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Feminine Hygiene Products Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good
BOSTON (CBS) – While douching is largely a thing of the past, most women still turn to feminine products as part of their regular hygiene routine but they could be doing more harm than good. Canadian researchers found gel sanitizers were associated with an eight times higher risk of yeast infection and a 20 times higher risk of a bacterial infection. Some products were also associated with a greater risk of urinary tract infections. If you go down the feminine care aisle at your local drugstore you’ll see cream, gels, washes, wipes intended to make you feel cleaner or fresher, but while we don’t know if t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Hygiene Women's Health Source Type: news

Study: Teens Who Use Marijuana Have Slight Reductions In Cognitive Function
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry finds that teens and young adults who use marijuana frequently are more likely to have slight reductions in cognitive functioning. Researchers reviewed nearly 69 studies from more than four decades and found that young people who said they were heavy marijuana users were more likely to have slightly lower scores on tests of memory, problem solving and processing speed. We’ve known that marijuana can slow certain brain functions like learning, memory and attention span, but perhaps what was more surprising in this study is that if young people stopped usi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cognitive Ability Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Marijuana Source Type: news

Mass. General Trial Uses Marijuana-Based Medicine To Reduce Seizures
BOSTON (CBS) – It could be the first-ever drug made from part of a marijuana plant approved by the federal government and one family here in Massachusetts says it’s already making a huge difference in their lives. Emma Newcomer tightly holds on to a few pieces of laminated paper, covered in square photos. These photos are how she talks to the world. By pointing at the different pictures, she communicates if she’s hungry or wants to play. The 13-year-old has a severe form of epilepsy. She can suffer up to 100 seizures a day. Emma Newcomer, 13, right, who has epilepsy, is benefiting from taking a marij...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Experts Say Showering Too Much May Do More Harm Than Good
CBS Local — Many people start the day with shower to wake themselves up or at night to get the day’s grime off; however, health experts are saying people are probably washing up too much. According to multiple reports, excessive showering is actually doing damage to the skin and the body’s ability to heal itself. “Soap and the hot water dissolve the lipids in the skin and scrubbing only hastens the process,” experts say, via a report in PJ Media. The report added that scrubbing interrupts the body’s natural oil production which promotes healing. This results in dryer, cracked skin. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV showering skin care talkers Source Type: news

Spouses Can Boost Early Detection For Melanoma Patients, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) — There’s an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most dangerous type skin cancer. More importantly, they may also be more inclined to nag their partners to get those moles checked out, the researchers said. The findings suggest that unmarried people should ask relatives or friends to do skin checks or seek frequent skin exams with dermatologists. Why marriage might...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Local TV Melanoma Skin Cancer Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Contact Lens That Gets Darker In Sunlight
CBS Local — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new invention that may make wearing sunglasses a thing of the past. FDA officials signed off on the first ever transition contact lenses, which will get darker when the wearer is out in sunlight. “This contact lens is the first of its kind to incorporate the same technology that is used in eyeglasses that automatically darken in the sun,” the FDA’s Malvina Eydelman said in a press release. The agency tested the new lenses on 24 patients to make sure there were no problems with driving during the day and at night. None of the users repo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Contact Lenses FDA Local TV Sunglasses talkers Source Type: news

Marijuana-Based Medicine To Reduce Seizures Gets Positive FDA Review
WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn’t get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company’s liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration’s ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Cannabidiol Epidiolex Local TV Marijuana Oil Source Type: news

One In 8 People Have Cocaine On Their Hands, Study Finds
CBS Local — A British study has found that many people may be coming into contact with illegal substances like cocaine and heroine during their day, even if they don’t use drugs. Researchers at the University of Surrey discovered that 13 percent of drug-free individuals had illegal drugs mixed in with their fingerprints. A study of 50 “clean” subjects and 15 people who had reportedly used cocaine or heroin within the last 24 hours revealed that a person’s unwashed hands were being exposed to several chemicals by just shaking hands or touching objects. “Believe it or not, cocaine is ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Cocaine drug test Fingerprints Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spray Feces Particles On Your Hands, Study Says
CBS Local — A new study has found a dirty little secret about hand dryers found in many public restrooms. Researchers say the machines which are designed to blow hot air on you are actually sucking up feces particles and spraying them onto your hands. The report, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found that air blasted out from the hand drying nozzles contains far more bacteria than normal bathroom air. As many as 60 different bacterial colonies can be blown out of the machines in just one 30-second drying. “The more air ya move? The more bacteria stick,” the study’s aut...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Bacteria bathrooms Chris Melore hand dryers Local TV talkers Source Type: news

FDA Clears Way For First Contact Lenses With Light-Adaptive Technology
BOSTON (CBS) – More than 40-million Americans wear contact lenses and today the FDA cleared the way for the first contact lens with light-adaptive technology. The Johnson & Johnson’s ACUVUE OASYS soft lenses darken when exposed to light similar to eyeglasses that do the same. The lenses contain an additive that changes the degree of light filtered to the eye based on the amount of UV light exposure. A clinical study found the lenses do not interfere with vision or driving performance. They can be used in people who are nearsighted or farsighted and even with a certain degree of astigmatism, an abnormal curv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Contact Lenses Dr. Mallika Marshall FDA Source Type: news

Strawberries, Spinach Top List Of Pesticide Contamination
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s springtime and many of us are craving colorful seasonal delights, like for example, a strawberry spinach salad, but strawberries and spinach both top the list when it comes to pesticide contamination. The Environmental Working Group found that one sample of strawberries tested positive for 22 different pesticides and spinach contained nearly twice the pesticide residue by weight than any other fruit or vegetable. Other members of the so-called “dirty dozen” include nectarines, apples, and grapes. Can rinsing your produce with water help get rid of pesticide residues? Yes. So does...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local dirty dozen Dr. Mallika Marshall Pesticides Source Type: news

‘ Sweet Tooth ’ Gene Linked To Having Less Body Fat, Study Finds
CBS Local — A new study has found that people with a specific gene that makes them crave sugary treats actually have less body fat than others. According to scientists at the University of Copenhagen, a variation of the gene FGF21 is responsible for both alcohol and sugar cravings. After testing more than 450,000 individuals in Europe, the researchers were surprised to find that people with the “genetic sweet tooth” were at lower risk for both obesity and diabetes. “This goes against the current perception that eating sugar is bad for health,” the study’s co-author Ti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News body fat Chris Melore Genes Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Reading Aloud To Young Children May Improve Attention
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds reading out loud to your young child could help reduce their risk of developing hyperactivity and attention problems. Researchers enrolled nearly 700 families in a program and videotaped them reading to or playing with their young children at regular pediatric appointments from birth through age three. They found that the children who participated in the program had fewer attention problems and fewer disruptive behaviors when they started school compared to children who underwent standard pediatric care. The results were even greater when families continued t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Bedtime Stories Behavioral Problems Children Dr. Mallika Marshall Paying Attention Reading Books Source Type: news

Teachers Worry Digital Devices May Harm Kids ’ Well-Being
BOSTON (CBS) — New research finds most teachers believe that digital devices have a negative impact on kids. The nationwide Gallup poll found that while 42% of teachers say these devices are helpful when it comes to students’ education, most believe they can harm a student’s mental and physical health. Interestingly, in separate polling, parents were much more likely to express optimism about the effects of devices on children, in general. Most kids own smartphones and the numbers continue to rise, so more research is needed to identify the positive and negative effects on kids so that they can be used in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Education Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local digital devices Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

New Stem Cell Treatment Could Help People Suffering From ALS
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts General Hospital is testing a new treatment that could help people suffering with ALS. Forty-one-year-old David Neufeglise was a healthy family man and mechanical engineer when he started noticing constant twitching in his arm. After months of tests, the devastating diagnosis came back last January as ALS. “Hearing a doctor say it…uh, it takes your breath away,” says David. “You think about all your hopes and dreams for the future and your family, and your career, and everything. And it puts all those into question.” David Neufeglise (WBZ-TV) Life suddenly ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Dr. Mallika Marshall stem cell treatment Source Type: news

Pasta Linked To Healthy Dieting And Weight Loss, Study Says
CBS Local — A new study has good news for pasta fans who are looking to enjoy their spaghetti but still watch their weight. According to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, carbohydrates found in pasta have a low glycemic index. This means that they cause smaller increases in blood sugar levels and are less likely to affect your waistline. “The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” Dr. John Sievenpiper said in the press release. “In fact analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Dieting Local TV Pasta talkers Weight Loss Source Type: news

Antibiotic Resistant ‘ Nightmare Bacteria ’ Spreading In U.S., CDC Warns
CBS Local — In recent years, antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerous levels and has become a growing public health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than 23,000 die from these infections. Now, a new government study finds more grim news. Researchers report that nationwide testing uncovered 221 instances of unusual resistance in the so-called “nightmare bacteria” — carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) — and other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Bacteria CDC Chris Melore Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Antacids, Antibiotics Could Increase Risk Of Allergy In Babies
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, babies who are given antacids like Zantac and Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies. Researchers looked at the health records of nearly 800,000 children and found that those had been treated with antacids were at double the risk of developing a food allergy. Babies treated with antibiotics also had a higher risk of allergy and asthma. The study doesn’t prove that antacids and antibiotics cause allergies but it certainly raises some questions. Many babies are prescribed antacids for reflux and babies are often given antibiotics for a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Allergies antacids Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Drug Could Help Treat Core Symptoms Of Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Currently 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the United States and there’s no drug yet to treat it, but now researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York are studying whether a first-of-its kind drug, called Balovaptan, could make a difference. Balovaptan prevents a molecule from binding to brain receptors and is designed to improve social interaction and communication in people with autism. Previous research in adults has been promising. Researchers say this treatment would not be a cure and that kids would still need speech therapy, occupational therapy and educat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Autism Drug Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse. The new studies don’t directly assess the effect of legalizing marijuana on opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Instead, they find evidence that legalization may reduce the prescribing of opioids. Over-prescribing is considered...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Legalized Marijuana opioid Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

Dining Out Could Be Riskier Than You Think
BOSTON (CBS) – Dining out could be riskier to your health than you might think. Researchers at George Washington University looked at data on more than 10,000 people and found that levels of certain chemicals called phthalates were 35% higher in those who regularly ate out at fast food places, cafeterias and restaurants. People who tend to eat out more, are more likely to have a high phthalate count. (WBZ-TV) Phthalates are found in many products including food packages like takeout boxes. We don’t know all of the long-term effects of phthalate exposure but these chemicals can disrupt hormones and could possibl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dining Out Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Study: Teens With ADHD Are More Likely To Get Into A Car Accident
BOSTON (CBS) – Teens with ADHD may be more likely to get into a car accident. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania took 60 kids, aged 16 to 17, that had recently been issued a driver’s license and put them through a driving simulator. Teens with ADHD are more likely to be distracted while driving. (WBZ-TV) They found that the kids who reported having problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulse control were more likely to have simulator errors and were more likely to engage in risky driving behavior, like speeding and not wearing a seat belt. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Children With ADHD Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Study: Second-Born Children Are More Likely To Break The Law
This study hardly means that second-born children are destined to be delinquents, but parents should be aware that their behavior and attitudes towards younger siblings can have long-term effects. (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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Children Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

If You Want To Trim Your Waistline, Get Some Sleep
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re trying to slim down, according to a study in the journal Sleep, you may not get very far if you’re sleep deprived. Researchers asked 36 overweight and obese adults to cut calories for eight weeks. While the participants each lost about seven pounds, those who got about an hour less sleep each weeknight lost less fat tissue and more lean muscle. Getting some “catch up” sleep on the weekends didn’t seem to make a difference. Previous studies have also suggested that sleep and weight are linked, and that if you sleep less, you tend to eat more, so if you want to los...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall sleep benefits Weight Loss Source Type: news

Sad In The Spring? Allergy-Mood Link Is Real
(CNN) — You know spring has sprung when hundreds of people daily turn to Twitter to vent about their itchy eyes, dripping nose and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing. Seasonal allergies, which affect about 36 million Americans, aren’t just an annoyance; many doctors agree that there is a real connection between allergies and mood. “‘Cranky’ is really the best word for it,” said Katie Ingram, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, a triathlete who has seasonal allergies. “I take a lot of medication for it, and that makes me sleepy. And I can’t do a lot of the things that I like to do ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Allergies Local TV Source Type: news

Boston Hospital Testing Device To Rid Epilepsy Patients Of Seizures
BOSTON (CBS) – Tess Niemy was an outgoing sporty young girl when all of a sudden, at the age of seven, her life changed on the soccer field. “I immediately just stopped, started staring into space,” said Tess, a Salem resident. Tess started having frequent staring spells sometimes six or seven a day.  She was diagnosed with partial complex seizures, a type of epilepsy. “It would just go all day and it was horrible,” she says. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are testing a new device which uses low intensity focused ultrasound to treat epilepsy patients. (WB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Epilepsy Local TV Source Type: news

Boy Hopeful Groundbreaking Surgery In Boston Will Improve Vision
BOSTON (CBS) – A medical breakthrough in Boston with far reaching implications offers a young boy a chance to see better. It’s the first time an FDA approved gene therapy has been used to fight an inherited disease. And after groundbreaking surgery at Mass Eye and Ear, both patient and doctor are beaming, with hope. “This is just the beginning. I’m the first one. There’s going to be more,” says 13-year-old Jack Hogan from New Jersey who has had serious vision problems his whole life. “I have trouble seeing at night. Probably around 6 o’clock, I’ll go inside and I can&rs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Gene Therapy liam martin Mass Eye And Ear Source Type: news

Researchers Identify New Gene Connected To ALS
WORCESTER (CBS) — If you’ve ever wondered where all that money from the Ice Bucket Challenge went – here’s part of the answer. Thanks to funding from the ALS Association, a team of international researchers led by UMass Medical School Dr. John Landers just identified a new gene called KIF5A that’s connected to ALS. They also have more evidence now that defects in a cell’s cytoskeleton are a common factor in the disease. “Identifying common mechanisms leading to ALS is essential in developing therapeutics for the disease,” Landers said in a statement. ALS is a cruel disease th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Local TV Source Type: news

Americans Binge 17 Billion Drinks Per Year, CDC Says
This study shows that binge drinkers are consuming a huge number of drinks per year, greatly increasing their chances of harming themselves and others,” study co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, lead researcher in CDC’s alcohol program, said in a statement. “The findings also show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, focusing on reducing both the number of times people binge drink and the amount they drink when they binge.” While binge drinking was more common among younger adults age 18 to 34, more than half of the binge drinks consumed over the study peri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alcohol Binge Drinking CDC Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Man Donates Kidney To Help Save Father-In-Law ’ s Life
BOSTON (CBS) – A local man gave his father-in-law a new lease on life in the most unconventional way. Tony Darosa was busy running his printing business on Martha’s Vineyard when his wife of 50 years suggested he see a doctor. “My wife said, ‘There’s something not right,’” Darosa said. The active 70-year-old said he felt fine but did what he was told and within days he was loaded onto an ambulance and shipped to Tufts Medical Center. He was in complete kidney failure. “The bladder backed up into my kidneys and basically I guess killed them,” he explained. Tony was place...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch kidney donation Kidney Donors Kidney Transplant Source Type: news

Male Birth Control Pill Found To Be Safe And Effective By Study
CBS Local — A new male birth control pill is being called safe and effective by researchers in a recent study. The daily oral contraceptive known as dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) is being viewed as a major breakthrough in creating a similar product to female birth control. “DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily ‘male pill,'” Dr. Stephanie Page told Endocrine Society. “Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development.” According to scientists, 83 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News birth control Chris Melore contraception Local TV Men talkers Source Type: news

$12,000 For A Bee Sting? Emergency Room Visits Get Even Pricier
(CNN Money) — Sylvia Rosas decided to go to the emergency room after getting stung by a bee in her yard in Valrico, Florida. She had experienced allergic reactions in the past, but didn’t have an EpiPen on hand. However, what really hurt was the $12,000 bill she received for the visit to the ER. The 53-year-old said she was seen by several doctors, who ordered thousands of dollars in blood tests and an EKG during the 2015 visit that lasted less than two hours. Since the hospital was out of network, her insurer wouldn’t cover the visit, and she ended up having to pay the entire bill. “Never did I thi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Source Type: news

FDA Releases Plan To Cut Nicotine In Cigarettes
CBS Local — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced their plan to drastically cut the amount of nicotine found in tobacco cigarettes. The anti-smoking policy, first revealed in 2017, hopes to push the smoking rate in the U.S. to under two percent. While the FDA can not force cigarette makers to remove all the nicotine from their products, the agency can regulate how much of the highly-addictive ingredient companies put into cigarettes. The new plan is expected to lower the nicotine amount in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” “Our estimates underscore the tremendous...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Cigarettes FDA Local TV nicotine Smoking talkers Source Type: news

Hidden Cancers Uncovered With Glowing Dyes
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung. They were hidden cancers revealed by fluorescent dye, an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year. Surgery has long been the best way to cure cancer. If the disease recurs, it’s usually because stray tumor cells were left behind or others lurked undetected. Yet there’s no good way for surgeons to tell what is cancer and what is not...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV TumorGlow Source Type: news

Study: Growing Number Of Children Going To ER With Anaphylaxis
BOSTON (CBS) — The number of children who go to the emergency room with life-threatening allergic reactions continues to rise. According to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which looked at almost 10 million children in the U.S., the rate of emergency room visits due to anaphylaxis increased by 150% from 2010 to 2016. It’s not clear why we’re seeing an increase in ER visits for severe allergies. Parents may be more aware of the warning signs and may be seeking care more often than before, but many experts subscribe to the “hygiene hypothesis” which suggests that because...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Allergic Reaction Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Scientists Discover New Drugs To Treat Hot Flashes
BOSTON (CBS) — Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new class of experimental drugs to treat menopausal hot flashes. In a clinical trial involving 37 women, the compound called MLE4901 reduced the number of hot flashes by almost three-quarters and significantly reduced the severity. The drug blocks a chemical in the brain called neurokinin B and in the study the drug also improved sleep and concentration during the 4-week study period. MLE4901 can affect liver function but two similar drugs which don’t have this side effect are being studied in larger patient trials including one in the U.S. t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Menopause Women's Health Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes Exposing Teens To Cancer-Causing Toxins, Report Says
CBS Local — A new report is shedding more light on what dangerous chemicals are inside e-cigarettes. According to scientists in California, vaping is exposing teens to “potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in tobacco cigarettes.” A study done by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has revealed that teens using e-cigarettes are inhaling at least eight different toxic compounds into their bodies while vaping. “Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, but actually contains some of the same toxic chem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Chris Melore e-cigarettes Local TV talkers Teens vaping Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Who Prescribe More Opioids Make More Money
This study suggests that conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry may influence oncologists in high-stakes treatment decisions for patients with cancer,” the authors concluded. Some studies have looked at whether the amount of money a doctor receives makes a difference. Studies by researchers at Yale University, the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have all found that the more money physicians are paid by pharmaceutical companies, the more likely they are to prescribe certain drugs. Dr. Patrice Harris, a spokeswoman for the American Medical Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Kids Who Have Trouble Sleeping May Be Exposed To Too Much Bright Light
BOSTON (CBS) – If your child is having trouble getting to sleep at night part of the problem may be the amount of light they are exposed to before bed. Researchers at the University of Colorado found that 3 to 5 year olds who were exposed to bright light before bedtime had suppressed levels of melatonin. Melatonin is essential to our circadian rhythms. Levels are low during the day and rise in the evening to get us ready for sleep. (WBZ-TV) Children’s eyes are more sensitive to light than adults. The lenses of their eyes are clearer and let in more light making them particularly susceptible to the suppression o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Family Focus Sleeping Source Type: news

Researchers Say Dogs Respond Better To High-Pitched Voice
BOSTON (CBS) – Do you speak to your dog like you do to a baby? Well, a new study finds that’s probably the best way to communicate with your pooch. Researchers at the University of York put dogs in rooms with people saying different types of phrases and using two different types of speech. They found that the dogs preferred to spend time with the people who spoke using a high-pitched emotional voice saying phrases that specifically relate to dogs. They liken it to how we change our pitch and our words when we’re talking to a baby versus talking to another adult. So it turns out saying “are you a goo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dogs Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

FDA Gives 23andMe Approval To Check For BRCA Mutations
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time the FDA has granted permission to market a direct-to-consumer genetic test to check for BRCA mutations that are associated with breast and ovarian cancer. 23andMe, a company which uses a saliva sample to analyze DNA, provides information to consumers about ancestry as well as certain genetic health risks. Now they can add information about three BRCA mutations to the health reports they issue. Approval of this testing a big step forward in the availability of genetic tests for consumers, but there are more than 1,000 BRCA mutations and this test does not screen for the ones that are ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Syndicated Local 23andMe Dr. Mallika Marshall Genetic Testing Source Type: news

Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds For Chronic Pain
CBS Local — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. They also provided slightly less pain relief. Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore Local TV opioid crisis opioids Painkillers talkers Tylenol Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Holding Hands Can Help Ease Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study finds that holding hands can help ease the pain of a loved one. Researchers took 22 romantic heterosexual couples and applied mild heat pain to the arms of the female partners. They found when the male partners held the female partners’ hands, their brain waves synched up and the women’s pain subsided. In fact, the more their brain waves synced, the greater the pain relief for the women. Interestingly, just having the male partners nearby wasn’t as effective as hand-holding.  The skin to skin contact had the biggest impact on brain wave coupling and pain relief. (Sour...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 5, 2018 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

HealthWatch: FDA Warns Against Fraudulent Flu Remedies
BOSTON (CBS) –  The flu season has peaked but it is still widespread in 45 states, including most of New England, according to the CDC. At the same time, the FDA is warning consumers about flu remedies which are making fraudulent claims.  Here are some tips on how to spot a shady product. You should be suspicious if an over-the-counter product says it will: Reduce the severity or length of the flu Boost your immunity naturally without a flu shot Prevent you from catching the flu Effectively treat the flu Watch out for online pharmacies that: Allow you to buy a prescription medicine without a prescri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Source Type: news

Flu Has ‘ Definitely Peaked ’ Nationally; Remains High In Mass.
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Flu has been shown the door in the United States. Illness activity peaked and began to decline during the eighth week of the year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly surveillance report indicated Friday. Just 5% of people who visited their doctors did so while complaining of flu-like illness, down from 6.4% the previous week. Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, “that doesn&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Source Type: news

More People Requesting Nose Jobs To Make Selfies Look Better
CBS Local — A picture may be worth a thousand words, but according to a new report a selfie is worth thousands of dollars in plastic surgery to a growing number of patients. A study published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found that selfies make a person’s nose appear to be 30 percent larger than it actually is. “Despite the ease with which selfies are taken, the short distance from the camera causes a distortion of the face owing to projection, most notably an increase in nasal dimensions,” researchers wrote. The study adds that selfies are typically taken about 12 inches away from the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV nose job Plastic Surgery selfies Smartphones talkers Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Mom ’ s Diet Could Affect Child ’ s Risk Of Allergy, Eczema
BOSTON (CBS) – In one of the largest reports of its kind, researchers in London find that a mom’s diet can affect her baby’s risk of allergies. Researchers from Imperial College London analyzed more than 400 studies involving 1.5 million people and found that when moms took fish oil supplements during late pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, their children had a 30% lower risk of having an egg allergy at age 1, and when moms took probiotics, there was a 22% lower risk of their children developing eczema. Fish oil supplements helps reduce the chance of a mother’s baby cy getting a food allergy if tak...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Reversing Alzheimer ’ s?
BOSTON (CBS) – A possible breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease has been made by researches at the Cleveland Clinic. Researchers have been able to completely reverse the disease, in mice, by gradually reducing levels of an enzyme called BACE1. By reducing the BACE1 enzyme there is a way to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease. (WBZ-TV) One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s is a buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain which interrupts connections between neurons. These scientists took 75 day old mice, with changes of Alzheimer’s, and slowly lowered the levels of BACE1 so that by the time ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Alzheimer's Breakthrough Alzheimer's Disease Cleveland Clinic Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Doctors Rule Menstrual Cramps Can Be As Painful As Heart Attacks
CBS Local — After years of debate, doctors are publicly acknowledging the severity of pain linked to some women’s periods. With physicians admitting the pain can rival that of a heart attack, some are now questioning why more research hasn’t been done to stop the menstrual agony. Dysmenorrhea, better known as cramps, is a painful menstruation that can be severe enough to interrupt the daily routine of one in five women, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have. I do believe it’s someth...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Doctors Heart Attack Local TV Menstrual Cramps talkers Women Source Type: news

Former Boston City Councilor John Nucci Waits For A New Kidney
BOSTON (CBS) – John Nucci, a former Boston City Councilor, has developed a genetic disorder and desperately needs a kidney. Nucci is battling Polycystic Kidney Disease and is in the final stages of renal failure. He joined Liam Martin and Paula Ebben on WBZ-TV to discuss Kidney Awareness Month and how to become a living a donor. For more information visit: www.mghlivingdonors.org (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 - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local John Nucci Kidney liam martin Paula Ebben Polycystic Kidney Disease Source Type: news