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Infants More Likely To Get Pertussis From Siblings
BOSTON (CBS) – Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can be particularly dangerous for young babies. A new study finds that infants are more likely to catch it from their older siblings rather than their mom or dad. While routine vaccination of kids against whooping cough is recommended to prevent the spread, experts are also urging all pregnant women to get a booster shot in the last three months of pregnancy so they can pass on some of their immunity to their newborn babies. (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 - September 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Teens Using E-Cigarettes To Get High
BOSTON (CBS) – A warning for parents. A surprising number of young people are using electronic cigarettes…not to stop smoking but to get high. In fact, Yale researchers found that 1 in 5 high school students reports using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis instead of nicotine, a less conspicuous way of using marijuana. The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014. (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 - September 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall e-cigarettes Source Type: news

Cambridge Company Says Live Bacteria Spray Will Keep You Clean
BOSTON (CBS) – You’ve heard of taking probiotics for a healthy gut, but what about literally spraying live bacteria on your skin? As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a local company thinks it’s a good idea for overall health, and plans to prove it. “I have not taken a shower in over 12 years,” says Dave Whitlock, a chemical engineer and MIT grad who says he doesn’t miss bathing at all. “No one did clinical trials on people taking showers every day. So what’s the basis for assuming that that is a healthy practice.” Dave Whitlock (WBZ-TV) In fact, what Whitlock does believe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mother Dirt Source Type: news

Mass. Doctor Who Survived Ebola Continues Fight Against Disease
HOLDEN (CBS) – An Ebola survivor one year later. It’s been 12 months since Massachusetts doctor Rick Sacra came back from Liberia battling the potentially deadly disease. Dr. Sacra was the third American working in Africa to contract Ebola. Today we sat down with him at his Holden home to talk about his work, his faith and his continuing commitment. “Over the last year I came face to face with the possibility of dying,” he says. Last year at this time Dr. Sacra was in an ambulance, rushing to a special bio-containment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center. Sacra worked at a clinic in Liberia when the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Rick Sacra Ebola Kate Merrill Source Type: news

Is Your Heart Older Than You? Maybe, Says New Report
NEW YORK (AP) — Your heart might be older than you are. A new government report suggests age is just a number — and perhaps not a very telling one when it comes to your risk of heart attack or stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report takes a new approach to try to spur more Americans to take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease. CDC scientists estimated the average “heart age” of men and women in every state, based on risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, and whether they smoke or have diabetes. Then it compared the numbers to average actual ages. AVERAGE PREDICTED ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News CDC Framingham Source Type: news

Marijuana Now More A Habit For College Students Than Cigarettes, Study Finds
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual “Monitoring the Future” study reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. By contrast, 5 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers, a steep decline from the 19 percent who said they smoked daily in ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Cigarettes Marijuana Source Type: news

Matters Of The Mind: Conquering Back-To-School Anxiety
BOSTON (CBS) – For Jennifer Nickola of Lynn, her son Nick’s well-being became the all-consuming focus of her life around the time he was 3 or 4-years-old. “I remember my husband and I saying ‘this is not normal,'” Nickola told WBZ-TV. Read: More ‘Matters of the Mind’ The couple says Nick would have trouble articulating what was bothering him and he would act out in frustration. There were also physical symptoms. Nick had trouble sleeping and would become nauseous. Eventually there was something to call it: Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Nick, now 10-years-old, is far from an unusual...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bree Sison Matters Of The Mind Source Type: news

Patients With Several Prescriptions Find Comfort In ‘PillPack’
BOSTON (CBS) — Twenty percent of Americans take five or more prescription drugs and managing all of those medications can be a nightmare. However, a new service takes all the pain out of the process, making patients’ lives much easier. TJ Parker’s family owned a mom-and-pop pharmacy in Concord, New Hampshire. As a kid, he delivered medications to people’s homes. “Everyone had this pile of pill bottles on the kitchen counter and an excel spreadsheet with medications crossed out and highlighted and a picture of each pill,” Parker recalls. “And so I knew there had to be a better w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Medications PillPack Prescription Drugs Source Type: news

Family From Ireland Hopes Boston Doctors Can Save Boy’s Life
BOSTON (CBS) — Cian McDonnell-Lynch is just four years old. He’s been given until Christmas to live. His family, saying they refuse to give up, has traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital in the hopes that one of the world’s premiere hospitals can help keep him alive. Cian has been fighting an often deadly bone marrow disorder called Dyskeratosis Congenita since birth. “It’s a very rare disease,” his mother, Lisa McDonnell, told WBZ-TV Tuesday. “It affects one in a million. And Cian is actually at the more severe end of the syndrome.” Cian McDonnell-Lynch and h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cian McDonnell-Lynch Hope For Cian liam martin Source Type: news

Experts Recommend Exposing At-Risk Infants To Small Amounts Of Peanuts
BOSTON (CBS) – About three percent of children in developed countries are now allergic to peanuts and now a leading group of pediatricians is coming out with new recommendations to try to prevent peanut allergies. For years, it has been recommended that parents avoid exposing their children to peanuts until they’re older, for fear that early exposure may lead to an allergy to peanuts, but research earlier this year suggested that advice was wrong. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics and leading allergy groups, are recommending that babies at high risk for peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts be...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Peanut Allergy Source Type: news

School’s Wi-Fi Making Son Sick, Parents Say In Lawsuit
SOUTHBORO (CBS) — A boarding school in central Massachusetts is being sued by parents who claim the school’s Wi-Fi signal is making their son sick. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that the unidentified plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against the Fay School in Southboro. The parents say their 12-year-old son has “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome” and has suffered headaches, nosebleeds and nausea since the school activated a stronger wireless signal in 2013. The family is seeking $250,000 in damages and wants the school to switch to Ethernet cable Internet or turn down the Wi-Fi ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Southboro Wi-Fi Source Type: news

Second Cancers Are On The Rise
Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor. Judith Bernstein of suburban Philadelphia is an extreme example. She has had eight types over the last two decades, all treated successfully. “There was a while when I was getting one cancer diagnosis after another,” including breast, lung, esophageal, and the latest — a rare tumor of her eyelids, she said. “At one point I thought I had c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Cancer Source Type: news

Boston Fire Department Making Firefighters Aware Of Cancer Risks
BOSTON (CBS) – Firefighters know theirs is a dangerous profession. But the Boston Fire Department is fighting back against a silent killer within their ranks. Cancer. “We have a new cancer diagnosis every two-and-a-half weeks”, said Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn. It’s a sobering statistic that the department is trying to change and one Kevin McNiff is living every day. McNiff was diagnosed with kidney cancer more than a year ago. Since then, the cancer has spread. “I learned that it’s metastasized to my lungs, both lungs. It’s incurable,” he said. McNiff is now sharing...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Fire Department Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

What To Do If Your Child Has Head Lice
BOSTON (CBS) — Head lice is the most common condition passed from child to child, other than the common cold, and as many as 1 in 4 elementary school children has been infested at a given time. Anyone who has a child with lice knows how difficult they are to get rid of and one reason is that over-the-counter medications used to treat them are becoming less and less effective. In fact, experts recently announced that 25 states, including Massachusetts, now have head lice resistant to topical creams and lotions like permethrin. One good thing is that lice do not carry disease, so even though a nuisance, they are not go...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant Head Lice In At Least 25 States, Report Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Drug-resistant head lice are now in 25 states, including Massachusetts, according to new research. Related: What To Do If Your Child Has Head Lice The findings, presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston Tuesday, show that people have been treating the bug with over-the-counter medications for so long that the lice have become immune to it. “We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.,” researcher Kyong Yoon said. “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of ge...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Chemical Society Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Teens’ E-Cigarette Use Linked With Later Smoking, Study Finds
CHICAGO (AP) — Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles high schools suggests. The study doesn’t prove that electronic cigarettes are a “gateway drug” but some doctors say it bolsters arguments that the devices should be strictly regulated as proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. Whether teens had tried just one e-cigarette or were habitual users isn’t known, nor is whether they became heavy smokers or just had a few puffs. That information would be needed to help determine whethe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News E-Cigarette Source Type: news

Drinking Coffee Daily Linked To Longer Life For Colon Cancer Patients
BOSTON (CBS) — Boston cancer researchers have found that drinking coffee every day may improve the survival rate among colon cancer patients. The study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says, for the first time, there’s a link between coffee drinking and longer life for colon cancer patients. Those who drank four or more cups of regular (not decaf) coffee per day saw the most benefit. Dr. Charles Fuchs, the director of the gastrointestinal cancer center at Dana Farber, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern that the patients who regularly consumed coffee had a better result. “With increasing amou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Coffee Colon Cancer Diane Stern Source Type: news

Massachusetts Gets Grant To Treat Pregnant Women Battling Addiction
BOSTON (AP) — State health officials say Massachusetts has received a federal grant to treat pregnant women who are addicted to opioids. Gov. Charlie Baker says the funding will help save the lives of women and their children. The state Department of Public Health was awarded the funding as part of the Moms Do Care project, which also includes other state agencies, hospitals and nonprofit organizations. The program helps identify pregnant women who may need medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and other support and recovery services. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark cited a recent surge in the number of newbor...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Opioid Addiction Pregnancy Source Type: news

Music Helps Patients Cope With Surgery, Research Shows
BOSTON (CBS) — They say music soothes the soul, but it can also soothe pain following surgery. Surgery, by nature, is stressful. Patients are usually nervous before they go under the knife, and then wake up in pain. Surgery in progress. (WBZ-TV) Now, new research suggests music can help in a patient’s recovery. Researchers reviewed more than 72 studies about the effect of music before, during, and after surgery. They found that listening to music not only reduces anxiety, but also eases pain. Dr. Robert Jamison, a clinical psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, treats patients for chronic pain and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Music Pain Surgery Source Type: news

Having A Baby Makes Some Feel Worse Than Getting Divorced, Study Claims
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people think that having a baby will be the greatest time of their lives, but a new study says, that may be a pipe dream. Researchers followed more than 2,000 German men and women until two years after the birth of their first child. They asked them this question, “How satisfied are you with life, all things considered?” Before the birth of a child, couples were generally happy, but after the bundle of joy arrived, about 70-percent said they were less satisfied with life. In fact, their happiness rating fell more than when someone loses his job, gets divorced, or suffers the death...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Most Doctors Not Complying With Medical Price Transparency Law, Survey Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — The state’s 2012 medical price transparency law is still not a reality for most Bay State consumers, according to a new report. The Pioneer Institute found that out of nearly 100 Massachusetts doctors and dentists surveyed, most are not complying with the requirement to provide patients who ask with the price of a medical procedure before it happens. “Many physicians are not embracing transparency as a part of their office culture,” lead study author Barbara Anthony said. Read The Complete Report (PDF) The survey found that dentists tend to be the most transparent about prices, but re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Kim Tunnicliffe Massachusetts Medical Society Pioneer Institute Source Type: news

Fetal Tissue Remains Essential, Medical Researchers Say
BOSTON (AP) — The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists set off the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cov...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News fetal tissue Massachusetts General Hospital planned parenthood Source Type: news

Boston Doctor Raises Money For Charity Through Street Dancing
BOSTON (CBS) — “It’s a mix of popping, crump and hip-hop,” says Dr. Adnan Khera, describing his style of dancing. Not only is he an anesthesiology resident at Tufts Medical Center, but he’s also a street performer. Dr. Khera had been strutting his stuff out in public for years, but one day, “I was dancing and people threw me money,” he recalls. And just like that, a busker was born. With a boom box, a homemade sign, and a whole lot of gumption, he performs around the city of Boston twice a week, collecting money, but not for himself. He donates it all to charity through his organiz...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Doctor Be Dancing Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Smartphone App Could Diagnose And Treat Mental Health Symptoms
BOSTON (CBS) – Whether someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse, doctors have to rely on a patient’s memory to make a diagnosis and gauge whether therapy is working, but experts say it’s hard for people to remember how they were eating or sleeping or feeling two weeks ago. That’s where Beiwe comes in, a new smartphone app, developed by JP Onnela, PhD at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Beiwe collects millions of data points about a patient’s behavior, tracking their movements, phone calls, texts, and mood. “Let’s imagine a pa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mental Health Smartphone App Source Type: news

Refined Carbs May Increase Risk Of Mental Illness
BOSTON (CBS) — Refined carbs like sugar, white bread, and pasta will not only expand your waistline, they may also raise your risk of mental illness. Scientists looked at 70,000 post-menopausal women and found that those who ate the most refined carbohydrates were at higher risk of depression, but experts say it may similar to the chicken and the egg. “It’s hard to tell which comes first,” says Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, “because some people may already have an unhealthy diet, choose unhealthy foods, and over the long run develop a depressed mood for whateve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carbs Dr. Mallika Marshall Mental Illness Sugar Source Type: news

Sleep Position May Help Prevent Brain Disorders
BOSTON (CBS) — Poor sleep is bad for the brain. Now, experts think that sleep position may be important, too. Most humans and animals sleep on their sides and as it turns out, that may be the best sleep position to help prevent brain disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s Disease. Researchers found that when rodents slept on their sides they were more effective at filtering out waste products from the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, damaging proteins that could contribute to brain diseases. (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 - August 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Alzheimer's Disease Brain Dr. Mallika Marshall Sleep Source Type: news

Most Picky Eating Harmless But It Can Signal Emotional Woes, Study Claims
CHICAGO (AP) — Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out. Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, the study found. But only 3 percent of young children studied were that picky. Less severe pickiness, dubbed “moderate selected eating” in the study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are children who wil...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Picky Eaters Source Type: news

Boston-Based Apps Help People Recovering from Addiction
BOSTON (CBS) – Drug addiction is a public health crisis in Massachusetts and across the country. Now two Boston-based start-ups are using technology to try to make a difference. “At 18, I was a stone cold, strung out, homeless, heroin addict,” says Jack Kelly who has been sober for eleven years. “I know how hard it is to go through it and how difficult it is to achieve sobriety,” says Kelly. “I’ve lost a lot of people close to myself who have died because of an overdose. So I guess on one hand, I’ve made it but a lot people haven’t.” Hoping to change that, Kelly ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Drug Addiction iRecover Sober Grid Source Type: news

Over-The-Counter Supplements Probably Don’t Improve Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) — Women having trouble getting pregnant often try every trick in the book, but can an over-the-counter supplement really make a difference? Dr. Mallika Marshall explains. Since the beginning of time, women have been trying all kinds of tactics to improve their chances of getting pregnant. One company says it could be as easy as popping over-the-counter pills. It’s called the PregPrep Conception Kit and it consists of two products, VitaPrep, a prenatal vitamin with vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folic acid, which can help prevent certain birth defects, and FertilPrep which contains a substance called N...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Fertility FertilPrep PregPrep Conception Kit VitaPrep Source Type: news

Boston Doctor Physically Feels What His Patients Feel
BOSTON (CBS) – You’ve heard the expression, “I feel your pain,” but some people actually do, including a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who is able to connect with his patients on a level most can’t. Dr. Joel Salinas is not your average doctor. “When I see people, I have the sensation of whatever touches their body on my own body as well and it’s kind of reflected as a mirror,” he told WBZ-TV. It’s called mirror touch synesthesia. He’s had this trait for as long as he can remember. In fact, he thought everyone had it. “When I was a kid, h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mass General Hospital mirror touch synesthesia Source Type: news

Boston Neurologist Can Feel Patients’ Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – You’ve heard the expression, “I feel your pain,” but some people actually do, including a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who is able to connect with his patients on a level most can’t. Dr. Joel Salinas is not your average doctor. “When I see people, I have the sensation of whatever touches their body on my own body as well and it’s kind of reflected as a mirror,” he told WBZ-TV. It’s called mirror touch synesthesia. He’s had this trait for as long as he can remember. In fact, he thought everyone had it. “When I was a kid, h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mass General Hospital mirror touch synesthesia Source Type: news

Anthem Buying Cigna In $54.2 Billion Health Insurance Merger
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion that will create the nation’s largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million patients in the U.S. The deal comes just three weeks after the insurer Aetna bid $35 billion for Humana in a buyout frenzy that will transform five massive U.S. health companies into three even larger ones. Shareholders of Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, will receive $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 shares of Anthem stock for each of their shares. The companies put the total value at $188 per share. The deal is targeted to close...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Athem Cigna Health Insurance Source Type: news

Robotic Suit Helps Paralyzed NH Man Walk
BOSTON (CBS) — A stroll through his garden is what Cory Cook of New Hampshire plans to do first thing when he leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge on Thursday. “It will be nice to get back outside and take a walk,” he said. Three years ago, Cook was paralyzed from the chest down during a swimming accident. Doctors didn’t think he would ever walk again, but then he was introduced to the ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton back in October. Using motor sensors and a battery pack, it allows patients to stand and move in an upright position, which not only improves quality of life but also ove...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Battery Pack Cambridge Cory Cook Dr. Mallika Marshall Motor Sensors New Hampshire ReWalk Robotics ReWalk Robotics Exoskeleton Robotic Suit Spaulding Source Type: news

Morning-After Pill Use Climbing Among Teens, Report Finds
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily from a decade earlier, when it was 1 in 12. Now, all teens can buy it without a prescription. The finding comes from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey that’s considered the government’s best source of information on teen sex and contraception use. The report showed little recent change in most o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News birth control Morning After Pill Plan B Teen Pregnancy teen sex Source Type: news

School Ban On Sugary Sodas, Sweet Snacks Working, Study Says
BOSTON (AP) — A ban on sugary sodas, potato chips and other standard vending machine fare from Massachusetts schools appears to be working. That’s according to a study that looked at 74 middle schools and high schools in more than three dozen school districts over an 18-month period. Before the new rules, just 13 percent of competitive foods would have met the standards at the middle school level. One year after the rule, that number rose to 69 percent. At the high school level, just 28 percent of competitive beverages met the standards before the rules. Compliance jumped to 80 percent one year after the rules....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Jessica Hoffman Northeastern Schools Soda Ban Vending Machines Source Type: news

New Fathers Gain 3-To-5 Pounds, Study Claims
NEW YORK (AP) — Many men gain a new sense of responsibility and purpose when they become fathers. A new study suggests they also gain 3 to 5 pounds. The research wasn’t designed to prove fatherhood causes weight gain and raises more questions than it answers. But one outside expert, while noting its limitations, said the research is provocative and should spark further study. Doctors pay attention to the weight gain of mothers — both before and after pregnancy. But the waistline of dads? That’s not on most doctors’ radar, said Tom Wadden, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Cent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News American Journal of Men's Health Dads Fatherhood New Fathers Study Weight Gain Source Type: news

Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked ‘Best Hospital’ In America
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts General Hospital has been named the best hospital in the country by a new ranking in U.S. News & World Report. After coming in second place last year, MGH vaulted to the top spot in the evaluation of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. The hospital’s ear, nose and throat, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, and psychiatry specialties ranked especially high. RELATED: Boston Children’s Hospital Gets Top Ranking For Pediatric Care Also making the top 10 was Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which landed at No. 6. That’s an improvement from last year...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital MGH Source Type: news

Doctors Say Drinking Eight Glasses Of Water Per Day Is Unnecessary
BOSTON (CBS) — You may often hear you should drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy, but as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, you can probably flush that number down the toilet. Tom Schalk drinks a lot of water. “I’m trying to hydrate before we get to the gym, then at the gym, then after the gym,” he explains. Tom now guzzles 6 to 8 bottles a day. “I feel like I’m doing something good for myself,” he adds. So how much does the body need? A new article published in the Harvard Health Letter recommends 30 to 50 ounces a day. Fluids carry nutrients to you...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Sharmeela Saha Harvard Health Letter Martha Hileire Tom Schalk University Hospitals Case Medical Center Source Type: news

Research Shows Possibility Of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Through Saliva
BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine being able to spit into a cup to find out if you’re at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. As Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, that day may not be far off. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and that number could nearly triple by 2050. The disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Now Canadian researchers may have found a cheap and non-invasive way to identify people with dementia, by analyzing certain substances in saliva. The research is still preliminary, so we can’t just ask someone to spit in a cup just yet, but that could be the future. (Source:...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Duxbury Woman Helps Save Boyfriend’s Life With Phone Call After Heart Attack
DUXBURY (CBS) – If you’ve been putting off taking that CPR course, this story might convince you to do it. Tony Young recently went to his girlfriend’s apartment in Duxbury for lunch. The 50-year-old passed out, and was in full cardiac arrest. Kat Moran called 911. She didn’t know CPR, but the dispatcher Mike Mahoney talked her through it. “Put the heel of your hand on his breast bone, your other hand on top, and push down hard and rapidly,” said Mahoney on the 911 tape. “This sound came out of Tony that I don’t want to repeat,” said Kat. &ldquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CPR Duxbury Kat Moran Mike Mahoney P.J. Hussey Tony Young Source Type: news

Marijuana Dispensary Set To Open In Brockton
BROCKTON (CBS) – After years of delays and controversy, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened for business just a month ago in Salem, with a long line of patients waiting to make their first purchase. But get this. The website for the Alternative Therapies Dispensary says it is “sold out” of medicine for the time being. The next marijuana dispensary set to open is in Brockton. We took a closer look Friday, and found business ready to bloom. The first thing that hits you when you go into the growing facility of the “In Good Health” dispensary in Brockton is the pungent ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Brockton David Wade In Good Health Marijuana Marijuana Dispensary Medical Marijuana Source Type: news

Sitting For Long Periods Of Time May Increase Cancer Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, there is even more reason to get up and move. A new study finds that sitting on your duff for long periods of time can raise a woman’s risk of cancer. Researchers at the American Cancer Society looked at almost 150,000 men and women over 17 years. They found that women who spent more time sitting during leisure time, that is time not working, were at a 10% higher risk of developing cancer, especially multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancer. Lack of exercise didn’t seem to play a role, and they did not find the same increased risk in men. The study had s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Cancer Society Dr. Mallika Marshall Sitting Source Type: news

Studies: Millions Could Benefit By Taking Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
BOSTON (CBS) — Millions more Americans could benefit from treatment with popular cholesterol-lowering medications, according to two new studies. Nearly half of adults ages 40-to-75 might be eligible to take them. Heart disease is still the number one killer of American men and women and cholesterol-lowering statins, like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor), have been shown to reduce heart disease in people at risk. Before, doctors would treat patients primarily based on their cholesterol levels, but a couple of years ago, leading cardiologists urged doctors to treat patients based on their overall risk inc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Heart Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Atorvastatin Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Heart Disease Lipitor National Institutes Of Health Simvastatin Statins Zocor Source Type: news

Report: Nearly 1 In 3 Young US Adults Too Fat For Military
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation’s obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with one in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders. The nonprofit, non-partisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches in Kansas and across the nation as a way to combat the problem. In Kansas, 29 percent of teenagers are overweight, according to figures it cites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About a third of American children and teens a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Military Military Leaders For Kids Mission: Readiness Obesity Source Type: news

Prenatal Testing May Reveal Cancer In Women
BOSTON (CBS)– Prenatal testing has become widely available for pregnant women at risk for having babies with chromosome problems such as Down Syndrome. Now new research finds the tests may also reveal possible cancers in pregnant mothers. A prenatal blood test came back abnormal when Marin Mejia was pregnant with her son Owen. The non-invasive prenatal test picks up DNA from the mother and the baby. Further testing showed the baby was healthy. But Marin wasn’t out of the woods. “The doctor said, ‘So there’s still that abnormal result from the test we need to look into,’” she says. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Diana Bianchi Dr. Mallika Marshall Illumina Marin Mejia prenatal testing Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Screen Addiction May Lead To Behavioral, Health Problems For Kids
BOSTON (CBS) — You may jokingly tell people your kids are addicted to video games but experts in China are taking excessive screen time very seriously. According to the New York Times, Chinese doctors say children who spend hours and hours staring at screens could be suffering from a clinical disorder, and they have established rehabilitation centers where youngsters are isolated from all media. We haven’t gone that far here in the U.S., but one study in 2010 suggested the average 8-to-10 year old spend nearly eight hours on various forms of media. Teens, even more, and that can increase their risk of behaviora...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Behavioral Problems Cell Phone Chinese Doctors Clinical Disorder Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Health Problems Screen Addiction Screens Tablets Source Type: news

Student Diagnosed With Mumps At Boston University
BOSTON (CBS) – A case of the mumps has been reported at Boston University. A letter sent to students says someone in one of the summer classes on July 1 and 2 was infected with the contagious virus. Students are now being asked to confirm that they are up to date on their vaccinations or risk being banned from campus. The infection has become scarce in recent decades. We don’t see a lot of mumps these days because there’s an effective childhood vaccine that prevents it, the MMR or measles, mumps, rubella vaccine. Mumps is caused by a virus that can be passed from person to person like a cold vir...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston University Dr. Mallika Marshall MMR mumps Vaccine Source Type: news

Harvard Researchers Question Benefits Of Mammograms
BOSTON (CBS) – Local researchers find greater breast cancer screening with mammography does lead to fewer breast cancer deaths. A growing number of experts are concerned that widespread screening with mammograms leads to over-diagnosis, and in many cases to uncomfortable treatments, procedures, and anxiety. Researchers at Harvard University looked at data on more than 16 million women. They found that over ten years, more women were screened, more breast cancers were diagnosed, but more lives were not saved. Many women are asking, “What does this mean? Should I still get mammograms or not?” The answer is ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer Research Dr. Mallika Marshall Harvard University Mammograms Source Type: news

Mass. Residents Warned To Protect Against Ticks, Lyme Disease
BOSTON (CBS) — The State Department of Public Health is advising the public on how to avoid Lyme disease at a time when it’s been declared an epidemic in parts of the state. Deer ticks are thriving in the warm weather, especially south of Boston, where the growing deer population has brought an increased risk of ticks that spread Lyme disease. That’s why the Department of Public Health is posting videos reminding people to use insect repellent and check for ticks. “Just like you put on sunscreen, make it a habit to use an EPA-approved repellent anytime you are outdoors,” the video says. E...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Deer Ticks Department Of Public Health insect repellent LYME DISEASE Source Type: news

Doctors Make Plea For Universal Vaccination After Measles Death
BOSTON (CBS) – On the heels of a measles case on Martha’s Vineyard last month, we now have the first measles death in the United States in over a decade. Dr. Mallika Marshall makes yet another plea for universal vaccination. This spring, a woman in Washington State died from measles, the first reported measles death in the U.S. since 2003. Some reports say the patient did have prior immunity to measles. However, she was being treated for a condition with drugs that suppressed her immune system, making her vulnerable to infection, even infections she was once protected against. These same drugs kept her from dev...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Diseases Dr. Cody Meissner Dr. Mallika Marshall Measles Vaccine Source Type: news