Research Says Most Parents Turn To Unscientific Methods To Prevent Colds
BOSTON (CBS) – We’re smack dab in the middle of cold and flu season, and if you’re a parent of young kids, chances are you’re drowning in runny noses and wet coughs. But according to a new study from the University of Michigan, at least half of parents turn to unproven methods to try to prevent their little ones from getting sick in the first place. More than 50 percent of parents say they give their kids over-the-counter vitamins and supplements, like vitamin C, despite the lack of evidence that they help boost the immune system. And more than 70 percent follow so-called “folklore” advi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Cold and Flu Season Dr. Mallika Marshall Family Health Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

‘ Planetary Health Diet ’ : Scientists Say Cutting Red Meat, Sugar Can Save Lives And The Planet
(CNN) — An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet. The “planetary health diet” is based on cutting red meat and sugar consumption in half and upping intake of fruits, vegetables and nuts. And it can prevent up to 11.6 million premature deaths without harming the planet, says the report published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet. The authors warn that a global change in diet and food production is needed as 3 billion people across the world are malnourished — which in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Source Type: news

The Bacteria In Your Nose Could Protect You From The Flu
BOSTON (CBS) — Could the bacteria that live in your nose and throat help protect you from the flu? Researchers at the University of Michigan say it’s possible. Researchers collected samples of nose and throat bacteria from people who were living with someone sick with influenza. They found that people with a certain community of bacteria – in other words, a certain microbiome – were more susceptible to catching it. This suggests that the bacteria that live in people’s nasal passages or throat might affect their chances of infections and could perhaps affect how they respond to vaccines. (WBZ-T...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

A Birth Control Skin Patch? Doctors Say It Could Be In The Future
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers are designing a new birth control option for women that would not require a visit to the doctor. To prevent pregnancy, many women have to remember to take a pill every day or have to visit the clinic every few months for an injection or have an IUD or other implant placed by a doctor. (WBZ-TV) Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a long-acting contraceptive skin patch that would be a lot more convenient. It contains microneedles that release hormones into the body for more than a month. A woman could apply it to an arm or leg for a matter of seconds and then remove it because the micr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Birth Control Option Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Replacing Sitting With 30 Minutes Of Any Activity Could Prolong Life
BOSTON (CBS) — You’ve heard over and over: sitting for too long is bad for your health. But this study shows that just a few minutes out of your seat could prolong your life. Researchers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center looked at 8,000 Americans aged 45 and older who wore physical activity monitors and found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting with any kind of movement every day could help you live longer. In fact, getting up for a half hour of light activity, like simply walking when a person would usually be sitting, was associated with a 17 percent lower risk of early death. The same am...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Local TV Source Type: news

Experimental Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise In Multiple Sclerosis
BOSTON (CBS) — An experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis is showing promise. A new study finds a single stem cell transplant could stop or delay symptoms better than some medications. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the myelin or protective covering around nerve cells. Current drugs used to treat MS can have serious side effects, can be expensive and have varying degrees of success. In a small clinical trial of out of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, researchers found that while most patients on standard therapy had progression of their disease ove...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Transplant Source Type: news

New Tool Calculates Breast Cancer Risk With Greater Precision
(CNN) — UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer. If rolled out, the new tool could change the way in which the condition is treated. Among other things, details of family history, genetics, weight, alcohol consumption, age at menopause and use of hormone replacement therapy will all be considered by doctors when assessing a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer — the most common form of cancer in the UK. Each of these factors has “a small impact on the likelihood of developing the d...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Breast Cancer CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Linked To Dangerous Plaque Buildup In Arteries
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart. Previous research has shown poor sleep to be strongly associated with coronary heart disease, but “This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” José Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA H...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Heart Disease Sleep Tufts University Source Type: news

Does The Squatty Potty Work? Study Finds Toilet Stool Could Solve Bowel Issues
This study shows that these simple devices may help symptoms like constipation, bloating and incomplete emptiness and can help people have more comfortable and effective bowel movements.” Researchers say these toilet stools work because the body is meant to be in a squatting position for defecation but sitting on western-style toilets create a position that makes the process more difficult. The new findings could be a big help to the one in six Americans that experience constipation. “Bowel movements are difficult to talk about and not a lot of people want to bring up their constipation,” said Ohio State ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV Toilet Source Type: news

Odds Of Dying From Accidental Opioid Overdose In US Surpass Those Of Dying In Car Accident
(CNN) — For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accident...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

High-Fiber Diet Linked To Lower Risk Of Death And Chronic Illness
(CNN) — People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or cancer compared with people with low fiber intake, a new analysis found. Dietary fiber includes plant-based carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal, seeds and some legumes. Fiber’s health benefits have been recorded “by over 100 years of research,” Andrew Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand, wrote in an email. He is co-author of the new meta-analysis of existing research, which was published Thursday in the journal The Lancet. The research shows that high...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN fiber Local TV Source Type: news

Could Pharmacists Help Ease Emergency Room Overcrowding?
BOSTON (CBS) – Anyone who has been to an emergency room knows the wait times can be painfully long, especially during cold and flu season. But a new study finds that instead of seeking the care of a ER doctor or nurse, patients could turn to another type of healthcare professional to avoid the ER crush — a pharmacist. In the U.S., pharmacists are known for their medication expertise, but in some parts of Canada, the types of services pharmacists can provide has been expanded. For example, in some cases they can prescribe medications, renew prescriptions and give injections. And in a new study, researchers found...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Malika Marshall Hospital Overcrowding Source Type: news

New Research Finds Connection Between Social Media Use And Drug Addiction
BOSTON (CBS) – Parents often jokingly say their kids are addicted to their phones, but excessive social media use is a real concern. Now, new research from Michigan State University finds a connection between heavy social media use and behaviors associated with drug addiction. Researchers surveyed more than 70 participants to assess their psychological dependence on Facebook and then had them do a gambling exercise measuring bad decision making, like whether they fail to learn from their mistakes and continue down a negative path. They found that those who performed worse on the gambling task tended to use socia...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Addiction Dr. Mallika Marshall Social Media Source Type: news

Study Finds Significant Number Of People Admit To Driving While High
BOSTON (CBS) — Some concerning news when it comes to driving under the influence: a new study from the University of Michigan finds that a significant number of people who use medical marijuana say they have driven while high. Michigan is second only to California in terms of the number of residents who use medical marijuana. Researchers surveyed almost 800 people from Michigan and asked about their history of driving within two hours of using cannabis in the past six months. More than half of them admitted to getting behind the wheel of a car while “a little high” while 21 percent reported driving while ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Marijuana Medical Marijuana Source Type: news

Common Food Additive Could Impact Ability To Exercise
BOSTON (CBS) — Most Americans don’t get enough exercise but new research finds a food additive common in the Western diet could be to blame. Inorganic phosphate is used to keep foods fresh longer and enhance flavor. It’s found in foods like processed meats, canned fish, baked goods, and sodas. Up to a quarter of U.S. adults consume three to four times more phosphate than what is recommended. In one study, researchers at the University of Texas found that mice fed extra phosphate spent less time on the treadmill and had a lower ability to burn fat. In another study, they looked at ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local diet and exercise Dr. Mallika Marshall exercising Local TV Source Type: news

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Plummets From 1991 Peak
(CBS Local) — The nation’s cancer death rate dropped a whopping 27 percent during the last quarter century, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. That translates to about 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths than would have been expected if rates stayed at their peak, which was seen in 1991. “The decline in deaths is largely driven by reductions in smoking and improved treatment, as well as earlier detection for some cancers,” said lead researcher Rebecca Siegel, scientific director of surveillance research at the cancer society. The drop was driven by huge strides made in treating mo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News American Cancer Society Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Computer Work Can Be A Real Pain In The Neck, Researchers Find
BOSTON (CBS) –  Sitting in front of a computer all day can literally be a pain in the neck. Researchers at San Francisco State University found that computer work can cause neck strain and a variety of other discomforts. With good posture, the muscles of your back can easily support the weight of your head and neck, up to 12 pounds. But researchers say when we’re sitting in front of a computer, many of us slouch or bend forward with our heads jutting at a 45 degree angle which changes the burden on your muscles and all of a sudden they’re having to support the equivalent of 45 pounds. That can lead t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Alcohol Is Harder To Handle As You Age, Expert Says
COLUMBUS, OHIO (CBS) – It only gets harder for adults to handle alcohol as they get older, according to an addiction medicine specialist. Aging also makes people more vulnerable to alcoholism, he says. Ohio State University clinical psychologist Brad Lander writes that older people process alcohol less efficiently in their bodies than when they were younger. “As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol,” he says. “It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases.” Lander says that among seniors, women are more likely than men to develop alcoholism. And while younger pe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alcohol Local TV Source Type: news

Flu Shot More Effective Than Nasal Vaccine For Kids, Study Finds
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — When it comes to vaccinating yourself — or your kids — against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray. Yet among children, the nasal spray appeared to have reduced effectiveness against the flu, compared with the shot, in past flu seasons, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. That finding, which involved analyzing data from several previous studies, seems to align with existing research. “We were able to better describe vaccine effectiveness in age groups that the individual s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Flu Shot Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Nearly Half Of Food Allergies Are Developed In Adulthood
BOSTON (CBS) — Christine Collins carries her EpiPen wherever she goes. After eating seafood her entire life, the 42-year-old developed a life-threatening food allergy to shellfish in her 20s. “It felt like my throat was closing up like, started with wheezing and just got tighter and tighter,” she said. “By the time we were in front of the ER, I couldn’t breathe so that’s how fast it happened.” An EpiPen and a medical alert bracelet (WBZ-TV) New research shows an estimated 26 million adults have a food allergy in the U.S. — that is one in 10 adults. Nearly half developed ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall EpiPen Food Allergies Local TV Source Type: news

Heart Drug Recall Expanded Again
(CNN) — The recall of popular heart drugs has expanded yet again. The US Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Torrent Pharmaceuticals has added eight additional lots of losartan potassium tablets to its recall list. Losartan potassium is a drug used to control high blood pressure. It is also used to treat kidney disease in patients with diabetes. This recall includes 30-, 90- and 1,000-count bottles of 100-milligram tablets; 30-, 90- and 1,000-count bottles of 50-milligram tablets; and 90-count bottles of 25-milligram tablets. Torrent is recalling only these particular losartan potassium tablets. Tests fou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Recall Valsartan Source Type: news

Researchers Think Some Food Additives May Contribute To Celiac Disease
BOSTON (CBS) – New research suggests that a common food additive may contribute to or even cause celiac disease and experts are calling for warnings on food labels until further research is done. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where gluten causes the immune system to attack the gut. While genetics play a role, what actually triggers celiac disease is unclear. Now researchers believe food additives may contribute, in particular, microbial transglutaminase, which is used in the processing of sausages, cheese, bread and other products. More research is needed to determine whether this food additive is a direc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Celiac Disease Dr. Mallika Marshall Gluten Source Type: news

Breath Test To Detect Multiple Cancers Early Begins Large Trial
(CNN) — A breathalyzer designed to detect multiple cancers early is being tested in the UK. Several illnesses are known to create signature smells from the body, including typhoid fever reported to smell like baked bread and the aroma of acetone, said to be similar to rotten apples, on the breath of diabetics. Recent research has also shown that a person’s breath could also indicate the presence of cancer. To test this theory, Cancer Research UK have launched a two-year trial into a clinical device, called the Breath Biopsy, to find out if exhaled airborne molecules can be useful for cancer detection. (Image cr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer CNN Local TV Source Type: news

If At First Your Diet Fails, Try, Try Again
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s that time of year when many of us vow to eat healthier. Despite our best efforts, a lot of us will fall off the wagon before we know it. Now a new study sheds new light on how yo-yo dieting impacts our health in the short-term. Researchers at Purdue University looked at people following one of two healthy meal plans. After just five to six weeks of dieting, the participants had significant improvements in measures of heart health like blood pressure and cholesterol. However, when they went back to their usual unhealthy eating, these improvements vanished. When they jumped back on the diet, t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dieting Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study Finds Good Night ’ s Sleep Makes Teens Slimmer
BOSTON (CBS) — Here’s another reason to make sure your teen gets a good night’s sleep. A new Pennsylvania State University study finds that when young kids have regular bedtimes and get adequate sleep, they’re more likely to be slimmer in their teenage years. Researchers looked at more than 2,000 kids around the country. They found that when nine-year-olds had no regular bedtime and inconsistent sleep routines, they were more likely to get less sleep and have a higher body mass index (BMI) at age 15. Poor sleep habits in teens have also been associated with behavioral and mental health issues as wel...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Bedtime Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

‘ Dry January: ’ Taking A Month Off Drinking Improves Health All Year, Study Finds
(CBS Philly/CBS Local)– If your New Year’s resolution is to give up alcohol, you may be interested in this study. British researchers found that people who gave up drinking for the first month of 2018 reported drinking less eight months later. Researchers from the University of Sussex observed over 800 people who took part in “Dry January” — a health campaign to abstain from alcohol. “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week,” says Dr. Richard de Visser, the study’s psychol...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat Alcohol Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet Named Best Overall For 2019
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — If you’re a fan of the Mediterranean diet, get ready to do a victory dance. For the first time, the Mediterranean diet has won the gold as 2019’s best overall diet in rankings announced Wednesday by US News and World Report. The analysis of 41 eating plans also gave the Mediterranean diet the top spot in several subcategories: best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best diet for diabetes and easiest diet to follow. The high accolades are not surprising, as numerous studies found the diet can reduce the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, de...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News best diets CNN Source Type: news

Boston-Based Telemedicine Program Helping Diagnose Subtle Seizures In Children
BOSTON (CBS) – About three in 1,000 children suffer from seizures, but some seizures can be subtle and hard to identify. Now doctors at Boston Medical Center have developed a program which allows kids with seizures to be diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion. Sophia Vasta was a completely healthy baby until one morning her mother, Ashley, noticed her daughter making some unusual movements. “It was just a repetitive twitching,” Ashley said. “It was like her shoulder was trying to come to her leg, almost like a half of a crunch.” Sophia had a routine doctor’s appointment that day ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Epilepsy Seizures Source Type: news

Drum Sticks Help Pound Away Holiday Weight Gain In New Fitness Class
BOSTON (CBS) – After all those holiday indulgences, a lot of folks are looking for ways to trim down. If you are tired of the same old thing, you may want to try Pound classes. “Pound is a cardio jam session inspired by the energizing, sweat-dripping, exhilarating fun of playing the drums,” explained Regan Wilbur an instructor at Women’s Fitness of Boston in the Financial District. A Pound class at Women’s Fitness of Boston. (WBZ-TV) According to Wilbur, these workouts combine traditional exercise techniques like intervals, squats and lunges with drumming, sometimes air drumming and sometimes ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Exercise Fitness Pound Source Type: news

CDC Warns About Flu-Like Respiratory Virus
BOSTON (CBS) – The Centers for Disease Control has put out a warning about RSV or respiratory syncytial virus. Doctors say RSV can mimic the symptoms of the flu or a cold, but for some people, it can be much more serious. For three month old baby Stella, it all began with a cough, but after a while things didn’t seem to get better. “The first couple of nights, we didn’t get a whole lot of sleep,” said Stella’s mom. She took Stella to the doctor and found out she had RSV, a virus that impacts everyone especially very young and older people. “They can be hospitalized for it there&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen CDC Jim Smith Respiratory Virus RSV Source Type: news

Boston Breast Cancer Program Identifies & Helps Women At Increased Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – Many women are at increased risk for breast cancer, but don’t know what to do about it. Now a local program is helping identify women at risk, then give ongoing support and counseling to help reduce it. Mil Pierce of Belmont is one of those women at risk; she has a strong family history of breast cancer. “My mom, my grandmother, my great aunt, generation after generation has had breast cancer,” she said. Mil Pierce (WBZ-TV) The 55-year old had genetic testing, but it was negative. So Mil went searching for answers to protect herself and her two teenage daughters. “I thought it w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Breast Cancer Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Heart Transplant Recipient Helping Beverly Family Who Lost Their Son
BOSTON (CBS) – In April 2018, a Beverly couple tragically lost their son. As Jonathan Ersing’s parents grieve, they have found a unique way to remain close to him. “He was just one of those people who just lit up a room,” his mother, Joanne, remembers. Jonathan had severe autism and in April, he accidentally choked on his food and went into cardiac arrest. After multiple attempts to resuscitate him, Jonathan was pronounced brain dead. He was 25 years old. Jonathan Ersing (Courtesy Photo) While Jonathan was losing his life, Sabrina Dahoda of upstate New York was on the brink of losing hers. The 31-ye...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Brigham And Woman's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Organ Donation Source Type: news

New Technique Helps Women Protect Heart During Breast Cancer Treatment
CLEVELAND (CBS) — For women battling breast cancer, treatment can sometimes harm their hearts. Now a Cleveland hospital is using a technique to protect patients. Joyce McCain’s breast cancer was picked up in a routine mammogram earlier this year. The 65-year-old considered her active lifestyle and decided a lumpectomy with radiation was the right treatment for her. Then doctors explained there could be side effects for the heart. Joyce McCain (WBZ-TV) “That gave me something else to start worrying about,” McCain said. Joyce’s cancer was in her left breast, so radiation to treat the cancer coul...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Breast Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Migraine Patch Providing Quicker Pain Relief For Patients
BOSTON (CBS) – An experimental treatment for migraine headaches is showing real promise for sufferers of the often-chronic condition. Glen Brown is one of the local patients using the medicated migraine patch; he has been battling migraines since he was a teenager. “A really bad throbbing headache, lot of times behind my eyes,” he described. “Sometimes they are moderate, sometimes they’re severe. Between work, house stuff, and the kids, life is busy, so if you have a migraine you are out of commission.” With three or four attacks a month, the 49-year old relied on oral migraine medicatio...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Migraines Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Teething Jewelry Following Death Of 18-Month-Old Child
(KDKA/CBS Local)–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about teething jewelry following the death of an 18-month-old child. According to the FDA, the child was strangled by an amber teething necklace during a nap. The FDA also received a report of a 7-month-old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet. “We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular among parents and caregivers who want to provide relief for children’s teething pain and sensory stimulation for children with special needs. We’re concerned about the risks w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV talkers teething Source Type: news

10 Top Questions You Had For Dr. Google In 2018
(CNN) — People were curious about the keto diet, ALS and endometriosis in 2018. Those are just a few of the health-related topics that had Internet surfers in the United States turning to Dr. Google with questions this year, according to a top 10 list from the search engine giant. The data, based on search terms, was collected from January to mid-December. Last year, some of the top health-related questions searched on Google included what causes hiccups, how to stop snoring, how long flu lasts and what is lupus. Some of the top health-related questions on Google in 2016 were related to Zika, traumatic brain injuries...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat Google Local TV Source Type: news

Sleeping In Contact Lenses Can Lead To Serious Infections
BOSTON (CBS) — Of the 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses, many still wearing their contact lenses to bed, despite the warnings. It is a habit that could be dangerous. In a commentary published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, emergency room doctors are warning that sleeping, even just napping, without taking your contact lenses out could lead to serious eye infections and vision loss. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recently reported several cases in which people developed keratitis, inflammation of the cornea, from bacteria, viruses, amoeba, and fungi after sleeping in their lenses. Some ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 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 Source Type: news

Exercising In The Evening May Better Help To Lower Blood Pressure
BOSTON (CBS) — Regular exercise can help reduce high blood pressure but according to a new study, timing your workout may make a difference. Researchers in Brazil studied 50 men with high blood pressure. One group cycled for 45 minutes in the morning, one group for 45 minutes in the evening, and the rest just did stretching three times a week. After 10 weeks, only the men who worked out in the evening had meaningful reductions in their blood pressure. Keep in mind, this was a small study and didn’t include women. And some exercise is better than no exercise so if you can only work out in the morning, that&rsquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise High Blood Pressure Local TV Source Type: news

Massachusetts Is The Second-Healthiest State In America, Report Says
(CNN) — As the new year approaches, many people focus on improving their health — but how does where you live rank when it comes to health? Hawaii now ranks as the healthiest state in America, beating out Massachusetts to return to the top spot in a new report by the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit division of UnitedHealth Group, which also owns the insurance company United Healthcare and Optum. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Utah are the five healthiest states of the year, while the five least healthy are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi and, coming in last, Louisiana, according ...
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Americans Are Getting Shorter And Heavier
By Naomi Thomas, CNN (CNN) — America is struggling with an obesity epidemic, and a new government report says that the population is only getting heavier. “Mean (or average) weight, waist circumference, and BMI in adults 20 years and older increased between 1999-2000 and 2015-2016,” Cynthia Ogden, one of the report’s authors and an epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, wrote in an email. The report looked at the height, weight, body-mass index and waist circumference of American adults; it updated a 2004...
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Just 6 Months Of Walking May Slow Cognitive Decline, Study Finds
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Worried about your aging brain? Getting your heart pumping with something as simple as walking or cycling just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills, new research says. Add a heart-healthy diet, and you maximize the benefits, possibly shaving years off your brain’s functional age, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. “Our operating model was that by improving cardiovascular risk, you’re also improving neurocognitive functioning,” said lead study author James Blumenthal, a clinical psychologist at Duke Univer...
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Genetics, Hormones May Help Women Live Longer Than Men
BOSTON (CBS) – Women live longer than men all over the world and throughout the animal kingdom, but why? Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) believe it’s due to a combination of genetics and hormones. Most women have two X chromosomes while men typically only have one and having two x chromosomes seems to help extend life. But researchers found that when mice had two X chromosomes and functioning ovaries releasing hormones, like estrogen, they lived even longer, suggesting it’s both genetics and hormones that help females outlive males. Experts believe nature made it this way...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Study Finds Loneliness More Prevalent Than Previously Thought
BOSTON (CBS) – This time of year brings happiness to many but for others, it can be quite isolating. And according to a new study, loneliness is much more prevalent than previously thought. But what may be more surprising is the ages at which loneliness peaks. Loneliness is associated with physical and mental decline and researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that three quarters of study participants reports moderate to high levels of loneliness. In addition, they found it peaks at three stages of life: in the late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s. In the late 20s, some people worry that their peers m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Low-Carb Diets May Be Best For Maintaining Weight Loss, Study Finds
By Naomi Thomas, CNN (CNN) — The best way to maintain weight loss may be to change your diet to one low in carbohydrates, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the journal BMJ, involved 164 overweight or obese people. Their weight was brought down by 12%, and they were stabilized at that weight and put on a high-, medium- or low-carbohydrate diet for 20 weeks. The diets were made up of 20% carbs and protein and 60% fat, 40% carbs and fat and 20% protein, or 60% carbs and 20% protein and fat. “We found that the type of diet people ate had a major impact on their metabolism. Those on t...
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Simple Way To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s that time of year again when our waistlines tend to grow, but a new study finds that there may be a simple way to avoid packing on the pounds that doesn’t involve more exercise. People gain on average 0.9 to 2.2 pounds a year, with up to 50-percent of that occurring during holidays. And once we gain that holiday weight, we rarely lose it. Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom wanted to see if a simple weight management intervention targeted specifically around Christmas could prevent that weight gain. They asked participants to record their weights at least ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Weight Gain Source Type: news

Scientists: Blinking May Be Form Of Communication
BOSTON (CBS) – Did you know you blink your eyes more than 13,000 times a day? Scientists now believe that blinking is not only important for our health but may also be a form of communication, much like nodding your head. The main reason we blink is to keep our eyeballs lubricated and to protect our eyes from debris, but scientists say we don’t need to blink nine times a minute to achieve that goal, which means blinking probably serves another function. To study that, researchers in the Netherlands had participants answer questions from a virtual reality avatar. When the avatar had longer blinks of their eyes, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Teen Vaping Rises Dramatically; Drinking, Opioid Use Declines
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — Vaping among America’s teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances — such as alcohol and opioids — has declined in recent years, according to a new report. Monday’s report, called Monitoring the Future, comes from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is based on an annual survey of drug and alcohol use and attitudes among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in the United States. This year’s survey included 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools across the country. Behind drinking...
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Report: Johnson & Johnson Hid Findings Of Asbestos In Baby Powder For Decades
(CBS News/CBS Local)– Johnson & Johnson has for decades known its raw talc and finished powders at times tested positive for small quantities of asbestos, with the company’s doctors and lawyers vexed by the findings but failing to alert regulators or consumers, according to a Reuters story published Friday. J&J stock — up 6 percent for the year — plunged 11 percent on news of the report, based on memos, internal documents and confidential memos that the maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder had been compelled to share with attorneys for some 11,700 plaintiffs who claim the company&r...
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Heart Attack Risk Peaks On Christmas Eve, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Christmas is the happiest time of the year for many people, but for some it could be the most dangerous. In fact, according to a new Swedish study, your risk of suffering a heart attack around the holidays peaks on Christmas Eve. Researchers looked at the exact timing of almost 300,000 heart attacks over a 16-year period. They found that Christmas Eve was the riskiest day of the year, with that risk peaking at 10 p.m. The risk was highest for older people and those with diabetes and heart disease. In Sweden, and many parts of the world, Christmas Eve is the main day of holiday celebration, when people ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Heart Attack Local TV Source Type: news