appeared on “Good Morning America” today to answer questions about how you can spot the warning signs of depression in an older person and what you can do to help.
Depression in the Elderly
Depression in the Elderly
Q: Why is this such a big problem for seniors?
The United States is in the grip of a record hot summer, and children who play outdoors sports are vulnerable to heat stroke.
Earlier this month two assistant football coaches were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after a student athlete collapsed during training. The student had been doing weight training and running in 93-degree weather, according to reports.
Police say the coaches failed to provide the players with water.
The danger is very real. Exertional heat stroke is one of the leading causes of sudden death in sports.