WHO Classifies ‘ Gaming Disorder ’ As Mental Health Condition
NEW YORK (CNN) – Watching as video games ensnare their children, many parents have grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup. The World Health Organization announced ‘gaming disorder’ as a new mental health condition to be included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released on Monday. “I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which proposed the new ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Tech CNN Local TV talkers Video Games Source Type: news

Feeling Hangry? Study Says It ’ s A Real Thing
(CBS LOCAL) — Have you ever found yourself getting angry after not eating food for a long time? It turns out that being “hangry” is a legitimate condition. According to a new study conducted by doctoral students at the University of North Carolina, operating on an empty stomach can create a negative emotional response. “We all know that hunger can sometimes affect our emotions and perceptions of the world around us,” said Jennifer MacCormack, a doctoral student at the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and lead author of the stud...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Do Religious People Live Longer? New Study Says Yes
BOSTON (CBS) – People with religious affiliations may live longer according to a new study from Ohio State University. In the largest of two studies, researchers looked at more than a thousand obituaries in 42 major cities around the country and found that people with a religious affiliation lived almost four years longer than those without. Previous studies have shown that people who volunteer or build social networks often live longer, and religious groups often provide those opportunities. Some religions also place restrictions on risky behaviors like alcohol and drug use, while meditation and prayer can help redu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Religion Source Type: news

Flavored E-Cigarettes Can Damage Blood Vessels, BU Report Says
BOSTON (CBS) – There is a public perception that flavored e-cigarettes are harmless or at least less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine say e-cigs may pose significant health risks. They looked specifically at the short-term effects of flavoring chemicals used in e-cigs and found that flavor additives are directly toxic to blood vessels. Scientists say, over time, they could lead to heart and blood vessel disease similar to that caused by traditional cigarettes. E-Cigarette. (Credit: iStockphoto) This research released Thursday provides more reason fo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall e-cigarettes Local TV vaping Source Type: news

Frozen Orange Juice May Be Healthier Than Fresh Squeezed
BOSTON (CBS) – Is frozen orange juice healthier for you than fresh squeezed? Researchers at the University of Seville Spain say “yes”. Oranges contain carotenoids which give fruits and veggies their yellow, orange, or red appearance. Some carotenoids have antioxidant properties which may promote good health, so researchers wanted to find out what type of orange juice provides the highest amount of carotenoids. They found that even though fresh orange juice contains more carotenoids overall, by freezing orange juice, the carotenoids are altered and become more easily absorbed in the gut. What matters in te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Orange Juice Source Type: news

Elevated Blood Pressure Could Increase Your Risk Of Dementia
BOSTON (CBS) – Even if your blood pressure is just a little bit elevated, you may be at higher risk of dementia later in life. In a new study, researchers looked at about 10,000 people and found that 50 year olds with systolic blood pressures of 130 or greater had a 45-percent higher risk of dementia later in life, even if they didn’t have evidence of heart or blood vessel-related problems. The medical community used to consider 140/90 as the threshold for high blood pressure, but that threshold was recently lowered to 130/80. However, many patients still aren’t treated until their numbers climb higher th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local blood pressure Dementia Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Over 200 Common Drugs May Cause Depression, Report Warns
CHICAGO (CBS Local) – Health professionals are issuing a disturbing warning about common medications after finding that hundreds of drugs are putting people at risk for developing depression. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults use prescription drugs that list depression or suicide as potential side effects. Over 200 commonly used medications studied include birth control pills, blood pressure medications, heart medications, antacids, and painkillers. The study found that using multiple medications increased the r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Depression Local TV Prescription Drugs talkers Source Type: news

Massachusetts Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Massachusetts sued the maker of prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin and its executives on Tuesday, accusing the company of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits. Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to personally name the company’s executives in a complaint, Attorney General Maura Healey said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including CEO Craig Landau and members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue. Th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Politics Lisa Gresci Local TV Maura Healey opioid crisis OxyContin Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

Is Your Workplace Making You Fat?
ATLANTA, GA (CBS Local) – The dilemma is all too familiar: it’s Monday morning, you walk into your office and see that someone has left a big box of donuts in the break room. Then, your co-worker tells you there will be cake later for yet another birthday celebration. The Details: A new study finds that U.S. employees add 1,300 calories at work each week Pizza, sandwiches, and soda were the most common food choices at work Health officials say bringing your lunch is the best way to watch your weight  One thing’s for sure. You’re not alone. A new federal government survey found ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Obesity talkers Weight Gain Source Type: news

U.S. Babies, Toddlers Eat Way Too Much Added Sugar, Study Finds
BOSTON, MA (CBS Local) – It’s well-known that Americans consume too much sugar. In fact, that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy. Some babies are consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, according to a new report from U.S. researchers. The Details: A new study says U.S. children are consuming too much added sugar Researchers say 85 percent of infants are eating more sugar than recommended Added sugar has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure Eating foods with added sugar can influence a child’s food choices later in life...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Local TV Sugar talkers Source Type: news

CDC: Toddlers In US Eating Too Much Sugar
BOSTON (CBS) – Toddlers in the United States are eating too much sugar according to a new study conducted by the Center for Disease Control. In fact, in some cases, babies are consuming more added sugar than the maximum amount recommended for adults. All sugars are essentially handled the same in the body but sugar found in fruit and milk, for example, is accompanied by fiber and other nutrients. Sugars added to soda or candy or processed foods are usually just that, sugar. Researchers at the CDC wanted to study the sugar intake of kids under two. They found that 60-percent were consuming added sugar before their fir...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Sugar Source Type: news

Brigham & Women ’ s Researchers Develop Non-Invasive Treatment For Diabetes
BOSTON (CBS) – Many patients turn to weight loss surgery to help reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes, but surgery is invasive and can cause side effects. So surgeons and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a non-invasive treatment that could one day treat type 2 diabetes without surgery. They engineered a substance, called LuCI, which when taken by mouth temporarily coats the lining of the intestine to alter the way nutrients are absorbed and prevent spikes in blood sugar after eating. One hour after the substance was fed to rats, their body’s response to glucose was lowered by almo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

New Blood Test May Help Predict Premature Births
STANFORD, CA (CBS Local) – A new blood test is showing promising results for helping pregnant women know if they are at risk of a premature birth. Researchers at Stanford University say the new technique will calculate a woman’s due date and whether or not she will have a premature delivery. This is much less expensive than standard ultrasound procedures. “We found that a handful of genes are very highly predictive of which women are at risk for preterm delivery,” Dr. Mads Melbye said in a press release. “I’ve spent a lot of time over the years working to understand preterm delivery...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Pregnancy Source Type: news

Suicide Rates Up In Nearly Every State; Up 35% In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS Local) — In the wake of Kate Spade’s suicide, a newly released study says suicide rates have increased nearly 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 20 years. Research shows suicides are up in almost every state across the country. In 2016, nearly 45,000 people took their lives. More than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis. “We found that many common life stressors were present in the period preceding the suicide, in relationship problems, financial and job issues, physical health concerns,” said Dr. Anne Shuchat, deputy director with the Centers for Disease Control. Locally, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Suicide Source Type: news

Study: Suicide Rates On The Rise Across The US
BOSTON (CBS Local) — In the wake of Kate Spade’s suicide, a newly released study says suicide rates have increased nearly 30 percent in the U.S. in the last 20 years. Research shows suicides are up in almost every state across the country. In 2016, nearly 45,000 people took their lives. More than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis. “We found that many common life stressors were present in the period preceding the suicide, in relationship problems, financial and job issues, physical health concerns,” said Dr. Anne Shuchat, deputy director with the Centers for Disease Control. Locally, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Suicide Source Type: news

How To Get Help For Someone Who Might Be Suicidal
(CNN/CBS) — The death of fashion designer Kate Spade earlier in the week and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on Friday spotlights the importance of recognizing the potential warning signs when someone intends to end their life. The attention is needed, especially now. When a high-profile person dies by suicide, the “celebrity-suicide effect” can lead to a rise in copycat deaths. In the four months after Robin William’s took his own life in 2014, there was a 10% increase — almost 2,000 additional suicides — recorded. There is already a rise in suicide rates in the US, increasing more than...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Suicide Prevention Source Type: news

Mass. Researchers May Be On Brink Of Creating Revolutionary, Non-Addictive Painkiller
CAMBRIDGE (CBS NEWS) — Researchers in Massachusetts believe they may be on the brink of creating a revolutionary non-addictive painkiller. Developed by Blue Therapeutics, Blue-181 could be a big step forward in dealing with the growing opioid crisis. The team there said it wanted to make a drug that is a total replacement for the opioids currently on the market – something that people could safely stop using without the possible dangerous side effects. Mark Loccisano felt a gratification from painkillers with his very first pill. They were prescribed by a doctor for a sports injury. It was the beginning of an o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Cambridge Local TV opioid crisis Source Type: news

Kids Can Be Taught A Healthier Approach To Salt
BOSTON (CBS) – Does your child reach for the salt shaker when they sit down to dinner? A new study finds that web-based education can help kids make better choices when it comes to salt. When kids eat salty foods, they’re more likely to crave salty foods as adults, and excessive salt is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease. In this recent study, researchers in Australia looked at about 100 children ages 7 to 10. They found that the kids who looked at fun, online educational materials that encouraged them to stop using the salt shaker and to choose low-salt foods over salty foods cut their salt ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Disease High Blood Pressure Local TV Sodium Source Type: news

Not All People Respond To Caffeine The Same
BOSTON (CBS) – Is your partner able to drink several cups of coffee before bed yet one cup keeps you up all night? As it turns out, some people may be more sensitive to caffeine than others, probably due to genetics. Researchers found that there are three main ways that people respond to coffee depending on whether their liver breaks down caffeine quickly or slowly and whether their brains are more sensitive to the stimulating effects. In people with high-sensitivity, even small amounts of caffeine can be arousing and cause sleep problems. Those with “regular” sensitivity to caffeine can drink 2-5 cups of...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Caffeine Coffee Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

New Mentoring Program Will Help Families Dealing With Drug Addiction
BOSTON (CBS) – This week, Boston Medical Center is launching a new campaign to help families dealing with drug addiction. The new peer mentoring program helps put families in touch with others dealing similar issues. Michael Botticelli, the executive director of BMC’s Grayken Center for Addiction, and Paul Kusiak, a parent coach from Beverly, joined Liam Martin and Paula Ebben on MyTV38 to discuss the program. Paul Kusiak and Michael Botticelli (WBZ-TV) Many parents get no advice, or bad advice, and many lack support when they are dealing with addiction. The program will give them help talking to their kids or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center liam martin opioid crisis Paula Ebben Source Type: news

Suicide Rates Increasing Among Middle-Aged Women
Boston (CBS) — Kate Spade, who was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, may have been suffering from bipolar disorder according to her sister. The designer’s sister told CBS News that Spade, known for her sleek handbags and bright colors, considered seeking treatment several times but was worried about how it would affect her upbeat brand. Though a source close to the family told People Magazine that the designer and her sister were estranged and the sister did not know what was going on in Spade’s life. Police do believe Spade may have been struggling with ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Uncategorized Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Mental Health Women's Health Source Type: news

Walking Faster Could Help You Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) – The faster you walk, the longer you may live, according to a new study from five different institutions in the United Kingdom. Researchers looked at data on more than 50,000 walkers and found that walking at an average pace was linked to a 20-percent lower risk of death from all causes while walking at a fast pace was associated with a 24-percent lower risk. People over the age of 60 enjoyed an even greater benefit. Researchers cannot prove that average or fast-paced walking directly lowers the risk of death, just that there seems to be a link, but if you can’t find the time to exercise or even g...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Walking Source Type: news

Many Breast Cancer Patients Can Safely Skip Chemo, Major Study Finds
CHICAGO (CBS News/AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000 patients a year in the United States and many more elsewhere the ordeal and expense of these drugs. “The impact is tremendous,” said the study leader, Dr. Joseph Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Most wo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Source Type: news

‘ Holy Grail ’ Blood Test May Detect Cancer Before Tumors Form
CLEVELAND, OH (CBS Local) – A new type of blood screening is being called the “holy grail of cancer research” by scientists who say the test can detect the disease before tumors even form in the body. The Details: A new blood test is successfully finding cancer before tumors form A liquid biopsy tests human DNA for genetic mutations linked to cancer The tests proved capable of detecting several hard-to-treat forms of the disease “This is potentially the holy grail of cancer research, to find cancers that are currently hard to cure at an earlier stage when they are easier to cure,” lead ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Blood Test Cancer Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Study: Fatal Drug-Related Crashes Now Outpacing Drunk Driving Crashes
WASHINGTON, DC (CBS Local) – There’s a disturbing new trend as fatal-drug related crashes now outpace deadly accidents involving alcohol. With a growing number of states legalizing marijuana, combined with the opioid epidemic, experts say there’s been a significant jump in the percentage of drivers killed while on drugs. According to a new report, alcohol was involved in 38 percent of driver deaths in 2016, while 44 percent of drivers killed tested positive for drugs – a jump from just 28 percent in 2006. More than half of the drivers had marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in their ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Drunk Driving Local TV Marijuana opioid crisis opioids talkers Source Type: news

Got Indigestion? A2 Milk Might Be Easier For Some To Drink
MORAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Milk got your stomach feeling sour? Dairy companies looking for ways to appeal to people who avoid milk because of indigestion are promoting what they describe as a natural, easier-drinking alternative. It’s called A2 milk, which is produced by a subset of cows that produce milk lacking a protein that backers say is associated with milk’s dyspeptic tendencies. That A2 claim has its skeptics, but the bet is that consumers will pay an extra dollar or more per half-gallon to drink milk that might not cause indigestion, gas and bloating. “Our approach has been, ‘Listen, if you...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Milk Source Type: news

Researchers 3D-Print A Human Cornea, May Save Millions From Blindness
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK (CBS Local) – Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have successfully created the first ever 3D-printed cornea, giving millions at risk of going blind new hope. British scientists combined human stem cells with a mixture of alginate and collagen to produce a “bio-ink” that can be used by a 3D printer. The durable yet flexible combination can reportedly be turned into the outer lens of the eye, which light passes through on its way to the retina in less than 10 minutes. “Our unique gel… keeps the stem cells alive whilst producing a materia...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News 3d printing blindness Eyesight Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Compound In Toothpaste May Increase Risk Of Colon Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – Could your toothpaste be hurting you? Researchers at UMass Amherst have found that a germ-fighting ingredient called triclosan, found in more than 2,000 household products, toothpastes, hand soaps, toys, and cosmetics, may be linked to colon cancer. Researchers studied mice and found that low-doses of the compound can change the population of bacteria in the gut, trigger inflammation in the colon and promote the development of colitis and colon cancer. Scientists say further studies on humans are urgently needed to further understand the potentially harmful effects of triclosan on the digestive system....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Colon Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Toothpaste UMass Amherst Source Type: news

Wearing Glasses May Really Be A Sign Of Intelligence
BOSTON (CBS) – They say glasses make people look smarter and now there is research to back it up. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland looked at data from about 300,000 people to study the genetics behind intelligence. They discovered that those with higher intelligence were 30% more likely to wear glasses or need contact lenses. Smarter people were also less likely to have certain chronic health problems like high blood pressure and depression and were more likely to live longer. (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 - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Your Body Has A ‘ Second Brain ’ In Your Gut, Scientists Say
AUSTRALIA (CBS Local) – You’ve probably had a “gut feeling” during your life, but did you know your gut is actually “thinking” too? According to scientists in Australia, the human body has a “second brain” in its intestinal tract and it may be smarter than we think. A study published in the journal JNeurosci says that the gastrointestinal tract contains millions of neurons, which independently control muscle movement in the colon. “These findings identify a previously unknown pattern of neuronal activity in the peripheral nervous system,” ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Brain Local TV Science talkers Source Type: news

Birth Control Pills Recalled; ‘ Unintended Pregnancy ’ Possible
MADISON, N.J. (CBS) – Some birth control pills are being recalled over a packaging error. The recall affects physician sample packs of Taytulla made by Allergan. Four placebo capsules were placed out of order, which the FDA says “may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy.” The incorrectly packaged pills (Image credit: FDA) The recalled packs are marked with lot number 5620706 and carry a May 2019 expiration date. Anyone who has the recalled pills is encouraged to call their doctor. Anyone with questions for Allergan can call 800-678-1605. Click for more information on t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News birth control Local TV Recall Source Type: news

Urologists Practice Spotting Tumors With Virtual Reality Technology
BOSTON (CBS) – Virtual reality is being used in healthcare more, and a local company is using the technology to help doctors identify hard-to-see tumors in the bladder. Almost 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year. To find bladder tumors, a urologist looks directly at the inside of the bladder using a cystoscope, a small tube with a camera and light attached. Cystoscopes are equipped with technology called narrow band imaging. (WBZ-TV) Some tumors are harder to find. But to make it easier, many cystoscopes are equipped with technology called narrow band imaging (NBI). “What NBI does is i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Local TV Virtual Reality Source Type: news

Insecticide-Treated Clothing May Help Protect Against Ticks
BOSTON (CBS) — We’re heading into a particularly bad tick season and many people are looking for ways to protect themselves from the disease-carrying critters. Now a new government study finds that insecticide treated clothing may help do the trick. The insecticide, permethrin, is used to treat head lice and scabies. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found that ticks placed on clothing pretreated with permethrin were more likely to become sluggish, fall off and were less capable of biting. Experts say the amount of insecticide applied to clothing is unlikely to be harmful, so if you work outdoors o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV ticks Source Type: news

Sunscreen Study: Better To Use SPF 100 Than SPF 50
BOSTON (CBS) — Some people find choosing a sunscreen overwhelming with so many options. Now, new research suggests sunscreens with a higher SPF may be your best bet to avoid sunburn. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and reflects the amount of time you should be able to stay in the sun without getting a sunburn. Researchers compared SPF 50 versus SPF 100 on skiers in Colorado. They found that the side of the face covered with SPF 50 sunscreen was 11 times more likely to burn compared to the side covered with SPF 100 sunscreen. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 should be adequate but many of us don’t apply it the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Summer Sunscreen Source Type: news

Eating Fish May Improve A Couple ’ s Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) – Could eating fish help you and your partner conceive? A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health finds that eating more seafood may improve a couple’s chances of getting pregnant. Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studied more than 500 couples who were trying to get pregnant. They found that 92-percent of the couples who ate seafood more than twice a week got pregnant within a year compared to only 79-percent of couples who ate seafood less frequently. It is not clear whether the seafood itself improves fertility or whether couples who eat more fish tend to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Harvard School Of Public Health Local TV National Institutes Of Health Pregnancy Source Type: news

Antidepressants May Cause Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – Could your antidepressant be causing you to pack on the pounds? A new study out of Britain finds that using antidepressants could lead to weight gain over time. Researchers looked at almost 300,000 people and found that those on antidepressants were 21-percent more likely to gain at least 5-percent of their body weight over 10 years. The greatest weight gain occurred in the second and third years of treatment but seemed to persist for at least six years. We’ve known for some time that antidepressants are associated with some weight gain, but patients should not stop taking their antidepressants. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Antidepressants Health News Local TV Weight Gain Source Type: news

Sleeping In On The Weekends Can Help You Live Longer, Study Finds
SWEDEN (CBS Local) – Can you really “catch up” on your sleep by staying in bed on the weekends? A new study suggests that sleeping in on your days off can offset a lack of sleep during the work week. According to a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, extra rest during the weekend helped to lower a person’s mortality rate if they had been suffering from a lack of sleep during the week. “The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” researchers wrote in a press release. “...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV Sleep talkers Source Type: news

FDA Warns About Pills That Claim To Protect You From Sun
BOSTON (CBS) – The FDA is sending warning letters to four dietary supplement makers that are marketing tablets and capsules claiming to be a substitute for sunscreen. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the united states and there’s a direct link between skin cancer and exposure to UV light. The FDA says some companies are misleading consumers by claiming that taking a daily supplement will offer protection against sun damage. The Agency says there is no credible science to back up their claims and these companies are giving people a false sense of security. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall FDA Sunscreen Source Type: news

FDA Warns Infant Teething Medications Are Unsafe
WASHINGTON, DC (CBS Local) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents against using over-the-counter teething products because of an ingredient that can cause serious side effects and even death in infants. The FDA released a statement urging Americans to avoid buying over-the-counter (OTC) medications containing benzocaine. “In addition to our letters to companies who make these products, we urge parents, caregivers and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain,” FDA Commissione...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News FDA Local TV talkers teething Source Type: news

Opioid-Related Deaths On The Decline In Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — State health officials say deaths related to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts are on the decline. A quarterly report issued Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health estimates 5 percent fewer opioid-related deaths during the first three months of 2018, as compared to the same period a year ago. For all of 2017, the state reported 2,016 confirmed or estimated deaths, 133 less than in all of 2016. Read: Town By Town Opioid Related Deaths 2013-2017 The report also points to an ongoing decline in prescriptions written by doctors for opioid-based medications. About 265,000 patients received prescript...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Department Of Public Health Drug Overdoses opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

Are We Growing Numb To The Opioid Epidemic?
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon & Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news

An Egg A Day Might Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease, Study Says
In this study however, they didn’t assess the risk of developing diabetes, which may be because diabetes is a newer disease in the Chinese population and there is not good documentation of who has it,” Richard said. Still, she noted, “this will be very important data for helping develop dietary prevention guidelines in China.” Cardiovascular disease, which takes the lives of 17.7 million people every year, is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Cardiovascular disease causes nearly a third — 31% — of all global deaths each year....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Eggs Heart Disease Local TV Source Type: news

Ultra-Clean Homes Can Raise Childhood Cancer Risk, Study Finds
LONDON (CBS Local) – A groundbreaking study into what triggers cancer has found that children who are “too hygienic” and are kept away from other kids were at greater risk for developing leukemia. The Details: A cancer study has found that children living in ultra-clean environments have higher rates of leukemia Professor Mel Greaves says children need to have their immune system “primed” by exposure to various germs Greaves found that children with siblings or who were breastfed had lower rates of the disease Professor Mel Greaves from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News childhood cancer Children Chris Melore Germs Leukemia Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Number Of Doctors Recording Patient Visits Is Rising
BOSTON (CBS) — According to STAT, more physicians are recording their medical conversations during office visits so that patients can review the notes at home. More patients are asking doctors to record their conversations on their smartphones and more doctors are agreeing, saying it can help with compliance. Patients are often nervous or distracted when they’re seeing a doctor and can easily forget details of what was said, but they’re more likely to follow their doctor’s advice if they can hear it again at home. Some institutions are formally offering this service to patients while large corporati...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Local TV Source Type: news

Unnecessary And Accidental Use Of ADHD Drugs Increases Over 60%, Study Suggests
(CNN) — Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at all calls to US poison control centers for unintentional or intentional exposure to ADHD medications between 2000 and 2014 among children and adolescents. The researchers found that the number of calls increased from 7,018 in 2000 to 11,486 in 2014 — a 64% increase. According to the study’s authors, “exposure” refers to the unnecessary ingestion, inh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health ADHD Local TV Source Type: news

U.S. Approves 1st Drug Developed To Prevent Chronic Migraines
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. The Food and Drug Administration’s action clears the monthly shot Aimovig for sale. It’s the first in a new class of long-acting drugs for preventing migraines. Three other shots are expected to win approval by next year, and several pills for preventing migraines are being tested. Current prevention treatments include pills originally developed for epilepsy and other conditions, and the wrinkle reducer Botox, but many patients abandon them because they don’t provide enough relief or cause se...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Migraines talkers Source Type: news

CDC: U.S. Birth Rate Hits 30-Year Low, Fertility Rate Falling
NEW YORK (CBS Local) – U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99 percent of the birth certificates filed nationwide, counted 3.853 million births last year. That’s the lowest tally since 1987. Births have been declining since 2014, but 2017 sa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health birth rate Fertility Local TV Pregnancy talkers Source Type: news

What Do You Hear? Yanny Or Laurel?
BOSTON (CBS) – Remember this little gold and white dress?  Or was it blue and black?  Well, as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, someone’s at it again, this time messing with our hearing. A four-second audio clip has got everybody talking and everybody picking sides.  What do you hear?  Yanny?  Or Laurel? “Our brain loves to categorize things,” says Kevin Franck, PhD, Director of Audiology at Mass. Eye and Ear.  “It wants to make meaning out of mess,” he adds. Dr. Franck says the way we hear speech has a lot to do with our childhood. “When we’re babi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV WBZ TV Source Type: news

More Parents Smoking Marijuana Around Children, Study Says
NEW YORK (CBS Local) – As regulations crack down on the dangers of cigarette smoke, a new study is warning that many parents are undoing all of this progress by exposing their children to secondhand marijuana smoke. The Details: A study says more parents are smoking marijuana around their children Researchers point to the decriminalization of marijuana for the change The study warns that children are being exposed to more secondhand smoke because of higher marijuana use  According to researchers from Columbia University, the number of cigarette-smoking parents who said they used marijuana increased from 1...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Marijuana talkers Source Type: news

Researchers Discover Deadly New Pig Virus That Could Spread to Humans
(KDKA/CBS Local) – Researchers say they have identified a new pig virus that could be a threat to humans. The virus was found to easily make its way into laboratory-cultured cells of humans and other species, a discovery that raises concerns about potential outbreaks in people. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands collaborated to better understand the new virus identified as porcine deltacoronavirus. Their study appears online in the journal PNAS. Scientists say the virus was first discovered in pigs in China in 2012. It was first detected in the United States in 201...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV talkers Source Type: news