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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Evidence ‘Natural’ IVF Is Better Than Traditional
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s being called “natural” IVF and offers a woman the option to have the embryos form inside her womb rather than outside. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, there is no proof that it is better than traditional IVF. In conventional IVF, a doctor removes eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizes them with sperm in a lab. With this new technique, developed in the United Kingdom, the eggs and sperm are enclosed in a capsule which is then placed inside a woman’s uterus for 24 hours during which fertilization occurs. The capsule is then removed, suitable embryos are select...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: torrancelatham Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall IVF Pregnancy Women's Health Source Type: news

Blood Test Can Identify Whether Patient Has Bacterial Or Viral Infection
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Duke Health have developed a blood test that can identify whether a sick patient has a bacterial or viral infection, and as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, that could help doctors determine the appropriate treatment. Scientists at Duke Health have come up with a blood test that can distinguish whether a respiratory infection is bacterial or viral. Dr. Ephraim Tsalik, Lead Author and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke, says, “Bacterial infections are ones that typically are treated with antibiotics whereas viral infections like the common cold are typically treated supportively w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Duke Health Source Type: news

Study Questions Link Between Teen Pot Smoking And IQ Decline
NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis is challenging the idea that smoking marijuana during adolescence can lead to declines in intelligence. Instead, the new study says, pot smoking may be merely a symptom of something else that’s really responsible for a brainpower effect seen in some previous research. It’s not clear what that other factor is, said Joshua Isen, an author of the analysis. But an adolescent at risk for smoking pot “is probably going to show this IQ drop regardless of whether he or she is actually smoking marijuana,” said Isen, a lecturer in psychology at Loyola Marymount University ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Marijuana Pot Source Type: news

Can Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good Treating Colds?
BOSTON (CBS) — ‘Tis the season for colds, coughs and sore throats and this is a good time to remind ourselves that antibiotics are not only useless for most of these symptoms, but could do more harm than good. Antibiotics can cause a rash, stomach upset, or a yeast infection and in the long-term could lead to more bacterial resistance, not only in the community but also in your own body so that when you really need them, they will be less likely to work. Antibiotics (WBZ-TV) So the only time you should ask for or expect a prescription for an antibiotic from your physician is if you have a bacterial infection li...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Antibiotics Dr. Mallika Marshall Treating Colds Source Type: news

Zika Virus Could Be Causing Severe Birth Defects
BOSTON (CBS) – There is growing concern about the Zika virus that may be causing severe birth defects in children. The virus has been known since the 1940s, but only recently has it become more widespread in the Western Hemisphere. The Zika virus is spread through mosquitoes and can cause a mild flu-like illness, however, health officials became concerned last year when the virus was linked to a rise in the number of babies born with a severe birth defect called microcephaly when the brain does not grow normally. We still don’t know if the Zika virus is actually causing the uptick in brain malformations in newb...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall zika Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 10 – Support Systems
BOSTON (CBS) – An accident changed Cindy Steinberg’s life in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Excruciating, unrelenting back pain forced her to give up her career – but it didn’t steal her spirit. “I was thinking ‘My God, I can’t be the only one living like this,’” Cindy recalls. “And so I just hung a sign at the local library saying if you have pain I’m starting a group. If you’d like to come, show up.” And they did. For 15 years, hundreds of people have been taking part in Steinberg’s support group which is held at the Arlington Lib...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 9 – Addiction Misconceptions
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people who take painkillers say they’re being unfairly targeted in the current war on drugs. The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for months. Gov. Charlie Baker has declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Over 1,200 Massachusetts residents have died from opioid overdoses in 2014. Cindy Steinberg is the policy council chair of the Massachusetts pain initiative. “We know that 78 percent of people who are abusing these medications did not get them from a physician,” said Steinberg. “They’re getting them on the street, they’re getting divert...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Wakefield Company Uses New Scanning Technology To Make Custom Earbuds
BOSTON (CBS) – At first glance it looks like a doctor’s appointment. But Mike Maguire is not getting his hearing checked. He is getting custom fit earbuds during a quick trip to the Burlington Mall. Mike actually gave up on using ear buds a long time ago, “I don’t use ear buds because they don’t fit.” But the Wakefield-based company Uvero wants to change that. Uvero uses an MIT-developed scanning technique to create a digital map of the inner ear. “Our ears are as unique as our fingerprints. No two ears are the same, not even your left and right,” explains Brian Fligor, Chief...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Tech Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall ear buds Uvero Source Type: news

NH Hospital Urging Over 800 Children To Be Revaccinated
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hospital that discovered its vaccines were stored at inconsistent temperatures is asking more than 800 children to get revaccinated. State public health officials say the affected vaccines from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon aren’t harmful but might have lost some potency. That means they could provide less immunity to disease. The problem occurred over the course of 14 months, from September 2014 to October 2015. The hospital is offering to revaccinate 827 patients at no cost to them or their insurance companies. State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan says he&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Lebanon New Hampshire Vaccines Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 8 – Challenges
BOSTON (CBS) – Chronic pain affects the mind, body and soul.  As a result, doctors are treating their patients in a myriad of ways. If you suffer from chronic pain, popping a pill isn’t the answer. Dr. Joshua Wootton is the Director of Pain Psychology at the Arnold Warfield Pain Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where patients learn mind-body techniques. “By the time pain has become chronic it’s actually made changes in the structures of the brain, changes in the biochemistry that these techniques actually over time can compensate for,” Wootton said. Read-Listen: Chroni...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 7 – A Personal Story
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s tough for most 17-year-olds to get up in the morning. For Liam Talbot, it’s next to impossible. Each day he wakes up with a headache that’s an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale. And that’s not all. “The majority of the days I can’t even go downstairs to go and make a meal for myself because my muscles are also affected,” Liam says. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series Liam’s weak muscles and the slew of other medical issues he suffers from are blamed on a disease called small fiber poly-neuropathy. It causes ner...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 6 – Family Impact
BOSTON (CBS) – Anyone who lives with chronic pain will probably tell you they’ve felt lost, misunderstood, and lonely at times. Those who live with and love those in pain often feel this way, too. One hundred million Americans bear the burden of living with chronic pain. Their family members do, too. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series Bonnie’s husband, Allen, has chronic back pain, the result of an accident. Because of that, Bonnie’s been forced to do many things on her own. This makes her feel frustrated, sometimes even angry, but most of all it pains he...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 5 – Veterans Coping
BOSTON (CBS) –  Over the last decade the United States has been involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly 60-percent of returning veterans from there suffer some sort of chronic pain. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series Dr. Diana Higgins, a pain psychologist at VA Boston, says she sees a correlation between chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Chronic pain for these younger folks is as prevalent if not more so than PTSD, coming back but they co-occur very frequently. And it makes it challenging. Both things really need to be ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

What Happened To Bill Belichick’s Eye?
By Matt Dolloff BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick walks into a bar. It knocks him out cold. Waka waka! Silly jokes aside, what’s up with Bill Belichick’s face? He entered Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the Patriots’ AFC Divisional round matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs with a fresh shiner above his left eye. When asked about it, he delivered a typical Belichick deadpan: “I think I’ll live.” For those wondering, here's a photo of Belichick's eye from @ProjoPhoto's Mary Murphy pic.twitter.com/n0VzBtXayb — Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) January 12, 2016 S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Dolloff Tags: Health NFL NFL Playoffs Patriots Sports Syndicated Sports Bill Belichick Matt Dolloff Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 4 – Migraines
BOSTON (CBS) – You may be dizzy. Nauseous. Light bothers you. Noise pierces you to the core. You’re not having a headache – you’re having a migraine. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series “When we speak of conditions like migraine most people think of it as a headache disorder. I always think of it as a headache plus disorder,” said Dr. Elizabeth Loder, Chief of the Division of Headache and Pain in the Neurology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The Migraine Research Foundation says some 38 million Americans suffer from ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Migraines Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Recall Issued For Children’s Cold Medicine
BOSTON (CBS) — A recall for a children’s cold medicine sold by retailers like CVS and Stop and Shop has been issued. In a release posted on the company’s website, Perrigo Company said they had issued a recall for two batches of their children’s guaifenesin grape liquid and three batches of their children’s guaifenesin DM cherry liquid. Both products are sold in 4 oz. bottles with a dosage cup included in the package. The recall was issued because the markings on some of the dosage cups are inaccurate–which could lead to overdoses. “There have been no reports of adver...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local drug recall Perrigo Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 3 – Thinking About Suicide
BOSTON (CBS) – Atara Schimmel is in the prime of her life and she almost ended it. For two years, Schimmel felt a tearing type of pain in her body. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series At other times, she says her body felt like it was on fire with no way to put it out. “I was suicidal because the nerve pain was so excruciating. It was terrifying, terrorizing,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Schimmel is referring to pain caused by the pudendal nerve, which runs through the pelvic region. Doctos told Schimmel the problem was all in her head. But after her suici...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Atara Schimmel Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Task Force Recommends Women Over 50 Get Mammograms Every Other Year
BOSTON (CBS) — It hasn’t always been clear when women at average risk should begin getting mammograms for breast cancer screening, but a team of experts is now making its final recommendations. The US Preventative Services Task Force is continuing to recommend mammograms every other year for women ages 50-to-74. The group says screening can be effective for women in their 40s, but over-diagnosis is a concern. A woman receives a mammogram. (WBZ-TV) “The benefits are smaller and the harms need to be carefully viewed,” says Dr. Albert Siu of Mount Sinai Hospital and Task Force chairman. “The Task...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Breast Cancer Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mammograms Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 2 – Back Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – Back pain is number one when it comes to ranking chronic pain here in the United States. Read-Listen: Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: The Series So what causes it? “Spondylolisthesis and spondylosis and radiculopathy. There are a lot of names that are thrown at people in terms of rationale of why they have back pain,” Dr. Dana Zalkind at New England Baptist’s Pain Management Center, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Words you hardly ever hear, but Dr. Zalkind says there are causes we all can relate to. But for those who have suffered chronic back pain for years, li...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope: Part 1 – You’re Not Alone
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of people feel they’re living life in the shadows in their struggle with chronic pain. “There was a gut deep pain that I felt immediately.” “I didn’t belong anywhere anymore. I had no place to go and no way to get there.” “I had no clue that it would become something so disabling and so terrible.” “I was already suicidal because the nerve pain was so excruciating. It was terrifying, terrorizing.” These are all reactions from people who suffer from chronic pain. It affects more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chronic Pain – Stories Of Struggle And Hope Rod Fritz Source Type: news

Fitness System Created By Newton Man Featured In Golden Globes Swag Bags
BOSTON (CBS) – Hollywood’s biggest names will be heading home from the Golden Globes with a piece of the Bay State. This year’s swag bag includes the BOXYGEN home workout video, a boxing system created by a Newton man. Erica Busa says his father-in-law, Joe DeNucci, inspired him. DeNucci holds the record for the most boxing matches at the Boston Garden. For more information visit: http://www.boxygen.us/ (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 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local boxygen Source Type: news

Chocolate Is The Best Cure For A Cough, Expert Says
LONDON (CBS) — When it comes to soothing a scratchy throat, a British doctor says it’s best to forget the honey and lemon and go for the chocolate Alyn Morice, a professor at Hull University and founding member of the “International Society for the Study of the Cough,” writes in The Daily Mail that a new study shows people with sore throats got better faster with a chocolate-based medicine. Research concludes that the thickness of chocolate coats the throat and prevents the urge to cough, Morice said. “I know that might sound like something out of Mary Poppins, but as an independent clini...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chocolate Source Type: news

Lawsuit Claims Fitbit Heart Rate Monitor Is Inaccurate
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — The makers of Fitbit are being sued by people who allege that the popular fitness device isn’t accurately keeping track of their heart rate while exercising. The lawsuit filed in federal court this week claims that the wrist-based activity tracker is consistently misrecording users’ heart rates by a “very significant margin.” It also takes aim at Fitbit commercials with slogans like “Every Beat Counts” and “Know Your Heart.” Read The Complaint (PDF) “Far from ‘counting every beat,’ the PurePulse Trackers do not and cannot consiste...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Fitbit Source Type: news

DASH Diet Named Best For Sixth Year In A Row
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re trying to lose weight after the New Year, which diet is best? Dr. Mallika Marshall has the results of a new poll. U.S. News and World Report released their 2016 Best Diet Rankings. A panel of health experts ranked 38 of the most popular diets based on short and long-term weight loss, nutrition, safety and how easy they are to follow. For the 6th year in a row, the DASH diet, developed by the National Institutes of Health to help lower blood pressure, was crowned the “best overall diet”. Weight Watchers ranked #1 for weight loss for the 2nd year in a row. And interestingly, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dash Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Cancer Now No. 1 Killer In Massachusetts, Ahead Of Heart Disease
NEW YORK (AP) — Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show. Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of cancer. While death rates for both have been falling for nearly 25 years, heart disease has dropped at a steeper rate. As a result, cancer moved up to the top slot in 22 states in 2014, according to the latest government figures. It’s also the leading cause of death in certain groups of people, including Hispanics, Asians, and adults ages 40 to 79. The trend is noted in the American Cancer ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Cancer CBS Boston Heart Disease WBZ Source Type: news

Emerson College Bans Hoverboards As Injuries Increase
BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Peter Martone at Atlantis Chiropractic Wellness Center is starting to notice a post-holiday trend. “They are like, ‘I had a hoverboard accident.’ A hoverboard accident? What’s a hoverboard accident?” Dr. Peter Martone says. Since Christmas, this Wakefield Chiropractor has treated at least six people who have taken a tumble off their kids’ new hoverboards. Related: What You Need To Know About Hoverboards Dr. Martone says, “Most of the injures we are seeing are wrist injuries from falling back or back injuries from the hoverboard flying and them going vertic...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Emerson College hoverboard Kate Merrill Source Type: news

How To Prevent Digital Eye Strain
BOSTON (CBS) – We spend way too much time on devices like computers and smartphones and as Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, that may not be good for our eyes. You may not realize how many devices you bounce between as you go through the day. Your computer, your cell phone, maybe a tablet or wearable device. And all that visual bouncing around can put a real strain on your eyes. Christopher Coletti works in technology sales, so he spends a lot of time on his laptop and smartphone. “I started noticing that I was having headaches and eyestrain and constantly blinking,” says Coletti. He suffers from digital eye...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local digital eye strain Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Smoking At Home Has ‘Direct Impact On Pets,’ Study Finds
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (CBS) — For those looking for another reason to quit smoking, a new study says smokers should consider their pets’ health before lighting up. Researchers at the University of Glascow say they’ve found a direct link between a pet’s exposure to smoke and a greater risk of developing some alarming health problems. “Our findings show that exposure to smoke in the home is having a direct impact on pets,” Clare Knottenbelt, a professor of small animal medicine and oncology, said in a statement. “It risks ongoing cell damage, increasing weight gain after castration and h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Pets Smoking Source Type: news

How To Avoid The New Year’s Day Hangover
BOSTON (CBS) –  While it’s great to celebrate the start of a new year with a glass of bubbly, no one wants to begin 2016 with a hangover. So here is some advice on how to avoid the nausea and headache. Stick with light colored liquors like vodka. Dark liquors contain more of the chemicals which can make a hangover worse. Dehydration is your enemy. For every drink you consume, drink a glass of water and don’t forget to rehydrate before bedtime. (Photo credit PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images) There are three things that can lead to a rapid absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream: 1) An empty stomac...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Hangover Source Type: news