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HealthWatch: Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat? Probably Doesn ’ t Matter
This study also looked specifically at the subjects’ genetics when it comes to metabolizing fat and carbohydrates, as well as, how their bodies secrete insulin and found that neither of those things seemed to matter when it came to weight loss with the two different diets. Scientists have wondered whether some diets fit a person’s biology better than others and this is an area which will continue to be studied. In the meantime, it’s probably best to find a meal plan that you can stick to. (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 - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Healthy Eating Low Carb Diets Low Fat Source Type: news

Preventive Treatment For Peanut Allergies Succeeds In Study
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that. California-based Aimmune (AIM-yoon) Therapeutics said 67 percent of kids who had its treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Local TV Peanut Allergies Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Drinking Soda May Impact Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) — Could drinking soda affect your chances of having a baby? Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health surveyed almost 5,000 men and women and found that drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day, by either partner, male or female, was associated with a 20% lower chance of getting pregnant each month. Prior studies have found that drinking soda can lead to poor semen quality, as well as obesity and type two diabetes which also can impact fertility. The researchers found little impact from drinking fruit juices or diet soda, but they say that couples who want to get pregnant m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Fertility Soda Women's Health Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Cleaning Products Could Cause Lung Damage In Women
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study finds that regularly using cleaning sprays or other cleaning products could put women at risk for lung damage. Researchers in Norway looked at data from more than 6,000 people followed for more than 20 years and found that women who clean regularly experience a faster reduction in lung function than women who don’t. They found, specifically for women who work as cleaners, the decline in lung function was almost as large as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years Cleaning products contain small particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and irritate the membranes that line th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Source Type: news

Blood, Urine Test Could Help Diagnose Autism Earlier In Children
This study does not tell us how effectively this measure can differentiate between autism and other neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions such as ADHD and anxiety.” Autism is a developmental disorder that mainly affects social interaction, causing a wide spectrum of behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety or speech disturbances. An estimated 30% of cases have been found to have genetic causes. The remaining 70% are thought to be caused by a combination of environmental factors, mutations and genetics, according to the study. Currently, if a child is suspected of having autism, doctors carry out...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Autism Local TV Source Type: news

Healthiest Office Snacks, As Chosen By Nutritionists
(CNN) — When your stomach starts grumbling during a midmorning meeting or when you’re stuck at your desk without a break in sight, what is the most satisfying and healthy snack to grab? To answer this question, I asked 10 nutritionists what their favorite go-to nosh is during a busy workday. Below, their responses. ALMONDS “Almonds are my number one go-to snack when hunger hits between meals. In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1.5 ounces of almonds (about 35 nuts) consumed as a snack daily for four weeks helped to suppress hunger between meals. How? Because the fiber, prot...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local TV Snacks Source Type: news

CBS Local Interview: Filmmaker Matthew Heineman
Matthew Heineman thought he was going to be a teacher. After getting denied by Teach for America, Heineman and his friends traveled around the country to create a documentary about their generation. Today, the 34-year-old is an award-winning filmmaker and Academy-Award nominee. Heineman stopped by the CBS Local Studio to discuss the beginning of his film career and the best piece of advice he ever received. Heineman also discussed his new docuseries on Showtime called “The Trade.” This series tells the story of the opiod crisis in America from the perspective of users, law enforcement and drug lords. The Dartm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Only CBS Entertainment Matthew Heineman Showtime Source Type: news

Local Woman Waits For a Heart On Valentine ’ s Day
BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston woman is waiting for a new heart this Valentine’s Day. But while her heart may be broken, she is living as though it is full. Cindy Washington was 19 and a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a pre-law degree when she became overwhelmingly tired. “I started to lose my breath and to sweat a lot,” Cindy recalls. After many trips to the ER, doctors finally figured out her heart was enlarged, weak and failing. In fact, Cindy’s heart was so sick she went into cardiac arrest twice, both times revived by her mom. “She had to bring me to the floor and pump and re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Valentine's Day Source Type: news

Darwin ’ s Dogs Project Takes Closer Look At Pets ’ DNA And Behavior
NATICK (CBS) – “What I love about Daisy is she’s just a cute little hound dog,” said 10-year-old Josh Corliss of Natick. Josh and his mom, Mary Ann, didn’t always know what kind of dog they really had. “When we first got Daisy we thought she was a Redbone Coonhound and a mix of some sort,” Mary Ann told WBZ-TV. Well, she’s a mix alright. (Image credit: Darwin’s Dogs) “We found out that our Redbone Coonhound is actually half Bloodhound, and about a third Boxer and another third Heinz 57,” said Mary Ann while looking at a colorful pie chart, which breaks down ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Family & Pets Health Local News Syndicated Local Darwin's Dogs Dr. Mallika Marshall Elinor Karlsson Local TV Source Type: news

6-Year-Old Haverhill Girl Dies After Flu Diagnosis
WORCESTER (CBS) – A Haverhill first grade student became the first flu-related child death this year. The 6-year-old girl was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School. A nurse from Haverhill Human Services said the girl had tested positive for Influenza A and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The girl died Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital. As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution. “I hope we can all join together to keep this beautiful young lady and her family in our thoughts and prayers,” Scully told parents. It is not kno...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Education Health Local News Syndicated Local Haverhill influenza A Local TV Louisa Moller Source Type: news

6-Year-Old Haverhill Girl Recently Diagnosed With The Flu Has Died
WORCESTER (CBS) – A Haverhill first grade student who died suddenly had recently tested positive for the flu. The 6-year-old girl was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School. A nurse from Haverhill Human Services said the girl had tested positive for Influenza A and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The nurse added that further testing is needed to determine if the flu caused the girl’s death. The girl died Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital. As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution. “We are all devastated by this news and ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Education Health Local News Syndicated Local Haverhill influenza A Local TV Louisa Moller Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Ultrasounds Don ’ t Cause Autism; Kids Benefit From Activity Before School
BOSTON (CBS) – There has been some concern that prenatal ultrasounds could increase the risk of autism in children but a new study suggests otherwise. Researchers at Boston Medical Center looked at more than 400 kids born at the hospital and found that the mothers of those with autism had no more prenatal ultrasounds and no greater duration of ultrasound exposure than moms of kids without autism. In fact, the kids with autism had on average less ultrasound exposure during the 1st and 2nd trimesters than the other children. The study did raise one question. Does the depth of the ultrasound scan make a difference? The ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Ultrasound Source Type: news

Bad Flu Season Has Americans Drinking Orange Juice Again
BOSTON (CBS) – American battling the flu have been on the hunt for Vitamin C. Consumers bought nearly 39 million gallons of orange juice in January. That’s the first time in almost five years that there’s been a year-over-year increase in orange juice sales, The Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts expect the orange juice surge to end after flu season. The Associated Press reported that this flu season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. Some doctors say it’s the worst they’ve seen in decades. (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 - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Local TV Orange Juice Source Type: news

Young Rochester Marine Dies Of Rare Flesh-Eating Disease
ROCHESTER (CBS) – A young Marine from Massachusetts has died from a rare illness. Becket Kiernan, 18, of Rochester, died Monday, just hours after being diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a rare, flesh-eating disease, said his mother, Lynda Kiernan. “Ever since Beck was tiny, he knew he wanted to be a Marine,” she told WBZ-TV. Becket Kiernan, 18, a Marine from Rochester, has died of a rare flesh-eating disease. (Family photo) After graduating from high school, he enlisted. “We were all so proud,” his mother said. “His whole character has always been about what he could do. He wanted to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Becket Kiernan flesh-eating bacteria MARINE Rochester Source Type: news

Flu Season Now As Bad As 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for D...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Flu Swine Flu Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Amino Acid Fuels Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study says diet could affect the spread of a deadly type of breast cancer. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai found that an amino acid called asparagine, which is found in many types of food, may fuel tumor cells. When the scientists eliminated asparagine from the diets of mice with “triple-negative” breast cancer, the cancer was less likely to travel to distant sites in the body. Asparagine is found in dairy, beef, poultry, eggs, fish, nuts, whole grains, and asparagus, but most fruits and vegetables are low in asparagine. Does this mean that you should remove all these foods from your diet...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local asparagine Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: School-Based Obesity Intervention Programs May Not Be Effective
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a study in The BMJ, school-based obesity intervention programs for young children may not help that much. Researchers looked at a year-long program for about 1,200 five- and six-year-olds at more than 50 state-run schools in England and found that the body mass index (BMI) scores for the children had not changed significantly by the end. There were also no significant differences in the amount of calories consumed, levels of physical activity, or blood pressure. The program included 30 minutes of physical activity at the end of each day, cooking classes for parents and children as well as ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Childhood Obesity Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Bill Would Allow Doctors To Involuntarily Commit Patients To Treatment Center
BOSTON (CBS) – As the opioid crisis continues to grip the nation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a controversial proposal. It would allow doctors to involuntarily commit overdose patients to one of five treatment centers in the state for 72 hours — without a judge’s approval. Current law allows doctors to commit patients against their will only with the consent of a judge. Patrick Cronin, director of business development for Northeast Addictions Treatment Center in Quincy, is a recovering addict himself. He supports the proposal, saying it could be the difference between life and death fo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Gov. Charlie Baker liam martin opioid crisis Paula Ebben Source Type: news

Asthma Rates Among Children In The United States Are Dropping
BOSTON (CBS) – Asthma rates among children in the United States are dropping. According to the CDC, the percentage of children with asthma fell from 9.4% in 2010 to 8.3% in 2016. Hospitalizations were cut in half over a decade. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children and can be deadly, so declining rates of disease are encouraging. That means fewer missed days at school, fewer missed days at work for parents, and fewer kids dealing with the difficulties of managing a chronic illness. That said, half of kids with asthma had an asthma attack in 2016 so more work needs to be done. We need to continue ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Asthma Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Researchers Say Cell Phone Exposure Is Unlikely To Cause Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s been a lot of concern over the years about whether cell phones cause cancer. Now two new large government studies find there may be a risk but it’s probably small. Researchers exposed rats and mice to radiofrequency radiation for roughly nine hours a day for up to two years. They found a higher incidence of malignant heart tumors in the male rats but not in female rats nor in any of the mice. The rodents with tumors were exposed to radiation levels higher than those with heavy cell phone use, and the risk of cancer appeared pretty small, but more research needs to be done to further...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cell Phone Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Wine Could Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer ’ s Disease
BOSTON (CBS) – Could a daily nightcap help protect your brain from Alzheimer’s? Researchers at the University of Rochester found that mice exposed to low levels of alcohol showed less inflammation in the brain and were more efficient at removing brain waste, including toxins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Low levels of alcohol, for this study, amounts to about 2 1/2 glasses a day. A glass of wine is only about 4-5 ounces in total. We know that low to moderate levels of alcohol may help prevent heart disease and cancer and now possibly dementia, but excessive alcohol use can do the opposite. Heavy d...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Alzheimer's Disease Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Spike In Flu Cases Prompts Hospital To Ask Children Not To Visit Patients
WINCHESTER (CBS) – Due to a spike in cases of the flu, children are currently not allowed to visit patients at a Massachusetts hospital. Winchester Hospital announced the decision on Friday. Effective immediately, due to the increase of severe illness from the flu, all children 13 and under and anyone with the following symptoms cannot visit patients. – Cough– Fever– Sore throat– Runny nose– Nasal congestion This is for the safety of both you and our patients. — Winchester Hospital (@WinchesterHosp) February 2, 2018 Children under 13 years old cannot visit the hospital, effectiv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Flu Local TV Winchester Hospital Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls On Congress To Spend $1B For Universal Flu Vaccine
BOSTON (CBS) – The flu epidemic is hitting Massachusetts hard. Thursday night, another patient died from influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital, the eleventh person to die in the past two months. Hospital officials say their emergency room is packed with flu patients every day and at least 90 staff members of the hospital have been diagnosed. Part of the reason for the epidemic is health experts say the current batch of flu vaccination is not as effective. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) visited the Boston hospital on Friday to call on Congress to invest $1 billion over five years for researchers to create a new univ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston David Robichaud Massachusetts General Hospital U.S. Sen. Edward Markey Source Type: news

HealthWatch: FDA Calls For Re-Packaging Of Popular Antidiarrheal Drug
BOSTON (CBS) — Imodium is a popular over-the-counter medication used to treat diarrhea, but the FDA is calling on changes to Imodium’s packaging due to concerns about abuse of the drug. Health officials say high doses can lead to serious cardiac problems and even death. The active ingredient in Imodium, loperamide, has opioid-like effects and some people use it to get a quick high or to help minimize withdrawal symptoms from other opioids, which requires large doses which not only causes debilitating constipation but also potentially fatal heart rhythms and even death. The FDA hopes that if Imodium is offered i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Dr. Mallika Marshall FDA Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Which Plant-Based Milk Is The Most Nutritious?
BOSTON (CBS) — Millions of Americans have turned to plant-based milk as an alternative to cow’s milk, but which variety is the healthiest? Researchers from McGill University found that while none of them proves as nutritious as cow’s milk, soy milk reigns supreme when compared to rice, almond and coconut milk. Soy milk is a better source of protein and contains phytonutrients which may have some anti-cancer properties. Almond milk has larger amounts of healthy fats but less protein. Coconut milk has virtually no protein, and rice milk has the weakest nutritional value. Rice milk is higher in calories and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Milk Source Type: news

Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway Creating New Health Care Company
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to create a health care company “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” Buffett, in a prepared statement Tuesday, called the skyrocketing costs of health care in the U.S. the “hungry tapeworm on the American economy.” Warren Buffett (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) The ambitious goal, they say, is in the early planning stages, but the seismic nature of the announcement sent a shockwave through the health industry. Shares of health care companies are falling in ear...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Amazon Berkshire Hathaway Health Care JPMorgan Local TV Warren Buffett Source Type: news

Children Injured After Swallowing Fidget Spinner Batteries
BOSTON (CBS) – Doctors are increasingly concerned about the safety of fidget spinners, which took the world by storm last year. A new report describes two children who were severely injured by swallowing the toys’ lithium button batteries. Doctors from Boston Children’s Hospital agree that the unlabeled batteries in fidget spinners pose a potential danger to kids. These toys are not suitable for young children. Fidget spinners come in different shapes and sizes and pieces can come off, which can be a choking hazard. The ones that light up have tiny lithium batteries inside which if swallowed can cause se...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall fidget spinners Source Type: news

Fish-Based Omega-3s Better Than Plant-Based For Prevention Of Breast Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women, but does the source of those good fats matter? Researchers at the University of Guelph, ON, Canada say, “Yes.” They looked at mice predisposed to develop an aggressive type of breast cancer and found that a diet rich in fish-based omega-3 fatty acids was eight times more effective at preventing breast tumor growth than a diet rich in plant-based omega-3s. Plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are found in soy, canola oil, walnuts, and flaxseed. Fish-based omega-3s are found in salmon, tuna, trout and oth...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Is The ‘ Souping ’ Trend For You?
 By Lisa Drayer, CNN (CNN) — When I first heard of “souping,” it brought me back to my clinical days working in a hospital, where pureed soups and other easy to digest foods — also known as “full liquids” — would be prescribed for patients recovering from gastrointestinal surgery, or those who had difficulty chewing or swallowing. Then I reflected upon how much I regularly enjoy soup, especially for the comfort it provides on cold, dreary days — even though, thankfully, I have no health issues that would require such an easily digestible meal. Soup is often my go-to in t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Diets Source Type: news

Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. &ldq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News cardiac arrest Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Flu Virus Used To Treat Pancreatic Cancer In Mice
BOSTON (CBS) – Pancreatic cancer is a particularly aggressive and deadly cancer, but now researchers in London have developed a modified flu virus to target and kill tumor cells. The virus has an extra protein that binds pancreatic cancer cells and scientists found the modified virus was able to stop cancer growth in mice. Pancreatic cancer is often caught late and is incredibly hard to treat because it can quickly become resistant to treatment. For a variety of cancers, researchers have been turning to mutated viruses to search out and kill cancer cells while trying to avoid drug resistance. The virus appears to hav...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall flu virus pancreatic cancer HealthWatch Source Type: news

HealthWatch: E-Cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Regular Cigarettes, Still May Pose Risks
BOSTON (CBS) — Many smokers turn to e-cigarettes to help them quit but just how safe are they? A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that e-cigarettes are less toxic than regular cigarettes and could be a useful tool to help smokers kick the habit. That said, e-cigarettes do emit some toxins and release nicotine which is addictive and has long-term effects, so you if you don’t smoke, certainly don’t start using e-cigarettes because you think they’re harmless. They’re not. And we know that once kids and teens start using e-cigarettes or start ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall E-Cigarette Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Can The Flu Cause A Heart Attack?
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s bad enough to get the flu but could you also be at risk of suffering a heart attack while you’re sick? Well, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds a significant association between respiratory infections, especially the flu, and suffering a heart attack. Researchers looked at hospitalizations for heart attack one year before and one year after a positive test for influenza. They found that the risk of admission for acute heart attack was six times higher in the seven days after testing positive for the flu. The risks were highest for older adults, those who...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Flu Vaccine Source Type: news

Vaping Is Addictive And Can Lead Teens To Smoke, Study Finds
CBS Local — A newly released report, compiled by health experts from around the country, has found that e-cigarettes can have a much more negative impact on teens than previous believed. The study claims that teens not only become addicted to vaping but are more likely to pick up smoking because of it. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released their findings on Jan. 23, citing evidence that e-cigarettes were safer than traditional smoking products, but refused to declare vaping devices completely safe. “When it got down to answering the questions about what the impacts on health are,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore e-cigarettes Local TV Smoking talkers vaping Source Type: news

Boston Doctors Try To Save Girl ’ s Vision Using New Cancer Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, hearing not only that your child has cancer but that she might also lose her eye. That’s exactly what happened to an Andover family and their 3-year-old daughter. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital are using a revolutionary technique to try to save her vision and her life. A little over a year ago Dania Snyder was a typical toddler until her parents noticed something unusual about her right eye. “You could see a little flash of a fleshy piece sort of through her pupil,” explains PJ, Dania’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Deadly Flu Season Claiming 100 Lives Per Week, CDC Warns
CBS Local — After a devastating flu season in Australia set off warning bells in the U.S. back in November, the CDC now says that America’s flu season is already responsible for hundreds of deaths around the country. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that 759 people died of flu-related illnesses between Oct. 7 and Dec. 23. Last year, only 322 people died during the same period due to the flu. America’s flu outbreak reached its worst point ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CDC Chris Melore Flu flu season Flu Shots Local TV talkers Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Pediatricians Call For Improved Nutrition In First 1,000 Days of Life
BOSTON (CBS) — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing a policy statement to improve the nutrition of children in their first 1,000 days of life. They’re calling on healthcare professional to educate pregnant women about breastfeeding and provide help when needed, to counsel caregivers about important brain nutrients, and to advocate for improved nutrition programs at a local, state, and federal level. The most critical period of brain development begins at conception in the womb and ends at the beginning of age 3. Poor nutrition during this time can lead to lifelong deficits in brain function even ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Nutrition Pediatrician Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Could Getting Breathed On Give You The Flu?
BOSTON (CBS) — Flu activity continues to be widespread across the country and the season could be the worst in years. Almost 9,000 Americans have been hospitalized since early October and at least 30 kids have died so far. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a new study may help explain why the flu tends to spread so fast. Researchers at the University of Maryland looked at 142 patients with a positive flu test and analyzed their breath samples during the first few days of symptoms. They found that 39% of the samples were positive for infectious flu virus. Typically when we think of how the flu and cold viruses get circ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Flu Symptoms Source Type: news

Rob Gronkowski ’ s Concussion – What ’ s Next In His Recovery
BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a concussion that knocked him out of the AFC Championship Sunday and there’s hope that he’ll be available for the Super Bowl. So what will it take for Gronk to be ready in just 13 days? Right after Gronkowski suffered that blow to the head, he was taken immediately to the locker room where he reportedly entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. For all NFL games, there are official spotters in the booth from both teams looking for potential concussions. If they see something concerning, a player may simply undergo a si...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Patriots Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Concussion Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV New England Patriots Rob Gronkoswki Source Type: news

The Proven & Unproven Health Benefits Of Honey
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Move over, prehistoric bears. Humans have loved honey since the Stone Age. Rock art pictures of honey harvesting, which at first glance look like drawings from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, date to about 8000 B.C. Beeswax has been found on pottery dating as far back as 7000 B.C., most likely used for waterproofing. The ancient Egyptians offered honey to the gods and then joined the Greeks, Romans and Chinese in using it as a salve for wounds and a treatment for fevers and stomach ailments. Today, proponents of honey tout its miraculous healing properties, claiming that it can prev...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Honey Source Type: news

Churchgoers Take Precautions As Flu Cases Spike In Massachusetts
BOSTON (CBS) – The sign of peace usually involves a handshake at Catholic Mass. But during services at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston there were a lot of waves of recognition. “A lot of people don’t shake hands, they greet each other probably for that reason, to avoid passage of whatever,” said churchgoer Jerry Sullivan. Right now it’s concern about the flu being passed from hand to hand. Purell dispensers are closely monitored for re-filling, but John Sharkey carries it anyway. “I’m a germaphobe, I have Purell all the time,” Sharkey says. “In church I don&rsquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Germano Boston Church Flu Local TV Source Type: news

Study: Repetitive Hits, Not Just Concussions, Can Lead To CTE
BOSTON (CBS) – A surprising new study out of Boston University about the cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE. Scientists studied mice models as well as the brains of four teenage athletes and found that repetitive hits to the head, even if they don’t cause symptoms of a concussion, can lead to significant brain damage over time. Over recent years, the focus has been specifically on concussions, head injuries that lead to symptoms like headache, confusion dizziness, but scientists at BU say that repetitive hits that don’t meet the criteria of concussion can damage blood vessels. Those b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

School Teacher Dies Suddenly From Flu Complications
SWAMPSCOTT (CBS) – The community is mourning the loss of a popular teacher in Swampscott who has died from the flu. Phyllis Gotlib, 68, had taught music to elementary school students in town since 1999. She died Wednesday after she became ill over the weekend, the superintendent said in a letter to parents. Students were told about the death Thursday. “Phyllis was a wonderful person loved by everyone. She brought music into the lives of so many children in Swampscott and Marblehead. We are shocked and saddened and can’t express how much we will miss her,” her family said in a statement Thursday afte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Flu Flu Deaths Local TV Phyllis Gotlib Swampscott Source Type: news

A Birth Control Pill For Men?
BOSTON (CBS) – Could we be closer to a birth control pill for men? Scientists have been trying to develop one for decades but now they may have a new unusual lead: a plant extract, called ouabain, that was used by African warriors and hunters as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows. In high enough quantities ouabain can damage the heart, not really what you want in a birth control pill for men, but it can also disrupt a protein in sperm thought to be important for male fertility. So researchers manipulated the extract so it wouldn’t be toxic and tested it in rats, and found that it interfered with the s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Uncategorized News Local Health Syndicated Local Boston birth control Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Walmart Offers Way To Turn Leftover Opioids Into Useless Gel
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made by DisposeRx, contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles. When mixed with warm water, the powder turns the pills into a biodegradable gel that can be thrown in the trash. The opioid disposal gel. (Image credit: CBS Newspath) The move by Walmart is the latest precaution being taken to cut do...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioids Walmart Source Type: news

Treating The Flu: Doctor, Urgent Care, Or Emergency Room?
BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials say the flu season may be peaking which hopefully means that cases will soon start to decline. There’s some evidence that this is happening in Massachusetts but only time will tell. That said it is still not too late to get a flu shot so please get one. People with flu symptoms often wonder when they should just stay at home or when they should see a doctor. If you have underlying medical conditions like asthma or heart disease or if you’re pregnant and you think you have the flu, call your doctor. They may want to treat you with anti-viral medication. Otherwise healthy o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Source Type: news

New Study Finds ‘ Baby Brain ’ Really Does Exist
BOSTON (CBS) – Many women say that when they’re pregnant they just don’t feel as mentally sharp as they do when they’re not pregnant, but is there really such a thing as baby brain? The answer is likely “yes”. In a new analysis of 20 studies including more than 1200 pregnant and non-pregnant women, researchers from Australia found that the memory, general cognitive functioning and executive functioning were reduced in the pregnant women. The phenomenon has been called “baby brain”, “pregnancy brain”, even “momnesia” and the researchers found that there...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Pregnancy Source Type: news

Urine Test Could Indicate Food Allergies, How Severe They Are
BOSTON (CBS) – It is estimated that 15 million Americans have an allergy to one or more foods but making the diagnosis can be somewhat painful and time consuming. But in a recent study, researchers from the University of Tokyo identified compounds in the urine of mice that can not only indicate whether a food allergy is present, but how severe the symptoms will likely be. Currently screening for food allergies involves a blood test or multiple pricks to the skin which aren’t terribly invasive but certainly can be a traumatic experience for a child. Then patients often undergo oral food challenges to determine t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Source Type: news

Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer
NORTH GRAFTON (CBS) – When it comes to cancer research, dogs just might be the key to unlock vital clues needed to find a cure. Veterinarians in central Massachusetts are excited about some recent results and it’s also making for some extremely thankful pet owners. “They gave me my best friend back and they gave him more time, quality time,” said Edward Sloan, whose dog, Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, became sick last fall. “All of sudden he went blind, overnight,” Sloan said. “He was scared.  He was sad.” Dozer had cancer. Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, is be...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news