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Recovery Coaches Available For Overdose Patients At 2 Local Hospitals
BOSTON (CBS) – The state’s hospitals are being inundated with cases of opiate overdoses. Emergency room visits have almost doubled in the past few years. But now, there’s a new weapon: Recovery Coaches. As soon as the patient has been stabilized, the “coach” is there to guide them to treatment. “They can see that they have somebody in their corner to help not only them, but the family unit, then I’ve done my job,” says recovery coach Patrick Kent. “It’s a proven fact, that if someone overdoses or nearly overdoses, when they’re at the hospital much more open...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Bill Shields Drug Overdoses opioid crisis Source Type: news

Cat Parasite Linked To Angry Outbursts In People
CHICAGO (CBS) – Feeling inexplicably angry? Your cat may be to blame. CBS News reports that researchers at the University of Chicago have linked cases of irrational anger in people to a parasite that is commonly found in cats. The parasite called toxoplasma gondii and can be passed from felines to humans through cat feces (take care when cleaning the litter box!) The Centers For Disease Control says about 60 million people have the parasite, and it’s thought to be pretty harmless. But now, scientists believe there’s a connection between the parasite and a psychiatric disorder called Intermittent Explosive...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Cats Source Type: news

Is It A Cold Or Allergy? How You Can Tell
BOSTON (CBS) — Signs of spring are in the air but that’s not something you have to tell allergy sufferers. This season has arrived a bit earlier than usual. WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall has been seeing patients in her clinic for the past couple of weeks who are already complaining about their allergies. Much of that is due to warmer temperatures. In fact, some areas are seeing tree pollen a month earlier than usual. Grass and flower pollen will soon follow. Since it is still cold and flu season, how can you tell what is bothering you? Dr. Marshall says there is some overlap in symptoms like nasal congest...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: torrancelatham Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Allergies Cold Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Maggots May Help Heal Wounds Faster, Study Shows
RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS) – A new study about maggots might make your skin crawl, but it also has good news when it comes to treating wounds. “Maggot therapy” was approved by the FDA back in 2004 for cleaning wounds. Now, researchers at NC State University say that genetically modified green bottle fly larvae can actually help a wound heal faster. Scientists fed the modified maggots a special diet that caused them to secrete a human growth molecule that can accelerate wound healing. Maggot therapy can be especially useful for patients with diabetes, many of whom do not have access to more expensive forms of tre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Source Type: news

Boston Children’s Hospital Hopes New Procedure Will Revolutionize ACL Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital are repairing ruptured ACLs with a less invasive procedure, and they think it could change the course of treatment. Corey Peak of Cambridge took a nasty tumble on the ski slopes last January. “I heard two pops while I was falling,” Peak explains. “One was my right ski binding coming undone which is good because it helps protect the knee. But the other side I think was my right ACL rupturing.” Peak is among hundreds of thousands of people who tear their ACLs every year. Girls who play sports like soccer, basketball, lacrosse and field h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Torn ACL Source Type: news

Lung Cancer Survivor Says Yoga Gave Her Back Her Breath–And Life
BRAINTREE (CBS) — On any given evening, you can find two-time cancer survivor Janet McCarthy at Chakra Power Yoga–because this is where she learned to breathe again. McCarthy was just finishing up a course of treatment for breast cancer when she got the news that she had lung cancer, the same disease that took her husband six years ago. But Janet is lucky–she beat the cancer, and credits yoga for giving her back her breath and her life. Lung surgery had left her so weak, she said she could barely breathe. Someone told her yoga was good for breathing. “I just had major surgery, so I was still finding...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Braintree Lung Cancer Yoga Source Type: news

Parents Face Difficult Decision On Fate Of Frozen Embryos
BOSTON (CBS) —  Without  IVF Taal Rachamimov likely wouldn’t be expecting a baby this September. “IVF is an amazing miracle of science,” Taal said. “We needed to fertilize a lot of embryos and also didn’t know how many tries it would take to get me pregnant.” It took three. “I cried so hard I can’t even begin to tell you. It wasn’t just crying out of happiness, it was 3 years of work to get to this place,” she said. Taal is among the thousands of women now freezing embryos in hopes of starting a family. “Ultimately, do I have a dream of ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Amazing Allison: A Young ‘Pioneer’ And The Boston Doctors Who Saved Her
BOSTON (CBS) – Just before Allison Schablein’s fifth birthday, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Seven metastatic, malignant gliomas. Doctors could only remove one of them. Allison received chemotherapy. But it didn’t stop the cancer from growing. “She started with a terrible tumor in the worst circumstance,” says Dr. Mark Kieran, Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Fortunately, new technology allowed Dr. Kieran and the doctors at both Dana Farber and Boston Children’s Hospital to do a molecular profile of the single tumor they had removed. Incredibly...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Allison Schablein Lisa Hughes Source Type: news

Study Suggests Truckers Be Screened, Treated For Sleep Apnea
BOSTON (CBS) — A study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, University of Minnesota Morris, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in the scientific journal Sleep suggests truckers should be screened for sleep apnea and required to treat it in order to continue driving. The study found that truckers with sleep apnea who did not follow their treatment had a five times higher rate of preventable crashes than truckers who didn’t have the condition. The study’s lead author, Stefanos Kales, said those who did treat their sleep apnea showed the same risk lev...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard School Of Public Health Sleep Apnea Source Type: news

Adaptive Therapy May Help Kids Cope With Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) — Salma Costa, now five years old, had surgery, nine months of chemotherapy and then radiation which knocked her off her feet. The young girl suffers from medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Fabiana Costa, Salma’s mom says, “She was very nauseaou. She would be vomiting all day. She didn’t want to play or do anything. She just wanted to lay down.” Despite aggressive treatment for , her tumor came back and doctors referred her to palliative care. But her mom was afraid to give up. “I called her doctor and I begged her to help us out with any trial treatments...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Weymouth High Student Has Mumps Infection, Officials Say
WEYMOUTH (CBS) — A Weymouth High School student has come down with a case of the mumps infection, officials say. In a statement released late Thursday night, Weymouth Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Salim says the city’s Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed the case. He adds that the school’s health services team is working closely with both agencies to continue to monitor the situation and take any necessary steps. A health advisory was sent out to high school families to let them know about the situation and inform them about mumps’ symptoms and pre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen mumps Mumps Outbreak Weymouth Weymouth High School Source Type: news

Memories ‘Lost’ To Alzheimer’s Can Be Recovered, MIT Study Suggests
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Researchers at MIT may have made an important breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The school announced Wednesday that it may be possible to retrieve recent memories of Alzheimer’s patients that were thought to have been “lost” to the disease. Neuroscientists reached that conclusion after extensive tests on mice that have been genetically modified to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms. First, the Alzheimer’s mice were put in a chamber with normal mice and all received a foot shock. When the mice were put back in the chamber a few days later, only ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: News Local Health Syndicated Local MIT Alzheimer's Disease Source Type: news

More Doctors Are Prescribing Exercise Instead Of Medication
BOSTON (AP) — When Dr. Michelle Johnson scribbles out prescriptions, the next stop for many of her patients is the gym, not the pharmacy. Doctors treating chronic health problems increasingly are prescribing exercise for their patients — and encouraging them to think of physical activity as their new medication. In one such program run by a health center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, primary care physicians, internists and psychologists prescribe access to a gym for $10 a month, including free child care, classes and kids programs. Providing affordable gym access for patients ensures compliance, said ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Exercise Ken MacLeod Source Type: news

New CDC Guidelines Aim To Reduce Painkiller Prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging general doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers for chronic pain. Opioid drugs include medications like morphine and oxycodone as well as illegal narcotics like heroin. RELATED...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News CDC opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

What’s The Best Way To Quit Smoking? New Study Says Go Cold Turkey
This study shows that the most effective way to quit smoking is to stop all at once, rather than gradually reducing the number of cigarettes,” an official at the British Heart Foundation said. Researchers say it’s still important to support those who can’t imagine quitting smoking completely and want to try gradually cutting down. (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 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Trending Smoking Source Type: news

Blueberries Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, New Research Shows
SAN DIEGO (CBS) – The blueberry has long been called a “super fruit” because of the evidence that it can bring down the risk of heart disease and cancer. Now, scientists are saying it might also help stave off Alzheimer’s Disease. The  research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society on Sunday show that antioxidants in blueberries play a key role in battling the effects of dementia. “Our new findings corroborate those of previous animal studies and preliminary human studies, adding further support to the notion that blueberries can have a real benefit in improving mem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Trending Alzheimer's Disease Blueberries Source Type: news

Getting Multiple Tattoos Can Help Prevent Colds, Study Says
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (CBS) – The more ink you get, the more your ability to fight off the common cold improves, according to a new study. University of Alabama researchers have found that while getting just one tattoo can temporarily make you more vulnerable to illness, adding additional tattoos should only help. The study’s authors compare the body’s response to tattooing to a trip to the gym for an out-of-shape person. The first workout might make you sore, but that will quickly fade upon repeating the exercises. “After the stress response, your body returns to an equilibrium,” anthrop...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Tattoos Source Type: news

New Meniscus Implant Aims To Treat Knee Pain For Younger Patients
BOSTON (CBS) — Americans of all ages suffer from chronic knee pain due to meniscus injuries.  Most are too young to have replacement surgery, but there aren’t a lot of other options.  Dr. Mallika Marshall introduces us to one of the first patients in the nation to undergo a meniscus implant. “I couldn’t get up the hill,” says 44 year old Jim DiRico of Derry, New Hampshire.  “I had to stand and watch my two children climb a little bit of a hill that we have.  Being a dad I wanted to be involved.” But Jim couldn’t be involved because of severe pain in his ri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston dr Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Does It Really Exist?
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people think they suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, but some experts say that SAD should not be considered a separate psychiatric illness and does not affect the vast majority of Americans. As Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, a certain subset of the general population is most at risk. A change in season can cause a drastic change in mood for Joel Remmer of Boston. “I don’t want to get out of bed,” says Joel. “I don’t want to talk to anyone. I don’t want to eat. Just leave me alone.” Tufts Medical Center psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi has been treat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Seasonal Affective Disorder Source Type: news

Patients Possibly Exposed To Scabies At NH Medical Clinics
BOSTON (CBS) – A health alert has been issued for patients and healthcare staff who may have been exposed to crusted scabies in New Hampshire. Some people may have been exposed in several Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester clinics and Catholic Medical Center. Crusted scabies is a contagious, itchy skin condition caused by mites. NH health officials are preparing a series of precautionary preventive treatment clinics on March 9, 10, and 11 for anyone who may have been exposed. For more information and the list of the facilities where patients may have been exposed visit: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2016/030416-pot...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local crusted scabies Source Type: news

I-Team: Fertility Drugs Being Sold On Black Market
BOSTON (CBS) – For families who want a baby, there are few avenues they won’t turn to. In some cases, the I-Team found, that includes black market fertility drugs. Buying and selling prescription medications online is illegal. However, I-Team reporter Lauren Leamanczyk easily found people willing to ship them to her on a number of websites. “I think for the people that self pay, that are paying out of pocket, it’s more common than we think,” says Dr. Brian Berger of Boston IVF in Quincy. Though Massachusetts law requires insurers to cover some fertility treatment, many insurance companies do s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen fertility drugs Lauren Leamanczyk Source Type: news

Doctors May Have Found Way To Diagnose Ovarian Cancer Earlier
BOSTON (CBS) – About 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and the symptoms can be vague, like abdominal pain or bloating which makes the diagnosis challenging. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says we need to have a better understanding of ovarian cancer in order to improve diagnosis, treatment, and survival. The report says one step is to see ovarian cancer not as a single disease but a collection of different types of cancer that usually start in the uterus or the Fallopian tubes. Dr. Beth Karlan from Cedars Sinai Medical Center explains, “Th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall ovarian cancer Source Type: news

Compound Found In Tarantula Venom May Help People Dealing With Chronic Pain
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s one of the most feared creatures out there, the tarantula. As it turns out, a compound found in the spider’s venom could serve as a powerful painkiller and could offer an alternative to conventional painkillers which can have nasty side effects. One challenge for scientists is to isolate the painkilling peptides from the toxins that can paralyze and kill a tarantula’s prey, but if they succeed, tarantula venom could be used to take the sting out of pain. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen chronic pain Dr. Mallika Marshall Tarantula Source Type: news

Herbal Remedies Could Put Cancer Patients At Risk
BOSTON (CBS) — People often turn to herbal remedies for a variety of health conditions, but some can actually be harmful, especially if they’re undergoing cancer treatment. Herbs like turmeric, gingko biloba, black cumin and even some green teas can interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy or promote bleeding. It is important for patients to report to their healthcare providers any and all herbal therapies they may be taking, even if they don’t consider them medications. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer cancer patients Dr. Mallika Marshall Herbal Supplements Source Type: news

2 Cases Of Mumps On Saint Anselm College Campus In Manchester, NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — The director of health services at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire says there have been two confirmed cases of mumps on campus. Director Maura Marshall said both cases were isolated to the men’s hockey team. She says the college has verified the immunization status of all of its students Saint Anselm is receiving guidance from the state’s Department of Public Health. “Our students have all been notified to report any symptoms of low grade fever, jaw pain or swelling, or headache or muscle aches,” she told WBZ. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Manchester mumps New Hampshire St. Anselm College Source Type: news

Boston Doctors Use 3D Printer To Save Boy’s Life
BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Jason Ayers holds his four-year old son Patrick with all the love a father can give. Exactly four months ago he wasn’t sure how long his hugs would last. “You know if we bring him home I can’t guarantee he will live another day with this heart defect,” Ayers said. Jason and his wife adopted Patrick from China back in 2013. They brought him back home to Alabama knowing he needed extensive heart surgery. Related: Children’s Hospital Uses 3D Printer “Patrick had a complex heart defect. He had one ventricle instead of two and did not have development of his pulmon...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 3D Printer Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Jason Ayers Paul Burton Source Type: news

New App Helps Shoppers Dealing With Food Allergies
BOSTON (CBS) – Reading the ingredient panels on food can be consuming at the grocery store. It can also be life saving for families with an allergy sufferer. Food is always on Kim Wilson’s mind. Her old son Ethan is allergic to dairy, eggs, and peanuts. “It’s terrifying to be riding in the back of an ambulance with your child, hooked up to machines, making sure they are breathing.” The average grocery story has about 42,000 items on the shelves so it is no wonder finding allergy safe foods can be so time consuming. Wilson estimates it takes her 2-3 times as long as the average shopper who can ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Allergies Dr. Mallika Marshall IPIIT Source Type: news

Jury Awards $72 Million In Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cancer Suit
BOSTON (CBS) – It was a $72 million verdict in a talcum powder lawsuit. A Missouri jury just ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay up after a family claimed the product caused a woman’s ovarian cancer. The company plans to appeal insisting the powder is safe. Dr. Mallika Marshall spoke to an expert witness in the case who says the risk is real. Johnson & Johnson may think the powder is safe, but some experts point to a body of evidence suggesting a link between the use of talcum powder in the genital area and the development of ovarian cancer. Scientists say that the powder can enter the pelvic cavity throu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local baby powder Dr. Mallika Marshall Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

Chocolate Is Good For The Brain, New Study Finds
ORONO, MAINE (CBS) — This news should make just about everybody happy. A recent study published in the scientific journal Appetite says chocolate is good for the brain. Researchers say it’s long been known that chocolate can have benefits for your heart, but little is known about its effect on the mind. The new study of nearly 1,000 people between the ages of 23 and 98 revealed sweet news for chocolate lovers. “More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on the Global Composite score, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chocolate Source Type: news

Hospitals Moving Away From Nurseries For Newborns
BOSTON (CBS) – Maternity wards are moving away from using nurseries, instead having babies “room-in” to help create that special bond. But some mothers say they need time to recover after the birth, and want the option of sending the baby to the nursery. Jessica Cushman of Brockton just delivered her first baby, but it wasn’t easy. “We were a week late and so we were induced,” says Jessica. Baby Charlotte was born 40 hours ago but she hasn’t left her mother’s room once, not even for a second, since she was born. It’s a growing trend among hospitals to keep babies in th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Massachusetts General Hospital Source Type: news

Vibrating Crib Mattress May Help Preemies Breathe Easier
BOSTON (CBS) — Max Wylie’s arrival into this world was more wild than his parents, Molly and Adam, ever expected. “He was two months early. He was 3 pounds, 2 ounces and he was in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 32 days,” his mom, Molly, told WBZ. Like many preemies, Max would stop breathing for short periods of time without warning. “The first couple of times it’s terrifying because you have no idea what happens,” she said. “It happens because their brains are still immature,” says Dr. Vincent Smith. As the Assistant Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medica...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Premature Birth SIDS Source Type: news

National Cancer Institute Calls For More Kids To Get HPV Vaccination
BOSTON (CBS) — The National Cancer Institute is calling for more American children to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, most commonly referred to as HPV. While the vaccine is safe and can actually prevent cancer, many kids aren’t receiving it. Emily Ocasio of Boston, a mother of six, was diagnosed with HPV 12 years ago. “I had pain, surgeries and doctors telling me I have cancerous cells,” she says. “That’s scary to hear.” In addition to genital warts, HPV causes nearly all cervical cancers in women. This can lead to other genital, head, and neck cancers in both gende...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: torrancelatham Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall HPV Vaccination Source Type: news

Cranberry Juice May Not Prevent Urinary Tract Infections, Experts Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Bladder infections are common and many people turn to cranberry juice for early treatment, but some experts say that may be a waste of time. More than three million Americans develop a urinary tract infection every year. Most are women, and up to 30 percent of women have recurrent UTIs. Many patients look for a quick fix and turn to cranberry juice for the answer. Turns out, while taking cranberry tablets can help reduce the risk of UTI, cranberry juice probably does not. Experts say there isn’t a lot of pure cranberry in a serving of cranberry juice and that the compounds responsible for prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cranberry Juice Cranberry Juice And Urinary Tract Infections Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Can Cold Weather & Changing Temperatures Make You Sick?
BOSTON (CBS) — You may have noticed that everyone around you is sick, and you might even be under the weather yourself. While it’s true that more cold viruses are circulating in the fall and wintertime, it’s not the changing temperature that’s behind your runny nose, sore throat or nagging cough. “There’s a huge misconception out there that cold weather actually makes you sick,” WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “But it’s not really the cold weather, it’s the viruses that are circulating and it’s what we tend to do when it’s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Karyn Regal Source Type: news

I-Team: The Roots Of Opioid Addiction
BOSTON (CBS) – Here is a staggering statistic from the opioid crisis: 80% of all narcotic pain medication is used here in the United States. For many people who become addicted to these types of drugs, their problem starts with a prescription from a doctor. Tom Foye remembers when his wife picked up his prescription for OxyContin after he had surgery. “I took my first OxyContin. I just felt this warm wave come over my body, and I have to say it was nothing like I have ever felt before. It was bliss. I remember saying, ‘Wow,’ and this was after my first one, I can see how someone could become addicte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Heroin opioid crisis Ryan Kath Source Type: news

I-Team: On The Front Lines Of The Opioid Crisis In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – The opioid crisis is touching every corner of Massachusetts and claiming victims of all ages. It’s estimated four people are dying in the state every day from overdoses. More people now die from overdoses than from car accidents. The I-Team spent the last couple of months on the front lines of this battle to get a better understanding its scope, and to see how personnel in our hospitals and police departments are fighting back. The I-Team was in the emergency room of the Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth as an overdose victim was rushed in for treatment. He was a man in his 20s who had stopped breat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Heroin Narcan opioid crisis Ryan Kath Source Type: news

During Pregnancy, Tylenol May Increase Kids’ Asthma Risk , Chocolate May Be Beneficial
BOSTON (CBS) – There is one pain medication that most doctors tell women they can safely take during pregnancy, namely acetaminophen or Tylenol, which is welcome relief to many expectant moms because other common pain killers, like aspirin and ibuprofen, can be harmful. But now there’s evidence that taking Tylenol during pregnancy or giving it to young infants could increase a child’s risk of developing asthma by age 3. The concern is not enough to suggest women avoid taking Tylenol during pregnancy or avoid giving it to babies, but this study is a good reminder to only use medications, including Tylenol,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: torrancelatham Tags: Health Local News Chocolate Pregnancy Asthma Tylenol Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Gov. Baker Signs Bill Barring Teens From Tanning Salons
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts law now bans anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill on Friday, saying it will help reduce the risk of skin cancer among minors. Supporters, including dermatologists, say there’s a sharp rise in the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Doctors believe the rise is linked to the increased use of sunbeds, which became popular in the 1970s. Salon owners say tanning beds are safe if used responsibly. Massachusetts law previously allowed teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 to visit tanning salons with con...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Gov. Charlie Baker tanning bed Source Type: news

Running Club Helps Drug Addicts On Road To Recovery
BOSTON (CBS) – The opioid epidemic is claiming lives each day. The numbers are staggering and there has been no perfect solution. But one group thinks the answer comes in something laced: sneakers. More: In Their Shoes Every Thursday night and Saturday morning, the Bulldogs Running Club comes together for a type of support a perfectly fitted shoe doesn’t give. The Bulldogs believe in fighting drug addiction with wellness and exercise. Mike Ferrullo founded the club in October. He used to be an addict. That was 40 years and 10 marathons ago. He says that running saved him. “I was really able to find out wh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Marathon Bulldogs Running Club David Wade In Their Shoes Source Type: news

Research At Lahey Could Help Tailor Weight Loss Therapies Based On Patients’ Genes
BOSTON (CBS) – Jean Fortier of Portsmouth, New Hampshire has struggled with her weight all her life. “I’ve been heavy since I was a little girl,” says Fortier. At 35, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “I did Weight Watchers…Oprah had a book, someone else had a book, someone had a system,” says Fortier. Like so many others, she couldn’t figure out the best way for her to lose weight. Researchers at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center are analyzing the blood of patients with obesity to try to figure out if there is a genetic reason why some patients respond to certain weig...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Lahey Hospital Weight Loss Source Type: news

18 Sickened By GI Illness At 2 Boston Schools
BOSTON (CBS)  — More than a dozen people from two Boston area schools have been sickened by a gastrointestinal illness, the Boston Public Health Commission confirmed Thursday. The agency says 14 cases of the illness were confirmed at UP Academy in Dorchester, and four cases were at Young Achievers School in Mattapan. These cases are not unusual this time of the year, the commission’s communication director Ché Knight told WBZ-TV. The norovirus-like illness is typically caused by contact with stool or vomit from an infected individual. Inspectors have been sent to the sc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Zika Virus May Spread Through Sexual Contact
BOSTON (CBS) – There are new concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. A Texas patient contracted the virus through sexual contact and that is raising a lot of new questions. Sexual transmission of Zika virus was suspected back in 2008 when a scientist infected with Zika passed it on to his wife most likely through sexual intercourse. And in 2013, the virus was found in secretions of a patient even after his blood tested negative. Experts say it certainly may be possible to pass the virus from person to person through sexual contact but that sexual transmission is probably quite rare and that mosquitoes pose the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Zika Virus Source Type: news

CDC Urges Millions Of Women Not To Drink Unless Using Birth Control
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The Centers For Disease Control says about 3.3 million women are at risk of exposing their fetus to alcohol if they are drinking and having sex but not using birth control. The new CDC report says that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and most expectant women don’t realize they are pregnant until four to six weeks after conception. “This means a woman might be drinking and exposing her developing baby to alcohol without knowing it,” the CDC says. The agency is advising that women between 15 and 44 years old drink no alcohol at all if they are trying to get pregnant or...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Alcohol Centers For Disease Control Pregnancy Source Type: news

Eating More Fiber As Teen May Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a new study, what you eat as a teen could affect your chances of getting breast cancer. Dr. Walter Willett and colleagues at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health looked at the diets of about 40,000 women and found that those who ate the most fiber as teens and young adults had a lower risk of breast cancer, especially before menopause. “That’s pretty important,” Willett said. “Because we haven’t seen much else until recently that we can do about reducing the risk of breast cancer especially during the pre-menopausal years. Dr. Walter Willett. (WBZ-TV)...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall fiber Source Type: news

New Sunscreen Protects Against Skin Cancer, Allows Body To Produce Vitamin D
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people are getting the message loud and clear. That sunscreen helps protect you against skin cancer. But some experts say all that sunscreen is creating another problem. “That is the major cause for the vitamin D epidemic worldwide,” says Dr. Michael F. Holick, an endocrinologist at the BU School of Medicine. “Sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and ultraviolet light makes vitamin D in your skin, and if you put a sunscreen on with an SPF of 30 and it absorbs about 97-98% of the UV light, it will reduce the ability to make vitamin D in your skin by 97-98%,” says Dr. Willett...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Sunscreen Source Type: news

Study: Dog Owners Happier, Less Neurotic Than People With Cats
PURCHASE, N.Y. (CBS) — Who has it better – people who own dogs or cats? A new study says it might just be more pleasant to own a pooch. Researchers at Manhattanville College surveyed 263 participants on pet ownership, and their findings are good news for dog lovers. Learn More About The Study “Dog owners scored higher in well-being than cat owners on all well-being measures,” the study authors said. Not only were dog owners found to be happier, they were also determined to be significantly more conscientious and less neurotic than cat owners. The study also found that people with dogs are marginally...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cats Dogs Pets Source Type: news

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Appears To Be Over, CDC Says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that sickened 60 people appears to be over. Read: CDC Final Chipotle E. Coli Update The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the most recent illness reported to the agency started on Dec. 1. The source is still unknown, however. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. undertook an aggressive revamping of food preparation methods at its more than 1,900 locations. But the outbreak drove the company’s stock down by 26 percent over the past three months and it warned of a potent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News CDC Chipotle Source Type: news

Studies Find Added Health Benefits To Coffee, Berries, Soy
BOSTON (CBS) — If you like berries, soy, or coffee, rejoice.  As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, they all have health benefits. Good news for lovers of coffee, tea and chocolate. A new study finds that regular caffeine intake does not cause extra heart beats or abnormal heart rhythms. This is on the heels of another study which found that drinking 3 to 5 (8 ounce) cups of coffee a day, including decaf, is associated with a lower risk of death, in general. ——————- We all want to avoid unwanted weight gain and now Harvard researchers say eating more foods like apples, pears, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

How An Elimination Diet May Improve Your Child’s Health
Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD is an integrative pediatric neurologist. Her new book, The Dirt Cure is published by Atria Publishing Group, a sister company of CBS. She lectures internationally to medical professionals and laypeople on environmental health and toxins, and healing with food and nature. Many children in my practice improve tremendously from any number of conditions—asthma, eczema, constipation, headaches, ADHD, seizures—when we remove foods that bother their bodies. Unfortunately, traditional allergy tests don’t always tell the whole story of food reactivity....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Allergies Allergy Best Of Boston's Best CBS Local Food Kids Maya Shetreat Klein Parenting peanuts Simon and Schuster The Dirt Cure Top Spots Source Type: news

AHA Says Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different In Women
BOSTON (CBS) – Heart attacks in women may have different causes and symptoms, and some risk factors may be even more dangerous in women than men. That’s according to a new, first-ever statement from the American Heart Association. Three years ago, Marsha Goodbaum felt nauseous and had stomach pains. She finally headed to the hospital hours later. “I had no idea I was having a heart attack,” says Marsha. “I really expected shoulder pain or heavy chest pain.” A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association says there can be some key differences between men and women when it...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Heart Association Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Attack Source Type: news