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Self-Inflicted Injuries Surge Among Tween & Early Teen Girls
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Emergency room visits for non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries surged in recent years among US girls and young women, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14, according to a new study. However, rates of self-harm among boys and young men between the ages of 10 and 24 remained stable throughout the years 2001 through 2015, the researchers said. “Suicide is preventable,” said Melissa C. Mercado, lead author of the study published Tuesday in JAMA and a behavioral scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These findings underscore the need for the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Suicide Source Type: news

Study: Children Who Are Spanked Are More Likely To Have Behavior Problems
BOSTON (CBS) – Most Americans say that spanking is sometimes necessary to discipline a child, but there’s even more evidence that spanking not only doesn’t work, in fact it may be making matters worse. A new study finds that children who have been spanked by their parents at age five are more likely to have worse behavior problems at ages six and eight compared to children who have never been spanked. For years pediatricians have been warning parents not to spank their children, but some continue to do so for a variety of reasons including cultural, educational, and even the severity of their child’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Researchers Say Many People Diagnosed With Cancer Suffer From PTSD
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people diagnosed with cancer suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Researchers in Malaysia looked at almost 500 adults who had been diagnosed with different types of cancer. One in five had developed PTSD within a few months of their diagnosis and some of those still had symptoms four years later. Getting the news that you have cancer can be shocking and the treatment itself can be traumatic. And then some patients continue to live in fear that the cancer will return. Patients with PTSD can have sleep problems, may be more likely to use substances, and may avoid seeking treatment fo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall PTSD Source Type: news

Want To Live Longer? Scientists Say You Should Get A Dog
CBS Local — Looking for the secret to a longer life and a healthy heart? A new study in Sweden says owning a dog is the best medicine for cardiovascular health, especially if you’re single. Researchers from Uppsala University have released the results of a 12-year study that followed over 3.4 million Swedish adults, looking at their heart health and risks for heart disease. According to the findings, Swedes who owned a four-legged friend were found to have a lower risk of death and decreased chance of cardiovascular disease. The report revealed that the health benefits of having a dog in your life were even mor...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular Health Chris Melore Dogs Heart Health talkers Source Type: news

Spit Test May Diagnose, Predict Duration Of Concussion In Kids
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to either the head or the body. Though not life-threatening, these injuries to the brain can be serious and cause symptoms of headache (or “pressure” in the head), nausea, vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, double or blurry vision, sluggishness, confusion, memory problems and difficulty concentrating. In their study, Penn State College of...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Concussion JAMA Source Type: news

Healthwatch: The Impacts of Pre-Participation Cardiac Screenings, A Visit To Grandma ’ s
BOSTON (CBS) — When a young athlete suffers cardiac arrest during a game, it is incredibly uncommon, but a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine also shows that more than 80% of cases could not have been predicted by pre-participation screening. They say the screening programs are not effective and may prevent healthy athletes from participating. This topic is somewhat controversial because understandably, parents want to know if their kid is at risk. But this study suggests that you would have to screen almost 150,000 athletes to identify one who would have a cardiac arrest during competitive sports....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Risk cardiac arrest Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: New Hope For Autism; Too Much TV Could Lead To Blood Clots
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study is offering some hope to parents of children with autism. Scientists say they have performed a successful test of a possible new drug in animals. They genetically engineered mice to have autism-like changes and then treated them with the drug for three months. They found that it reduced abnormal behaviors in the mice and improved their performance on cognitive and behavioral tests. The researchers are currently testing the drug, called NitroSynapsin, on mouse models for other autism disorders and hope to partner with a biotechnology firm to move on to human clinical trials. P...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Volunteers Wanted To Knit Red Hats For Babies
BOSTON (CBS) – The American Heart Association is looking for volunteer knitters to help out a good cause. The organization is teaming up with The Children’s Heart Foundation to mark American Heart Month in February with “Little Hats, Big Hearts.” They’re hoping to give out thousands of red hats to babies to raise awareness about heart health and congenital heart defects. (Image credit: American Heart Association) Volunteers are needed to knit or crochet little red hats. Donations of yarn are also accepted. The American Heart Association website has information on who to contact in participatin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local American Heart Association Source Type: news

Kratom Herbal Supplement Can Lead To Addiction, Death Says FDA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. The supplement, kratom, made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Users have opposed efforts to regulate the plant, saying it could be a safer alternative to opioid pain pills that have caused an epidemic of abuse. But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that kratom carries similar risks, including addi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News FDA Kratom Source Type: news

HealthWatch: New High Blood Pressure Guidelines
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time in more than a decade, the American Heart Association is changing the guidelines for high blood pressure. This means nearly half the US adult population is living with hypertension and at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Charles Cronenweth has been working to lower his blood pressure for the last 10 years. Tens of millions more Americans will soon be learning they also have hypertension. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology are now defining a top reading of 130 or more or a bottom reading of 80 or more as high blood pressure. The o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local American College of Cardiology American Heart Association Dr. Mallika Marshall High Blood Pressure Source Type: news

Blue Light Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
BOSTON (CBS) – From our phones and computers to the lights in our homes, we are constantly bombarded with blue light, and nighttime exposure can be hazardous to your health. Edward Takach has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, so he’s made big changes at home. “It’s just become regular routine,” Takach said. Edward Takach has made changes to his exposure to blue lights. (WBZ-TV) His television, tablet and computer are set up so he sees warmer colors from dusk to dawn. So is the lighting in his home. He is trying to block blue light from electronics and energy efficient light bulbs at n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local blue light Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Blue Lights Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
BOSTON (CBS) – From our phones and computers to the lights in our homes, we are constantly bombarded with blue light, and nighttime exposure can be hazardous to your health. Edward Takach has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, so he’s made big changes at home. “It’s just become regular routine,” Takach said. Edward Takach has made changes to his exposure to blue lights. (WBZ-TV) His television, tablet and computer are set up so he sees warmer colors from dusk to dawn. So is the lighting in his home. He is trying to block blue light from electronics and energy efficient light bulbs at n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local blue lights Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Experts Concerned About Effectiveness Of This Year ’ s Flu Vaccine
(CNN) — Last year’s seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. Even if vaccinated, people had inadequate protection against the flu. This limited effectiveness was due to a mutation that occurred in the influenza A (H3N2) vaccine strain, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This vaccine mutation resulted from an egg-based manufacturing process commonly used today. This year’s flu vaccine may also be imperfect, said Scott Hensley, author of the new study and an associate profe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Flu Vaccine Local TV Source Type: news

Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers Worked As Well As Opioids In New Study
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain. The results challenge common ER practice for treating short-term, severe pain and could prompt changes that would help prevent new patients from becoming addicted. The study has limitations: It only looked at short-term pain relief in the emergency room and researchers didn&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Confronting The Crisis opioid crisis Source Type: news

Food Allergy Detection Device Could Remove Danger Of Dining Out
BOSTON (CBS) – Clare Maloney-Kolenberg is high school junior from Winchester who is looking forward to traveling to Spain on an exchange program with her Spanish class. But that excitement is coupled with a bit of anxiety due to her food allergies. “I’m allergic to tree nuts, peanuts and sesame,” she told WBZ-TV. It’s a list that can make dining out a bit dicey, even in familiar restaurants near home.  But once you add unfamiliar foods and a language barrier, that increases the odds of a reaction. That’s exactly what happened when Clare ordered ice cream on a trip to Germany wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergy Detection Device Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Effects Of Sugary Drinks, The Importance Of Strength Training
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s no question that drinking a lot of soda is bad for your health but what if you only do it once in a while? A new review of 36 studies finds that one sugary beverage a day is associated with high blood pressure, and just two sugary beverages a week could possibly raise your risk of type two diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Sugary drinks are not just sodas. Juice, lemonade and anything with a lot of sugar are included. While we await more research to determine the health risks of drinking sugar-laden drinks, try to limit your intake. Instead of drinking a glass of fruit juice, eat a pie...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Dr. Mallika Marshall High Blood Pressure strength training Source Type: news

40 Percent Of Doctors, Nurses Have Gone To Work With The Flu, Survey Finds
CBS Local — As flu season kicks into high gear, a new report is revealing the unhealthy habits of the people entrusted with keeping Americans healthy. According to a survey of nearly 2,000 healthcare professionals, over 40 percent who say they’ve worked while sick actually had the flu as they met patients. “The statistics are alarming. At least one earlier study has shown that patients who are exposed to a healthcare worker who is sick are five times more likely to get a healthcare-associated infection,” lead author Dr. Sophia Chiu wrote in the survey’s release. “We recommend a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Doctors Flu flu season Nurses talkers Source Type: news

CVS To Offer Same-Day Prescription Delivery
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is cranking up prescription deliveries to customer homes or workplaces, as the drugstore chain tries to squeeze more of an edge from a massive store network that puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within three miles of one of its locations. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain will start offering free, same-day deliveries in December from its Manhattan sites. It will also expand next-day deliveries nationwide early next year while also bringing the same-day service to several more cities. Drugstores and other retailers have been pushing more customer-friendly servic...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News CVS Source Type: news

Report Shows Big Increase In Complaints About EpiPen Failures
NEW YORK (CBS) – The EpiPen and its manufacturer, Mylan, have made headlines in recent years over a pricing controversy. Now, the company may have an even more serious problem on its hands – devices that don’t work. EpiPen (WBZ-TV) According to Bloomberg, there have been 228 reported EpiPen failures this year, leading to seven deaths and 25 hospitalizations. In 2012, just four failures were reported. Mylan tells CBS News that the Bloomberg article is “misleading,” noting that a rise in reported failures doesn’t necessarily mean the devices actually failed. It says more attention on the c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News EpiPen Source Type: news

Slowing Breast Cancer Progression May Improve Quality of Life, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Certain patients with advanced breast cancer can extend their quality of life by delaying disease progression. German scientists found that women who received a drug cocktail to slow down the cancer enjoyed a better quality of life for a longer period of time compared to those who did not receive the treatment. It’s becoming increasingly important to strike a balance between quantity of life and quality of life when it comes to cancer care.  For many patients, the goal is not just to extend life but to make sure that that additional life is worth living. Sometimes cancer treatments can be so...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Popular Over-The-Counter Antacids Could Increase The Risk Of Stomach Cancer
This study was not able to prove that the medications lead to a higher risk of gastric cancer, it just suggested an association. They also studied conflicts with another recent study that suggested no increased risk of stomach cancer with these medications. That said, doctors and patients should exercise caution when using them over a long period of time.   (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 - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Company Offers An Extra Week Of Vacation For Employees Who Don ’ t Smoke
TOKYO (CNN Money) — Smoking at work will cost you more than a week of precious vacation time at one Japanese company. Piala, a Tokyo-based marketing firm, has started giving non-smoking employees six additional paid days off a year. The company says the idea came from an employee who complained that colleagues who smoked often worked less because of the cigarette breaks they took throughout the day. That led the agency to come up with what it’s calling a “win-win” solution. “We don’t give punishment for smoking,” said Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima. “Instead, we offer a ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Smoking Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Colonoscopies, Carbs, And A Link Between Tylenol And ADHD
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s generally recommended that people get their first colonoscopy at age 50, but after analyzing data on 6,000 procedures, French researchers say starting screening at age 45 could save lives. U.S. experts say there were some flaws with this study, so right now the American Cancer Society is standing by its recommendations to start screening at age 50 for people at average risk of developing colon cancer. If, however, you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to be screened sooner. Does Tylenol Increase the Risk of ADHD in Offspring? Researchers in Norway found that pregnant moms w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

FDA Warns You Can ‘ Overdose ’ On Black Licorice This Halloween
WASHINGTON (CBS) – Before you go to town on your Halloween candy this year, there’s one treat you should consume with caution. The FDA is sharing a warning about the potential dangers of black licorice. “As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy – or, more precisely, black licorice,” the FDA says. Trick or treat – gearing up for candy consumption? ✓ out this video to learn how eating too much black licorice can be harmful. pic.twitter.com/aaHVdqm505 — U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) October 30, 2017 Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in your body’s p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News black licorice Halloween Source Type: news

Regular Marijuana Users Have More Sex, Study Says
By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) — Dr. Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology, sees a lot of patients at the Stanford University Medical Center who have problems performing in the bedroom. To determine what the problem is, they’ll go through a laundry list of regular activities. Often, patients will ask whether they need to smoke less marijuana. There isn’t a lot of research on the topic. However, with marijuana becoming legal in a growing number of states, Eisenberg thought it’d be worth exploring. What he found surprised him. “Usually, people assume the more frequently you smoke,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Marijuana Source Type: news

Boston Start-Up Hopes To Revolutionize Online Check-Ups
BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve all done it — felt an ache or pain and jumped online to diagnosis ourselves.  Those internet answers can be scary and flat-out wrong. A Boston start-up now wants to change the way we give ourselves these online check-ups. “You’ll hear people say all the time ‘I put in cough and I got lung cancer. I put in headache and I had a brain tumor,’ ” said Andrew Le, describing the possible results someone might get when googling their own symptoms. Le is CEO of Boston-based BuoyHealth.com, a new website that wants to be your first online stop when you&rs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Shingles Vaccine That Is More Than 90% Effective
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a new shingles vaccine in town. Shingrix was approved by the FDA last week, and a CDC advisory panel just voted to recommend it for patients 50 and older. It is given as two injections two to six months apart, and in studies the vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective. Shingrix is not the only shingles vaccine available. Zostavax has been around for more than a decade, but it may not be as effective as this new vaccine, especially in older patients. Vaccine experts are not only recommending the new vaccine for people who have never been vaccinated but say that people who got the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Shingles Source Type: news

HealthWatch: GMO Label Confusion
BOSTON (CBS) – You may be seeing the “non-GMO” label more and in some surprising places. Genetically modified or GMO foods are typically resistant to insects, disease, or pesticides, but many shoppers want to avoid them. And now some companies are feeling pressured to add non-GMO labeling to products that wouldn’t be genetically modified in the first place, like kitty litter and condoms. Genetically modified organisms are any plant or animal whose DNA has been changed in a lab. And for some people, that sounds unnatural, dangerous and harmful to our health. Some social media personalities have stoke...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall GMO Source Type: news

Arlington Police Chief Joins President Trump At Opioid Announcement
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan was among a group joining President Donald Trump Thursday in Washington, D.C. during an announcement about the national opioid crisis. Chief Frederick Ryan joined fellow members of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) as Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Chief Ryan at the White House with US Surgeon General @JeromeAdamsMD discussing strategies to combat the opioid crisis. pic.twitter.com/xOFxS5HAVy — Arlington, MA Police (@ArlingtonMAPD) October 26, 2017 In August, P.A.A.R.I.’s mem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local opioid crisis President Trump Source Type: news

Arlington Police Chief To Join President Trump At Opioid Announcement
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan will be among a group joining President Donald Trump Thursday in Washington, D.C. during an announcement about the national opioid crisis. Chief Frederick Ryan will join fellow members of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) as Trump is expected to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. In August P.A.A.R.I.’s members urged federal government officials to make the declaration. Police say declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency is “not only a symbolic recognition of the sev...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local opioid crisis President Trump Source Type: news

MGH Uses New, More Comfortable Mammogram Machine
BOSTON (CBS) – Getting a mammogram can be painful, but Massachusetts General Hospital became the first hospital in the United States to use a new machine designed by Boston-based General Electric Company. The machine features a hand-held remote which allows patients to control the amount of pressure administered during the exam. It also has softer edges and more comfortable hand rests. Apparently the greater comfort does not compromise image quality and MGH will study whether patients prefer this new system. They will continue to use conventional mammogram machines as well. Marlboro-based Hologic has also developed a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Mammogram Source Type: news

Study: Daydreaming May Be Sign Of Intelligence
BOSTON (CBS) – Does your mind tend to wander when you’re supposed to be staying focused? A new study from Georgia Tech suggests that daydreaming isn’t necessarily a bad thing and may be a sign of intelligence. Researchers looked at more than 100 people and found that those who reported more frequent daydreaming scored higher on intellectual and creativity tests and had more efficient brains, in general. The researchers say people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering. (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 - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Pediatricians ’ Counseling Hopes To End Teen Opioid Addiction Before It Starts
WAREHAM (CBS) – One out of every four teenagers admits to misusing or abusing, a prescription drug. It’s a dangerous road that can lead to addiction. To prevent and treat drug-use in kids there is now a first-of-its-kind program tackling the issue head-on right at the pediatrician’s office. At Wareham Pediatrics, the Cat in the Hat welcomes young patients and route markers provide a guide to the exam rooms. (WBZ-TV) But the practice itself could be creating a road map to prevent and treat addiction in kids. (WBZ-TV) “It was a really helpless feeling to sometimes see kids and families struggling with...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Confronting The Crisis Lisa Hughes opioid crisis Suboxone Source Type: news

DNA Scan That Can Detect 1,800 Diseases In Newborns Raises Privacy Concerns
BOSTON (CBS) – Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are offering new parents a landmark genetic scan that screens newborns for around 1,800 conditions. But most parents are declining the controversial test. The trial allows newborns to be tested before showing symptoms of diseases, including some cancers. Robert Green, medical geneticist at Harvard and co-director of the BabySeq Project along with Alan Beggs, told CBS This Morning the scan could “absolutely” save a child’s life in the future. Robert Green, medical geneticist at Harvard and co-director of the BabySeq Project. (Image Credit: ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham And Womens CBS This Morning Source Type: news

Month You Give Birth Could Affect Postpartum Depression Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s estimated that 1 in 9 women in the United States develops postpartum depression, and the time of year a new mom gives birth may make a difference. Looking at the medical records of more than 20,000 women, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that moms who gave birth in the spring or winter had a lower risk of postpartum depression compared to moms who gave birth in the fall or summer They also found that women who were obese, non-white, and did not get an epidural or other anesthesia during delivery appeared to be more likely to develop postpartum depression. (Source: WBZ-...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Postpartum Depression Source Type: news

New Guidelines On How To Avoid Germs At Pediatrician ’ s Office
BOSTON (CBS) – Cold and flu season is upon us. So how do we stay healthy with all this coughing and sniffling in our midst? One way is to reduce the spread of germs in the doctor’s office. Many pediatricians’ waiting rooms have books and toys to occupy our little ones while we’re waiting to see the doctor, but these can harbor germs, especially this time of year. So the AAP recommends making hand sanitizer and masks available to parents in the doctor’s office, bringing your own books and toys for your child to play with, and keeping your infant or toddler in their stroller until you’re ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot Source Type: news

Intense Cold Therapy Salons Opening In Boston Area
BOSTON (CBS) – We all know that ice is good for an injury to reduce swelling, but would cooling your whole body work to reduce all of your aches and pains? Those who believe in cryotherapy say yes and the treatment is becoming more available in the Boston area. Kelly Strickland just opened a new facility in West Roxbury. “Essentially what cryotherapy is, is the extreme use of cold therapy in a confined area to create a reaction in your body to help with pain and inflammation and muscle soreness,” she said. Inside her salon is a room with a vertical chamber called a cryosauna. It uses liquid nitrogen to c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local cryotherapy Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Keller @ Large: Rep. Stephen Lynch ‘ Stunned ’ By Opioid Maneuvering In Congress
BOSTON (CBS) – Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-8th District) says he was “stunned” by the March 2016 maneuvering by GOP leaders in Congress to pass a bill curbing federal power to crackdown on suspected opioid distribution scofflaw. “It never came up for a roll call vote,” Lynch said. Instead, as a 60 Minutes/Washington Post expose has documented, the bill breezed through both branches by unanimous consent – no debate or vote – before being signed into law by then-President Obama. “This was treated like the naming of a post office or something like that,” says Lynch in a WBZ-TV i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local Jon Keller Keller @ Large opioid crisis Rep Stephen Lynch Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Stress Bad For Gut, Walking Can Help You Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s growing evidence that your gut health is closely tied to your overall health. In fact, bacteria and other organisms that live in your gut may affect your weight, your immune system, even your risk of disease. Now a new study finds that stress can be as bad for your gut as junk food. Researchers found that mice who were exposed to stress had gut bacteria that resembled those of mice fed a high-fat diet, but only in female mice. We all get stressed from time to time, some more than others, and this is more evidence that stress doesn’t just affect our psychological health, but that it ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Walking Source Type: news

FDA Approves Gene Therapy Tested In Boston To Treat Adults With Lymphoma
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. That Novartis treatment was tested in Boston. In those tests, Dana Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital cancer researchers found that 80 percent of lymphoma patients who underwent the treatmen...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News blood cancer Brigham and Women's Hospital Dana Farber FDA Gene Therapy Novartis Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

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