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Recovery Coaches Help Opioid Addicts Stay Clean After Treatment
FALMOUTH (CBS) – Many families caring for a loved one with an opioid addiction will tell you that one stay in a rehab facility rarely solves the problem. Relapses are common and heartbreaking. Related: Opioid Addiction Recovery Resources But a new approach is helping some addicts stay sober once they leave the safety and security of an inpatient facility. Mike Riordan of Falmouth is one of those success stories. He has been clean for three years. “I was just using drugs and was a shell of a person. I would have died on the street,” he said, recalling his life addicted to opioids. Riordan credits his ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chris McKinnon Confronting The Crisis opioid crisis Recovery Coaches Source Type: news

HealthWatch: More Children Having Trouble Seeing; Factors That Affect Lifespan
BOSTON (CBS) — A growing number of young children are having trouble seeing. A recent study finds that more than 174,000 preschoolers have vision problems that may go unnoticed, like blurriness, strabismus, and lazy eye. Eye specialists say kids need to be screened early and often to avoid problems down the road. A child’s vision is still developing and the brain relies heavily on clear and equal signals from both eyes to develop healthy vision.  If they don’t, they may develop permanent vision loss. Kids should have their eyes examined from birth by a health professional trained to screen for vision...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: C-Section Obesity Risk, Baby Talk Same Around World
BOSTON (CBS) – Having a C-section puts a woman’s offspring at higher risk of obesity and now researchers at the New York University School of Medicine may have a better understanding why. They studied mice and found that the microbiomes of those born by C-section were different from those of mice born vaginally.  In fact the “naturally” born mice had bacteria in their gut associated with a leaner body type. In addition, mice born by C-section gained more weight than the mice who passed through the birth canal. Mothers’ Baby Talk, Identical Regardless Of Language Coochy coo.  Turns o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Babies Health Dr. Mallika Marshall New York University School of Medicine Princeton Source Type: news

World Health Organization: Childhood Obesity On The Rise
BOSTON (CBS) – The World Health Organization says the number of obese children and teens is now 10-times higher than it was 40-years ago. Poor food choice and lack of exercise are largely to blame but overweight kids don’t just have physical challenges. Children face psychological challenges as well. Obese children are more likely to feel stigmatized, are often bullied and may not do as well in school. Overweight children tend to become overweight adults, putting them at risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health effects. There is some good news; the rates of childhood obesity have leveled o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Obesity World Health Organization Source Type: news

Study: Listening Is More Important Than Looking When It Comes to Feelings
BOSTON (CBS) – We’re always taught that good eye contact is important for communication but a new study suggests that if you want to know how someone is feeling, you might want to close your eyes and listen. In a series of experiments involving more than 1,800 subjects, researchers at Yale found that people who listened without looking were more likely to correctly identify someone’s emotions. People did even better than people that both looked and listened. Previous research has been focused on the importance of facial cues, but this study suggests that perhaps we’re paying too much attention to th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Communication Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Yale Source Type: news

‘ Opioid-Sparing Strategy ’ For Surgery Lowers Risk For Addiction
LOWELL (CBS) — For many people, the opioid addiction begins with prescription pain pills. It’s a story one local dad knows too well. After losing his son to an overdose he is now advocating for change — in the operating room. “You can see his bright, clear eyes and his warm smile. And really healthy and happy, really hopeful,” said Dr. James Baker describing his son, Max, after he shook his addiction to heroin. Max Baker (Photo Courtesy: Baker Family) “He said once the pills started it took less than a year to transition to heroin and he was an addict by 17,” Dr. Baker told WB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Dr. Mallika Marshall Exparel Lowell General Hospital opioid crisis Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Antibiotics Linked To Superbug, Divorce May Be Genetic
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study links antibiotics prescribed by dentists to the superbug C. difficile. Minnesota health officials found almost 40 percent of dentists are not following guidelines and are overprescribing antibiotics. C. difficile is a serious intestinal infection but if patients get symptoms, they are more likely to call their doctors and not their dentist, so dentists aren’t necessarily seeing the bad outcomes. And while it’s completely appropriate for a dentist to prescribe an antibiotic for a dental infection, many are still prescribing them prophylactically to patients with certain heart con...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Antibiotics C. difficile Divorce Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Wearing Decorative Contacts For Halloween? Experts Warn You Could Go Blind
WASHINGTON (CBS) – When planning this year’s Halloween costume, be careful about what you’re putting in your eyes. Doctors and the FDA are concerned about the health dangers of decorative contact lenses. They say the lenses can cause a variety of injuries including cornea scratches, infection and blindness in the worst cases. Photo by Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images In some states, selling the lenses over the counter is illegal, but they can easily be purchased on the Internet. The FDA says it’s important to only buy decorative contacts if you have a prescription. Read The Full Warning From The F...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Contact Lenses Halloween Source Type: news

Infotainment Systems Pose Distracted Driving Risks
BOSTON (CBS) – We usually associate distracted driving with talking or texting behind the wheel, but now there is a new concern – technology built right into your dash. Infotainment systems put technology at our fingertips, but a new study from AAA finds the screens can be extremely distracting. Researchers had two dozen volunteers test 30 different vehicles on a residential road.  They measured how much drivers had to look at the screen and think about what they were doing while making a call, sending a text or using the stereo and navigation system. Professor David Strayer, Ph.D. from the University of U...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Distracted Driving Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

10 Essential Tips For Girls To Stay Safe Online
Laura Bates is a feminist writer, published in Time, xojane.com, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, and regularly asked for comment by Vice, The Atlantic, and others. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project—a crowdsourced collection of stories from women around the world about their experiences with gender inequality. She was named one of the Huffington Post’s Most Inspirational Women of 2012 and shortlisted for the 2013 Shorty Award in activism. Her second book, Girl Up, is on sale now from Touchstone, an imprint of our sister company, Simon & Schuster. Control Who Sees Your Stuff ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health laura bates Simon and Schuster Source Type: news

Six Self-Defense Principles Every Woman Should Know
Steve Kardian spent more than thirty years as a career law enforcement officer, including time as an FBI defense tactics instructor. He is a partner at Defend University, a self-defense program created specifically for women that has trained and educated more than 200,000 women of all ages. He also holds a third-degree black belt and the title of professor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. His book, The New Super Power For Women, is on sale now from Touchstone, an imprint of our sister company, Simon & Schuster. Use of force and violence is always the last resort. You turn to it when you have tried everything else and have no other...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Simon and Schuster steve kardian Source Type: news

Six Self-Defense Principles Every Woman Should Know
Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Steve Kardian spent more than thirty years as a career law enforcement officer, including time as an FBI defense tactics instructor. He is a partner at Defend University, a self-defense program created specifically for women that has trained and educated more than 200,000 women of all ages. He also holds a third-degree black belt and the title of professor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. His book, The New Super Power For Women, is on sale now from Touchstone, an imprint of our sister company, Simon & Schuster. Use of force and violence is always the last resort. You turn to it when you have ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Simon and Schuster steve kardian Source Type: news

Vitamin D May Reduce Asthma Severity; Smell Test Could Predict Dementia Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – A common vitamin could reduce the severity of asthma attacks in people with the condition. London researchers reviewed a number of previous studies involving almost a thousand patients with asthma and found that supplementation with vitamin D reduced the need for ER visits and hospitalizations for asthma by 50 percent. Patients on vitamin D also appeared to reduce the need for treatment with steroids by 30 percent. Most of the study subjects were adults with mild to moderate asthma so it is unclear what the effects might be with children or people with more severe asthma. And the patients were continui...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dimentia Dr. Mallika Marshall Vitamin D Source Type: news

Former Athlete Shares Survival Story Of Opioid Addiction From Sports Injuries
TAUNTON (CBS) — There are many benefits to participating in high school sports, but there are also risks few people consider. Every year, thousands of injured athletes are prescribed opioids, and many will become addicted. It happened to Corey Palazzi, a baseball standout from Taunton. During high school, he could throw everything from a curve ball to a knuckle ball–and major league scouts were taking notice. Corey Palazzi. (WBZ-TV) “I actually won the MVP of the whole league,” Corey recalled, when he was the youngest player on his Babe Ruth team. Things changed his junior year at Taunton High when ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Corey Palazzi David Wade opioid crisis Source Type: news

Level I Trauma Center Flooded With Patients After Las Vegas Shooting
BOSTON (CBS) – It is fortuitous that many victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas had access to a Level I trauma center. University Medical Center (UMC) of Southern Nevada was flooded by more than 100 patients arriving in a short span, with gunshot wounds to virtually every part of the body as well as other injuries. Level I trauma centers are equipped to handle any type of trauma with surgeons on site 24 hours a day, but not all areas of the country have this type of medical expertise. In fact, UMC is Nevada’s only Level I trauma center. To put things into perspective, the city of Boston is home to six Level...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Las Vegas Shooting Source Type: news

Adults With Asthma Not Getting Pneumonia Vaccine As Recommended
BOSTON (CBS) – At about this time, we start talking about flu shots but many adults are missing out on another key vaccine. The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all adults with asthma, but a new study finds that only 42% of people ages 18 to 64 who have asthma getting it. Also known as the pneumococcal vaccine, it protects against a type of bacteria that commonly causes pneumonia. A version of the vaccine is given to kids in early childhood, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, including asthma. So why aren’t more than half of adults with asthma getting the shot? Perhaps they have never heard o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot pneumonia vaccine Source Type: news

Researchers Say Beer May Help Lift Your Spirits
BOSTON (CBS) – Beer lovers will tell you that a cold brew can lift your spirits, so it’s no surprise that researchers in Germany, the home of Oktoberfest, may have found out why. They looked at 13,000 molecules present in different foods and found a substance in beer, called hordenine, can mimic dopamine, the so-called “feel good” hormone. Now the question is whether beer has enough hordenine to stimulate the brain’s reward center. And remember, too much beer won’t make you feel good, it will make you feel sick, so don’t overdo it. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sport...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Your Mood Could Affect How Your Body Responds To Flu Shot
BOSTON (CBS) – Thrilled to get a flu shot?  Probably not.  But as it turns out, your mood could affect how well your body responds to the medication. Researchers looked at which factors might improve a senior’s immune response to the flu vaccine like diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, and mood. They found that a person’s outlook on the day of vaccination had the greatest impact, with a good mood increasing antibody levels to the flu by 8% to 14%. If, however, you never have a sunny disposition or if you’re not feeling particularly cheery on vaccination day, go ahead and get your flu ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shots Source Type: news

Losing Weight Could Help You Save Money
BOSTON (CBS) – Losing weight may not only help you feel better and live longer, it could save you some cash. A study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that a 20-year old who goes from being obese to a healthy weight can save more than $28,000 over her lifetime. A 50-year old could save more than $36,000. Researchers say you’re saving productivity losses, higher insurance premiums, and higher medical costs for chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. While it is certainly hard to lose weight and change your lifestyle, money can be a great motivator. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Johns Hopkins University Weight Loss Source Type: news

‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Louisa Moller opioid crisis Organ Donation Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Infections Linked To Sports; Gun violence Warning
BOSTON (CBS) – The American Academy of Pediatrics issues a new report detailing how children in organized sports can avoid infections that can easily spread between athletes. Pediatricians say student athletes should never share personal items like water bottles and towels and need to learn good personal hygiene. GUN VIOLENCE STUDY A heads up for parents when choosing movies for their children. In a new study of 8 to 12 year olds, those who watched a movie clip with gun violence later played with a real gun for longer and pulled the trigger more often than kids who watched a movie clip without gun violence. Parents ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New App Helps Parents Keep Track Of Medical Records
BOSTON (CBS) – A new app could change the way parents and individuals keep track of health issues and medical records. Caremap, an iPhone app designed by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Duke University, will hopefully one day replace all that paper parents accumulate from multiple visits to the doctor. (Image credit: Caremap) Mothers and fathers can input the usual medications, allergies and hospitalizations, but the app can also track symptoms and behaviors. “Pain, sleep, mood, bathroom habits, nutrition… temper tantrums or school attendance or whatever is important to your child and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Tech Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: People With ADHD Losing Sleep; Break From Diet Can Help Weight Loss
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s estimated that up to 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but could your child just be sleep deprived? A recent analysis found that 75 percent of children and adults with ADHD also have disruptions in their biological clocks, causing them to fall asleep later and sleep less. But it is unclear what comes first, if sleeplessness contributes to ADHD or if ADHD causes sleep problems. While more research is needed, experts say there may be a significant number of kids and adults diagnosed with ADHD who could benefit from better sleep....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ADHD Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Weight Loss Source Type: news

CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

Researchers Say Medicated Patch Melted Away Love Handles On Mice
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have developed a new way to get rid of “love handles” at least in rodents. Using a skin patch loaded with microneedles, researchers were able to deliver drugs painlessly into the tissue below, converting white fat into brown fat. Brown fat, which helps keep babies warm, is metabolically active and rather than storing fat, it can burn fat. In experiments with obese mice, the patch reduced the fat underneath by 20% in a week. The hope is that one day the patch could treat fat pockets like “love handle...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

American Academy Of Pediatrics Warns Teens About Tattoos, Piercings
BOSTON (CBS) – Tattoos and piercings have become quite popular with teens and young adults, and now for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is weighing in, hoping to reduce the risk of infection and complication. Pediatricians say it’s important to choose a salon that is sterile and regulated by the state.  Make sure your immunizations are up to date, and ask how to care for your tattoos or piercings at home. And it’s important to know the law.  The age limit for body piercings and tattooing varies by state.  Some states prohibit any tattooing under the age of 18 while ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV American Academy Of Pediatrics CBS CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study: Women Who Had Miscarriages Were More Likely To Have Received Flu Shots
NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a do...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Vaccine Miscarriage Source Type: news

Gov. Baker On ‘ Encouraging Signs ’ And Challenges Confronting Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been well over a year since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a landmark law to fight the opioid epidemic here in Massachusetts. Since then he has also joined the President Donald Trump’s commission to tackle the crisis nationwide. David Wade sat down with the Governor to talk about what’s working, what we can do better, and how Massachusetts could set an example for other states when it comes to confronting the crisis. David Wade: What is the priority, do you think, for our state? Gov. Baker: I think the big thing is to stay on the stuff that’s we’ve done and r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local Charlie Baker Confronting The Crisis David Wade opioid crisis Source Type: news

Football Not Safe For Kids Before High School? Poll Shows U.S. Divided
LOWELL (CBS) – Tackle football isn’t safe for kids before high school, according to a slim majority of Americans in a new national poll. The UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released Tuesday shows 53-percent of those surveyed feel that tackle football is not a safe game for children younger than 13. Forty-one percent believed it was safe. But once kids reached high school, that number jumped to 57-percent. Researchers interviewed 1,000 adults across the country for the survey. (WBZ-TV) Eighty-three percent believed there is “settled science” proving that playing football causes brain injuries. &ldq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Football Source Type: news

Impact Of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey Felt In New England Blood Collection Efforts
BOSTON (CBS) – New England was spared the wind, rain and flooding from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But the massive storms are impacting the region in a different way. Richard Kaufman, the medical director of the Brigham and Women’s blood bank, said the storms have caused shortages in blood. “Unfortunately, the hurricanes have disrupted both the ability to collect blood as well as in some cases the ability to transport blood around that’s already been donated,” Kaufman told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker. Kaufman said there is a constant need for blood, but particularly following storms ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Ben Parker Blood Donatation Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How Much Sitting Is Too Much; Dogs Sleeping In Your Room
BOSTON (CBS) — We could be sitting ourselves to death, reports WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall. Researchers at Columbia University looked at nearly 8,000 middle age and older adults and found they sat on average 11 to 12 hours a days. They also found that sitting for more than 12 hours on a given day increased the risk of death, regardless of how much they exercised. But people who kept periods of sitting to less than 30 minutes had a lower risk of death. This isn’t the first study to find that sitting is dangerous, but it is the largest to link sedentary time with the risk of death. And now some experts co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker Touts Mass. As Example For Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — In his testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for bipartisan solutions in making necessary healthcare reform. “Massachusetts has achieved near-universal coverage, with the highest rate of individuals with health insurance in the nation,” he said during his testimony. “And that’s because we’ve been working and re-working it for more than ten years.” Gov. Charlie Baker testifies about healthcare before a congressional panel. (WBZ-TV) Baker was among a bipartisan group of governors testifying before the U.S. Sena...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Capitol Hill Charlie Baker Congress Elizabeth Warren Healthcare Washington D.C. Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Cancer-Detecting App; First-Time Dads Getting Older
BOSTON (CBS) — Pancreatic cancer usually has a poor prognosis, often because it’s caught too late, but could your smartphone one day give you an early warning? Researchers at the University of Washington are developing the BiliScreen app, which will allow people to screen themselves for pancreatic cancer and other diseases by snapping a selfie. The Biliscreen app in use. (WBZ-TV) One of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer, and other conditions like hepatitis, is jaundice or yellowing of the eyes, which is caused by a build-up of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood. This BiliScreen app uses the smartphon...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Fathers HealthWatch Mallika Marshall Pancreatic Cancer Source Type: news

FDA Approves Therapy Using Patient ’ s Own Cells To Fight Cancer Cells
BOSTON (CBS) — The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital will work to fight cancer in a new way thanks to a new treatment approved by the FDA. CAR-T therapy is for kids and young adults with relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “It’s really an entirely new type of therapy, an entirely new way to fight cancer,” said Dr. Lewis Silverman, the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancies Center. Chemotherapy drugs attack dividing cells but are not specific to cancer cells, unlike this new treatment, according to Silverman. “It&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dana Farber Cancer Institute Juli McDonald Leukemia Source Type: news

HealthWatch: A New Gene Therapy For Leukemia; A Study On Carbohydrates
This study does not mean you can now eat a ton of butter and steak without worry, but you probably don’t need to feel guilty about eating some fat. In terms of carbohydrates, the study did not distinguish between refined carbs and complex carbs, so further study is needed. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cancer Research Dr. Mallika Marshall Leukemia Source Type: news

Beverly Hires Contractor To Euthanize Canada Geese In Controversial Plan
BEVERLY (CBS) — The Beverly Police Department said Wednesday that they had hired a private contractor to remove Canada geese from their public parks and take them off site to euthanize them. But the department did not confirm or deny a Salem News story that reported part of the plan involved then sending the goose meat to homeless shelters. “Geese pose a public health concern for our children, families and senior citizens,” Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill said in a statement Wednesday. “The City has contracted to safeguard against these risks humanely, to ensure our parks remain clean and safe for the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beverly Canada Geese Carl Stevens Source Type: news

Teen Gets To Be Patriots Photographer For A Day
FOXBORO (CBS) — Even when health problems get her down, 13-year-old Meghan Condon stays passionate about two things: the New England Patriots and photography. Meghan has had two heart surgeries in her young life and suffers from other health issues. To help lift her spirits, her mother decided to reach out to the New England Patriots as a surprise. “I didn’t know who the gift was from, or even what it was, so all I knew was I was getting something from someone,” explained Meghan. Meghan shares her scrapbook with Paul Burton (WBZ-TV) A few days later, she received a package in the mail. It was a scra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Meghan Condon New England Patriots Paul Burton Photographer Robert Kraft Source Type: news

New Implant Treatment Helps Recovering Opioid Addicts Stay Clean
FALL RIVER (CBS) – Many people addicted to opioids are desperate to quit, but the drug has such a powerful hold over their bodies, they simply can’t fight the cravings. A recovering addict from Fall River who didn’t want to use her real name, so we’ll call her Kate, says opioids took over her life. “When I was using, I was a mess,” she said. “It was lie after lie. I put my mom through a lot of stuff and she never deserved it.” But Kate finally realized, she had to find a way to stop. “Either I’m going to die, or I’m going to get my life back together,”...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch opioid crisis Probuphine Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Slow, Steady And Successful Weight Loss; Benefits Of Coffee
BOSTON (CBS) — Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss, at least according to a new study. For one year, nearly 200 overweight or obese adults followed a weight loss program and researchers found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first 6 to 12 weeks were more likely to keep the weight off 1 to 2 years later than those whose weight fluctuated. Almost half of people who go on a diet to lose weight regain more than half of it over a two year period, but this research suggests if you lose weight consistently, you can change that. So find a weight loss program that you can stick with week...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Coffee Dr. Mallika Marshall Weight Loss Source Type: news

Gov. Baker: Massachusetts Should Be Model For Opioid Fight
BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker, who sits on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, says he believes some of what Massachusetts has done to combat opioids should become the national model. The commission was created in March, and the Governor says it has met several times. Baker pointed to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program as an example of a Massachusetts initiative that would work well nationwide. “We doubled the number of inquiries on that prescription management program over the past year or so,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kary...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charlie Baker Drugs Karyn Regal opioid crisis White House Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls For Ban On Menthol Cigarettes
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, arguing that tobacco companies disproportionately target African-Americans when they market and promote the cigarettes. The Massachusetts Democrat is leading a group of fellow senators in calling on the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the cigarettes, noting that African-Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the U.S. The letter to the FDA sent earlier this week was also signed by fellow Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Cigarettes Ed Markey Source Type: news

Opioid-Related Deaths In Massachusetts Appear To Be Dropping
BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts appear to be dropping. Public health officials said Tuesday that the number of opioid-related deaths fell about 5 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. The decline is modest — 978 estimated and confirmed deaths in the first half of 2017 compared to 1,031 estimated and confirmed deaths during the first half of 2016. The report says the presence of fentanyl in opioid-related deaths continues to climb, even as the presence of heroin in such deaths continues to drop. While white residents account for the majority of opioid...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

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

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

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

Death Of MMA Fighter After Match In Plymouth Under Investigation
BROCKTON (CBS) — The death of a 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter is now being investigated by the Plymouth County District Attorney. Rondel Clark, of Sutton, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Tuesday morning, according to officials. Over the weekend, Clark competed as part of Cage Titans XXXV at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. Officials said Saturday’s match ended about two minutes into the third round and it was ruled a technical knockout. Rondel Clark (Photo Courtesy: Marc Vasconcellos | Brockton Enterprise) After the fight, Clark was transported to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Mixed Martial Arts Plymouth Source Type: news

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

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

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

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