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Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

36th Annual MS Harborfest Held In Portland Harbor
PORTLAND, Maine (CBS) — More than 50 sailboats raced Saturday to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The 36th annual MS Harborfest Regatta was held Saturday in Portland Harbor. The sailors raised money for vital research initiatives through sponsorships. Sailboats in Portland Harbor for the MS Harborfest Regatta. (WBZ-TV) Once the race was over, those sailors got to come back to shore for a celebration. “We have awards in eight divisions, and we have a great feast for them, and lots of great music,” said MS Harborfest Development Director Sue Tidd. “It’s a celebration of how they&rsqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Maine MS MS Harborfest Multiple Sclerosis Portland Source Type: news

How To Protect Your Eyes During The Solar Eclipse
BOSTON (CBS) – On Monday, August 21, all eyes will be on the solar eclipse, a spectacular sight, but even though the sun will be shaded, it will still be dangerously bright. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, if you have the right protection, you can safely enjoy the rare show. “I’ve never seen an eclipse before but I’ve heard it’s a cool experience,” says 22-year-old Simon Archambault who plans to watch Monday’s solar eclipse with a bunch of friends in Boston, but he knows he’s taking a risk. “I heard you can go blind,” he admits. RELATED: Where To Watch Eclipse Yo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Solar Eclipse solar glasses Source Type: news

Study Finds Half Of Workers Find Jobs Taxing
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study says the workplace can be physically and emotionally taxing. Researchers at Harvard surveyed more than 3,000 working Americans. About half said their job spilled over into their personal lives and they often had to work during “off” hours. A third said they have no control over their schedule and sadly, a fifth of workers said they face a hostile or threatening social environment at work. While the survey revealed red flags for both white-collar and blue-collar workers, it wasn’t all bad. American workers, in general, say they enjoy a certain amount of autonomy, feel confi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Harvard University Source Type: news

What Men Eat May Determine How Good Or Bad They Smell
BOSTON (CBS) — Listen up guys: Do you pass the sniff test? Researchers in Australia had women smell the sweat of healthy, young men and found that the ladies preferred the scent of men who ate a lot of vegetables versus those who ate a lot of meat. Body odor develops when bacteria on our skin metabolize compounds in our sweat, and this wasn’t the first study to find that women may prefer the body odor of men who eat less meat. (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 - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local body odor Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Your Social Media Posts May Give Clues About Your Mental Health
BOSTON (CBS) — The photos you post on social media may say a lot about your mental health. Researchers at the University of Vermont and Harvard University used computers to analyze more than 40,000 photos on the Instagram feeds of 166 volunteers looking for brightness, color, and shading. Volunteers with depression were more likely to post black and white photos or ones with bluer, grayer or darker filters while healthy volunteers posted photos with warmer, brighter tones. They also found that even though people with depression were more likely to post photos with faces, those photos had fewer faces, in general, sugg...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News Dr. Mallika Marshall Mental Health Social Media Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Intense Exercise May Suppress Appetite
This study was performed on healthy, young men so more research is needed to look at the effects of vigorous exercise on women and older individuals. And remember, even light exercise is better than no exercise for your overall health. (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 - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News appetite Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Weight Loss Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Make Potentially Groundbreaking Alzheimer ’ s Discovery
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found a way to reverse memory loss in mice, a potential breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Even though there’s a long way to go, it’s an exciting development. “This has the potential to really make a difference,” says Jay Penney, PhD, one of the lead authors of a new study. Jay Penney. (WBZ-TV) The team focused on one enzyme that causes memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. “What we’ve done is found a new way to basically prevent ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Alzheimer's Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Conflict Of Interest? State DPH Employee Applies To Open Marijuana Dispensary
BOSTON (CBS) – As the state readies to open more pot shops, one Boston woman looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary has critics calling Massachusetts pot policies hazy at best. “It raises doubt about the integrity of the process. This woman isn’t trying to open a flower shop someplace. It’s a marijuana shop she wants to open up,” says David Tuerck, who heads up the watchdog group, Beacon Hill Institute. The applicant’s name: Nicolette Smith, of the Petrichor Medicinal Corporation. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirms she’s an employee there. Yes, the very ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Christina Hager Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Colon Cancer Deaths Increasing; Women Have Higher Brain Activity
BOSTON (CBS) – The death rate from colorectal cancers among younger white adults is on the rise, increasing by one percent a year since 2004. Experts are not sure why and say what is particularly concerning is that screening for colon cancer usually begins at age 50 yet the mortality rates are still rising for those between the ages of 50 and 54. Doctors need to urge patients to get timely follow-up for any concerning symptoms and consider early screening for some patients. —– Are women’s brains more active than men’s? A new study finds that women have much higher brain activity in more region...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

EpiPen Alternative Costs $4,500, But Many Get It For Free
NEW YORK (CBS) – After the price of EpiPens rose to more than $600 last year, the ensuing controversy led to the rise of much cheaper generic auto-injectors. So why is there buzz surrounding a newer alternative that costs $4,500? The Auvi-Q and the EpiPen (Image credit: CBS This Morning) CBS News reports that families dealing with life-threatening allergies are looking at the Auvi-Q , which is smaller and comes with a voice instructor. The list price may be expensive, but an affordability program by drugmaker Kaleo means families are paying nothing in out-of-pocket costs. “It’s an access model built for p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News EpiPen Source Type: news

Salmonella Cases In Massachusetts Linked To Papayas From Mexico
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to a farm located in southern Mexico, U.S. public health officials said in an update on the outbreak first reported more than two weeks ago. Salmonella has now sickened 109 people in 16 states and 35 were serious enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its web page dedicated to the outbreak. One person in New York City died. (Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Papaya traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, appears to be the likely source, the FDA...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News papaya SALMONELLA Source Type: news

Fenway Park Ranks 2nd In Study Of Ballpark Food Safety
BOSTON (CBS) — According to one recent study, you can feel better about chowing down on those Fenway franks. Sports Illustrated released their ranking of the ballparks Tuesday using info from public health inspection records across the US and Canada, and Fenway Park came in second place. The ranking found the Sox’ home field had a total of 30 food safety violations last year, with only two of those violations categorized as “critical”–meaning violations that could have led to spreading food-borne illness. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) In comparison, the median number of critical violati...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Red Sox Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Baseball Fenway Park Food Safety MLB Sports Illustrated Source Type: news

Nancy Frates Says New ALS Treatment Offers Hope
BOSTON (CBS) – A powerful wave of hope moving through the ALS community – the FDA has approved a drug for the first time in more than two decades that slows the symptoms of the devastating disease. Radicava has shown promising signs in Japan – slowing the progression of ALS by 33%. Trials were done on patients in the earliest stages, but anyone living with the disease can take it — including an optimistic Pete Frates. His mother Nancy told WBZ this new medicine totally changes the dynamic of the diagnosis: “The doctor told us five years ago when Pete was diagnosed, ‘There’s no effe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Juli McDonald nancy frates Pete Frates Radicava Source Type: news

Concussion Expert Says Letting Kids Play Football Should Be Considered Child Abuse
BOSTON (CBS) — The doctor who discovered CTE believes that letting anyone under 18 years old play football should be considered child abuse. Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist and expert in the study of the effects of concussions, recently reacted to the study that found 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains donated suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He said that letting children play football is the definition of “child abuse,” and doesn’t believe there is any way to make the sport safer. “Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health NFL Sports Syndicated Sports Bennet Omalu Concussions CTE Football Sports News Source Type: news

Brigham And Women ’ s Left Out Of Top Hospitals List
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a surprise in the new U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the nation’s best hospitals. (Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images) This year there is just one Massachusetts hospital in the top 20. Massachusetts General Hospital comes in at number 4, trailing Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the Cleveland Clinic and the top-ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (WBZ-TV) But, for the first time in 24 years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston does not make the top 20. The hospital’s chief quality officer told the Boston Globe that’s largely because of a chang...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital US News And World Report Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Healing Organs With Chip; Tear-Free Onions?
BOSTON (CBS) – Healing organs with a single touch. Scientists in Ohio have developed a “chip” the size of a cufflink, which when touched to the skin with an electrical current injects DNA into skin cells, in less than a second. That genetic material can then reprogram skin cells to become virtually any type of cell in the body. Using the chip in mice, the scientists were able to heal blood vessels in damaged legs and restore brain tissue after a stroke. One goal of the new technology is to help heal the brains of people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since it uses the patient’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

3 Chelsea Police Officers Treated After Exposure To Fentanyl
CHELSEA (CBS) – Three police officers were rushed to the hospital after responding to reports of three men who overdosed in a van in Chelsea. The officers may have been exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl while reviving the men with Narcan. Chelsea Police and fire arrived on Williams Street to find the three men passed out from an apparent drug overdose. Police say 3 men may have overdosed in a minivan before a crash in Chelsea (WBZ-TV) Police say the men were riding slowly in a minivan when they rear-ended another vehicle. The other driver got out and noticed that the three men, all in their late 20’s to e...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chantee Lans Chelsea Louisa Moller Narcan opioid crisis Source Type: news

NH Lawmakers Denounce Trump ’ s ‘ Drug-Infested Den ’ Comment
BOSTON (CBS) – One thing we’re learning about President Donald Trump – in public or in private, he doesn’t always measure his words carefully. In the transcript of his phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto obtained and published by the Washington Post, the president presses his case for the expanded border wall and criticizes Mexico’s efforts to stop drug trafficking. And that’s when he drops a description of New Hampshire that is drawing bi-partisan condemnation. The opioid-addiction crisis was one of the signature issues of Trump’s successful New Hampshire primary ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Politics Syndicated Local Jon Keller New Hampshire opioid crisis President Donald Trump Sen. Elizabeth Warren Sen. Maggie Hassan Source Type: news

HealthWatch: High Salt Diets Weaken Heart; Yoga To Treat Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – The typical American eats enough salt on a daily basis to hurt their heart. Researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults and found that about half of them consumed more than 3.7 grams of sodium each day, which is about 2 teaspoons of salt. In addition, scientists found that eating more than 3.7 grams of sodium a day is enough to weaken the heart over time. A high salt diet can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure puts strain on the heart leading to enlargement of the chambers of the heart and makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Unfortunately, even if we don’t add table salt to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Salt Yoga Source Type: news

‘ New Hampshire Is A Drug-Infested Den, ’ Trump Reportedly Told Mexican President
WASHINGTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump called New Hampshire ‘a drug-infested den” during a conversation with the Mexican president, according to transcripts published Thursday by the Washington Post. The Post said it obtained transcripts from the president’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The White House prepared but did not release transcripts of the talks that happened a few days after Trump’s inauguration, according to The Post. Trump made the comments about New Hampshire on a Jan. 27 call with President Pe&n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Donald Trump New Hampshire Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How Sweeteners And Sleep Influence Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – A new report shows inadequate sleep could be making you fat. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that adults who slept an average of 6 hours a night weighed more and had a waist circumference about an inch larger than those getting 9 hours of sleep a night. They also had lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. While most of us do not get 9 hours of sleep a night, we should all strive to get at least 7 to 8. That’s because there is growing evidence that chronic sleep deprivation can increase our risk of obesity and metabolic disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol, which...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News artificial sweeteners Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Weight Loss Source Type: news

Duxbury Mom Battling Cancer Challenges Others To Help Her Live Longer
Duxbury (CBS) – Lindsay McGrath knows she’s in the fight of her life. “I literally dropped to my knees when I got the call from my doctor and said this can’t happen to me,” Lindsay said. Just six weeks after her son was born this 36 year-old mother of three children has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called ocular melanoma. A cancer of the eye which is now spread to her liver, spine and ribs. “Among the cancers this is probably, unfortunately, one of the more deadly ones. People should get their eyes dilated because a lot of people have freckles on the back of their eyes, but ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Jump For Lindsay Lindsay McGrath Melanoma Paul Burton Source Type: news

Dozens Rally In Cambridge To Celebrate Defeat Of Obamacare Repeal
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — A few dozen people gathered at Cambridge City Hall Saturday to celebrate the results of the latest vote on health care. People chanted, “The people united will never be defeated.” Small crowd of protesters gathered at Cambridge City Hall to celebrate defeat of the bill to repeal parts of Obamacare. (Photo credit: WBZ-TV) The Cambridge’s mayor was there, joining the crowd to celebrate the defeat of the Senate’s effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. Event organizer Victoria McGroary said to some applause, “For events across the country, there are people at 16...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Chantee Lans Obamacare Skinny Repeal US Senate Source Type: news

Keller @ Large: Anyone Have A Clue About Fixing Health Care?
BOSTON (CBS) – Now that the U.S. Senate has rejected the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, it’s pretty much back to the drawing board for everyone in Washington. I have a few questions about this whole process that I suspect you may share. For starters, watching parts of the Senate debate this week, I was struck by how, after all these years, our political leaders still haven’t figured out what they want to do to fix health care’s problems. Some want to tweak the status quo, others want to scrap it altogether. Some want to make health care a do-it-yourself situation. Others want to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Politics Syndicated Local Health Care Jon Keller Keller At Large Source Type: news

Possible Scabies Outbreak Reported At Winchester Hospital
WINCHESTER (CBS) – A possible scabies outbreak has been reported at Winchester Hospital, impacting at least two patients and at 20 hospital employees. On Wednesday, the hospital discovered that a patient who had been recently admitted may have had a scabies infection. The patient received treatment following the discovery. An additional patient who was in the same unit is also believed to have been impacted. More than 20 hospital employees showed symptoms and are receiving treatment for scabies, which the hospital described as “highly contagious but also highly treatable.” Appointments at Winchester Hospi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Scabies Winchester Hospital Source Type: news

Sens. Warren, Markey Rip GOP Efforts To Undo Health Care Law
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts two Democratic U.S. Senators are ripping Republicans for moving forward with an effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged her Republican colleagues on Twitter to step away from the repeal effort, saying they could decide either to stick with their political party or “prove we’re better than this” by siding with the people they represent. This is your moment in history, @SenateGOP. You can side with a political party, or the people you represent. Prove we're better than this. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWar...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Sen. Edward Markey Sen. Elizabeth Warren Source Type: news

Single Mom With 2 Failing Kidneys Saved By Stranger
WINCHESTER (CBS) – A single mother with two failing kidneys was saved by the kindness of a complete stranger. “I work as a web developer. She’s a web designer,” Kara Yimoyines said. “She’s from the Midwest. I’m from the Midwest,” said Nicole Baltzer. “We both like sports.” This months-old friendship feels in so many ways meant to be. Once-strangers in the same town, now connected for life. “I certainly never set out to be a living donor as part of my life plan,” Nicole said. Nicole Baltzer and Kara Yimoyines (WBZ-TV) But that plan took a new direction,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Juli McDonald kidney donation Tufts Medical Center Winchester Source Type: news

Man May Have Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Hiking In New Hampshire
GRAFTON, N.H. (CBS) – A Florida man is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria he may have contracted while hiking in New Hampshire. The Union-Leader reports 32-year-old Wayne Atkins of Miami has been hospitalized since Father’s Day weekend. He spent two weeks in a coma. Doctors believe the deadly bacteria entered his body through blisters on his foot. Atkins said he got those blisters hiking Mount Garfield in Grafton County, and started feeling sick when he returned home to Florida. A New Hampshire public health official told the newspaper that it’s not clear if Atkins contracted the bacteria in the Granit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News flesh-eating bacteria New Hamsphire White Mountains Source Type: news

Nurse Stabbed By Patient Pleads For More Hospital Security
BOSTON (CBS) – An emergency room nurse who was brutally attacked on the job is now one of the driving forces behind a bill that would require safety plans for healthcare workers. Elise Wilson says she was assessing a patient at Harrington Hospital on June 14 when he suddenly came at her with a knife. “I could have lost everything,” she tells WBZ-TV. “All of a sudden he swung at me and punched me in the head. I looked up and he was holding a knife over his head. The next thing I knew he stabbed me in the neck.” Elise Wilson was stabbed by a patient at Harrington Hospital (WBZ-TV) Not just in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Germano Elise Wilson Elise's Law Source Type: news

Southbridge Nurse Hurt In Stabbing Attack Shares Photo Of Her Recovery
SOUTHBRIDGE (CBS) — The nurse seriously injured in a stabbing attack at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge last month is sharing a photo of her wounds to raise awareness about violence faced by health care workers. RN Elise Wilson, 65, was stabbed multiple times by a patient, Conor O’Regan, 24, on June 14, and has been recovering ever since. On Wednesday, Wilson’s husband Clifton and her colleagues will testify at the State House to support a law named after her that will require hospitals and health care facilities to come up with plants to prevent workplace violence. The Massachusetts Nurses Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Elise Wilson Harrington Hospital Massachusetts Nurses Associaion nurse stabbed SOUTHBRIDGE Source Type: news

Hazmat Crews Respond To Lawrence Apartment After Fatal Overdoses
LAWRENCE (CBS) — A mixture of cocaine and fentanyl is to blame for two deadly overdoses that prompted a hazmat response Monday morning. Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police rushed to a Garden Street apartment just before six a.m. after a man called to say he may have ingested some sort of dangerous substance. Police entered the apartment to find two men dead. A third, the man who called 911, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. His condition is not yet known. State and Lawrence Police respond to a double fatal overdose on Garden Street. (WBZ-TV) The survivor told police that he had suffered nerve damage, and ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Carfentanil David Robichaud Lawrence Lawrence Police Massachusetts State Police opioid crisis overdose Source Type: news

Carfentanil May Have Played Part In Lawrence Double Fatal Overdose
LAWRENCE (CBS) — The highly-potent narcotic carfentanil may be to blame for two deadly overdoses that prompted a hazmat response Monday morning. Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police rushed to a Garden Street apartment just before six a.m. after a man called to say he may have ingested some sort of dangerous substance. Police entered the apartment to find two men dead. A third, the man who called 911, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. His condition is not yet known. State and Lawrence Police respond to a double fatal overdose on Garden Street. (WBZ-TV) The survivor told police that he had suffered nerve damag...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Carfentanil David Robichaud Lawrence Lawrence Police Massachusetts State Police opioid crisis overdose Source Type: news

Nurse Strike, Lockout At Tufts Medical Center Ends
BOSTON (CBS) — About 1,200 nurses returned to their regular shifts at Tufts Medical Center at 7 a.m. Monday, after a 24-hour strike and four-day lockout left them picketing outside for the last week. There is still no contract agreement between the hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Mayor Marty Walsh urged the nurses’ union and the hospital last week to negotiate. Nurses cheer as they return to work at Tufts Medical Center following 1 day strike, 4 day lockout #WBZ pic.twitter.com/3XaDoKnnWA — Anna Meiler (@AnnaMeiler) July 17, 2017 Mary Johnson, who has been a Tufts nurse for 31 year...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Anna Meiler Massachusetts Nurses Association Nurse Strike Nurses' Strike Tufts Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Sense Of Smell Plays A Role In Weight Gain, Study Finds
CBS Local — The sense of smell plays an integral role in the enjoyment of food, but is it possible that a person will gain more weight if they have a better sense of smell? According to a University of California, Berkeley, study, smell does play a role in metabolism. For the study, researchers split mice into groups that had little to no ability to smell, normal ability and strong ability. They were all given the same diet and same serving size, but the mice with a poor sense of smell slimmed down, while the mice with an average or strong ability to smell gained more weight. “This paper is one of the firs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Smell Study Weight Gain Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Hit By First Nurses Strike In Boston In 31 Years
BOSTON (CBS) — More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed. It’s the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 30 years. The one-day strike at Tufts is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the nurses they represent at the hospital. “It’s not a place that any of us wanted to be but we feel very much forced into this situa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Nurses Association Tufts Medical Center Tufts Nurse Strike Source Type: news

Paramedics Use New Machine To Save Heart Attack Victim
PEPPERELL (CBS) – A new, lifesaving machine did its job for the first time in Pepperell this weekend. It’s called the Lucas 3, and it plays a crucial role in CPR. It is also the reason a 67-year-old man is alive today. It’s a device that performs perfect chest compressions for as long as needed. On Saturday that made all the difference in a house on Hollis Street. “I immediately flew up the stairs and saw my father laying on the floor,” says Derek Heath. His dad had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He was laying flat on the ground. He was unresponsive,” says Pepperell Police Officer ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CPR Lisa Hughes Pepperell Source Type: news

Health Watch: Sandbox Bacteria Warning
BOSTON (CBS) – It may not be all fun in the sun and sand this summer. That neighborhood sandbox may be a breeding ground for germs. A study out of Spain found that many of the playground sandboxes that they tested contained a bacterium which can cause a bad intestinal infection. The bacterium they were looking for in this small study is C. difficile which can cause a bad intestinal infection. Sandboxes could become contaminated through human and animal waste. Other studies have found parasites and worms in some sandboxes. Does this mean you shouldn’t let your children play in a sandbox? Not necessarily. But sta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Children Health Health Watch playground sandbox Sandbox Bacteria Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need… to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. It could be the first ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Officials: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need … to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is in protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. .@TuftsMedicalCtr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Gonorrhea Becoming More Difficult To Treat With Antibiotics
CBS Local — Gonorrhea is becoming more difficult to treat with antibiotics and for some patients it’s become impossible, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Three forms of bacteria known as “superbugs” that cannot be killed by the best available gonorrhea medicine have been detected in Spain, France and Japan, according to the WHO. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist for the WHO, in a press release. Analysi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Dan Corey Medicine STDs Source Type: news

High-Tech Patch Changes Color Before You Get Too Much Sun
NEW YORK (CBS) – Want to know when you’re getting too much sun? A new high-tech patch may be able to help. The “My UV Patch” has photo-sensitive dyes that change color when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The My UV Patch (Image credit: CBS News) Wearers then use a smartphone app to scan it and find out if it’s time to put on more sunscreen. “This is a way to tell them when to re-apply, that there is sun damage that is going on, even if you don’t see it,” dermatologist Dr. Gene Rubinstein tells CBS News. The patch can be worn for up to three days at a time, even while swimming. L...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Skincare Sunscreen Source Type: news

Mosquito Season Could Be Worse Than Usual In Northeast
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer. The heavy rain that erased last summer’s drought has put public health officials on alert as summer begins to unfold. “Anecdotally, everybody is telling me that they’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes,” said Sara Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control. Mosquitoes (WBZ-TV) But, she hastened to add, it’s too early to say whether there will be an increase in West Nile v...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Local News Mosquitoes Source Type: news

Harvard Study: Clean Air Can Have Deadly Consequences
BOSTON (CBS) — There is a lot of talk about climate change but we often forget that the same pollutants warming the earth are also making it hard for us to breathe.  As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, local researchers, in one of the largest studies of its kind, have found that even relatively clean air can have deadly consequences. Everyone has to breathe, but the air we breathe, even in the most rural places, could be killing us.  That’s according to a study conducted by Francesca Dominici and her colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which examined data on more 60 million s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Climate Change Dr. Mallika Marshall Pollution Source Type: news

Smoked Out: Cambridge Restaurant Forced To Shut Down Grill
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — A local restaurant is being forced to turn off their wood fired grill after neighbors complained the smoke was hurting their health. “Everybody has sensitivities, but this is a city,” said Shepard Resturant co-owner Rene Becker. The restaurant said they will now have to change the way they cook and called the Cambridge Health Department’s decision unfair. Wood Fired Grill at Shepard Restaurant (Photo Courtesy of Shepard Restaurant) The Cambridge eatery is just off Mass Ave. with a residential neighborhood next to it. It is well known for cooking many of its dishes over wood an...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Cambridge Cambridge Health Department Lisa Hughes Shepard Restaurant Source Type: news

State Lawmakers Consider Taxing Soda, Sugary Drinks
BOSTON (CBS) –State lawmakers are considering a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks. The higher the sugar content, the more money you’ll pay. The bill’s sponsor said the tax could help promote healthy alternatives while the opposition says it will hurt the economy. A hearing at the State House on Tuesday brought out testimony on both sides. Julieta Lopez held up packets with the amount of sugar in a large soda. “This is how many packs of sugar are in that one bottle. This is ridiculous. Something needs to be done,” she told members of the Revenue Committee. The tax could add as much as 2-c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Massachusetts Soda Tax Source Type: news

Yoga Could Help Heal Chronic Back Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – Healing your back with the help of yoga. It is a simple solution for people suffering from chronic back pain. A new study, conducted right here in Boston, has found yoga may be an easy answer for some. Judith Zaborowski, who has significant arthritis in her spine, takes yoga. The 74-year-old says the practice helps ease her back pain. (WBZ-TV) “I’m much more comfortable with movement,” Judith explains. Now a new study from Boston Medical Center backs that up. Researchers looked at more than 300 low-income patients with chronic lower back pain. Some took yoga classes designed for back...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Yoga Source Type: news

Boston To Hold Public Meeting On Supervised Injection Sites
BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston City Council will hold a public meeting next week on a controversial tactic to fight the opioid crisis: supervised injection sites. They are clinics where drug users can shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals. The sites provide clean needles and doctors and nurses can administer naloxone to combat overdoses. They encourage drug users to enter treatment, as well. Last month, the Massachusetts Medical Society voted unanimously to set up a pilot program allowing up to two such clinics in the state. The proposal is now being considered by lawmakers at the State House. The Massac...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local injection site Louisa Moller opioid crisi Source Type: news

Hampton Beach Lifeguards On Alert After Young Girl Steps On Needle
HAMPTON, N.H. (CBS) – It’s a troubling discovery that at one time was rare on Hampton Beach. A young girl stepped on a small needle while walking on the popular New Hampshire beach, and needed first aid from a lifeguard. “He took it out, administered first aid with hydrogen peroxide and so forth,” said chief of lifeguards Jim Donahue. The girl’s mother refused an ambulance, but the incident has raised a new level of awareness among lifeguards who are already highly trained in first aid. “We’re making sure it’s incorporated into their training and they have the resources to ex...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beth Germano Hampton Beach Source Type: news

Boston Researchers Developing Way To Tan Without Harmful UV Rays
BOSTON (CBS) – Someday you may be able to get a tan without risking skin cancer. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed molecules that darken human skin, creating an artificial tan that lasts for several days. “Skin darkening increased with daily treatment, becoming virtually black within a few days, and gradually decreased after application was halted, just as a normal tan does,” MGH said in a statement. Why not just use sunscreen to safely go out in the sun and get a tan? WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall says sunscreens are not 100 percent ef...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dana Farber Cancer Institute Massachusetts General Hospital Source Type: news