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Putting Baby Plans On Hold Could Impact Future Generations
BOSTON (CBS) – Starting a family is one of the biggest decisions a couple makes. In recent years, research shows the conclusion for many has been to opt out. Jonathan Poente Jr. is one of Plymouth’s newest arrivals. He came into this world with a lot of love, and a little anxiety. His mother Lisa said, “A lot of our friends have the same concerns we have in terms of being able to afford and provide well for our children… you have to worry about the cost of daycare and all that stuff.” All that stuff – strollers, toys, and some day college – gets harder to afford in a lousy economy...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Baby childbirth Children Dr. Mallika Marshall Family Source Type: news

Naps & Lobster Are Good For Health
BOSTON (CBS) – For years doctors have been advising Americans to avoid eating certain foods high in cholesterol like eggs, lobster and shrimp, but new research suggests that this is not sage advice. It turns out your blood cholesterol is dictated much more by genetics than by how much cholesterol you eat in your diet. That said, saturated fats, like butter, cream, cheese, and animal fats play a larger role in the level of bad cholesterol in your system and those foods should still be limited to maintain ideal cholesterol levels. Dr. Mallika Marshall says people with diabetes and certain other medical conditions sho...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Cholesterol Dr. Mallika Marshall Lobster naps Source Type: news

I-Team: Patients Say Popular Drug Caused Devastating Side Effects
BOSTON (CBS) – Fluoroquinolones are among the most widely prescribed type of antibiotics. Many patients say instead of helping them heal, however, these powerful drugs have made them sicker. The most widely known version is Levaquin. The Food and Drug Administration is being pushed to increase the warnings about how these drugs should be used. Andrea Siani is on crutches and has a hard time getting around her Concord house. She was treated with a generic version of Levaquin after coming down with pneumonia last winter. After nine days on the drug, she says her arms went numb during the day. “That night I woke u...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Fluoroquinolones i-team Janssen Pharmaceuticals Lauren Leamanczyk Levaquin Source Type: news

Brigham & Women’s Hospital Prescribes Videos To Keep Patients On Track
BOSTON (CBS) – Jesse Albert of Mattapan suffers from occasional hip pain. “For me, pain is a little out of the ordinary,” he says. He turned to his primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Adam Licurse, who can now prescribe more than just medication. Vidscrips are short one to two minute videos that answer a variety of questions about common health issues. A refresher, so to speak, on what was said in the doctor’s office. “It’s hard to remember all that information,” explains Dr. Licurse, “When you’re making a decision about my back is hurting...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Adam Licurse Dr. Mallika Marshall Vidscrips Source Type: news

More Sleep Could Be The Key To Losing Weight
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the advice everyone received from their mother: you need a good night’s sleep. When it comes to losing weight, it turns out she was right. New research is showing that sleep deprivation can impact your weight. Melinda Farina was frustrated her attempts to lose weight kept failing. “I am eating perfectly. I am working out, but I am not losing weight.” This led to multiple doctors appointments and blood work. “I completely thought it was hormonal,” said Farina. A breakthrough finally came when her nutritionist asked her how much sleep she was getting. Farina admi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Sleep sleep deprivation Source Type: news

5 Helpful Tips For A Long Life
Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster David B. Agus, MD, is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is a CBS News contributor and the author of A Short Guide To A Long Life, now available from sister company Simon & Schuster. He lives in Beverly Hills, California. For most people, going to the doctor is a dreaded event and is sometimes avoided altogether. But what if someone empowered you with the tools to manage your own health. What if you knew the right tests to have taken, how to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Boston's Best Family & Pets Health A Short Guide To A Long Life Best Of CBS Local David Angus Family and Pets Simon and Schuster Source Type: news

Boston Study Shows How Serious Concussions Are For Young Football Players
BOSTON (CBS) – We know the dangers of repeated concussions and Boston researchers just found a connection between the age former NFL players were when they started playing and how they think later in life. Researchers led by Julie Stamm at the Boston University School of Medicine studied 42 former NFL players and put them through a battery of tests on memory, problem solving, and verbal intelligence. Professor of Neurology Robert Stern, PhD, who was involved in the study, said there were some surprising differences based on when the retired athletes began playing tackle football in childhood. “What we found,&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston University Chris Nowinski Concussion Football Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Doctor: Botox Breast Lift Is ‘Gimmick’
BOSTON (CBS) – Thousands of women get breast augmentation surgery every year, but some doctors are looking for less invasive ways to enhance a woman’s breasts. WBZ-TV looked into two new trends and whether they really work. Botox has been used to get rid of frown lines for years and now some doctors are applying the paralyzing agent to breasts. They say they can lift a woman’s breasts and make them look perkier, without surgery, by injecting Botox directly into the muscles of the chest wall. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and reportedly lasts up to 6 months. But Dr. Eric Halvorson, a plastic su...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen breast augmentation CBS Boston Dr. Eric Halvorson Dr. Mallika Marshall Insta-Boob Lunchtime Lift Source Type: news

I-Team: State Now Tracking ‘Substance Exposed Newborns’
BOSTON (CBS) – The scope of the heroin and opiate epidemic continues to plague the state every day. Governor Charlie Baker is making the crisis a priority for his new administration. Some in the medical community say that can’t happen fast enough, as they’re treating a growing number of innocent victims: newborn babies. “It is awful, they get right into your heart,” said Dr. Brigid McCue, director of OB-GYN at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth. “Over the last few months, we are seeing an uptick. We have seen seven in the last six months, which I think is probably double for us....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Heroin Methadone morphine substance exposed newborns UMass Memorial Medical Center Worcester Source Type: news

3D Printers Reduce Time in Dentist’s Chair
BOSTON (CBS) – Going to the dentist can be painful, not because it hurts, but because it can be time-consuming, especially if you need a crown or a bridge. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, new technology can reduce time in the dentist’s chair by hours. Aimee Stone of Needham needs to have a dental crown replaced but traditionally, that could take several trips to the dentist. As a working mother of three, Aimee doesn’t have time for that. “The biggest problem is booking my time,” Aimee explains. “I have to pick up my kids at certain times. I have to fit in work, so having that extra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen 3D CBS Boston Dentist Digital Dentistry Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate
With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years. Recently, 26 cases of measles, a highly contagious and deadly respiratory viral disease that causes fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat and rashes, have been documented across four states, including California, Utah, Colorado and Washington. Each of those cases has been connected to recent trips to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. At least 15, or more than half, of the 26 children infected with the virus were unvaccinated, prompting some to question why not, espec...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Autism Measles Shawn Thomas Vaccination Source Type: news

Boston Scientists Developing SMART Bandage Called ‘Window Into The Wound’
BOSTON (CBS) – When someone has a cut or a burn, it can be tough to tell if it healing properly. Even by an experienced eye. But scientists at the Wellman Center at Masschusetts General Hospital are working on a SMART bandage that can be a “window into a wound.” “I actually got to go in and meet burn patients, our wounded warriors, who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and actually seeing how difficult it was to treat these patients,” said Dr. Conor Evans, a researcher at Mass General, while remembering a trip to an army medical center which inspired his latest research. “When I ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Massachusetts General Hospital SMART Bandage Wellman Center Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Are Over-Treating Headaches
BOSTON (CBS) – More than 12 million Americans see their doctors every year for headaches, which costs up to $31 billion a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Dr. Mallika Marshall spoke to the lead author of a local study which shows one big problem is that doctors are over-treating patients with tests and drugs they may not need. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center looked at more than 9,000 clinic visits for headaches over 10 years and found that the number of patients referred for a CAT scan or MRI, or referred to a specialist, like a neurologist, essentially doubled over the decade, and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall headaches Medicine Source Type: news

Boston Researchers Working On ‘Treadmill In A Pill’
BOSTON (CBS) – Losing weight is a very popular New Year’s resolution. And we soon may be able to shed the pounds without the sweat. Boston researchers say they have captured the weight loss benefits of a treadmill in a pill. Professor Chad Cowan and his team at Harvard University and Mass General Hospital have found a drug that can transform some of your “bad” fat into super-charged “good” fat that simply burns itself — like a day at the gym. “When you exercise you very naturally do this to some of the fat cells in your body. So we’re going to sort of make it like you...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Fat Harvard University Mallika Marshall Mass General Hospital Obesity Workout Source Type: news

Dr. Mallika Marshall On Best Diets Of 2015
BOSTON (CBS) – New diets come out every day, but which works the best? U.S. News & World Report had health experts evaluate 35 different diets. The number one diet again this year, according to the experts, is the DASH Diet. Other top diets included the TLC Diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet and Weight Watchers. The worst diet on the list was the Paleo Diet. CLICK HERE for a complete list of the diets. MORE HEALTH NEWS FROM CBS BOSTON Boston Researchers Working On ‘Treadmill In A Pill’Dr. Mallika Marshall On Best Diets Of 2015High Tech Apps That Help Boost MoodMassachusetts Issues First Marijuana Certificat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Diets Dr. Mallika Marshall U.S. News & World Report Source Type: news

High Tech Apps That Help Boost Mood
BOSTON (CBS) – Let’s face it: January can be a tough month in New England. The parties are over. The bills start to arrive. And it often seems like winter is never going to end. A high tech approach to improving mood is growing in popularity. Preet Anand wakes up every day to soothing music and inspirational message. It arrives on his smartphone via the Rise App. “I love the pick me up. I think we can always use little things that bring smiles in our days,” explained Anand. There are a growing number of apps with the intent of improving or monitoring our moods. Happstr allows a user to press a butto...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Watch Listen Apps Chris McKinnon Mood Nekeshia Hammond Source Type: news

Massachusetts Issues First Marijuana Certificate
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued the state’s first certificate of registration for a marijuana dispensary. The certificate was given to Alternative Therapies Group, Inc., allowing it to begin growing marijuana for medical use. Before the company is allowed to sell or transport marijuana, the dispensary will need to undergo additional oversight, including inspections of its transportation plans and testing of its plants once they are grown. Alternative Therapies Group has been approved to operate a dispensary site in Salem and a cultivation site in Amesbury. The awarding of ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Alternative Therapies Group Amesbury Marijuana Marijuana Dispensary Salem Source Type: news

Study Suggests Moms Have A Biological Connection With Their Dogs
In this study moms of young children had their brains scanned in an MRI while they were shown pictures of their own child and their own dog. “There were some similarities without a doubt,” says Dr. Palley. (Image from PLOS ONE) Many of the same areas of the brain were activated in the study when moms looked at their own kid and their own dog. But there were some important differences too. A section of the brain that might be critical to the human-to-human bond was only activated when moms saw their children. Dr. Palley stresses this is a small study and she hopes to build upon this research in the future. But ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dog Dr. Mallika Marshall Lori Palley Mass General Hospital pet Source Type: news

Boston Children’s Hospital Testing Epileptic Seizure-Detecting Watch
BOSTON (CBS) – Epilepsy is a tough condition to live with and, despite treatment, many patients often still have seizures. But now there’s a new way to warn their families when there is trouble. Leonor Colon’s 12-year-old son, Gali, has suffered from seizures all his life after having a stroke at birth. Even on multiple medications, he still has a seizure a week, usually at night. “My biggest fear is that if I’m not here to help him, that when I wake him up, he will be dead from seizures,” she told WBZ-TV. It’s a scary but real possibility. Dr. Tobi Loddenkemper, an epilepsy specia...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Tobias Loddenkemper Embrace Epilepsy Leonor Colon Seizure Watch Source Type: news

Andover Man Donates $375,000 To Hospitals, Fire Department After Heart Attack
ANDOVER (CBS) – An Andover man is saying “thank you” in a wonderful way to the people who saved his life. And he’s paying it forward with a gift that should help a lot of other people. It all began last September when Roger Desmarais was in his Andover yard and just didn’t feel right. “All of a sudden I felt ill,” Desmarais says. “I put a blood pressure cuff on and it was down to 40, my blood pressure, so I called 911.” Roger was having a heart attack. He was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital by ambulance. “They put the paddles on me and brought me back to life,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Andover Heart Attack Lahey Clinic Lawrence General Hospital Roger Desmarais Source Type: news

Breast Cancer Screening Change Could Save Lives
BOSTON (CBS) – Next year, thousands of Massachusetts women will get some unsettling news in their mammogram results. For the first time, they will be told they have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. It’s designed to give women more information about their health and their risk of developing the disease. It is information Cindy Cardillo of Hopkinton wishes she had years ago when she first started getting mammograms in her 20’s because of a family history. “Every time I went, I was just relieved I got the report that said everything looked good,” she said. That all changed the day ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mammogram Source Type: news

Retailers Using Science To Shape Shopping Experience
BOSTON (CBS) – Retailers are trying to get into customers’ brains and they now have the technology to do it. It’s called consumer neuroscience and companies are getting valuable shopper intel that can shape the shopping experience. To get a firsthand look we went shopping at Betsy Jenney on Newbury Street with Dr. Carl Marci of Boston-based Innerscope Research. I was given glasses with a special camera to track my eye movements and sensors were attached to my fingers to keep tabs on the electricity in my skin. “What we are collecting here are things we are not very good at articulating with words,&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Carl Marci Innerscope Research Kathryn Hauser science of shopping Source Type: news

New Technology Increases Number Of Donor Hearts Available
BOSTON (CBS) – Many patients on the heart transplant list die waiting for a heart, but a local company has found an incredible way to significantly increase the number of donor hearts available. Something like a “heart in a box”. For the past eight months, Graham Waugh from Belchertown has been waiting for a new heart. Though he remains optimistic, he wonders whether he’ll live long enough to get one. “When you know that you’re going to be given a second chance,” Graham says, “Then the wait begins and you begin to wonder will I last to my second chance?” Graham is one o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Mass General Hospital Organ Care System Source Type: news

How To Beat The Winter Blues And Avoid Cabin Fever
Winter is all fun and games…until after New Years’ Eve. Christmas trees, candelabras, and holiday parties are basically traded in for cabin fever and anything black in our wardrobes. Mix in freezing temperatures for some across the country and winter quickly becomes the most miserable time of year, with the remaining winter months turning boring, stale, and downright depressing. Seriously, a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects millions of people and mainly occurs when the seasons change from fall to winter. So to counter the occurrence of depression and cabin fever, here are a f...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Fall Winter Guide Health Binge-Watch Cabin Fever Exercise Holidays MENTAL HEALTH SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder Shawn Thomas Stir Crazy Source Type: news

Classes Canceled At North Andover School Due To Widespread Stomach Virus
NORTH ANDOVER (CBS) – School officials announced Thursday that North Andover Middle School will be closed on Friday after a large amount of students came down with a contagious stomach virus. North Andover Superintendent of Schools Kevin Hutchinson said about 250 students and staff members have come down with the virus. In total, 142 seventh grade students have the virus, about half of the children in the grade. After consulting with the North Andover Health Department, the district decided to close the school on Friday and postpone or relocate other activities. In addition, the North Andover Youth Center will b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston North Andover North Andover Middle School School Closure Stomach Virus Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson WBZ Source Type: news

Supreme Court Justices Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case
WASHINGTON (WJZ) — A discrimination case from Maryland is in front of the Supreme Court and its outcome could affect women across the country, after a former UPS worker says she was forced into taking unpaid leave when she became pregnant. “Stand with Peggy” is the rally cry for the pregnancy discrimination case in which Peggy Young, a former UPS driver who worked in Maryland in 2006, was put on unpaid leave when she got pregnant. Her case is now at the Supreme Court. “This is not what we intended from the beginning; we just wanted what was right,” she said. function cbs_video_wn...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Peggy Young Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Stand With Peggy Supreme Court UPS Source Type: news

Proposed Fund For Meningitis Victims Upped $35M
BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A proposed fund to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people has been increased by about $35 million. The outbreak was blamed on a tainted steroid produced by Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center. It sickened more than 750 people in 20 states. A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee says a new agreement filed Wednesday calls for a fund of at least $135 million to compensate people who were injured and relatives of those who died. An earlier settlement announced in May called for a more than $100 million fund, including $50 million from the owners of the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston Meningitis Meningitis outbreak New England Compounding Center WBZ Source Type: news

MGH Confirms Patient Has Malaria, Not Ebola
BOSTON (CBS) – A patient at Massachusetts General Hospital suspected of possibly having Ebola has tested negative for the deadly virus. MGH confirmed just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday that the initial test for Ebola is negative. The patient did test positive for malaria, the hospital said. More tests will be conducted on the patient to definitively rule out Ebola and other diseases. Hospital officials said the patient had been undergoing monitoring by the Boston Public Health Commission after working in Liberia. The patient was not working in a medical capacity while in West Africa. “In accordance with ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Ebola Malaria Massachusetts General Hospital MGH Nicole Jacobs Source Type: news

Local Entrepreneur-Scientist Develops Google Glass Program For Kids With Autism
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – For the estimated one in 68 American children now born with disorders on the autism spectrum, technology could be a powerful tool. And, if Cambridge-based entrepreneur-scientist Ned Sahin has his way, kids will be able to harness the intuitive power of Google Glass to navigate the world in a way that makes sense. For a little more than a year, Sahin and his employees at Brain Power have been developing programs for Google Glass that encourage kids with autism to make eye contact, engage in conversation and more easily read social situations. For example, in one program, a child looks through the tin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Autism Cambridge CBS Boston Google Glasses Lisa Hughes tech Source Type: news

Dana Farber Program Helps Young Adults With Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – When you think of patients with cancer, you often think of middle aged or older adults, but a significant number of young adults are also affected. And they have unique concerns and needs that the Dana Farber Cancer Institute here in Boston is trying to address. “I would go to doctors’ appointments and sit in the waiting room and everyone else was 20 to 30 to 40 years older than me,” says Carolyn Ridge of Natick. Carolyn was only 30 when she was diagnosed with cancer. She thought she had symptoms of a urinary tract infection, but her doctor discovered something no one had suspected. &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer Carolyn Ridge Dana Farber Cancer Institute Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

I-Team: Suspected Victims Of Meningitis Outbreak Sue NH Company
CONCORD, NH (CBS) – Suspected victims of the meningitis outbreak linked to New England Compounding Center are now suing the chain of New Hampshire pain clinics that gave them the drugs. Thirteen patients of PainCare clinics filed suit against the company Wednesday. They say they have been sick since being injected with contaminated pain medication manufactured at NECC. “You know something is going on. Something got into my body and is causing havoc on me,” says one of the plaintiffs, a woman who asked the I-Team to hide her identity. She believes that something is fungal meningitis, the result of a shot s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Michael O’Connell Lauren Leamanczyk Meningitis outbreak NECC New England Compounding Center Pain Care Clinics Source Type: news

Bono, Affleck Stay Silent in PSA on Ebola Response
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bono, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira are among celebrities playing the waiting game in a new online campaign calling for a unified response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In a video posted Wednesday, stars such as Will Ferrell, Thandie Newton and Connie Britton stare silently into a camera to illustrate that they’re still waiting for world leaders to fight Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in the west African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. “The waiting is causing the issue to propel itse...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Entertainment Health Ben Affleck bono Connie Britton Ebola Matt Damon Morgan Freeman One Campaign Thandie Newton Will Ferrell Source Type: news

I-Team: Cafeterias In Boston Hospitals Get Failing Grades
BOSTON (CBS) — Boston is home to many of the nation’s best hospitals, but the I-Team discovered some of these institutions may not always be as careful with the food they serve as they are with patient care. The I-Team obtained inspection reports for 12 Boston hospitals and we found several facilities failing on many levels. Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Carney Hospital both failed inspections for not keeping food cold enough. At Dana Farber, inspectors found boiled eggs at 54 degrees, tuna at 53 degrees and chicken at 51 degrees. Carney Hospital also had food items above 50 degrees. According to Boston Univ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carney Hospital CBS Boston Dana Farber Cancer Institute Food Safety Lauren Leamanczyk Source Type: news

Local Researchers Forecast Spread Of Ebola
BOSTON (CBS) — Don’t be surprised if there are a few more Ebola cases in the United States in the next couple months. That’s according to a Northeastern University researcher who’s created a forecasting map to predict the spread of the deadly disease. He warns it’s not an exact science, and says a vaccine could change everything. “We have projections for one or two cases at the most during November, December,” Alessandro Vespignani said. He’s leading a team of Northeastern researchers who use a computer mapping model to crunch census data with airport activity and countl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Christina Hager Ebola Northeastern University UMass Memorial Medical Center Source Type: news

15 Falmouth High Students Diagnosed With Whooping Cough
BOSTON (CBS) – A number of children on Cape Cod have been diagnosed with whooping cough. It’s a serious illness that can be prevented with a vaccine. These new cases are all being reported in Falmouth. Just this past week, the I-Team reported on the high number of kids on the Cape who are not getting vaccinated. Related: Vaccine Rates Plummeting In Mass. Massachusetts is one of just 18 states that allow a parent to exempt their children from vaccines on philosophical grounds. Data examined by the I-Team showed the number of exemptions has quadrupled over the past 25 years. Public health officials tell WBZ that...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Lauren Leamanczyk Outbreak pertussis Vaccines Whooping Cough Source Type: news

I-Team: Vaccine Rates Plummeting In Parts Of Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – Childhood vaccines are credited with virtually wiping out a host of awful diseases, yet many parents are still concerned about the shots. Two and a half year old Collin let out a scream as he got his latest vaccine in the office of his Cape Cod pediatrician, but Dr. Sharon Daley believes that discomfort is a small price to pay for the protection the shot offers. Dr. Daley, who is also the chief of pediatrics at Cape Cod Hospital, explained, “Whooping cough, and diphtheria, measles, bacterial meningitis, even influenza; these diseases used to cause thousands of deaths each year.” Dr. Daley...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cape Cod Cape Cod Hospital Dr. Sharon Daley immunization Kim Shea Lauren Leamanczyk Vaccine Source Type: news

Study: Hospice Patients Less Likely To Die In Hospitals
BOSTON (CBS) – People who enroll in hospice care are five times less likely to die in hospitals and nursing homes than people who do not choose hospice, according to a new study by local researchers. “If you look at people with the exact same length of survival, from their diagnosis until they died, the people who chose hospice lived just as long as those who didn’t, but they got there with a lot fewer hospitalizations, a lot fewer intensive care stays, fewer invasive procedures, ” said lead researcher Dr. Ziad Obermeyer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The study, published in a new ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Audio On Demand Health Health Topic Center Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Syndication Watch Listen Brigham & Women's Hospital CBS Boston Diane Stern Hospice Care New study WBZ NewsRadio1030 Ziad Obermeyer Source Type: news

Westminster Considers Becoming First Town In U.S. To Ban Tobacco Sales
WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. FIRST TOTAL BAN On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products wit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston Massachusetts Tobacco ban WBZ Westminster Source Type: news

NH Boy With Suspected Enterovirus Is Learning To Walk Again
BOSTON (CBS) – What started as a simple cold turned into paralysis of the legs for 13-year-old Dan Dugan, who has been in rehab since early October. The Seabrook, New Hampshire boy is making slow but steady progress at Spaulding Rehab as he regains strength in his legs to walk. He had been suffering a cough, headache and fever, when one morning he woke up with his legs paralyzed. “I could feel them but they just wouldn’t move,” said Dugan. Dan Dugan, 13, of Seabrook, NH (WBZ-TV) His father rushed him to the hospital, but had no idea his son would end up fighting for his life. Testing never confirmed...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dan Dugan Enterovirus Seabrook NH Spaulding Rehab Hospital Source Type: news

Medical Study Finds Improved Communication Reduces Errors
BOSTON (CBS) – Improvements in communication between doctors during patient handoffs can reduce injuries due to medical errors by 30 percent, according to a study led by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. A team led by Dr. Christopher Landrigan and Dr. Amy Starmer created I-PASS, a multifaceted intervention targeting improved communication, with a goal to reduce medical errors. “Communication is so culturally engrained in terms of how we interact with each other and we were trying to really change the culture of how doctors were talking with each other to make sure the correct pieces of inf...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Audio On Demand Health Health Topic Center Healthwatch Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Syndication Watch Listen WBZ-TV Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston Diane Stern Dr. Amy Starmer Dr. Christopher Landrig Source Type: news

Boston Elementary School Reports 150 Norovirus Cases
BOSTON (CBS) — Health officials say 140 students and 10 staff members at a South Boston elementary school have come down with norovirus. Condon Elementary School Principal Robby Chisholm sent a message to parents on Tuesday, notifying them that the highly contagious stomach virus had spread. There are about 800 students and 65 teachers at the school. Symptoms of the virus include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain that typically last one or two days. “Teams were onsite today cleaning the school so we can stop any further illness spread,” Chisholm said. “For those of you who have children who are il...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Condon Elementary School Karen Twomey Norovirus WBZ Source Type: news

Should New England Change Time Zones?
BOSTON (CBS) – This week a lot of us have probably stolen a second glance at a clock to make sure it’s right. We’ve had an extra cup of coffee or two. And we definitely have had some very dark evening commutes. Such is life under Eastern Standard Time. But there’s one man on a crusade to put an end to the madness. Tom Emswiler, a health advocate in the Boston area, says we should unite under one time-zone banner. But Eastern Time isn’t it. He says if you’re going to choose a time zone, why not pick the one you’re already using eight months a year? Atlantic Standard Time – the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen David Prerau Daylight Savings Time Eric Fisher time zones Tom Emswiler Source Type: news

Quicker Ebola Test Method In The Works
BOSTON (CBS) – Ebola testing can take hours and is only performed by labs that are trained to do it, but local researchers are working on a test that could identify Ebola in less than an hour and could be performed by almost anyone. Why does it take so long to figure out if a person has Ebola?  Current tests take about four hours, but after adding sample collection and transport, sometimes results aren’t ready for more than day. Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University are working on a faster test that would use a patient’s blood or saliva and a simple piece of blotting paper. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Health Health Topic Center Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Syndication Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Keith Pardee Dr. Mallika Marshall Ebola new test Wyss Institute Source Type: news

6 Massachusetts Hospitals Announce Ebola Plan
BOSTON (AP) — Six Massachusetts hospitals have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients, even though there have been no Ebola cases in the state and public health officials say the risk is “extremely low.” Read: Learn More About Ebola The Department of Public Health announced Friday that Baystate Medical Center in Springfield as well Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston would accept transfers from other hospitals in Massachusetts based on existing referral relationsh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Baystate Medical Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Medical Center Brigham and Women's Hospital CBS Boston Ebola Ebola Plan Hospitals Massachusetts Massachusetts General Hospital Tufts Medical Ce Source Type: news

Teal Pumpkins Help Make Halloween Food Allergy-Friendly
DRACUT (CBS) — One in thirteen kids has a potentially life-threatening food allergy, which can make Halloween downright frightening. But this year, there’s a way to tell which homes are safe for all kids: Teal pumpkins. Instead of carving, pumpkins, Joan Powers and her kids – 5-year-old Jack and 4-year-old Tessa of Dracut, are painting their pumpkins. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness, something the Powers family knows a lot about. Jack is allergic to synthetic food dye — anything that has a color with a number after it. Tessa is allergic to shellfish. There’s not much to worry about...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Food Allergy Research and Education teal pumpkins Source Type: news

Blood Type Could Determine Risk Of Certain Health Problems
BOSTON (CBS) – Do you know your blood type? The answer could determine your risk of certain health problems later in life. In fact, as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, one type has been linked to a higher risk of memory loss. TripAdvisor employees donating blood at a Red Cross blood drive in Newton were surprised to hear that their blood type could affect their health. “I didn’t know that blood type was tied to disease risk,” one woman said. For example, people with type A blood may be more likely to get heart disease. And type B? Perhaps a higher risk of throat cancer. Now a new study finds that peo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen blood type Cancer Dementia Mallika Marshall Red Cross Source Type: news

Tom Menino’s Decision Could Be Quality Of Life Issue
BOSTON (CBS) – Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Thursday he is suspending treatment for an advanced form of cancer. Menino, 71, was diagnosed with cancer in February, about a month after leaving office. Related: Keller: Mayor Menino, You’re Doing Good The source of the cancer could not be determined, which happens in a small percentage of patients with cancer. But it was an advanced form that had spread to his liver and his lymph nodes. Menino began chemotherapy in early March and surgery was not an option. So what may have led to his decision to suspend treatment? When someone has advanced cancer, sometimes...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Treatments CBS Boston Chemotherapy Dr. Mallika Marshall Tom Menino WBZ Source Type: news

Newton Company Develops Prostate Cancer Vaccine
BOSTON (CBS) – Thomas Farrington was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2000. He underwent radiation therapy and was considered cancer free, but nine years later, it came back. “A recurrence is what no prostate cancer survivor wants to hear,” Farrington says. “Because when you have a recurrence of disease it’s like being diagnosed the first time. In fact, it’s worse because you’re not sure what your options are.” What happened to Farrington is not uncommon. In fact, in patients with intermediate to high risk prostate cancer, there’s about a 30% chance of recurrence ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Advantagene Cancer cancer vaccine Dr. Estuardo Aguilar Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff Mallika Marshall ProstAtak Prostate Cancer prostate cancer vaccine tumor Source Type: news

Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict
NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu. “It potentially could become an epidemic if we become distracted and we don’t get our annual flu vaccine. We’re worried about other things, things like Ebola,” pediatrician Janesri De Silva told KCAL9’s Serene Branson. De Silva is chair of pediatrics at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and runs urgent-care clinics for children and teenagers. “We are all worried about Ebola and if we look ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Cold Ebola Flu flu season Flu Shot influenza Vaccine Source Type: news

Hospital: Providence Journalist Free Of Ebola
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist being treated for Ebola is now free of the virus and will be released soon, the Omaha hospital where he is being treated said Tuesday. A recent test showed Ashoka Mukpo’s blood is negative for the virus, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. The test was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mukpo will be allowed to leave the hospital’s biocontainment unit Wednesday. “Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling,” Mukpo said in a statement. “Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I’ve been. I’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Ashoka Mukpo Ebola ebola virus Rick Sacra Source Type: news