To Fight Teen Vaping, JUUL Will Stop Retail Sales Of Flavors
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — The CEO of e-cigarette maker Juul announced plans Tuesday to eliminate some of its social media accounts and halt most retail sales of flavor products as part of a plan to restrict access to minors. The plan came in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s September announcement that it would investigate major e-cigarette makers and review their sales and marketing practices. “Our intent was never to have youth use JUUL,” Kevin Burns wrote in the Tuesday statement that outlined an action plan divided into four key areas: flavors, retail stores, social ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News CNN e-cigarettes JUUL vaping Source Type: news

Science Confirms Hugs Really Do Make You Feel Better
By AJ Willingham, CNN (CNN) — Feeling down in the dumps? Stressed? A little off-kilter because of some disagreement? Hug it out! A new study suggests that just reaching out and touching someone — consensually, of course — can reduce bad feelings associated with the typical ups and downs of our social interactions. The study from the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, published this week in PLOS ONE, looked at the social interactions of more than 400 people over two weeks. A summary of their daily activities, moods and physical interactions revealed a causal link between emotional...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat CNN Source Type: news

Federal Government Issues New Guidelines For Physical Activity For Kids Ages 3-5
BOSTON (CBS)- For the first time in history, the federal government is issuing guidelines for physical activity for Americans as young as 3 to 5 years old. With two thirds of adults in the United States overweight or obese, the new guidelines are an effort to fight the epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Services is calling for children ages 3 to 5 to have 3 hours a day of light-to-moderate exercise a day, saying that kids who have unhealthy body weight even at a very young age are more likely to become obese later in life. Children playing outside. Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto Health officials say child...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Family Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Health Watch The Department of Health and Human Services Source Type: news

Parents Shouldn ’ t Worry If Their Baby Doesn ’ t Sleep Through The Night
BOSTON (CBS) – If your baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet, Canadian researchers say not to worry. Sleeping through the night is considered sleeping for six or eight hours a night without waking up. Many parents feel their babies should be able to do that by six months of age. If they don’t they often worry that they are failures as parents or that something is wrong with their child. A new study in the journal Pediatrics looked at hundreds of babies and found many developmentally normal, healthy babies don’t sleep through the night at six months or even at one year of age. They say there is p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Family Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Babies Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Health watch with Mallika Marshall Sleeping Source Type: news

Blood Pressure Drug Recall Expands Again; Meds May Be Tainted With Cancer-Causing Chemical
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration says another heart medicine is being voluntarily recalled after tests showed that it was tainted with a potential cancer-causing chemical. The recall includes one lot of Sandoz’s losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number JB8912. Patients use these drugs to keep their high blood pressure in check. The drug is being recalled because the active ingredient has tested positive for N-Nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, a suspected human and animal carcinogen that is used in gasoline as a stabilizer for industry materials and as a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Local TV Valsartan Source Type: news

Move More, Sit Less: Government Issues New Exercise Guidelines
By Arman Azad, CNN (CNN) — If you’re sitting down while reading this, stand up. Guidelines released Monday by the federal government show that most Americans are not getting the exercise they need, costing the health care system over $100 billion each year. The new standards are similar to those released 10 years ago, but the government is scrapping a recommendation that physical activity occur in 10-minute blocks, instead telling Americans to “move more and sit less” whenever possible. Any amount of exercise has some health benefits, officials say, and some benefits are even immediate, like better ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Exercise Source Type: news

Fighting Teen Vaping, FDA Plans Crackdown On Flavored E-Cigarettes
By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN (CNN) — Taking on epidemic levels of teen e-cigarette use, the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products an agency official confirmed Thursday. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations as early as next week. The agency will impose age-verification requirements for online sales. Flavored e-cigarette products would be available in vape and tobacco shops. Gottlieb is also expected to propose a ban on menthol in regular cigare...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN e-cigarettes Source Type: news

Researchers Say Dark Roast Coffee May Help Protect Brain From Disease
BOSTON (CBS)- There is more good news for coffee lovers. If you like the taste of dark roast, it may have an added benefit. Canadian researchers say a compound in dark roast may protect your brain from disease. Previous studies have shown a link between drinking coffee and a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease but why coffee may be protective has not been completely confirmed. Credit: ThinkStock So researchers studied three types: light roast, dark roast, and decaf dark roast. They found that dark roast coffee, both decaf and regular, contains higher levels of a compound called ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Coffee Dark Roast Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch health. dr. mallika marshall Source Type: news

Research Finds Babies Laugh Differently Than Adults, Similar To Chimps
BOSTON (CBS)- What’s any sweeter than a baby’s laughter? Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that babies laugh differently than adults in a rather unusual way. They laugh more like monkeys. Researchers studied the laughter of 44 kids between 3 and 18 months of age. They found that the youngest babies commonly laughed both when they inhaled and exhaled similar to other primates, like chimpanzees. Older babies tended to laugh only during exhalation like older children and adults. Researchers say it appears to be a gradual change over time. And while it’s not clear why the change, it might have so...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Uncategorized Babies Babies Laughter Dr. Mallika Marshall health. dr. mallika marshall Monkeys Source Type: news

Recall: Birth Control Pills With Flawed Instructions Could Cause ‘ Unintended Pregnancy ’
TITUSVILLE, NJ (CBS Local) — Janssen Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling three lots of a popular birth control pill due to a packaging error that could cause “unintended pregnancy.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the incorrect instructions can cause a consumer to take the pills in the incorrect order or take the “inactive reminder pill” instead of the active pill. Health officials say it can also cause bleeding. The recall includes: Ortho-Novum 1/35: NDC Number on carton, 50458-176-06; NDC Number on pouch, 50458-176-28; Lot No. 18BM114; expiration date, March 2020 Ortho-Novum...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News birth control Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Women Who Are Early Risers Have Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer, Says New Study
(CNN) — Women who are naturally early risers were found to have lower risk of developing breast cancer than evening types in a new study. One in 100 women who considered themselves morning people developed breast cancer, compared with two in every 100 women who called themselves evening people. Cancer risks associated with a person’s body clock and sleep patterns have been reported in previous research and the UK researchers wanted to explore sleep traits in more detail, as well as any genetic factors underlying this. Self-reported preferences for mornings or evenings (by their own definition of that preference...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Breast Cancer Local TV Source Type: news

Summer Birth, Computer Games May Cause Vision Loss In Kids
BOSTON (CBS) – More kids are becoming nearsighted needing glasses to see far away, and a new study out of the United Kingdom identifies two possible reasons why: being born in the summer and playing computer games. Nearsightedness tends to run in families but experts say that can’t explain the continued rise in cases. It is also associated with spending a lot of time looking at things close up, which alters how the eye grows and develops. Researchers studied almost 2,000 twins. They found that two of the factors most strongly associated with nearsightedness were hours spent playing computer games and having a s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Fine Mist Can Hydrate Dry Winter Skin
BOSTON (CBS) – The winter months can wreak havoc on your skin but a new study finds instead of fancy creams and moisturizers, there may be simpler, cheaper solution. Winter air is cold and dry, and running our heaters in our homes dries out the air even more, which means our skin loses moisture. But researchers in Japan found that misting your skin with water can make a big difference. They took 17 healthy women, placed them in low humidity conditions and sprayed their cheeks with fine water particles for 60 to 120 minutes. When the water particles were small enough to pass through the gaps between skin cells, their ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall dry skin Source Type: news

‘ Meat Taxes ’ Would Save Lives And Cut Health Care Costs, Study Says
(CNN) — It would drive up the price of your barbecue but a global “meat tax” could save 220,000 lives and cut health care bills by $41 billion each year, according to a new study. The numbers are based on evidence that links meat consumption to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared red meat such as beef, lamb and pork to be carcinogenic when eaten in processed forms, including sausages, bacon and beef jerky. Health officials have also declared that unprocessed red meat like steak and burgers are “probably” carcinog...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV Meat Source Type: news

Soft Furniture May Pose Greater Risk To Children Than Stairs
BOSTON (CBS) – A warning for parents: a bed or sofa may pose a greater risk to your young child than stairs. A new study finds that more than 2.3 million kids under five were treated in emergency rooms between 2007 and 2016 for soft-furniture related injuries. Many parents believe that sofas and beds are safe because they’re soft and cushy but if left unattended, a young child can easily get hurt by falling off. In fact, more kids are hurt falling off a sofa or bed than they are from falling down stairs. Boys are more likely to be injured than girls and almost a third of injuries are in kids under one. Parents...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Pediatricians Strengthen Stance Against Spanking Children
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has hardened its stance against spanking children as a form of parental discipline. In a new policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, the pediatricians’ group recommends that adults caring for children use “healthy forms of discipline” — such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, setting limits and setting expectations — and not use spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming. The policy statement updates guidance published in 1998 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: News Boston News Health CNN Parenting Spanking Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Amid Deepening Addiction Crisis, FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid
(CNN) — Despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new opioid medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl. Dsuvia, made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a tablet in a single-dose, prefilled applicator to be administered under the tongue by health care providers to patients in settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency rooms, according to the company. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb was quick to defended the approval in a statement Friday: “The agency is taking new steps to more actively confront this crisis, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioids Source Type: news

Strep Throat Could Trigger Debilitating Mental Illness In Kids
HOLLISTON (CBS) – Just about every kid comes down with strep throat at one time or another, but what many parents don’t realize is that common ailment could trigger a debilitating mental illness. That’s what happened to 18-year-old Patrick Dillon of Holliston. When he was in elementary school he suddenly developed severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and became paranoid. Patrick Dillon. (WBZ-TV) “He couldn’t be in the same room with his sisters,” his mother, Heather recalled. “My sister Susie especially. I wouldn’t go near her. I thought she was like, toxic,” Patrick to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall IVIG OCD PANDAS Source Type: news

Study Links The Appendix And Developing Parkinson ’ s Disease
BOSTON (CBS) — Appendicitis is no fun but there may be an added benefit to having your appendix removed. A new study has found a link between the appendix and developing Parkinson’s disease. Researchers looked at a half million people in Sweden and found those whose appendix had been removed early in life were at an almost a 20-percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s compared to those who still had their appendix. And if they did develop Parkinson’s it was delayed up to 3 1/2 years. The scientists also studied healthy appendices and found high levels of a protein similar to one that is found in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

FDA Announces Recall Of Another Heart Medicine For Possible Cancer Risk
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration is alerting patients of another recall of medicine used to treat high blood pressure, for a potential cancer risk due to contamination. This time, SciGen is recalling certain lots of irbesartan. The recalled lot will have “Westminster Pharmaceuticals” and “GSMS Inc.” on the label, according to the FDA list. Another heart medicine, valsartan, has also been recalled recently due to contamination. Irbesartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB. This is a drug that blocks a potent chemical in the blood called anigiotensin, which causes muscles ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Recall Source Type: news

First FDA-Approved Cannabis-Based Drug Now Available In The US
(CNN) — Epidiolex, the first cannabis-based medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, is now available by prescription in all 50 states. The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in patients 2 and older to treat two types of epileptic syndromes: Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain that begins in the first year of life, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a form of epilepsy with multiple types of seizures that begins in early childhood, usually between ages 3 and 5. “Because these patients have historically not responded well to available seizure medications, there has bee...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Why Do We Love A Good Scare?
BOSTON (CBS) — Witches, goblins, and ghosts, oh my! Halloween is upon us which means kids and adults alike are bracing for some frightening moments as darkness descends, but why do we love a good scare? The new “Halloween” movie is one of the highest-grossing slasher films ever. But why do so many people literally pay to be terrorized? Turns out we get a rush of adrenaline when faced with any fear, but unlike a real danger, like someone breaking into your house, when we see a horror flick or enter a haunted house, intellectually we know that we’re safe. We know it’s just a movie. We know ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Halloween Source Type: news

New Concerns About Sesame Allergies
(CNN) — Sesame could become the newest allergen added to the list of foods required to be named on labels, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced Monday. Eight major food allergens must currently be declared on US labeling using their common names: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These foods accounted for over 90% of documented serious food allergies in the country when the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which required the clear labeling of ingredients, was passed in 2004. The FDA cites the undeclared presence of allergens as...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Allergies Local TV Sesame Source Type: news

Smoke Alarms With Mother ’ s Voice Wake Children Up Faster
BOSTON (CBS) – House fires are especially deadly when they occur while people are sleeping. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that kids are more likely to be aroused by smoke alarms using their mother’s voice than traditional alarms. Smoke Alarm (WBZ-TV) Children can be sound sleepers so waking them up can be challenging and when there’s a fire, seconds matter. So researchers tested four different smoke alarms on 176 children ages 5 to 12 at a sleep center in Ohio. They found that a traditional high-pitched tone alarm awakened about 50% of the kids from sleep and it took them on av...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Smoke Alarm Source Type: news

Researchers Find Link Between Height And Cancer Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – Here’s a situation when size matters. A researcher at the University of California finds that taller people are more likely to develop cancer. Previous research has found an association between greater height and cancer risk, but this study shows that height itself is responsible. Taller people simply have more cells in their body. More cells means more opportunity for mutations and the abnormal cell division that leads to cancer. The researcher found that for every four inches or so above average height there was about a 10-percent higher risk of cancer. The average height for women is 5 foot 4 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

FDA Adds More Drugs To Valsartan Recall List
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration again added to its list of products that are included in the recall of drugs containing valsartan, a generic ingredient that helps people with high blood pressure and heart failure. That ingredient in the recalled drugs was tainted with a possible carcinogen. The FDA testing of these products determined that an additional lot of brands sold under the name RemedyRepack needed to be added to the recall list. See The Full List Here (PDF) Several pills that contain valsartan have been under a voluntary recall since July. The drugs were tainted with N-nitrosodimethylamine, or ND...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Valsartan Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Drug To Treat The Flu
BOSTON (CBS) – On Wednesday, the FDA approved a new drug to treat the flu just in time for flu season. Xofluza is intended for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients 12 and older. The prescription drug is given as a single oral dose. When taken within 48 hours of developing symptoms of the flu, Xofluza can help reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the course of illness. While there are several other drugs on the market to treat people with early influenza, this is the first new flu treatment with a different mechanism of action approved in almost 20 years. That said, the best way to preve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall influenza Xofluza Source Type: news

Nearly 1 In 8 High School Students Play Online Casino Games
BOSTON (CBS) – According to Canadian researchers, nearly 1 in 8 high school students plays social casino games and playing these games may be linked to a higher risk of gambling problems among some teens. Casinos and gambling websites are off-limits to teens, but free online casino games can be played by anyone on a computer or smartphone. Examples include casino table games, slots, poker and bingo. They don’t involve real money but users can place bets to win points or prizes within the game. Researchers in Canada found that 12-percent of teens surveyed had played an online casino game in the past three months...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Casino Dr. Mallika Marshall Gambling online casino game Source Type: news

Our Bodies Are Polluted With Plastic, Scientists Warn
VIENNA (CBS Local) — The ocean isn’t the only thing filled with plastic. Our bodies are also polluted with plastic, according to a new study from Austrian scientists. Hundreds of small plastic pieces known as microplastics were found in stool samples of each volunteer who participated in a small pilot study by the Environment Agency Austria and the Medical University of Vienna. “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected — that plastics ultimately reach the human gut,” lead researcher Dr. Philipp Schwabl said Tuesday. “Of particular concern is what this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV talkers Source Type: news

‘ Project Abbie ’ Device Aims To Revolutionize Anaphylaxis Treatment
HOPKINTON (CBS) – “She was a big personality. Her absence is felt pretty much every moment of every day,” Amy Benford told WBZ-TV speaking with pride and grief as she described her daughter, Abbie. On the same day the Hopkinton teenager was getting ready to celebrate her 16th birthday with friends she had a severe allergic reaction. “One of her friends came downstairs and said, ‘Abbie needs you,'” Mrs. Benford recalled. That’s when Abbie’s dad, Stephen, rushed upstairs. “I asked if she was okay and she said, ‘I just can’t move air, Dad. I think I need my inh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Abbie Benford Anaphylaxis Dr. Benjamin Matthews Dr. Mallika Marshall Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie Foundation Project Abbie Source Type: news

Canadian Scientists Want To Know If Smoking Marijuana Harms The Lungs
BOSTON (CBS) – Last week, Canada became the second country to legalize marijuana, but now Canadian scientists say more research is needed to know whether smoking pot is harmful to the lungs. While many tout the drug’s medicinal uses, some experts think those benefits have been overstated and that the potential harms have been understated. Marijuana is similar to tobacco except that it contains THC which causes the “high”. Some studies have suggested smoking the drug can cause respiratory symptoms and lung inflammation but what about long-term use? Can smoking marijuana cause lung cancer and chronic ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Dr. Mallika Marshall Marijuana Source Type: news

People With Good Spatial Memory Are Better At Smelling Odors
BOSTON (CBS) – If you always know where you left your keys, you may have a keen sense of smell. Researchers at McGill University say people with better spatial memory are also better at identifying odors. They told 57 young men and women to spend 20 minutes exploring a virtual city and then asked them to find direct routes between some of the landmarks. Virtual City Test (WBZ-TV) The subjects were also asked to identify 40 different smells including basil, strawberry, and cinnamon. The people who were best able to navigate the virtual city were also best at identifying the different odors. Using MRIs they found that ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

You Can Cut Your Cancer Risk By Eating Organic, New Study Says
(CNN) — You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared to those who rarely or never ate organic foods. Led by Julia Baudry, an epidemiologist at Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France, a team of researchers looked at the diets of 68,946 French adults. More than three-quarte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Local TV Organic Source Type: news

DOH: Another Suspected Case Of Acute Flaccid Myelitis In Mass., 5 Total
CBS (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Health is investigating another suspected case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the state. There are five suspected cases of the polio-like disease, and another two cases have been confirmed.  Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” Most of the cases have been in children, said the CDC. Sy...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Local TV Source Type: news

Study: Not Exercising Worse For Your Health Than Smoking, Diabetes & Heart Disease
In this study, the most fit individuals did the best,” said Metzl, who was not involved in the study. “Once cleared by their physicians, patients shouldn’t be afraid of exercise intensity.” The benefits of exercise were seen across all ages and in both men and women, “probably a little more pronounced in females,” Jaber said. “Whether you’re in your 40s or your 80s, you will benefit in the same way.” The risks, he said, became more shocking when comparing those who don’t exercise much. “We all know that a sedentary lifestyle or being unfit has some risk. But...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Exercise Local TV Source Type: news

Researchers Study History, Importance Of Handshake
BOSTON (CBS) – For centuries, humans have been shaking hands as a form of greeting. Many years ago, historians believe a handshake was a way for people to show that they were unarmed and therefore did not pose a threat. But researchers at Harvard Business School wanted to find out whether shaking hands serves an important purpose in modern society. They studied people engaging in car buying negotiations and found that when people shook hands beforehand, they tended to have a more cooperative spirit, were found to be more honest and warm during the talks, and in the end, both parties benefited. If there was no handsha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Handshake Source Type: news

New Research Finds Link Between Seafood, Healthy Aging
BOSTON (CBS) – If you want to grow old gracefully, perhaps you should eat more fish. A new study finds a link between eating seafood and healthy aging. Even though we all want to live longer, we want to live longer without pain and suffering and with a good quality of life. And researchers at Tufts University and around the country say eating more fish could help towards that end. They followed more than 2500 older adults between 1992 and 2015 and found that those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish had an 18-percent lower risk of unhealthy aging. While the study doesn’t prove th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Seafood Source Type: news

Your Employer ’ s Health Plan Will Cost More In 2019
(CBS News) — As American workers approach this year’s open-enrollment season for employer-sponsored health care plans, they can expect the same bad news they’ve been hearing for years: Workers are once again getting hit with more of the costs of their coverage in the form of higher premiums and higher deductibles. Annual family premiums rose 5 percent to an average of $19,616, the eighth year of increases, according to the 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Benefits Survey released earlier this month. On average, workers contribute $5,547 of the cost of family coverage. Premiums for singles increased 3 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Health Care Local TV Source Type: news

Doctors Using Artificial Intelligence To Make Colonoscopies More Accurate
BOSTON (CBS) – Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and now doctors in California are using artificial intelligence to make colonoscopies more accurate and help save lives. AI colonoscopies would not replace routine colonoscopies, which most people need to get every 10 years starting at age 45 or 50 depending on whom you ask, but this new technology can help doctors identify polyps that they might otherwise miss. Polyps are growths that can turn into cancer but if removed early can prevent cancer from growing. The artificial intelligence uses an algorithm, analyzing 98 images ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen AI colonoscopy Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Growing Number Of Adults Suffering From Acne
BOSTON (CBS) – Pimples aren’t just for teens anymore. A growing number of adults also have acne. A 2018 review of studies in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reported a significant increase in adult acne, mostly in women with breakouts on the lower third of their faces. One dermatologist told the New York Times that nearly all of her adult female patients are getting pimples. And some experts are calling it an epidemic. It’s not clear why. They say environmental factors like stress and diet may play a role. Hormones are another factor. And the vast number of facial products t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen dermatologist Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

McDonald ’ s, Burger King, Five Guys Among Chains Given ‘ F ’ Over Antibiotics
(CBS News) — Twenty-two of the top 25 U.S. burger chains — including McDonald’s, Burger King, White Castle and Five Guys — received a failing grade in a review assessing their practices and policies on antibiotics use in their beef products. Only two chains were given an “A” rating. The scores were published Wednesday in a report called “Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition,” which was produced by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council. The report says 22 chai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Fast Food Local TV Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant Salmonella From Chicken Sickens Dozens, Including 9 In Mass.
(CNN) — At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The CDC says nine people in Massachusetts have reported getting sick. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including pet food, chicken pieces, grou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Local TV SALMONELLA Source Type: news

2 Cases Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has a confirmed two cases of a polio-like illness that is being reported across the country. The Department of Public Health told WBZ-TV Tuesday there are two cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state and four more suspected cases are being investigated. Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” The CDC...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Polio Source Type: news

Case Of Polio-Like Illness Acute Flaccid Myelitis Confirmed In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts has a confirmed case of a polio-like illness that is being reported across the country. The Department of Public Health told WBZ-TV Tuesday there is one case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state and five more possible cases are being investigated. Read: Acute Flaccid Myelitis Fact Sheet Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it focuses on “the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” The CDC said th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Acute Flaccid Myelitis AFM Polio Source Type: news

Trump Administration Wants Drug Makers To Include Price In TV Ads
(CNN) — Vowing to put American patients first, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday blasted the pharmaceutical industry for not doing enough to bring down drug prices and announced what he called “historic action”: a proposal requiring drug manufacturers to include the list price of any drug paid for by Medicare or Medicaid in television ads. “We will not wait for an industry with so many conflicting and perverse incentives to reform itself,” Azar said at the National Academy of Medicine’s annual forum. “Patients deserve to know what a given drug could cost wh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Local TV Prescription Drugs Source Type: news

Top Flu Vaccine Myths Debunked
BOSTON (CBS) – As we head into the heart of flu season, Dr. Mallika Marshall provides the facts you need to know to keep you and your family safe. The time to get vaccinated against the flu is now. The vaccine is widely available at doctor’s offices and pharmacies and it take a couple of weeks to build immunity to the flu and the flu season has started. Massachusetts has seen at least 80 lab-confirmed cases of influenza so far, which is typical for this time of year. Plus, a child in Florida has already died from the flu. She was healthy but had not been vaccinated. Getting the flu shot is the best way to prote...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Doctors Warn Of C-Section ‘ Epidemic ’ As Global Rates Double
(CBS Local) — Caesarean section birth rates have nearly doubled in two decades worldwide, even reaching “epidemic” proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday. According to research published in The Lancet, the number of women delivering babies via C-sections rose to 29.7 million worldwide in 2015, or 21 percent. That is the most recent year for which complete data is available. That’s up from 16 million in 2000, or 12 percent of all births, and significantly higher than the 10-15% considered medically necessary. Globally, the number of babies born through #Caesarean section has...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Discovery Could Lead To Drug Treatment For Nearsightedness
BOSTON (CBS) — Nearsightedness is expected to affect half of the world’s population by the year 2050, but researchers at Columbia University have made a discovery that could lead to the development of drugs to treat the condition. Nearsightedness is the inability to see far away.  It occurs when the eye grows too long so when you’re looking at an object, instead of the image coming into focus on the retina, it lands in front of the retina making it appear blurry. It is the most common cause of vision impairment in the world. Studying marmosets, researchers identified the molecular pathways&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Nearsighted Source Type: news

Stand, Sit Desks May Improve Work Productivity
BOSTON (CBS) — New evidence that standing desks could be good for you. A small study finds they may not only improve your health and wellness but may also improve your job performance. Researchers in the United Kingdom studied more than 200 office workers. Some of them used height-adjustable workstations that allowed them to either sit or stand while working. The others used standard desks. At the beginning of the study, people sat for an average of almost 10 hours a day, including at home. However, at the end of the study, those who used the sit-stand desks sat for 82 fewer minutes a day. They also performed better ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Local TV Standing Desk Source Type: news

‘ Take Action ’ : Dave McGillivray ’s Message To Anyone Ignoring Symptoms Of Heart Disease
BOSTON (CBS) – There aren’t many people who run their age in miles every year. Dave McGillivray does. From the time he was a boy, he’s celebrated his good health and love of running with a personal challenge that obviously gets more challenging with age. His last “full” birthday run was last year: 63 miles. This year, by necessity, he split the effort into 32 miles of running and 32 miles of biking. A feat, to be sure. But this year, he is facing a challenge for which there is no training. McGillivray, arguably one of the most fit people on the planet, has coronary artery disease and is prepa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dave McGillivray Lisa Hughes Mass General Hospital Source Type: news