Welcome to Dr. Donnica's Television Appearances Center. As a highly regarded as a women's health expert and advocate, Dr. Donnica is frequently invited to discuss important health topics on television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The View", "Good Morning America", NBC's "Weekend Today Show",The Tyra Banks Show and others. She has done more than 530 television interviews, but is most well known for her role as the weekly women's health contributor for NBC's Later Today, from 1999-2000, covering diverse women's health issues.
Dr. Donnica's Upcoming Appearances:
Dr. Donnica returns to "The Dr. Oz Show" on Wed. April 21, 2010 (3pm EST in NYC/NJ area; check local listings for times/stations) in a segment called "5 Questions for Women Over 40 to Ask Their Physicians". For the companion article, click here.
Dr. Donnica's Past Appearance Highlights
On Wedensday February 3, 2010, Dr. Donnica appeared in "The Tyra Banks Show" in an episode about "Women With Two Vaginas". The proper medical term is uterine didelphys as most of these women also have a "double uterus" with or without a double cervix & a vaginal septum dividing their vaginas into two. One clip from the segment was named a "TV Top 5 Clip of the Week", click here to watch. A longer segment is available, click here.
Previously on The Dr. Oz Show
Dr. Donnica returned to "The Dr. Oz Show" on Friday Sept. 10 as part of a new featured segment called "The Pulse". In this segment, a panel of 3 physicians joins Dr. Oz to discuss the medical hot topics of the day. Topics on 9/10 include the health effects of the Gulf oil spill, the HCG Diet, the female condom, the "5-second rule", cosmetic use of contact lenses, puberty, and more!
In the video above Dr. Donnica returned to "The Dr. Oz Show" on Friday, March 12, 2010, with a segment on how & when to do a proper breast self exam. The companion article to this segment is available by clicking here.
Dr. Donnica returned to "The Dr. Oz Show" on Monday January, 25, 2010 in a segment called "Lifesaving Tests" where she demonstrated how to do a breast self exam properly. Check local listings for times/stations (3:00 PM EST in NYC on Fox).
On Thurs. Decemeber 3, 2009 Dr. Donnica joined Dr. Mehmet Oz to discuss Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) on "The Dr. Oz Show". The segment covered the basics of CFS as well as the new findings of an association between CFS and the retrovirus XMRV. "While we don't yet know if XMRV is a causative agent, a piggy-back virus, or a red-herring, we do know that it confirms the biological basis of CFS," Dr. Donnica says. "These findings also send a loud and clear message to the CDC, NIH, and every academic research institute that we need to accelerate research into how CFS and XMRV are transmitted and treated," she adds. "The good news is that we currently have several antiviral medications available as well as one new medication specifically for CFS treatment awaiting FDA review and approval. Now we need a focused research effort to see if they work," Dr. Donnica notes.
We have gotten many emails asking whether Dr. Donnica's appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" last week, discussing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the XMRV findings, is available on the internet. It can be viewed by clicking here. For a two page article summarizing the segment, click here.
We have also had many questions about how people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can get the test for XMRV. The test can be ordered at VIP Dx.
Dr. Donnica filmed two videos on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for TheDoctorsChannel.com. To view “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Patient Profile”, click here.
Previously on Good Morning America Health
Dr. Donnica discussed "Dorm Room Health Hazards" on ABC's "Good Morning America Health" with Meg Oliver. The discussion is a timely one as students are flocking back to colleges and boarding schools. The discussion focused on hazards that may be inside the dorm rooms already (allergens, mold, bedbugs) as well as hazards that students--or their roommates--may be bringing into the room (infections such as the flu, mononucleosis, meningitis). Of course students also need to be aware of health hazards from poor behavior choices related to alcohol, regretful sexual encounters, & sleep deprivation. Preventive tips were also discussed. To view the segment, click here
On Thursday, April 8, 2010, in honor of Pain Awareness Month, Dr. Donnica did a segment on "Good Morning America Health" with Tanya Rivero called "Deconstructing Dystonia". The 3rd most common movement disorder, dystonia is believed to affect more than 300,000 Americans. . .yet most people are unaware of the extent of this painful neuromuscular disorder. To learn more, click here.
On Friday, April 2, 2010, Dr. Donnica & Tanya Rivero discussed the "Effects of Stress on Your Unborn Baby" on "Good Morning America Health", focusing on a condition now termed "pregnancy specific stress". To view this segment, click here.
In Dr. Donnica's segment on "Good Morning America Health", she discussed the recent publication from the Nurses Health Study which observed that women who had had breast cancer & who took low dose (75 mg--81 mg) of aspirin 3 to 5 days per week had significantly fewer breast cancer recurrences & decreased risk of premature death. To view the segment, click here
On Thursday, February 4, 2010, Dr. Donnica appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America Health" answering viewer questions. Topics addressed included whether children can have seizures as a consequence of the flu (yes!); whether omega-3 fatty acids & fish oil supplements confer cardiac risk reduction benefits (yes!); how to lower mildly elevated blood pressure without medication; & what the BUN: creatinine ratio indicates (an indirect measure of renal function). To see the segment, click here.
On Friday, January 22, on ABC's "Good Morning America" Dr. Donnica & Robin Roberts discussed "The Down & Dirty: What's Under Your Hotel Bed?" Giving new meaning to the saying "Don’t let the bed bugs bite", Dr. Donnica discussed common health & hygiene hazards in hotel rooms across America. "The good news is that with some simple precautions—like checking TripAdvisor.com for reviews before you go—you can reduce your risk of having an unclean or uncomfortable hotel stay," says Dr. Donnica. To view this segment and to read the companion article, click here.
On ABC's "Good Morning America Health" this week (Mon. 1/18/10), Dr. Donnica answered viewer questions in the segment "Your Health Questions Answered". Topics covered included the proper use of OTC medicines; reading the patient instruction information; nasal lavage (Neti pot usage); vision exams; nasal allergies; and risk factors for melanoma. To view this segment, click here.
In other television appearances, Dr. Donnica answered more viewer questions on ABC's "Good Morning America Health" on Monday. Topics included nasal lavage (using a Neti pot) for nasal congestion issues; OTC safety strategies; guidelines for vision exams; and the newest weight loss pill ("Fruta Planta") and whether it's too good to be true (probably). To view this segment, click here
On "Good Morning America Health" Dr. Donnica answered questions submitted by viewers including those about shingles & the Zostavax vaccine, squamous cell carcinoma and risk factors for breast cancer. To view the segment, click the link below.
In honor of Thanksgiving-and the beginning of the six week holiday season-Dr. Donnica discussed "Holiday Waist Management" on ABC's "Good Morning Amercia Health". Dr. Donnica offered several holiday weight management and stress-busting tips. To view this segment, click here. To read the companion article, click here.
Dr. Donnica returned to another E! Entertainment Special which aired on Wed. November 11, 2009 at 8 pm EST: "15 Remarkable Celebrity Bouncebacks". In this 2 hour special, she discussed celebrities who have gained and lost weight, either intentionally for roles or pregnancies, or unintentionally for various reasons. "While celebrities certainly have many advantages, they generally have many of the same life challenges as the rest of us," Dr. Donnica says. "They just have to deal with their challenges while under the glare of the paparazzi." Dr. Donnica discusses the various strategies used by celebrities to get their red carpet physiques and how they may or may not help others. "It may be surprising to many that most of these celebrities were motivated by health concerns rather than beauty concerns," Dr. Donnica notes. On ABC's "Good Morning Amercia Health" yesterday, Dr. Donnica debunked several myths about incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine. In honor of Bladder Health Awareness Month, Dr. Donnica talked about how incontinence affects up to 33 million Americans, how it is NOT a "natural consequence of aging", and how up to 80% of sufferers may be successfully treated with various behavioral, pharmacological, or minimally invasive surgical procedures. To view this segment, click here. For more information about bladder health, click here.
On October 19, 2009 segment on "GMA Health", Dr. Donnica debunked several myths about the first trimester of pregnancy. "Myths abound in pregnancy," Dr. Donnica noted, "in large part to try to explain much of its mystery." For this reason, many myths circulate about ways to tell if you're having a boy or a girl (FACT: the only way in to tell in the first trimester is with a chorionic villus sampling procedure, CVS) and even more myths circulate about what factors cause miscarriages. Other myths include those about not taking any medications whatsoever, not having massages, and other risks. To view this segment, click here. For more information about pregnancy, click here.
Previously on "GMA Health", Dr. Donnica and Tanya Rivero discussed the ground-breaking publication in Science (10/8/09) which identified a link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and the XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia-related virus) retrovirus in the blood of 67% of 101 patients with CFS. "While this does not identify the cause of CFS, it is yet another piece of compelling evidence documenting the biological basis of CFS," says Dr. Donnica. "This underscores the urgent need for a substantial increase in research focused on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of CFS," she added. To view this segment, click here. To view her previous segment on "Good Morning America Health" discussing what CFS is, click here. To read Dr. Donnica's 5-part series on CFS, click here.
On GMA Health October 16 2009, Dr. Donnica answered several viewer questions. It was no surprise that most of them were about the H1N1 vaccine and who should or shouldn't get it. In addition, she answered questions about tired, achy legs & stem cell research. To view this segment, click here. To submit it a question for possible coverage in a future "Ask GMA Health" segment, click here and fill out the form on the lower right portion of the page.
Dr. Donnica answered several viewer questions in the popular "You Asked, GMA Health Answered" segment. Not surprisingly, most were still about H1N1 flu and vaccines. To view the segment, click here.
To submit it a question for possible coverage in a future "Ask GMA Health" segment, click here and fill out the form on the lower right portion of the page. "Good Morning America Health" airs weekdays at 2:00 pm EST & 5:30 pm EST on ABC News NOW, the ABC News' digital cable network, available on cable, broadband and mobile.
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