Customers At Rockport Fish Shack May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A
ROCKPORT (CBS) – Officials at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are warning customers of Ray Moore’s Fish Shack in Rockport that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. An employee who worked at the restaurant from April 21-May 12 has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Customers who dined during that time on cold or uncooked items such as salad, breads (including rolls and hot dog and hamburger buns), cold desserts, fruit or vegetable garnishes, condiments such as pickles and onions, chips and beverages containing ice should contact a doctor to receive treatment for possible exposure to hepatitis A...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Hepatitis A Rockport News Source Type: news

New Device Can Perform Surgery Without Cutting
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a device that can perform surgery without cutting the skin. It is a specialized microscope that uses an infrared laser beam to quickly scan tissue looking for suspicious lesions or abnormalities. Once identified, surgeons can intensify the heat produced by the laser and effectively treat the area within tissue without cutting through the skin or disturbing surrounding healthy structures. They say it could one day be used to treat any structure of the body that can be reached by light and requires precise treatment like nerves or blood ves...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Surgery University of British Columbia Source Type: news

App May Help Parents Diagnose Ear Infections At Home
BOSTON (CBS) – What if you could diagnose your child’s ear infection in the comfort of your own home? Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a smartphone app that may be able help. An ear infection usually begins with fluid buildup behind the eardrum, which then becomes contaminated with bacteria, causing pain and often fever. Sometimes fluid builds up and doesn’t cause pain but can impair hearing and affect language development. Now, researchers have created a smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by sending a series of chirps through a small paper funnel into the ea...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Ear Infections University of Washington Source Type: news

Do Some Animals Have The DNA To Prevent Cancer?
BOSTON (CBS) – Being overweight increases your risk of cancer, but it turns out this is not always the case in the rest of the animal kingdom. Whales, for example, rarely get cancer, and researchers from Northern Arizona University wanted to know why. Despite being big and blubbery, whales rarely develop or die from cancer, unlike humans and other mammals like cats and dogs. The same is true for elephants. To find out why, researchers studied the DNA of skin samples taken from a female humpback whale off the coast of Massachusetts. Her name is Salt, and scientists have been studying her for decades. They found that w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Cancer DNA Research Northern Arizona University Source Type: news

Researchers Say Young Children Who Watch More TV Get Less Sleep
BOSTON (CBS) – For years, pediatricians have been advising parents to limit screen time for young kids. Now, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have found that preschoolers who watch TV sleep less than those who don’t. They looked at 470 preschoolers from western Massachusetts and equipped them with wrist monitors to record their sleep. They found that preschoolers who watch less than one hour of TV per day get 22 more minutes of sleep a night than those who watch TV longer. That’s about 2½ hours more a week. They also found that more than a third of 3- to 5-year-olds have TVs i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Screen Time UMass Amherst Source Type: news

Majority Of Sunscreens Tested Would Flunk Proposed FDA Safety Tests, Report Says
(CNN) — Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group announced Wednesday. The group released its analysis as part of its 2019 Guide to Sunscreens, a yearly report on sunscreen safety that the nonprofit began in 2006. The group said it analyzed the ingredients and performance of more than 1,300 products with sun protection factor, or SPF; 750 of those are marketed as beach and sport sunscreens. The analysis involves only a fraction of the sunscreen products sold in the United Sta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Sunscreen Source Type: news

Breakfast Cereal Box Nutritional Claims Found To Misleading
BOSTON (CBS) — People often choose their breakfast cereal based on health claims made on the packaging, but a series of new studies finds those claims often don’t match the nutritional content of the product. “High in Calcium,” “High in Vitamins,” “Gluten-Free,” and “All Natural” are often featured in bold print on the front of cereal boxes, but are they true? Researchers from Europe and Vanderbilt University looked at hundreds of cereals and found that consumers seemed to be drawn more to claims based on the presence of something good, rather than the absence of ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Breakfast Cereals Dr. Mallika Marshall Nutrition Facts Source Type: news

Parents Are Often Distracted While Driving, Research At Boston Hospital Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — It is estimated that nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured every day by a distracted driver. A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds while younger parents are more likely to drive while distracted than older parents, it is common among parents of all ages. Researchers found that half of parents of all ages reported writing text messages while driving in the past month and two-thirds reported reading texts while driving. The more people texted, the more likely they were to report having been in a car crash. Dr. Regan Bergmark is a surgeon at the Brigham the study&rsquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Distracted Driving Dr. Mallika Marshall Texting While Driving Source Type: news

Low-Dose Aspirin Linked To Bleeding In The Skull, New Report Says
(CNN) — Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the skull in people without a history of those conditions, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed data from 13 previous studies in which over 130,000 people ages 42 to 74, who didn’t have a history of heart disease or stroke, were given either aspirin or a placebo for the prevention of these conditions. All the trials reported on the risk of head bleeding. People who took the placebo had a 0.46% risk of having a head bleed during the combined trial periods. For those who took aspirin,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News aspirin CNN Source Type: news

Migraines During Pregnancy Can Increase Risks To Mother, Baby
BOSTON (CBS) – Many women of reproductive age suffer from migraines, but a new study out of Denmark finds that having these painful headaches during pregnancy may put the mother and the baby at risk. Danish researchers studied more than more than 200,000 pregnancies and found that women who had migraines during their pregnancies were at higher risk of pregnancy-related hypertension and preeclampsia and that their babies were at a higher risk of complications like low birth weight, preterm birth, respiratory problems and seizures. The hope is that treatment of migraines during pregnancy may reduce these risks to mothe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Migraines Pregnancy Source Type: news

Chase Your Dreams; Researchers Say It ’ s Good For You
BOSTON (CBS) – Don’t underestimate the power of setting goals in life. Researchers at Penn State found that people who don’t give up on fulfilling their dreams are less likely to suffer from common mental health issues. Researchers looked at data on thousands of Americans and found that those who didn’t give up on their life goals and had a more positive outlook had greater reductions in depression, anxiety and panic disorder over 18 years. They say having personal or career goals can make people feel like their lives have meaning, while those who let go of their aspirations or have a more cynical a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Trump Administration To Require Drug Prices In TV Ads
(CNN) — Drug makers will have to start including the list price of medications in their television ads, the Trump administration announced Wednesday. The move is the first rule implemented from the administration’s blueprint to lower drug costs, which was released a year ago. “Requiring the inclusion of drugs’ list prices in TV ads is the single most significant step any administration has taken toward a simple commitment: American patients deserve to know the prices of the healthcare they receive,” said Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Lowering drug prices has been a central f...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Prescription Drugs Source Type: news

Want Kids To Eat Healthy? Researchers Say Give Them A Reason
BOSTON (CBS) – Do you struggle to get your kids to eat healthy foods? Researchers at Washington State University and Florida State University say it may be as simple as giving them a reason. Parents often say, “Eat your spinach or else,” or “You can’t leave the table until you drink your milk.” But how often does that work? Not often, so researchers wanted to see whether explaining the benefits of healthy foods could make a difference. They studied a group of 3- to 5-year-olds for six weeks and offered them two of their least favorite of the following healthy foods: green peppers, tomato...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Uncategorized Children's Health Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

‘ Smart Pill Bottle ’ May Help Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
BOSTON (CBS) — Researchers in Saudi Arabia may have developed a unique way to help reduce prescription drug abuse. It is a “smart pill bottle” that can send wireless alerts in the event of tampering, overdose, or unsafe storage conditions. This smart pill bottle has a 3D-printed top that can count the number of pills dispensed and sensors on the bottom of the bottle that detect humidity and temperature. The bottle also has an outer layer of conductive tape that senses touch. So if the bottle detects anything unusual, like someone trying to break into the bottle or if the pills are exposed to too much mois...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local 3D Printer Dr. Mallika Marshall Prescription Drug Abuse Source Type: news

Sunscreen Enters Bloodstream After Just One Day Of Use, Study Says
This study is the FDA’s way of showing sunscreen manufacturers they need to do the studies to see if chemical absorption poses health risks.” The need to screen According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Around the world, melanoma ranks as the 19th most common cancer in both men and women, says the World Cancer Research Fund. In the United States, sunscreens were originally approved as an over-the-counter solution to sunburn. They came in two types: one using chemical combos to filter the sun, the other using minerals to bloc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Sunscreen Source Type: news

Researchers Use Genetics To Understand Why Many People Love Coffee, Beer
BOSTON (CBS) — Why is it that some people love beer and coffee while others prefer soda? Turns out your preferences for different beverages may be determined by your genes. Researchers at Northwestern University surveyed more than 300,000 people in the United Kingdom about their drink preference. Do they prefer bitter beverages like coffee, tea, grapefruit juice, and liquor or sweet ones like soda and juice? They then examined their genes. They suspected that variations in our taste genes would determine our drink preferences, but what they found is that beverage preference has less to do with taste and more to do wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Beverages Dr. Mallika Marshall drinking alcohol Source Type: news

The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts
MEDFORD (CBS)– Mike Overstreet of Medford has a new outlook on life after kicking an addiction that started with pain medication in high school. “I had an injury from wrestling,” he told WBZ-TV. “A bad back and hip and it got worse from there.” Buprenorphine, prescribed by his doctor, helped Overstreet stay clean, but he said he didn’t like the side effects. He didn’t enjoy thing things he used to, like cooking and listening to music, and he said he never really felt like himself. “I didn’t realize how much that medication was taking away,” he said. But now, Overs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Drug Addiction FDA Kratom Medford News opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Your Favorite Superhero Is Probably Unhealthy
BOSTON (CBS) – While millions continue to flock to the new “Avengers: Endgame” movie, a new study finds that your favorite comic book superhero may not have a particularly healthy physique. In fact, they are usually either too big or too small. Researchers at Binghamton University and SUNY Oswego studied more than 3,700 Marvel Comics characters, looking at their body mass index and their physical dimensions, including their shoulder-to-waist ratios, waist-to-hip ratios, upper body muscles and breast dimensions. They found that male superheroes were on average “obese,” largely due to their exag...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Avengers Dr. Mallika Marshall Marvel Comics Source Type: news

Medical Costs Are Causing Financial Hardship For Americans, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study from the American Cancer Society finds that more than 137 million American adults reported financial hardship due to medical costs over the past year. Many patients pay out of pocket for medications, appointments, diagnostic tests and hospitalizations, which can lead to debt and financial stress. And as health care costs continue to rise and patients are increasingly asked to share the burden, the risk of hardship will likely increase. People without health insurance are hit the hardest, but so are younger adults, ages 18 to 64. The more people are asked to pay out of pocket, the more likel...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local American Cancer Society Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Massachusetts Residents Urged To ‘ Get Vaccinated Against Measles Now ’ As Suspected Cases Rise
BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Department of Health has a simple message for residents about measles – get vaccinated. In a statement this week, the department says there are more than 700 cases of measles across 22 states in 2019. There were only 372 cases reported in all of 2018. In Massachusetts, there have been over 60 suspected cases of measles, with one confirmed this year. Last year there were only 21 suspect cases, and none confirmed to be measles. “Every day, Massachusetts residents travel to places where measles is occurring and every day visitors arrive here from places where measles is occur...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Measles Source Type: news

The Measles – Are You Protected?
There have been almost 700 measles cases identified in the U.S. so far this year, leading many to wonder whether they need a booster to stay protected from this growing threat. (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 - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Boston Measles Source Type: news

Your DNA Can Affect How Sweet That Smell Is, Study Finds
In this study, researchers had more than 300 people rate different odors and then studied their DNA. They found that genetic changes to a single sensor can affect how strong or pleasant a person finds an odor They say differences in how we smell can affect our taste, food choices and our overall well-being. (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 - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch DNA Dr. Mallika Marshall Smell Source Type: news

FDA Warns Some Prescription Sleeping Pills Could Lead To Dangerous Behavior
BOSTON (CBS/CNN) – Millions of Americans use sleeping pills to help them get a good night’s rest. Now the FDA is issuing its strongest warnings about several popular prescription sleep aids, including Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien, due to concerns about potentially serious side effects. The agency found 66 cases of patients taking the drugs and engaging in activities that resulted in serious injury or death. In rare cases, these drugs can cause people perform activities while not fully awake, like sleepwalking, sleep driving, raiding the refrigerator, wandering outside, and even handling a firearm. “These i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Dr. Mallika Marshall FDA sleeping pills Source Type: news

Gender-Based Pricing: Study Shows Women Pay More For Facial Moisturizers Than Men
BOSTON (CBS) — When it comes to the price of facial products for men and women, not all are considered equal. A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital finds women consistently pay more for over-the-counter moisturizers than men. This has been a long-standing problem, gender-related price inequities for all kinds of hygiene products like shampoos, razors, deodorants, and lotions. So dermatologists at MGH wanted to see how big of a problem it is with facial moisturizers, which they commonly recommend to their patients. Based on a survey of 110 facial moisturizers from three top online retailers, Amazon, Target, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cosmetics Dr. Mallika Marshall Massachusetts General Hospital Source Type: news

Facebook ’ s ‘ Digital Graveyard ’ Raises Ethical Questions
BOSTON (CBS) — A new analysis from the University of Oxford predicts the number of Facebooks accounts for deceased people may outnumber the number of those for the living within 50 years. Researchers call it a “digital graveyard.” This raises ethical and logistical questions like, who should have the right to all of the data that still live on the pages of people who have died? How should the data be managed in the interest of the deceased and their families? And should future historians be able to use this wealth of data to understand the past? It’s is expected that 1.4 billion Facebook users from ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Tech Dr. Mallika Marshall Facebook Source Type: news

‘ Digital Graveyard ’ On Facebook Raises Ethical Questions
BOSTON (CBS) — A new analysis from the University of Oxford predicts the number of Facebooks accounts for deceased people may outnumber the number of those for the living within 50 years. Researchers call it a “digital graveyard.” This raises ethical and logistical questions like, who should have the right to all of the data that still live on the pages of people who have died? How should the data be managed in the interest of the deceased and their families? And should future historians be able to use this wealth of data to understand the past? It’s is expected that 1.4 billion Facebook users from ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Facebook Source Type: news

When To Screen For Autism? New Study Suggests As Young As 14 Months
(CNN) — When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an age earlier than what is currently recommended. Current recommendations are for children to be screened specifically for autism spectrum disorder during regular doctor visits at 18 and 24 months old. Yet new data suggest that autism detection and diagnosis can start as young as 14 months old with high accuracy, which could lead to children with autism having the option to start therapies early, according to the study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday. “This...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Autism CNN Source Type: news

Third-Grader In East Boston Tests Positive For Mumps
BOSTON (CBS) — A third-grader at Otis Elementary School in Boston has tested positive for the mumps, the school principal told parents Friday. “We do not believe the student has come into close contact with any students in our school who are not vaccinated. It’s important to note that the mumps can only be transmitted from one person to another through close contact,” said a letter from Principal Paula Cerqueira-Goncalves. According to policies by Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Health Commission, and Department of Public Health, all students are required to show documentation that they receive...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local mumps Source Type: news

Robot Therapy Dogs Designed To Help Patients Who Can ’ t Care For Real Pets
(CBS Local) — We have all heard of therapy dogs, but what about a robot therapy dog?  “Jennie” is a prototype robot therapy dog designed to help patients who are unable to care for a real pet. “Jennie” is a product of the company Tombot.  Tom Stevens started the business after his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her beloved dog had to be taken away. “My mom was devastated, so I started looking at substitutes for live animal companions,” Stevens said. Dennis Kerr has Parkinson’s disease and has difficulty moving and speaking. Kerr’s daughter Aut...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Study: If Your Spouse Is Happy, You May Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) — “Happy wife, happy life”, as the saying goes. Now researchers say they have data to support this old adage. A new study in the journal Psychological Science shows that having a happy wife, husband, or life partner, can help extend your life. Researchers looked at survey data on 4,400 couples in the U.S. over the age of 50. They found that people who had a happy partner at the beginning of the study were less likely to die over the next eight years compared with those who had less happy partners, regardless of household income or baseline health. In fact, a spouse’s life satisfaction s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

The Measles – Are You Protected?
BOSTON (CBS) — There have been almost 700 measles cases identified in the U.S. so far this year, the highest number since the disease was eliminated in 2000, leading many to wonder whether they need a booster to stay protected from this growing threat. All kids need to get two measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccines, usually around one year of age and again around age four. For adults, if you were born before 1957, you’re probably already immune. But if you were born after 1957, you should have documentation of at least one measles-containing vaccine. If you’re just not sure, you can either have a blood te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Measles Source Type: news

Are You Protected From The Measles?
BOSTON (CBS) — There have been almost 700 measles cases identified in the U.S. so far this year, the highest number since the disease was eliminated in 2000, leading many to wonder whether they need a booster to stay protected from this growing threat. All kids need to get two measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccines, usually around one year of age and again around age four. For adults, if you were born before 1957, you’re probably already immune. But if you were born after 1957, you should have documentation of at least one measles-containing vaccine. If you’re just not sure, you can either have a blood te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Study: Girls More Socially Affected Than Boys By Time Spent Gaming
BOSTON (CBS) – The effect of video games on social development in children may depend on their gender. A new study out of Norway finds that time spent gaming may have more of a detrimental effect on girls than boys. Researchers followed more than 870 kids from age 6 to age 12. They found that while gaming did not appear to harm the social skills of boys, 10-year-old girls who spent more time gaming had weaker social skills and were less likely to make friends two years later than girls who spent less time gaming. For many boys, playing video games is an integral part of how they socialize with one another. But fewer ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Video Games Source Type: news

Boston Children ’ s Researchers Find Possible Way To Repair Damaged Hearts
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital may have found a way to repair damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. When someone has a heart attack, muscle cells in the heart die off and generally don’t get replaced. Instead scar tissue forms and that can eventually lead to heart failure. But researchers may have found a way to get heart cells to regrow using microRNAs, small molecules that regulate gene function in developing hearts. When injected into mice after a heart attack, within 10 days these molecules helped minimize cell death and reduced inflammation. With time, the treated heart...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Harvard Study: Harmful Toxins Found In Popular E-Cigarettes
BOSTON (CBS) – A Harvard University study of e-cigarettes found that many contain bacterial and fungal toxins. Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at 75 popular electronic cigarette products, including cartridges and e-liquids, sold in the United States. In 27% they found endotoxin, and 81% percent had glucan. Harvard Chan researchers found that popular e-cigarette products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins. https://t.co/2QUmhm2vM9 — HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) April 24, 2019 Those toxins have been linked to health problems that incl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Source Type: news

Kids As Young As 5 Make Superficial Judgments Based On Appearance
BOSTON (CBS) — Harvard researchers found that children as young as five make superficial judgments about others based on their facial features, much like adults do. Adults often make snap judgments about other people based simply on how their mouth is set or the shape of their brow. This can influence who we vote for, who we hire, and who may get a harsher punishment. Now researchers have found that by the age of five, children do the same. They had 350 children ages 3 to 13 look at computer-generated faces designed to look trustworthy or not, dominant or submissive, competent or incompetent. The kids almost always m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Almost 20 Percent Of Multiple Sclerosis Diagnoses Are False, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Some sobering news for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis: researchers at Cedars Sinai, UCLA, and the University of Vermont found that nearly one-in-five people diagnosed with MS do not actually have it. Diagnosing MS can be challenging because the symptoms and even the finding on MRI can mimic other conditions. After studying 241 cases, researchers found that almost 18 percent of people referred to two Los Angeles MS centers didn’t actually meet the criteria for MS and in fact, had something else…most commonly migraine but also spine problems or nerve damage. Wrongly diagnosed patie...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Dr. Mallika Marshall Misdiagnosis Multiple Sclerosis Source Type: news

Study: Skipping Breakfast Tied To Higher Risk Of Heart-Related Death
(CNN) — Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular-related death, especially stroke-related death, in the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday. After a person’s age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, body mass index and disease status were taken into account, the study found that those who never had breakfast had a 87% higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared with people who h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Heart Disease Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Medical Device To Treat ADHD In Children
(CNN) — The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK’d Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms. “This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind,” Carlos Peña, director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN ADHD Source Type: news

Recall Of Blood Pressure Drug Losartan Expanded
(CNN) — If you take blood pressure medicine, you’ll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Tests found trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric acid in some of these drugs. The company is recalling 36 additional lots, it said Thursday. A full list of recalled drugs is available on the US Food and Drug Administration website. Some of the recalled blood pressure medication (Image credit: FDA) The company hasn’t had any reports of users getting ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News losartan Source Type: news

Researchers Find More Screen Time Leads To More Behavioral Problems In Children
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s more reason to limit your child’s use of digital media. Canadian researchers found that the more time a preschooler spends on screens a day, the more likely they are to exhibit behavioral problems. Young children often spend two to three hours a day using screens, including televisions, tablets, smartphones, video games, etc. Researchers looked at 2,400 children between the ages of 3 and 5 and found that compared to kids with less than 30 minutes a day, those who got more than two hours of screen time a day were more likely to have problems with inattention. In fact, those kids were...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Children's Health Dr. Mallika Marshall Screen Time Source Type: news

Does Sugar Make Kids Hyper? That ’ s Largely A Myth
(CNN) — Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe. “If you look at the peer-reviewed evidence, we cannot say sugar absolutely makes kids hyper; however, you can’t discount that sugar may have a slight effect” on behavior, said Kristi L. King, senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In the mid-1990s, a meta-analysis reviewed 16 studies on sugar’s effects in children. The research, published in the medical journal JAMA, concluded that sugar does not affect behavior or cognitive performance in children. “However, a sm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: News Health CNN Sugar Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Weight Loss Aid
BOSTON (CBS) — The FDA has approved a new weight loss aid not just for people who are obese, but people who are overweight as well. It’s called “Plenity” and it’s an oral hydrogel capsule made of cellulose and citric acid. When it enters the stomach, it releases thousands of particles that absorb water, forming small pieces of gel that increase the volume of the stomach and small intestine and make patients feel full. The manufacturer says in clinical trials, when taken before lunch and dinner, six out of 10 adults lost at least 5% of their body weight within six months. It’s designed no...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Late Pregnancy Ultrasounds Could Prevent Emergency C-Sections
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study from the University of Cambridge finds late pregnancy ultrasounds could prevent many emergency C-sections and even prevent some infant deaths. In 3-4% of pregnancies, babies fail to flip head down, leading to what’s called a breech presentation. Trying to deliver a baby feet or buttocks first can lead to serious complications for the baby, including death. But sometimes it’s not known that a baby is breech until delivery. At 36 weeks, it is still possible for a doctor to try to coax the baby head down by applying pressure to the abdomen, and if that doesn’t work, a routine...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Ultrasound Source Type: news

Study: Eating Just 1 Slice Of Bacon A Day Linked To Higher Risk Of Colorectal Cancer
(CNN) — Eating even a moderate amount of red or processed meat is linked with an increased risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer, according to a new study published Wednesday. People who ate 76 grams of red and processed meat per day — that’s in line with current guidelines and roughly the same as a quarter-pound beef burger –– had a 20% higher chance of developing colorectal cancer compared to others, who ate about 21 grams a day, the equivalent to one slice of ham, according to the research. The study also found that processed meat, like sausages or bacon, posed a bigger risk than red meat, with...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Bacon Cancer CNN Source Type: news

FDA To Boston Scientific: Stop Selling Pelvic Mesh Tied To Injuries In Women
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday halted sales of a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in women, following years of patients’ reports of injuries and complications from the implants. The Food and Drug Administration ordered the two remaining makers of the mesh — Boston Scientific and Coloplast — to stop selling it immediately, saying the companies failed to show the mesh is safe for long-term use. Several other major manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, previously stopped making the mesh. The FDA action does not apply to surgical mesh used to treat ot...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Boston Scientific FDA Source Type: news

10 Biggest Myths About Sleeping, According To Researchers
(CNN) — Hey, sleepyheads. What you believe about sleep may be nothing but a pipe dream. Many of us have notions about sleep that have little basis in fact and may even be harmful to our health, according to researchers at NYU Langone Health’s School of Medicine, who conducted a study published Tuesday in the journal Sleep Health. “There’s such a link between good sleep and our waking success,” said lead study investigator Rebecca Robbins, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health. “And yet we often find ourselves debunking myths, whether ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News CNN Sleep Source Type: news

Marijuana Users May Need More Sedation For Medical Procedures
(CNN) — People who regularly use cannabis may need two times the level of sedation required by nonusers when undergoing medical procedures, a small-scale study finds. Fentanyl, midazolam and propofol, three sedation drugs commonly used during endoscopic procedures, were compared in the research. With “continued increase in legalization and use of cannabis, the field of anesthesia and sedation needs further studies with greater depth,” wrote the authors of the study, published Monday in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Wider use follows legalization Marijuana has gained popularity aroun...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Marijuana Source Type: news

Falling For Phone Scams Could Be Early Sign Of Dementia, Study Says
(CNN) — The woman lives alone, but she’s rarely lonely. Friends stop by most mornings, and a niece looks in weekly. Still, most of her afternoons and evenings are spent sitting in her chair, looking at the clouds and sky through a picture window. The caller sounded nice. “Good afternoon,” he said in a cheery voice, asking whether he could use her first name. She couldn’t remember entering the sweepstakes, but he assured her that she had and that it didn’t matter: What matters, he said, is that she’d won. “And what you’ve won is a unique investment opportunity,” he...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Dementia Scams Source Type: news

Study Sings The Praises Of Choir Membership For Lonely Adults
(CNN) — Isabel Heredi took her place among the altos. “When we sing, we feel this emotion of happiness and enjoyment,” said the member of the 30th Street Older Adult Chorus. With kind eyes and a voice shimmering with joy, she embodies the conclusion of a recent study called “Community of Voices.” “We discovered that older adults singing in a choir for six months had a reduction in their feelings of loneliness and also an increase in their interest in life,” said neuroscientist Julene Johnson of the University of California, San Francisco. The university, along with the nonprofit Sa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat CNN Source Type: news