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Nursing Strike Averted At Brigham And Women’s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) — Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses rejoiced early Sunday morning after marathon negotiations–lasting more than 15 hours–led to a tentative agreement with hospital management. Now, there will be no nurses’ strike Monday, as the Massachusetts Nursing Association, which has been negotiating salaries, benefits and staffing levels for months, had threatened if the agreement could not be reached. That strike would have been the largest in the state’s history, and the first such strike in the city in 30 years. The agreement was reached after 23 negotiating sessions. &l...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Contract Negotiation Jim Smith Karyn Regal Nurses' Strike Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Performs Two Heart Transplants In Same Day
BOSTON (CBS) – Performing an organ transplant takes a lot of staff and a lot of coordination. One local hospital completed two simultaneous heart transplants earlier this year and it may be a first time in New England. Two strangers met for the first time, but they will always share a special bond. Three years ago, Orrin Reed of Candia, N.H. contracted a virus that permanently damaged his heart. Six years ago, Delphine Andrews of Randolph developed heart failure that runs in her family. Both were on the transplant list and both received the call. Reed says when his wife came into the room and said the transplant doct...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

CDC Says Flu Mist Vaccine Not Effective
WASHINGTON (CBS) — Sorry, kids. If you want to ward off the flu this year, you better get ready to roll up your sleeves and look away. The flu mist nasal vaccine is often given to children to protect them from illness, but an advisory committee to the Centers For Disease Control says it should not be used for the upcoming flu season because it’s just not working. “Two of the last three seasons it hasn’t worked at all,” says CDC Dr. Joseph Bresee about the nasal spray. “On the other hand, the flu shot has been effective.” It’s not clear why the nasal spray doesn’t work &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Vaccines Source Type: news

I-Team: House Approves Bill To Give Doctors More Control Over Drugs They Prescribe
BOSTON (CBS) – Patients can claim a small victory in their battle to get the best medications to treat their diseases. The Massachusetts House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give doctors more control over the drugs they prescribe for their patients. Current law allows insurance companies to force patients to try cheaper drugs before they will approve a more expensive treatment. It’s called Step Therapy. It is a term Eitan Kling-Levine knows all too well. For the past year and a half he has been battling a severe case of colitis. His doctors prescribed a fairly new medicine. It was expensive, bu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ryan Kath Step Therapy Source Type: news

Children May Have Been Exposed To Tuberculosis At Brookline Day Care
BROOKLINE (CBS) – Authorities from the Department of Public Health will be at a day care center in Brookline Tuesday evening to address any concerns about a tuberculosis case there. Parents received an email from Tiny World Child Care on Monday, warning them that their young children may have been exposed to tuberculosis. No information about the patient is being released, but DPH is notifying anyone who may have been exposed. They are recommending and offering tuberculosis testing.  Any positive results would be followed up with preventative treatment. “DPH is monitoring the situation, and working cl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brookline Tiny World Child Care Tuberculosis Source Type: news

Boston Children ’ s Hospital Ranked #1 In Nation For Third Straight Year
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the top children’s hospital in the country for the third year in a row, according to a new report released Tuesday. The hospital ranked number one in eight of the ten specialties that were evaluated in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. In the two areas where they weren’t number one – Diabetes & Endocrinology and Pulmonology – Boston Children’s ranked second in the nation. We're honored to be ranked the #1 Children's Hospital by @usnews! https://t.co/X6oaHWJI8q #ThisKidInspires pic.twitter.com/QwRPY...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Boston Children’s Hospital Ranked #1 In Nation For Third Straight Year
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the top children’s hospital in the country for the third year in a row, according to a new report released Tuesday. The hospital ranked number one in eight of the ten specialties that were evaluated in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. In the two areas where they weren’t number one – Diabetes & Endocrinology and Pulmonology – Boston Children’s ranked second in the nation. We're honored to be ranked the #1 Children's Hospital by @usnews! https://t.co/X6oaHWJI8q #ThisKidInspires pic.twitter.com/QwRPY...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Caffeine Loses Effect For The Overtired, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — If you relying on a cup of coffee to keep you awake after a few bad nights of sleep, think again.  In fact, caffeine can lose its “jolt” if you’re just too exhausted. In a U.S. military study, researchers looked at 48 volunteers allowed only five hours of sleep a night for five nights then given caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee and then a battery of tests. For the first few days, those who took caffeine had better test results than those on a placebo, but that competitive edge was lost after three nights of limited sleep. Again stressing the importance of getting good re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Source Type: news

Blood Test May Help Predict Likelihood For Heart Attack
BOSTON (CBS) — What if a simple blood test could help predict your likelihood of having a heart attack in the near future? Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that high levels of certain antibodies, molecules that fight infection, may protect people against heart disease, even if someone has high blood pressure or high cholesterol. This finding could lead to a blood test to predict heart disease and could help scientists figure out ways to use the immune system to fight it in the future. (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 - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Device Uses Small Electric Shock To Help Users Break Bad Habits
BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston company wants to zap away your bad habits. “You’re essentially training the habit center of your brain,” said Sims McGrath, Marketing Director at Pavlok. Pavlok training comes with a little bit of pain. Users press a lightning bolt on the wrist band to deliver a pre-set electrical jolt right to the arm. “You associate the stimulus from Pavlok with the habit that you’re trying to break and the association is what trains the aversion to the habit,” explained McGrath. Pavlok, as you may have picked up already, is a play on the Pavlovian Response. Eric Lanoue of...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Health Commission To Distribute Zika Prevention Kits
BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston is stepping up its efforts to stop the spread of Zika. Boston’s Public Health Commission says that starting in late July, it plans to distribute Zika prevention items. The kits will include mosquito repellent and condoms. What are we doing? Fact sheets in 8 languages, brochures/flyers/posters in 4 languages, handing out insect repellant/bed nets #zikaBOS — Boston Public Health (@HealthyBoston) June 16, 2016 The new efforts are intended to help families visiting countries that are hardest hit by the virus. On Thursday, the Centers For Disease Control announced that thre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Public Health Commission zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Drinking Very Hot Coffee Probably Causes Cancer, Experts Say
LYON, France (CBS) – Does that first sip of coffee burn your tongue? It could also put you at risk for cancer. That’s what experts at the World Health Organization are saying in a new report out this week. Scientists found that while there’s no evidence that the ingredients in coffee can lead to cancer, they did conclude that “drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer” in the esophagus. Scalding hot drinks can cause damage to tissue, triggering uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Coffee served at over 150 degrees is considered too hot, but many popular cafes serve their drinks at 1...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Cancer Coffee Source Type: news

New Weight Loss Device Drains Food From Stomach To Toilet
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The FDA has signed off on a new treatment to help obese people lose weight. The recently approved AspireAssist device is a surgically-placed tube connected to the stomach that can drain up to 30 percent of calories after every meal. “Approximately 20 to 30 minutes after meal consumption, the patient attaches the device’s external connector and tubing to the port valve, opens the valve and drains the contents,” the FDA explains. “Once opened, it takes approximately five to 10 minutes to drain food matter through the tube and into the toilet.” The AspireAssist device (Im...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Obesity Source Type: news

Whole Grains May Lower Risk Of Early Death, Harvard Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Want to live longer? Adding whole grains to your diet might not be a bad idea, according to a new study. Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered that people who ate about 70 grams, or four servings, of whole grains daily had a 22 percent lower risk of dying than those who consumed little to no whole grains. Eating more whole grains linked with lower mortality rates https://t.co/kLJEnn9Vqg pic.twitter.com/H5ePYvNOtf — HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) June 14, 2016 Studies have already shown that whole grains can improve heart and gut health, and can reduc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Whole Grains Source Type: news

Antidepressants For Kids Ineffective, Potentially Harmful, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Major depression is usually associated with adults, but quite a few kids suffer from it as well, and more are being treated with antidepressants. But a new analysis published in the journal Lancet finds that most of these drugs are not only ineffective in kids but some may actually be unsafe. Only 1 of 14 antidepressants, fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, was better than a placebo pill at relieving symptoms.  And venlafaxine, or Effexor, was associated with a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts. Experts warn that while depression in kids should remain a priority, current anti-depres...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

One-Third Of Americans Never Floss Their Teeth, Survey Finds
ATLANTA (CBS) – When the dental hygienist asks “Have you been flossing?” – what do you say? It turns out a lot of Americans aren’t picking up the floss, according to new survey data from the Centers For Disease Control. Only about 31.5 percent of those asked said they flossed every day in the past week. On top of that, nearly one-third of adults told researchers that they never floss. Even though your fellow Americans might not be frequently flossers, the CDC says flossing every day can remove bacteria that causes gum disease and reduces dental plaque. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Flossing Teeth Source Type: news

UMass Researchers Discover Protein That Blocks Zika Infection
WORCESTER (CBS) — University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers, among scientists worldwide working to fight the Zika virus, have identified proteins that naturally block the virus’s infection. Assistant Professor Dr. Abraham Brass, lead author of the study published in Cell Reports on the discovery, said the work represents the first look at how cells defend themselves against Zika attack. The protein they’ve identified, known as IFITM3, is present in all our bodies and can dramatically reduce the ability of the Zika virus to infect mouse and human cells. “They’re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Diane Stern UMass Worcester zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Estrogen Levels Lower Among Women Who Suffer From Migraines, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Almost 1 in 5 women suffers from migraines, and a new study provides more evidence that estrogen levels may play a role. Many women say they get migraines right before their menstrual cycles begin, when estrogen levels fall.  Now researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, have discovered that before menstruation, estrogen levels drop 40 percent in women with migraines compared to 30 percent for women without migraines. Rami Burstein, PhD, a headache expert at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today says while this is an in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

FDA Asks Food Manufacturers, Restaurants To Reduce Salt
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time, the U.S. government is making proposed recommendations to limit salt in processed foods. The average American consumes about 3400 milligrams of salt a day, which is about 50% more than the upper limits currently recommended. Excess salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, which affects about one in three American adults. But now the FDA is asking food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce salt in their products, a move applauded by experts like Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Boston University. “Why this is fabulous is because over 70% of the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Salt Sodium Source Type: news

Man Who Got 1st US Penis Transplant Released From Hospital
BOSTON (AP) — A man who received the nation’s first penis transplant calls the operation a success and is going home. Thomas Manning left Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after the grueling 15-hour surgery. The 64-year-old traveled with his mother and a family friend back to his home in Halifax, where he looked forward to a spaghetti dinner and a night in his own bed. “We’re going to go home, just take it easy, have a nice, relaxing night,” Manning said as he prepared to leave his hospital room. “It’s almost all over. The worst of it is all done.” Afte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Mass General Hospital penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news

Douglas College Student Biking Across Country For Young Adults With Cancer
DOUGLAS (CBS) — A University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student is getting ready to embark on a 4,000-mile trip across the country to support young adults affected by cancer. John Ferguson, a marketing major who will be a senior at UMass Dartmouth this fall, will leave Baltimore along with nearly two dozen other riders on the cross-country trip this weekend. The ride, called 4K For Cancer and in its 15th year, will support the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “I decided to give it a try,” said Ferguson. “What better time to give it than the last summer before I graduate?” A coll...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ben Parker Cancer Douglas John Ferguson UMass Dartmouth Source Type: news

4 Confirmed Cases Of Zika Virus In N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — Four people in New Hampshire have Zika virus, according to a New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday. The report says that the cases involve two pregnant women, one non-pregnant woman, and one man. The department said that all cases were contracted as a result of overseas travel. In one case, the department said, a woman contracted Zika via sexual transmission from her male partner, who had contracted it during travel to an area with mosquitos that carried the virus. Read: Zika Survivor Says ‘I Could Feel My Skin Shrinking’ ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local New Hampshire zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Cardiac Care Advances At Brigham And Women’s Hospital Lowers Likelihood Of Open Heart Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) — “I just wasn’t as energetic as I used to be. I just figured that was part of getting older.” That’s how 53-year-old Kevin De Gray of Bellingham explained away his symptoms. He’s been climbing mountains for years, but noticed he was having more trouble getting to the top. “By the time I got there I was a lot more tired and shortness of breath,” he says. Kevin was found to have a complete blockage of a main artery in his heart. Up to 20 percent of people with coronary artery disease have longstanding complete blockages of their arteries that can’t be t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Opioids Don’t Provide Much Relief For Back Pain Sufferers, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people with chronic back pain request opioid pain killers like Oxycodone or Vicodin to control their back pain, but a recent analysis found those drugs don’t significantly improve back pain or disability. A man receives treatment for back pain. (WBZ-TV) Researchers say there are better ways to approach back pain, such as doing back exercises and staying active. (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 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Back Pain Dr. Mallika Marshall opioids Source Type: news

Women Teachers Develop Vocal Fatigue More Than Men Who Teach
BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine trying to keep the attention of 30 kindergarteners or 40 middle schoolers and it isn’t hard to understand how many teachers tend to lose their voices over time. But it seems female teachers develop vocal fatigue more than their male counterparts. A teacher. (WBZ-TV) A new study finds female teachers with hoarseness may have reduced lung function. Researchers suggest they could undergo easy and low-cost lung function testing to find out if they’re at risk, which could help them take steps to avoid voice problems like doing vocal exercises. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Teachers Voices Source Type: news

Researchers At Boston Children’s To Study Body Temperature
BOSTON (CBS) — Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, right? Or is it? 11-year-old Carson Domey of Bellingham was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease back in September. It causes inflammation in his gut. “My stomach hurts,” he told WBZ-TV. “My head hurts. My mouth hurts.” His symptoms are kept at bay by medications, which suppress his immune system, but they also put him at risk for serious infections so his mom, Michelle Domey, monitors him closely for fever. “His normal temperature is generally around 97.3,” she says. “Once we get into the 99s, we start gettin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital Crohn's Disease Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Eating More Potatoes, French Fries Linked To High Blood Pressure
BOSTON (CBS) – The next time someone asks “Do you want fries with that?” you might want to consider your heart. A new study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that eating more potatoes and French fries may result in higher blood pressure. People who ate four or more servings of potatoes a week had an 11 percent higher risk of hypertension compared to people who ate less than a serving per month, the study found. Frequent consumption of French fries raised that risk to 17 percent. “Additionally, we found that if a participant...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham & Women's Hospital Source Type: news

Location Of Cancer On Colon May Predict Patient’s Survival Chances
BOSTON (CBS) – New research shows the location of a patient’s colon cancer may predict their chances of survival. After being diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, Marine Combat Veteran Tim Carroll says he was planning his funeral. Doctors told him with chemotherapy, he may have only two years to live. “Dealing with this kind of fight, you can’t shoot it or stab it or run it over,” said Carroll. The 63-year old’s tumor originated on the left side. Now a new study finds metastatic colon cancer patients like Carroll survive significantly longer than patients with cancer that starts on the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Colon Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Medical Center Is First In Mass. To Offer Sex Reassignment Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Medical Center is about to become the first hospital in Massachusetts to offer sex reassignment surgery. The hospital announced the launch of its new Center For Transgender Medicine and Surgery on Wednesday. The Boston Globe reports that there are already 100 patients on the waiting list for “male-to-female gender affirmation surgery.” BMC says it will be the only hospital between Philadelphia and Montreal that offers the procedure. “Transgender patients seeking this surgery have struggled for many years to find appropriate and necessary medical care,” BMC surgery chief G...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Transgender Source Type: news

‘Now I’m Back’: Halifax Man Grateful After Receiving Penis Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) – The man who received the nation’s first penis transplant at Mass General Hospital in Boston wants everyone to know how grateful he is. Tom Manning isn’t hiding. There are no taboos. Manning is eager to tell people about his experience in honest terms, sharing the story of this life-changing medical breakthrough that he had been hoping for years could become a reality. “When my surgeon operated on me, some of the first words out of my mouth were, ‘When am I going to get my transplant?’” Manning told WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes. “I just thought, if you can replace...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Lisa Hughes Mass General penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news

Harvard Study: Women Who Go To Church Live Longer, Healthier Lives
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Going to church regularly may have benefits that are more than just spiritual, according to new research. A study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concluded that women who attend religious services at least once a week have a lower risk of dying than women who never go to church. Regularly attending religious services could have health benefits for women https://t.co/INwzsWyZNT pic.twitter.com/IyQG8pOZav — HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) May 17, 2016 The churchgoing women surveyed also had a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer. “Our results sugg...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Harvard University Source Type: news

Consumer Reports Study: Many Sunscreens Not As Effective As Advertised
NEW YORK (CBS) – Is your sunscreen keeping you safe? Maybe not, according a new study by Consumer Reports. The magazine tested 65 lotion, sprays and sticks that claim to have an SPF of at least 30. An eye-opening 43 percent were found to be not as effective as advertised, leaving people vulnerable to skin cancer, sunburn and wrinkles. Banana Boat and CVS sunscreen for kids (Image credit CBS This Morning) Banana Boat and CVS both sell SPF 50 sunscreens for kids. But Consumer Reports said they only tested to be SPF 8. “It’s a big difference,” Consumer Reports Deputy Content Editor Trisha Calvo told CB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Consumer Reports Sunscreen Source Type: news

Salem Woman Falls Into Trash Compactor While Trying To Retrieve Keys
SALEM (CBS) – A Salem woman was injured after falling three stories into a trash compactor. A frantic 911 call led police officers to the Loring Towers apartment complex at about 4 a.m. Monday morning. Officers say the 38-year-old victim was helping another man retrieve his keys, which had fallen down the trash chute. After numerous failed attempts, the man lowered the victim into the compactor using a sheet tied to her legs. That sheet broke and the woman fell into the dumpster. The compactor was activated and crushed the woman’s leg. The woman was rushed to Mass. General Hospital and is expected to survive. N...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Julie Loncich Salem Source Type: news

Woman Saved By Boston Children’s Hospital Keeps Promise To Give Back
BOSTON (CBS) – Nikoleta Maidou knows how to make a promise and keep it. Even if the promise is decades in the making. “I will never stop devoting my time as a volunteer. As we say a volunteer is work from the heart,” Maidou said. It all started when she was 12 years old living in Greece. She was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition which required her to have immediate open heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I am very grateful that they figured out I had a problem when I was little kid. They were able to solve it even though I went through two open heart surgeries,&rd...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital Nikoleta Maidou Paul Burton Source Type: news

Halifax Man Receives First Penis Transplant In U.S. At Mass General
BOSTON (CBS) – A man from Halifax has become the first person to receive a penis transplant in the United States, Massachusetts General Hospital announced Monday. Thomas Manning, 64, underwent the 15-hour transplant operation, called a genitourinary vascularized composite allograft (GUVCA) transplant, earlier this month. “Our courageous patient, Thomas Manning, continues to do well, and we are optimistic about this outcome and future,” said Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, who helped lead the surgical team along with Dr. Dicken Ko, at a press conference Monday morning. Cetrulo said that due to penile cancer most ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Halifax Massachusetts General Hospital penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news

Are Hormones Or Genes To Blame For Peripartum Depression?
BOSTON (CBS) — About one in eight women suffer from peripartum depression and it is often passed from mother to daughter to daughter. Local researchers are trying to figure out how a woman’s DNA affects her risk. “I woke up one morning in January in a full-blown panic attack about what to make the kids for lunch,” says Ashley Poniros of Auburn. Ashley Poniros with her son. (WBZ-TV) Pregnant, unable to eat or sleep and responsible for her two young sons, Ashley was suffering from severe anxiety for months. “My husband had to leave for work every day and trust that I was going to be OK, and trus...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall UMass Medical School Source Type: news

Rio Olympics ‘Must Not Proceed’ Due To Zika Virus, Professor Argues
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved as Brazil deals with the threat of the Zika virus, an article in the latest edition of the Harvard Public Health Review argues. The special commentary by Amir Attaran, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, says the games “must not proceed” because the mosquito-borne virus is flourishing in Rio. A municipal agent sprays anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Cristophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) “Simply put, Zika infection is more dangerous, and Bra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Olympics zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Northeastern University Student Dies Of Bacterial Meningitis
BOSTON (CBS) – A Northeastern University freshman from Wakefield has died of bacterial meningitis. Ryan Shaw, 18, died Sunday. Meningitis is highly contagious, but Northeastern told students that he became sick after leaving campus at the end of the spring semester. Sending our thoughts and love to the family and friends of Ryan Shaw, an NUin Program alum who will be dearly missed by the NU community. — The N.U.in Program (@TheNUinProgram) May 11, 2016 The university and Boston public health officials have reached out to his known close contacts to offer medication and immunization. Shaw graduated last ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bacterial Meningitis Laurie Kirby Northeastern University Source Type: news

Placebos Helping IBS, Migraine Sufferers Find Relief
BOSTON (CBS) — Is it possible to get real results from a fake pill? “I felt horrible. I didn’t have a life. I couldn’t do anything,” said Linda Buonanno of Methuen. Desperate for relief from irritable bowel syndrome, Buonanno signed up for a medical study with a twist. “He told me it would be a placebo and I was so disappointed,” she said. “A sugar pill? Are you kidding?” She knew it was a placebo through the entire study and it still worked. “I never felt better in my life,” Buonanno says. Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine and also social medicine at Harv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Irritable Bowel Syndrome Placebos Source Type: news

I-Team: Hospitals Face Difficult Decision To Hold Mental Health Patients
TAUNTON (CBS) – The family of Arthur DaRosa says Morton Hospital did not treat him appropriately when he came to the hospital Monday for help with a mental health issue. DaRosa was discharged early Tuesday morning, the same day he went on a rampage at a Taunton mall. The I-Team looked into whether the hospital had the right to hold DaRosa. State law says if a doctor believes a patient is a risk to himself or the public, that patient can be held involuntarily up to three days. David Matteodo represents the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems. He says it’s a difficult decision. “It&rsquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Arthur DaRosa i-team Lauren Leamanczyk Taunton Rampage Source Type: news

Drinking Diet Soda While Pregnant Can Lead To Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests
WINNIPEG (CBS) – Pregnant women who drink diet soda every day may be more likely to have babies that develop weight issues, according to a new study. Canadian researchers say women who regularly consume artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy are twice as likely to have a baby who’s overweight by the time they turn 1. The study involved more than 3,000 women. It’s believed to be the first of its kind to look at artificially sweetened drink consumption during pregnancy and infant BMI. “To our knowledge, our results provide the first human evidence that artificial sweetener consumption durin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Diet Soda Pregnancy Source Type: news

Simple Screenings Could Reveal Hidden Heart Problems In Kids
BOSTON (CBS) — Josh Thibodeau was a boy with a big smile, tons of energy, and the fun family nickname “Moose.” “Super sensitive, super sweet kid,” says his mom, Deb O’Brien-Thibodeau.  Five years ago Josh collapsed at soccer camp.  The Holden boy was just 12 years old. His dad, Ralph Thibodeau, remembers every moment of that horrible day. “Josh is laying there and I think my first recollection is I hear, ‘I don’t hear a heartbeat,'” he said. Josh died from an undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM.  Sudden cardiac deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall ekg Source Type: news

Local Experts Urge EKG Heart Screenings To Save Lives
BOSTON (CBS) — Josh Thibodeau was a boy with a big smile, tons of energy, and the fun family nickname “Moose.” “Super sensitive, super sweet kid,” says his mom, Deb O’Brien-Thibodeau.  Five years ago Josh collapsed at soccer camp.  The Holden boy was just 12 years old. His dad, Ralph Thibodeau, remembers every moment of that horrible day. “Josh is laying there and I think my first recollection is I hear, ‘I don’t hear a heartbeat,'” he said. Josh died from an undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM.  Sudden cardiac deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall ekg Source Type: news

Swaddling May Increase Risk Of SIDS
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers may have found a link between swaddling babies and sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Nadine Chawla swaddles her two month old son, Adnan, every time he goes to sleep. “He was used to being in my womb” says Nadine, “and he was used to being constricted and that’s like a position of comfort.” Many parents use the wrapping technique on new babies but a study in the journal pediatrics shows swaddling may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS when a baby is swaddled on their side or stomach. “You want to make sure as a parent you are al...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall SIDS swaddling Source Type: news

MIT Develops ‘Second Skin’ That Can Temporarily Erase Wrinkles
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – MIT scientists announced Monday that they’ve developed a new material that can temporarily erase wrinkles and more. They’re calling the silicone-based polymer a “second skin” that can smooth wrinkles for up to 24 hours and potentially be used to one day deliver drugs that treat eczema and other skin conditions. “It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated,” MIT associate professor Daniel Anderson said in a statement. “Those three things t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local MIT skin Source Type: news

Baby Boy To Leave Brigham And Women’s NICU On Mother’s Day
BOSTON (CBS) — Monica Shook says she and her husband Doug have a lot to be thankful for this Mother’s Day. Their son, William, has been a gift no words can describe. He was born prematurely at 29 weeks, weighing only 3 pounds. William Shook was born prematurely and has spent the past three months in the NICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. (WBZ-TV) For the past three months, William has been fighting for his life in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Everyone always says the NICU is a roller coaster and it is,” Shook told WBZ. “You have good days, b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital NICU Paul Burton Premature Birth Source Type: news

Bellingham Moms To Ride In PMC For Nate Solder’s Son Who Has Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) — A group of Bellingham moms will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year in support of New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder’s young son who is battling cancer. Team “Your Pace or Mine” will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge on behalf of Nate Solder’s nine-month-old son, Hudson, who is undergoing chemotherapy for the cancerous tumors on both of his kidneys. Lexi and Nate Soldier’s son was among the hundreds of young cancer patients matched up with cycling teams Saturday at a Pedal Partners party at Fenway Park in Boston. The baby boy is handling everyth...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News NFL Patriots Seen On WBZ-TV Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Watch Listen Bellingham Ken MacLeod Nate Solder PMC Source Type: news

FDA Announces Sweeping New Rules For E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated. Before brands are allowed to stay in the market, regulators will check the e-cigarettes’ design and the liquid nicotine they contain. The fast-growing devices have found a foothold with teenagers. RELATED: New E-Cig Sale Regulations In Massachusetts “Millions of kids are being introduced to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending e-cigarettes FDA Source Type: news

Make Your Own Avocado Ice Cream With Tom Brady’s $200 Cookbook
FOXBORO (CBS) – Want to eat like Tom Brady? The New England Patriots quarterback is selling a limited-edition “nutrition manual” through his fitness company TB12 for $200. The cookbook is described as a “living document containing information about our core TB12 nutritional philosophies and featuring a library of 89 seasonally-inspired recipes.” The cover is made of natural maple and laser-etched with the “TB12” logo. It also features a unique binding that allows the buyer to insert new cooking instructions that TB12 expects to send in the future. Some of the recipes incl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Patriots Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports tb12 Tom Brady Source Type: news

Seekonk Police Say Teens Getting High, Sick From Eating Plant Seeds
SEEKONK (CBS) — The Seekonk Police Department is getting the word out to parents that some teens have been eating plant seeds in order to get high from their hallucinogenic properties. Police Chief Craig Mace said his department first heard of the problem when some teens who had eaten the seeds in neighboring Somerset got sick and were hospitalized. Now, the seeds have been found in the Seekonk School District. “We as human beings have a tendency to come up with different ways to become impaired, or however you want to describe it,” said Mace. Blue Morning Glory seeds (WBZ-TV) He’s referri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Seeds Seekonk Seekonk Police Somerset Source Type: news