Your Fitbit Could Help Health Officials Predict Flu Outbreaks In Real-Time
(CNN) — That Fitbit you’ve been wearing could be doing a lot more than tracking your trips to the store. It may help health officials stop the flu from spreading, too. Researchers working at the Scripps Research Translational Institute reviewed de-identified data from users wearing Fitbits — the company’s privacy policy allows for the potential use of de-identified user data for research — and found that they were able to do real-time flu prediction at the state level. This marks the first time heart rate trackers and sleep data have been used to predict the flu or any infectious disease in re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Fitbit Flu Health News Source Type: news

Massachusetts Defies U.S. Trend With Binge Drinkers Drinking Less, Study Shows
(CNN) — Adults in the United States who binge drink are consuming even more alcohol per binging episode, according to a new study published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System over a six-year period and discovered that the annual number of binge drinks among adults who reported excessive drinking jumped on average from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017. That’s a 12% increase. In 2017, the number of binge drinks per year among adult binge drinkers ranged from 320 per year in Massachusetts to 1,219 in Wyoming. The nu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Binge Drinking CNN Massachusetts News Source Type: news

Hudson Elementary School Fighting Flu Outbreak
HUDSON (CBS) – The sick calls are pouring in at Mulready Elementary School in Hudson. The school has had dozens of absences in the past few days with all signs pointing to the flu. “This flu season has been incredibly busy,” said Dr. Mallika Marshall. She says urgent care centers have been inundated with patients. “Chances are it’s going to be one of the busiest flu seasons we’ve seen in recent years,” Dr. Marshall said. This week at Mulready started with around 90 absences. By Wednesday, 123 kids stayed home. About 40% of the school. On Thursday, 114 students were absent. &ldquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Hudson News Nick Emmons Source Type: news

What Is Alopecia? Dr. Mallika Marshall Explains The Hair Loss Condition
Rep. Ayanna Pressley revealed Thursday that she's been battling alopecia. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Ayanna Pressley Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

MGH Researchers Behind ‘ CoolSculpting ’ Invent New Way To Get Rid Of Fat
BOSTON (CBS) — Local researchers have an invented a new way to dissolve unwanted fat without the hassle of other treatments currently available. These are the same Massachusetts General Hospital researchers who invented “CoolSculpting,” a popular non-surgical technique for reducing unwanted fat under the skin but can only be used on certain parts of the body. Now they’ve developed an ice solution, similar to a slush, made from saline and glycerol, that can be injected almost anywhere and causes fat cells to crystallize and die. Unlike CoolSculpting, which requires a patient to sit for up to an hour ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Massachusetts General Hospital Source Type: news

Researchers Find Salt Could Be Used To Treat Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) — There may be a new weapon to attack cancer cells with less harm to the patient, and it you can probably find it right on your kitchen table. It’s salt, which is also called sodium chloride. Researchers at the University of Georgia used sodium chloride nano-particles as a so-called “Trojan Horse” to deliver cancer-killing sodium and chloride ions into cancer cells. But they say the treatment isn’t toxic because when the nano-particles degrade, they just turn into salt. In fact, when they injected these salt nano-particles into tumors in mice, the sodium chloride nano-particles su...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Cancer Treatments Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Source Type: news

Maine Had Record Number Of Lyme Disease Cases In 2019
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine reported a record number of Lyme disease cases last year, and the number could rise as data continues to trickle in, officials said Thursday. There were at least 2,079 cases in 2019, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. It’s too early to say why the numbers grew last year. But the numbers underscore the importance of taking precautions to avoid tick bites, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC. Winter is a time of low ticket activity. But ticks can be active when the temperature climbs above 40, as it did last weekend in Maine. The state also experie...
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It ’ s OK To Eat Romaine Lettuce Again
(CNN) — Caesar salad lovers rejoice — your crispy romaine lettuce leaves are OK to eat now. The nationwide, monthslong E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce ended Wednesday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration. The romaine, which came from Salinas, California, infected a total of 167 people in 27 states. This included 85 hospitalizations, including 15 patients who developed a type of kidney failure — hemolytic uremic syndrome — known to be associated with this particular type of bacteria, E. coli O157:H7. The toxin produced by t...
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FDA Drug Approval Laws Getting Less Stringent, Study Shows
BOSTON (CBS) – U.S. law requires testing of new drugs before they hit the market to make sure that the benefits outweigh the risks. But according to a new study in JAMA, changes in those laws mean drugs are getting less rigorous review before they get approved. The FDA has to perform a delicate balance between the thorough testing and timely approval of drugs, and according to researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, testing standards have been loosened, which means more drugs are being approved with fewer studies and less available evidence. They say that could lead to less confidenc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall FDA Source Type: news

Study Finds Women Who Suffer Miscarriage May Have Long-Term Psychological Stress
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s estimated that one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finds that many of those women suffer long-term psychological distress. Researchers in London and Belgium looked at more than 650 women who had experienced early loss, either from miscarriage before 12 weeks or from an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo grows outside of the uterus. One month later, they found that almost a third of women suffered post-traumatic stress, one in four experienced moderate-to-severe anxiety and about 10-percent had moderate-t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Miscarriage Source Type: news

Charlestown Cancer Survivor Hopes Story Inspires Others To Get Screened
BOSTON (CBS) – January is cervical cancer awareness month and Kate Weissman of Charlestown is hoping her story will inspire women to get potentially life-saving screening tests. Four years ago, she heard the words that everyone dreads – “You have cancer.” “It was devastating,” she recalls thinking of that moment alone in her apartment. “I just said to myself, I’m 30 and I’m going to die.” Weissman endured months of grueling treatment. Doctors initially thought they got it all, but the cancer turned up in her lymph nodes. So she had to go back for more treatment, a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local cervical cancer Source Type: news

5 Healthy Habits In Middle Age Could Help You Live 10 Years Longer, Harvard Study Finds
(CBS Local) — Healthy habits such as exercising for at least 30 minutes a day or drinking in moderation can help you stave off diseases for an extra decade, according to new research. The study, published last week in the British Medical Journal, found that those who led a healthy lifestyle are more likely to be free of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. A healthy lifestyle was defined by those with at least four of the following five factors: Never smoking Healthy body mass index (BMI) of 18 to 25 Moderate alcohol intake (no more than a small glass of wine a day for women and a pi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat Harvard Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine ‘ Not A Very Good Match ’ For Strain That ’ s Tough On Children
(CNN) — This year’s flu vaccine is “not a very good match” for a common strain of the flu that’s especially tough on children, according to the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. “It’s not a very good match for B/Victoria,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, referring to the strain. “It’s not an awful match, but it’s not a very good match.” Children are particularly susceptible to influenza B/Victoria. Fauci said even though the match for B/Victoria isn’t great, a flu shot can...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Study Shows Public Workplace Encouragement May Prompt More Women To Lead
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study identifies at least one way that companies can help women lead. Researchers at the University of Exeter Business School found that many women do not feel encouraged in their workplace and therefore don’t feel like they should strive for leadership positions. Also, women are less likely than men to promote their own abilities. But the study found that if women’s achievements are highlighted publically so that their colleagues know they are doing well, they are more likely to step up and lead. They say this holds true for both men and women in mixed-gender workplaces. When they ar...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Women Leaders Source Type: news

Financial Penalty May Lead To Better Vaccination Rates, Study Shows
BOSTON (CBS) — Routine childhood vaccines are often required for entry into school, but does making vaccines mandatory actually improve immunization rates? And what if families had to pay a penalty for failing to vaccinate? A new study in the journal Pediatrics aimed to answer these questions. Researchers looked at 29 European countries and found those that legally mandate vaccinations for measles and pertussis or whooping cough, for example, had higher vaccination rates than countries that did not mandate them. In countries with mandatory vaccination that did not allow families to opt-out for religious or other non-...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Source Type: news

Study: Drinking Tea May Help You Live Longer, Especially If It ’ s Green
This study strengthens the body of evidence that habitual tea drinking is associated with lower rates of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, though it cannot prove that it’s definitely the tea that’s responsible,” Dr. Jenna Macciochi, a lecturer in immunology at the University of Sussex, told the SMC. However, she noted that “a body of evidence in nutrition suggests that whole diet patterns are more informative of diet-disease relationships than any isolated food or nutrient.” Dr. Duane Mellor, a registered dietitian and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School, Aston University, sai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Green Tea Source Type: news

Reducing Tongue Fat Could Improve Sleep Apnea, Study Says
This study shows reducing excess fat in general can reduce tongue size,” said Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a sleep specialist at Keck Medicine at the University of Southern California, who was not involved in the study. In the new paper, the researchers used MRI imaging to measure the effect on upper airways of a 10% weight loss in 67 obese patients. The images showed reducing tongue fat was the primary reason overall sleep apnea scores improved by 31%. “In fact, the more tongue fat you lost, the more your apnea improved,” said Schwab, who is the co-director of the Penn Sleep Center at Penn Medicine. Costs of sleep ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Source Type: news

Working Out To Music Yields Additional Benefits, Researchers Find
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people feel better when they exercise to music, and now there’s science to back it up. Researchers in Australia reviewed nearly 140 studies between 1911 and 2017 and found numerous benefits to listening to music while exercising. The mental impact? It can help distract us from muscle pain and fatigue and make the workout seem easier and more fun. But it also has physiologic effects like improving oxygen consumption, which reflects better performance. They found faster music and working out to the beat offered the greatest benefits. Bottom line? No matter what type of music you like, put it o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Working Out Source Type: news

Average Body Temperatures Lower Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Many of us were taught that the normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is that wrong, but researchers have now found that the average body temperature has been falling over time. The 98.6 degrees number came from a German physician back in the 1850’s, but more recent studies have suggested that that number is too high. After examining data over the past 200 years, researchers at Stanford University found that not only do temperatures vary based on age, gender, body weight and time of day, but that average temperatures have fallen by about half a degree in women and a full de...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Source Type: news

Flu Season Shaping Up To Be Worse Than Last Year In Massachusetts
BOSTON (CBS) – This year’s flu season in Massachusetts is shaping up to be worse than last. So far, health officials have confirmed about 1,300 cases. At this point last year, that number was about 850. The latest weekly flu report says that influenza severity has increased from low to moderate. So far, influenza B has proved to be the most common form of the flu. Dr. Larry Madoff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said this year’s flu season is worse than last year’s. (WBZ-TV) “This past week’s activity was higher than it was during any week last season,” said Dr. La...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Flu Source Type: news

The Cost Of Having A Baby Is Going Up
BOSTON (CBS) – Having a baby isn’t cheap. And according to a new study it’s getting even more expensive. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, the average out of pocket cost of having a baby jumped from just over $3,000 in 2008 to more than $4,500 in 2015. That’s including pregnancy, delivery, and the three months postpartum. The costs for having a C-section were even higher. While the Affordable Care Act requires full coverage for preventive services, families are still on the hook for many copays. Rising costs may cause some mothers to skip routine care which could lead to poorer...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Child Birth Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Baby Powder Likely Does Not Cause Ovarian Cancer, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s been a lot of concern that using baby powder in the genital region can raise a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer. A new study in JAMA, however, suggests women may not need to worry. There have been some high-profile lawsuits around this issue. But scientific studies have not been clear on whether powders containing talc actually put a woman at higher risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers looked at data on more than 250,000 women and found that those who used powder in the genital region were essentially at no higher risk for developing ovarian cancer than women who never used powder, ev...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local baby powder Source Type: news

Dana-Farber Sleep Education Class Helping Cancer Survivors Rest Better
BOSTON (CBS) – Many cancer survivors have trouble sleeping, so the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is offering a sleep education class to change that. Ken Giacoppo struggles with insomnia, and since being diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago, it’s gotten worse. “I’m just fatigued constantly all the time during the day, so I take cat naps,” he said. The stress of having cancer and the grueling treatments can all impact a patient’s sleep. “These are all insults to the system that may disrupt sleep that in the short term, people cope with reasonably well, but then as they persist, t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Cancer Dana Farber Cancer Institute Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Source Type: news

Allergic To Dogs? It Might Only Be Males, Boston Doctor Says
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Love dogs but find yourself uncontrollably sneezing around some of them? There might be a solution that’s easier than allergy shots. Neuter your male pup or opt for a female dog. “Up to 30% of people who are allergic to dogs are actually allergic to one specific protein that’s made in the prostate of a dog,” said Dr. Lakiea Wright, an allergist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. While the protein was identified years ago, reliable lab tests for the allergen that were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration were only developed in th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Offbeat Allergies Brigham & Women's Hospital CNN Pet Allergies Source Type: news

‘ Monday Reset ’ Initiative Works To Make New Year ’ s Resolutions Stick
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s only January 6th and many of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions, but some would argue instead of making a resolution once a year, we should do it once a week. It’s called the “Healthy Monday Reset.” The Monday Campaigns is a non-profit health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Syracuse universities that dedicates the first day of every week to health. They say instead of trying to make a behavioral change on the first of the year, think of Monday as the day you will remind yourself to make better choices. For example, if you resolve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Healthy Living New Year’s Resolutions Source Type: news

Experts Suggest Flu Season Could One Of The Worst In Years
BOSTON (CBS) — We’re fully in the throes of flu season and some experts believe it’s on track to be one of the worst in decades. According to the CDC, so far, there have been more than 6.4 million Americans sickened by the flu and at least 2,900 deaths, including some children. Flu activity is expected to remain high through mid-January. While there is a chance it has already peaked, the worst may be yet to come, which means many more people could get sick and die. But it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, the flu season can last into May, so if you or your children have not been vacci...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Cold and Flu Season Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Running A Marathon Could Help You Live Longer, Study Suggests
(CNN) — Need another reason to sign up for that marathon in 2020? New research suggests training and running a marathon for the first time could reverse some of the effects of aging on our bodies. Researchers found that for the 138 healthy, first-time marathon runners they tracked, training and completing the London marathon was associated with a four-year reduction in their “vascular age.” Specifically, they found that marathon training reversed the age-related stiffening of the body’s main artery and helped reduce blood pressure. As we age, the walls of our arteries, which deliver oxygen and nutri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Source Type: news

New England Researchers Developing Eye Scan To Catch Alzheimer ’ s Early
KINGSTON, R.I. (CBS) – Researchers in New England are developing a screening process that could help detect Alzheimer’s disease decades before any symptoms appear. The University of Rhode Island and Butler Hospital in Providence have announced a five-year clinical trial to develop a low-cost and less-invasive retinal scan. They hope the scan will allow doctors to identify the signs of Alzheimer’s 20 years or more before symptoms develop. Microscopic changes in the retina could indicate that changes are also taking place in the brain that put someone at high risk for the disease. URI, @BayCare, and @Butle...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Alzheimer's Disease University of Rhode Island Source Type: news

NASA Astronaut Had The First Known Blood Clot In Space
(CNN) — When astronauts encounter a medical risk on the International Space Station 250 miles up from the Earth’s surface, it’s not exactly easy for a doctor to make a house call. So when NASA researchers suspected a blood clot in one of their astronauts during a long-duration stay on the space station last year, they had to act quickly to treat the unexpected risk. The blood clot was detected during a vascular study of 11 astronauts on the station to assess the effect of space on the internal jugular vein. In zero gravity, astronauts’ blood and tissue fluid shifts toward the head. The study involve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Offbeat Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN International Space Station NASA Source Type: news

Why Testing Drivers For Cannabis Is Hard
(CNN) — As a growing number of states legalize cannabis, health officials are increasingly sounding the alarm for technology that can quickly determine when drivers are stoned. A solution for measuring alcohol intoxication has existed since 1954: the Breathalyzer. No such technology yet exists for cannabis, but several tech startups and university scientists say they’re close to commercializing something resembling a cannabis breathalyzer. Still, others are quick to caution the answer is not that simple. Critics note the technology must detect recent cannabis use and also prove that cannabis in a person’s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Cannabis CNN Source Type: news

Five Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2020
(CNN) — It’s a difficult birth for this new decade. The year 2020 kicks off under the shadow of divisive politics, international security threats, a spate of hate crimes, and a planet in environmental peril, plus all the reasons we’re stressed individually: work, health problems, life changes and more. No wonder so many of us are anxious or depressed. But you can take scientifically validated steps to improve your mental outlook, and — because the mind and body are entwined — these behaviors also will improve your overall health. 1. Practice optimism The studies are positive: Looking on the br...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Mental Health Source Type: news

Americans Particularly Sleepy On First Day Of Work In January, Study Says
BOSTON (CBS) — Are you feeling particularly sleepy? A new survey finds almost half of Americans report feeling particularly tired on the day they return to work in January, which for many of us was Thursday. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine polled 2,003 adults, and 57% said they are more tired than usual on New Year’s Day compared to any other day of the year. But the second sleepiest day was the first day back to work in January, followed by July 5, perhaps due to late night partying on these popular holidays. But sleep experts say getting a good seven or more hours of sleep a night should be a priority,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News New Year's Day Sleep Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet Ranked Best Diet Again, Report Says
BOSTON (CBS) — Every year, U.S. News & World Report ranks 35 diets based on input from health experts. For 2020, the Mediterranean diet reigns supreme again. To be ranked high on this list, a diet must be easy to follow, safe, nutritious and effective for weight loss and prevention of heart disease and diabetes. For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet came in number one, with a focus on fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats. Following close behind were the dash, flexitarian and WW diet, formerly known as Weight Watchers. Carb-restricting diets like the Paleo and Atkins diets, ranked low, a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Diets Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence Beats Doctors At Detecting Breast Cancer In Study
(CNN) — Google says it has developed an artificial intelligence system that can detect the presence of breast cancer more accurately than doctors. A study that tested the accuracy of the system, which was developed through a collaboration between the tech giant and cancer researchers, was published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. The program was trained to detect cancer using tens of thousands of mammograms from women in the United Kingdom and the United States, and early research shows it can produce more accurate detection than human radiologists. According to the study, using the AI technology resulted...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Breast Cancer CNN Source Type: news

Study Claims Snacking Could Help Improve A Child ’ s Nutrition
A new study claims snacking could actually improve your child's nutrition. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Family Focus Source Type: news

New Mom With Brain Tumor Turns To Boston Hospital For Keyhole Brain Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine giving birth to a premature baby and then being told you have a brain tumor. That’s what happened to a woman from Holden. But thanks to a new approach at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this new mom was able to have brain surgery and quickly return to her newborn son. At 27 weeks pregnant, Bethany Shea was diagnosed with preeclampsia and had an emergency C-section. Then she went blind. “It was a pregnancy complication due to my high blood pressure,” Bethany explained. Bethany regained her vision, but worried she had had a stroke, doctors ordered an MRI. But instead of a st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study: Intermittent Fasting May Help You Live Longer
BALTIMORE (CBS) – New research finds that intermittent fasting could actually help you live longer. It’s commonly used for weight loss, but a new review in the New England Journal of Medicine shows it can also reduce blood pressure and improve life span. The study considered two methods of fasting – only eating during a six-to-eight-hour window each day or choosing to severely limit calorie intake on two days each week. “Evidence is accumulating that eating in a 6-hour period and fasting for 18 hours can trigger a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy, with increased stress resi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston Diets Source Type: news

4 Cups Of Coffee A Day Could Help Reduce Weight Gain, Study Finds
CHAMPAIGN, Ill (CBS) — Could caffeine be the way to help curb holiday weight gain? A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that drinking four cups of coffee a day could limit how many pounds are packed on from a diet high in fat and sugar. Scientists studied rats and found that the ones that consumed caffeine gained 16% less weight and accumulated 22% less fat than the ones that didn’t. The study’s co-author said the findings suggest that caffeine could be considered an “anti-obesity agent.” Researchers also noted that a balanced diet is the best way to stay healthy. (So...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston Caffeine Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Drug For Migraine Sufferers
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced the approval of a drug called ubrogepant for the acute treatment of migraine, which could be a new option for people who can’t take or don’t respond to migraine medications currently on the market. The drug will be sold under the name Ubrelvy by the pharmaceutical company Allergan. It is considered effective for migraine with or without aura, referring to the sensory or visual disturbances that occur among roughly a third of migraine sufferers. “Ubrelvy represents an important new option for the acute treatment of migraine in adults, as...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston FDA Migraines Source Type: news

Study Finds Americans Lack Knowledge Of Heart Attack Symptoms
BOSTON (CBS) — Would you know if you were having a heart attack? According to a new study reported in JAMA Network Open, there’s a good chance you might not. Researchers in Texas looked at a national survey of more than 25,000 American adults and found that nearly half didn’t recognize some heart attack symptoms, and nearly 6% were not familiar with any. Most people knew chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath were symptoms, but fewer were aware that lightheadedness, arm, jaw, neck or back pain might also be signs. Additionally, almost 5% chose something other than calling 9-1-1 if they thought the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Heart Attack Source Type: news

Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Deadly Listeria Outbreak, CDC Warns
(CNN) — A deadly, multistate outbreak of Listeria infections has been linked to packaged hard-boiled eggs, and retailers and consumers are warned not to serve, sell, use or consume the products. The peeled eggs were packaged in plastic pails by Almark Foods in Gainesville, Georgia, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which along with the US Food and Drug Administration is investigating. They were sold nationwide to food service operators, so consumers likely would find them in a store or a restaurant, the CDC said. Four of seven people who reported infections across five states have been hospita...
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Study: Half Of America Will Be Obese Within 10 Years
(CNN) — If America does not collectively adopt healthier eating habits, over half of the nation will be obese within 10 years. Even worse, one in four Americans will be “severely obese” with a body mass index over 35, which means they will be more than 100 pounds overweight. That alarming prediction, published Wednesday in NEJM, was the result of a study analyzing 26 years of self-reported body mass index (BMI) data from over six million American adults. Considering the challenges of battling weight loss, that’s devastating news for the future health of our nation. “Given how notoriously diffi...
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Puppies May Be Making People Sick, CDC says
(CNN) — Puppies: cute balls of fur. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they’re also linked to a multi-state outbreak of an infection that’s resistant to multiple drugs. An outbreak strain of Campylobacter jejuni has been reported in 13 states and so far 30 people have been infected, the CDC said. Four have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, the center said. “Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that puppies purchased from pet stores are the likely source of this outbreak. Many of the cases had contact with puppies or were employees at pet stor...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CDC Puppies Source Type: news

Women Now Outnumber Men At U.S. Medical Schools For First Time Ever
BOSTON (CBS) – The overall number of applicants to medical schools continues to grow, and now for the first time in history, there are more female medical students in the U.S. than male. The number of women enrolled in medical school has been steadily climbing. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, women made up almost 47-percent of medical students in 2015 and 49.5-percent in 2018. And now in 2019, they make up 50.5-percent of all medical school students. There have also been modest gains in the number of African-American, Latino, and Native American medical students though they remain underrepr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Losing Weight And Keeping It Off May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says
BOSTON (CBS) – Carrying around excess weight puts women at higher risk for breast cancer, but a new study shows if women lose weight and keep it off, they can reduce that risk. And it doesn’t take much to make a difference. Researchers from the American Cancer Society and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at data on almost 200,000 women ages 50 and older. They found that women who lost 20 pounds and kept it off had a 32-percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. But losing only 4-to-5 pounds was associated with an 18-percent lower risk. And even if women lost weight and gained some of it...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Breast Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Eating Chili Peppers Cuts Risk Of Death From Heart Attack And Stroke, Study Says
(CNN) — That delicious penne all’arrabiata may have benefits that go further than putting a smile on your face, according to a new study. For many years, chili has been hailed for its therapeutic properties, and now researchers have found that eating chili peppers regularly can cut the risk of death from heart disease and stroke. Carried out in Italy, where chili is a common ingredient, the study compared the risk of death among 23,000 people, some of whom ate chili and some of whom didn’t. Participants’ health status and eating habits were monitored over eight years, and researchers found that the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Source Type: news

Study Finds Brain Circuitry Linked To Overeating
BOSTON (CBS) — Do you ever have a hard time resisting temptation, like pizza or chocolate cake? A new study finds you may just be wired that way. Impulsive behavior, defined as acting without thinking about the consequences, has been linked to overeating, binging, weight gain and obesity. Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered a brain circuit affects whether you can say “no” to tempting foods. They found when they stimulated cells in a particular region of the brain in rats, they more impulsively pressed a lever to receive high-fat, high-sugar pellets. They hope they can use this informa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Obesity Source Type: news

Vaping Linked With Long-Term Risk Of Respiratory Disease In New Study
(CNN) — Vaping or using e-cigarettes for a long period of time was associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases — including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, chronic bronchitis and asthma — in a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Monday, is among the first bodies of research to examine the link between e-cigarette use and respiratory disease in the long-term, by analyzing e-cigarette use and respiratory disease during a three-year period. “I was a little surprised that we could find evidence on incident lung disease in the long...
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CDC Estimates 1,300 Flu Deaths In US This Season; Widespread Activity In Massachusetts
(CNN/CBS) — At least 1,300 people have died from the flu so far this season, according to a preliminary estimate released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 2.6 million flu illnesses and 23,000 flu-related hospitalizations, according to the analysis. So far this season, the CDC has received reports of 10 children who have died from the flu, four more than the week before. Experts have warned that flu is hitting the United States early this year, and there are concerns that this early season could mean a particularly severe season overall. Flu spread significantly in ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Flu Source Type: news

Scientists Develop Frostbite Treatment Spray For Emergencies
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people are hitting the slopes this time of year, and one common concern is frostbite. But researchers have developed a new spray that could help stop frostbite in its tracks. Frostbite literally freezes areas of the body with the least blood flow, most commonly on the tip of the nose, the ears, fingers and toes, and if not treated promptly, it can cause tissue death, requiring amputation. But when it occurs, people are often in isolated areas without easy access to medical care. Scientists in India have developed a cold-resistant spray gel that contains a blood thinner that improves blood flow. It...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Skiing Source Type: news