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Marie Savard’s Rules For A Healthy Hospital Stay

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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:

Not So (O) Lean: Eating Faux Fat Makes Rats Real Fat

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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 Ranks Nation’s Children’s Hospitals

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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

Five Tips for Your Next Doctor’s Visit

Monday, May 9th, 2011

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.

Click here for a copy of a form you can use to track your medical information.

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.

Getting Answers After HRT Linked to High Cancer Risk

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

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’s Book of Home Remedies’

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. It recently was named one of the top hospitals of 2010 by US News & World Report.

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.

Menopause Guide: Dr. Marie Savard Answers Your Questions

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Every woman goes through menopause, but there are some common misconceptions about “The Change.”

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard appeared on “Good Morning America” today with information to bust the menopause myths and help women keep themselves healthy during menopause.

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.

Sex Pill Surprise: Women Treated With Placebo Reported Improvement

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Men have had their little blue pills for years, but some women in search of the same kind of libido boost may simply need to talk about their problems in the bedrooms.

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.

Elder Depression: The Warning Signs and Risks, and What You Should Do to Help

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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

Q: Why is this such a big problem for seniors?

America’s Healthy Summer: Avoid Heat-Related Illness in Student Athletes

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

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.