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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flu Cases Spike In Mass., Across The Country
BOSTON (CBS) – Cases of the flu have increased across the country, resulting in a season that health officials are calling “moderately severe,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. According to the CDC, regions experiencing high flu activity increased from 21 to 26 states this week. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity rose from 36 to 46. A GoFundMe page claimed the flu took the life of a 51-year-old Needham woman last week. The page stated that Jenny Ching was “diagnosed with flu, and that quickly led to pneumonia,” and “the infection spre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Flu Louisa Moller Source Type: news

New Device Helps People Suffering From Ringing In Ears
BOSTON (CBS) – It is estimated that 1 in 5 people suffer from tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, that can be so intrusive it can affect a person’s quality of life. Now researchers at the University of Michigan say a new experimental device that targets unruly nerve cells in the brain can help quiet the “phantom sounds” of tinnitus. Human study participants who used the device daily said the loudness of the sounds was reduced and their quality of life improved. Some people have tinnitus so bad they can’t do their jobs and can’t function at home, and current treatments include usin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Tinnitus Source Type: news

Repeat Flu Vaccinations Can Help Protect Seniors
BOSTON (CBS) — While flu cases continue to spike nationwide, health officials are still urging the public to get their annual flu shot. And a new study suggests that older people, in particular, should make sure they get a flu shot year after year after year. Researchers in Spain found that people over 65 who get a flu shot every year are 74% less likely to require intensive care and are 70% less likely to die from influenza. While the flu vaccine varies in its effectiveness from year to year, any protection is better than no protection, and this study shows that the flu vaccine can have a cumulative effect over year...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Elderly Flu Shot Flu Vaccine HealthWatch Local TV Source Type: news

Regular Exercise Can Take Away ‘ Years Of Damage ’ From Laziness And Doing Nothing, Study Says
This study demonstrates that prolonged (two years) exercise training, initiated in middle age, can forestall the deleterious effects of sedentary aging by reducing cardiac stiffness and increasing fitness,” researchers wrote. The American Heart Association recommends “150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity)” to keep the heart healthy. (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 - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health American Heart Association Bryan Altman Exercise Local TV study finds talkers Source Type: news

Patients Worried About Future Of Medical Marijuana
BOSTON (CBS) – At Ermont on Tuesday, a medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy, they had a sign on the door, telling patients they could only buy with cash. The company’s bank has pulled the plug on debit transactions. “The banks are running scared,” said Greg Parquette, who uses marijuana for neuropathy in his legs. “Cash Only” sign at Ermont medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy (WBZ-TV) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reiterated his stance that marijuana use is still illegal, according to federal law and that there are “no safe havens.” Eight states, including Ma...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bill Shields Local TV Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

IV Bag Shortage Hits Hospitals Nationwide During Flu Season
BOSTON (CBS) – Just as flu season hits its stride, there is a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags. The problem can be traced to Hurricane Maria. When the storm hit Puerto Rico in September, it knocked one of the country’s major suppliers of IV bags offline. The bags are used to deliver fluids and medications to patients. When in short supply, medical professionals have to use alternative methods of delivery which can be far more time consuming. Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells CBS News that the situation is serious. “This is a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Flu Mass General Hospital Source Type: news

Millennials ’ Quest For Perfection Causing Mental Health Issues, Study Says
CBS Local — “Close enough” apparently isn’t good enough for today’s young adults. A study looking at college students from 1989 to 2016 found that the personality traits that label someone a “perfectionist” have risen dramatically in recent years. Researchers at Britain’s University of Bath studied over 41,000 American, British, and Canadian students and administered a test known as the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale. The results measure three types of perfectionism: self-oriented (an irrational desire to be perfect), socially prescribed (perceiving ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV Mental Health mental health issues Millennials perfectionism talkers Source Type: news

Keto Diet Last, DASH First In New Diet Rankings
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — If you’re a fan of the “fat-burning” keto diet, you’ll be fired up about its ranking in the 2018 list of best diets from US News and World Report: It’s tied for last, along with the relatively unknown Dukan diet. Both stress eating a ton of protein and minimal carbs, putting the dieter into “ketosis,” when the body breaks down both ingested and stored body fat into ketones, which it uses as energy. People on such diets often deal with fatigue and light-headedness as they adjust to a lack of carbohydrates. Though the experts on the US News and Wo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Weight Loss Source Type: news

Romaine Lettuce May Be Linked To E. Coli Outbreak
CBS Local — A warning from health officials is urging people to be cautious of eating romaine lettuce after nearly 60 people were infected by E. coli bacteria. The illnesses were reported in Canada and 13 states including New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut. According to Consumer Reports, the dangerous bacteria has sent five to the hospital and killed one person in America. Another patient died of the illness in Canada, where the source of the bacteria was tracked down to the leafy greens. “Even though we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore E. Coli Food Poisoning Lettuce Local TV Romaine Lettuce talkers Source Type: news

Trendy ‘ Raw Water ’ Can Reportedly Give You Hepatitis, Other Diseases
CBS Local — A new health craze that has many people paying high prices for unfiltered water is also reportedly putting those people at risk for diseases like hepatitis and norovirus. According to a report from The New York Times, the demand for “raw water” in and around California’s Silicon Valley has sent prices soaring. The small companies bottling their untreated product have hiked the price from around $37 to over $60 for a 2.5-gallon jug. “It has a vaguely mild sweetness, a nice smooth mouth feel, nothing that overwhelms the flavor profile,” San Francisco grocery store manager Kevin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Bacteria Chris Melore Fluoride Hepatitis Local TV Norovirus raw water talkers Source Type: news

MIT Is Creating Soft, Wearable Robot Technology
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Imagine a world where crutches, canes and walkers are no longer necessary for people with mobility issues. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working on a new kind of robotic technology that is light, flexible soft and wearable. Inside the @MIT lab developing soft, wearable robots: https://t.co/RT4rhyPTYf pic.twitter.com/eo2fKaqSPW — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 3, 2018 Parts are made of nylon and plastic and powered by compressed air. Artificial muscles two to three times stronger than a human being have folds to grip, lift and twist everything from flowers...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Local TV MIT robotics Source Type: news

Scientists Find Possible Alzheimer ’ s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes
CBS Local — Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders. The medication, known as a triple receptor drug — or “triple agonist” — reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain aga...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alzheimer's Disease Chris Melore degenerative disorders Diabetes Local TV medical treatment talkers Source Type: news

App Helps Women Assess Risk For Breast Cancer
PEABODY (CBS) – Many women have an increased risk of breast cancer and don’t even know it. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, one local hospital is offering a new tool to women undergoing routine mammograms that helps them assess their risk. “My sibling and I joke we have cancer on mom’s side,” said 46-year-old Gia Leach of Lynnfield. “We’re just wondering what kind it’s going to be that’s going to get to us.” Leach has a strong family history of cancer, including breast, so she’s good about getting her routine mammograms. She had her last one in February....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Lahey Health Peabody Source Type: news

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Finds
(CNN) — More pregnant women seem to be using pot — sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety — and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. The prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of moms-to-be in California climbed from 4.2% to 7.1% from 2009 through 2016, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA on Tuesday. Among pregnant teens younger than 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5% to 21.8%, and among women 18 to 24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8% to 19%, the researchers found. That rese...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Marijuana Pot Pregnancy Source Type: news

Are Reduced Calorie Wines Worth It?
By Lisa Drayer, CNN (CNN) — If you’re counting calories, a glass of wine might be your alcoholic beverage of choice, as it’s a lighter option than many other mixed drinks. Reduced-calorie wines can save you even more calories, perhaps enough to earn a few bites of cheese or chocolate. Of course, you have also ask yourself: Are you actually enjoying it? The savings Depending on the variety, reduced-calorie wines have about 15% to 30% fewer calories than regular wine. For example, at 90 calories per 5-ounce glass, FitVine’s lower-calorie white wines have 25% fewer calories than a glass of regular whit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Wine Source Type: news

Christmas Brings Chocolate Poisoning Warning For Dogs
CBS Local — The holiday season is here and veterinarians are warning pet owners that all the extra candy laying around this time of year can be fatal for their dogs and cats. Writing in the journal Veterinary Record, Vets say Christmas and Easter are the most dangerous times of the year for pets to fall ill from eating chocolate. Their study found hundreds of cases of dogs suffering from chocolate poisoning after stealing candy, eating out of open chocolate boxes, or even drinking unguarded cups of hot cocoa. “The take home message is firstly to make sure that people recognize that chocolate is a potential...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chocolate Chocolate poisoning Chris Melore Christmas Dogs Local TV Pets talkers Source Type: news

5 Shocking Medical Stories From 2017
CBS Local — The field of medicine has made tremendous strides in 2017. Here’s a list of shocking stories from this year that shows just how far science has come and how unbelievable (and a little gross!) it can be. Laymen beware: the following may contain highly technical terminology for procedures (like swallowing balloons) and medical recommendations (like not to swallow coins). New Procedure Has People Swallowing Balloons To Lose Weight Having trouble hitting your goal weight? With the help of her doctor and a few gas-filled balloons, Bronx-resident Suzy Soto found out how to get rid of those last few pounds...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Medicine Science Shocking Stories Source Type: news

HealthWatch: More Hospitals Not Prepared To Treat Children; Christmas Baby Boom?
BOSTON (CBS) – A growing number of hospitals, including here in the Commonwealth are not equipped to treat children, even for some of the most basic conditions like belly pain or asthma. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital found that in four states, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and California the number of kids transferred from local hospitals to more distant referral centers, like a children’s hospital, rose 25% from 2006 to 2011. Kids are not just little adults. The way pediatricians evaluate and treat kids is often different from how they approach adults, and unfortunately, a growing number ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

A Salad A Day May Keep Dementia Away
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a hard concept, especially this time of year when sweets and Christmas cookies are everywhere, but as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, researchers at Tufts University believe a salad a day may keep dementia away. Pedro Velazquez is hitting the salad bar for lunch. He’s doing his best to get more greens into his diet. “I’ve been trying to get rid of this (belly) for a while now so I go to the gym, then I come have a salad and I go to work,” explains Pedro. New research in the journal Neurology suggests eating salad could also help keep his memory in good shape. Sarah Boo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dementia Dr. Mallika Marshall Salad Source Type: news

2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More
CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News best of 2017 Samantha Lazarus Bennet Source Type: news

Boston Hospital Brings Holiday Cheer To Families In NICU
BOSTON (CBS) – Home for the holidays is just not a possibility for some children and their families, but one Boston hospital is bringing the holidays to them. At the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it was a day to make memories and for the parents of their youngest patients, a much appreciated break. Little Rebecca has been in the NICU for almost two months. So have the twins Kaden and Kadance, who were not even three pounds when they were born. It’s been even longer than that for Kevin. “We evacuated from Hurricane Irma,” says Kevin’s mother ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Lisa Hughes NICU Source Type: news