Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids ’ Coughs, Pain
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems. The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, Pediatrics, mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain. Studies suggest it is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs. Doctors and parents should choose another remedy when possible, i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News codeine Source Type: news

Men With Early Stage Prostate Cancer May Choose Watch And Wait Over Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – New research may give men dealing with early-stage prostate cancer more confidence in how they decide to treat the disease. Two new studies out of the United Kingdom suggest the chances of survival after 10 years is 99%. And that’s regardless of whether a man has surgery, undergoes radiation, or chooses to take a watch and wait approach. Often times, treatment can lead to some severe side effects, including sexual dysfunction and bowel and bladder problems. Right now about half of men with early stage prostate cancer choose monitoring over treatment. Scientists say after 10 years, treatment may p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Prostate Cancer Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Women Are Hardwired To Wake Up Earlier Than Men
BOSTON (CBS) – Ladies, have you ever wondered why your husband sleeps peacefully through the night but you wake up at the crack of dawn? Turns out men and women have different sleep-wake cycles. Women are hard-wired to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier than men which might explain why women often wake up in the wee hours of the morning and don’t feel as refreshed the next day. Best advice? Go to sleep as soon as you feel tired. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Doctors Develop Hydrogel That Could Cure Ear Infections In One Dose
BOSTON (CBS) – Almost every kid gets an ear infection at some point in their life, and they can be just as painful for their parents who have to give the medication. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, local doctors think they found something that could cure the problem in just one dose. Middle ear infections are one of the most common ailments in children but getting a kid to take medication can be a real bear. Dr. Daniel Kohane is a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Families will no longer have to force feed their child antibiotics three times a day for ten days which tends to turn into pro-w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall ear infection Source Type: news

Family Rallies Behind Infant In Desperate Need Of Liver Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) — At Boston Children’s Hospital organ transplant floor, 7-month-old Gabriella puts on a brave smile even though she’s fighting for her life. “We are trying to keep hope. We are doing our best for her,” her mother Meghan Stuart said. Gabby has Biliary Atresia, a liver disease that develops shortly after birth. Gabby’s is now advanced and she’s in desperate need of a liver transplant. “Unfortunately, this is a disease if it gets to this point can be fatal for her if it progresses any longer without a liver transplant,” Boston Children’s Hospital Liver S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Chemical Resistant Head Lice Found In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – New clothes and a long list for the office supply store are all part of starting the school year. So too are concerns about head lice. The CDC estimates as many as 12 million children are infested every year and experts say it is getting harder to treat. Kerri Verrette of Danvers found that out the hard way when she got a call from her daughter’s school last year. “Hi your child has head lice and you have to go and pick them up,” she said. The phone call wasn’t the worst part. Trying to treat her daughter at home proved to be a real challenge. “[There were] lots of tears...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Natick Soccer Team Dedicates Season Opener To Boy Battling Cancer
NATICK (CBS) – The Natick High School varsity boys’ soccer team dedicated their season opening game to Connor Heffler, an 11-year-old who is battling a rare and aggressive cancer. Fans were asked to wear Connor’s favorite colors, blue and orange. The celebration was complete with an honorary Captain’s arm band for Connor. And, the National Anthem was sung by the Boston Bruins’ own anthem singer, Rene Rancourt. “It’s going to be impossible to top Connor Heffler. He is one of the nicest, truly nice people that I’ve ever met,” Rancourt said. Rene Rancourt sings National An...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Connor Heffler Louisa Moller Natick Source Type: news

FDA Bans Antibacterial Ingredients From Soaps
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it is banning certain antibacterial ingredients from soaps and washes. The final ruling from the FDA prohibits companies from marketing antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 ingredients. The order does not impact hand sanitizers or wipes. Related: Is Hand Sanitizer Safe? FDA Asks For More Info “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News antibacterial Source Type: news

Massachusetts Has The Lowest Obesity Rate In New England, Report Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – The obesity rate in Massachusetts is lower than the rest of the New England states, according to a new report. The Robert Wood Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health found that the obesity rate in the Bay State is 24.3 percent, which is the sixth-lowest in the country. Maine has the highest obesity rate in New England at 30 percent. Nationwide, Louisiana has the highest rate of obesity at 36.2 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. Massachusetts’ rate stayed steady compared to last year, while four states saw decreases for the first time in a decade. But the overall ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Obesity Source Type: news

New Brain Cancer Vaccine Gives Patients Hope
BOSTON (CBS) – A new vaccine is giving hope to patients with one of the most dangerous cancers. “I’m so lucky. I feel very lucky.” It’s hard to believe how Margaret Kruse, a mother of four, could possibly feel lucky when last fall doctors gave her the diagnosis of brain cancer, glioblastoma. It’s aggressive and usually fatal within months. “The prognosis is not good,’ says Mike Farkas, Margaret’s fiancé. “So we were looking for some hope, and the vaccine is that hope.” That vaccine is why Margaret feels so lucky. She is 1 of 15 people currently enroll...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brain Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Teens Playing With A Concussion Doubles Recovery Time, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) — Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found. It’s billed as the first to compare recovery outcomes for athletes removed from a game or practice compared with those who aren’t. The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwide The study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Concussions Source Type: news

New Concerns Arise About Mental Health Of College Students
BOSTON (CBS) – New concerns arise about the mental health of students on college campuses all across the country. Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist and Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, says 50% to 60% of college students have a psychiatric disorder. “What I’m including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems,” says Dr. Beresin. “If you add them all up 50% doesn’t seem that high.” Some undergraduates at ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Mylan To Lower EpiPen Costs By Expanding Savings Programs
NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak. EpiPen (WBZ-TV) The company said it’s also doubling eligibility for its patient assistance program, which it said will get rid of out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and underinsured patients and families. Patients will also be able to order the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions directly from the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News EpiPen Mylan Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Lens For Cataracts Patients
BOSTON (CBS) – The FDA has approved a new lens for people who suffer from cataracts. Doctors say the lens is giving patients back their natural vision and reducing the need for glasses. Bruce Goldblatt owns a towing company so he relies on his eyes for work. He says his vision changed about a year and a half ago. “I started to notice some shadowing especially driving at night,” explains Bruce. “My long distance vision was impaired and I was having more and more trouble reading up close,” he adds. The 65 year old was diagnosed with cataracts or a clouding of the lens of the eye. His doctor reco...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Drought ’ s Good News – Fewer Ticks
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks. From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. It’s too early to say, however, whether fewer ticks could mean a decline in Lyme disease cases. About 30,000 confirmed cases are reported each year across the country and those numbers have steadily risen. Scientists and state health agencies say they won’t be able to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Deer Ticks Source Type: news

Researchers Find Divorce Peaks Following Family Vacations
BOSTON (CBS) – If you find your family vacations are fraught with more friction than fun, your marriage could be taking a toll. Researchers find that divorce consistently peaks during August and March, times that typically follow family holidays. Couples may have high hopes that vacations and holidays will help heal their relationships but these times can be stressful and often disappointing and that can put even more strain on a struggling marriage. And August may be a particularly popular month to file for divorce because parents may want to take care of details before the children return to school. (Source: WBZ-TV...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Twins Live Longer Than Non-Twins, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re a twin, you can expect to live longer than your non-twin counterparts, and if you’re an identical male twin you might live even longer. One theory is that twins are born with a buddy for life who can provide social support and companionship. And identical twins may be even more emotionally bonded than fraternal twins. In general, having a twin, a spouse, or a close network of friends can help you be more physically active, can lend a shoulder to cry on, and become a caregiver if you become sick. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Gloucester Needle Exchange Program Approved
GLOUCESTER (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials have approved the North Shore’s first needle exchange program. The Department of Public Health has given the Gloucester-based service agency North Shore Health Project the go-ahead. Director Susan Coviello tells The Gloucester Daily Times she hopes to have the program in place by October. The program will include counseling, disease screening, Narcan distribution and education in addition to the needle exchange. Under such programs, drug abusers and others can get clean, new needles, reducing the risk of disease and infection that comes with re-using needl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Gloucester needle exchange opiate crisis Source Type: news

More People Are Donating Their Bodies To Science
BOSTON (CBS) – Any medical student can tell you how important it is to study anatomy using a real human body, and some institutions have had trouble meeting their needs. But now there has now been a huge rise in the number of people donating their bodies to science. In fact, according to the Associated Press, the University of Buffalo doubled its donations to 600 cadavers in the past decade and the University of Minnesota nearly tripled there’s to 550 cadavers. There are two possible reasons. Funeral costs are higher and once frowned upon by some religions, cadaver donation has less stigma than it did in years ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Cracking Your Knuckles May Make Your Joints More Flexible
BOSTON (CBS) – Good news for the millions of Americans who crack their knuckles. The habit is probably not harmful and it may actually be beneficial. When you crack your knuckles, you release gas that has built up in the joints and when researchers studied four hundred knuckles under ultrasound, they found that the joints had more flexibility after they were cracked. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Opioid May Kill Pain Without The Side Effects
BOSTON (CBS) – Scientists are studying a new opioid that has the pain killing effects of morphine without the side effects. Researchers in California tested the new drug on mice and found that it could reduce pain signals in the brain similar to morphine without causing constipation or breathing problems, which can result in death. The drug may also pose less risk for addiction. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Texas Hospital First To Use ‘ Smart Pill ’ To Track Kids ’ Health
BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ reported on the development of a “smart pill” last winter that allows doctors to monitor patients remotely.  Now this new technology is being used by pediatricians and parents in Texas to keep a close eye on their young patients.  Dr. Mallika Marshall explains. Five-year-old Riley Kinman has to take medication twice a day after having a kidney transplant. The pills keep her body from rejecting the kidney she got from her dad.  But these aren’t just any pills. Each pill has a tiny sensor which activates inside Riley’s stomach and transmits a signal to a patch s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Reports Of Stroller, Baby Carrier Injuries On The Rise
BOSTON (CBS) – There are more and more reports of children being injured in strollers and baby carriers. In fact, dozens of children are hurt every day in equipment that is designed to keep them safe. You may think your baby is safe and secure strapped into their stroller, but 50 kids a day are ending up in emergency rooms with stroller or baby carrier related injuries. And about half have suffered a concussion or brain trauma. Most injuries occur when a child falls out or when a stroller tips over. The best ways to protect your children are to make sure they’re properly strapped in, don’t use stroller ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Aetna Slashes Obamacare Exchange Participation To 4 States
HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS) — Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country. The nation’s third largest insurer says it plans to leave nearly 70 percent of the counties in which it currently sells coverage as it trims exchange participation to four states in 2017, down from 15 this year. The insurer’s late Monday announcement comes after UnitedHealth and Humana detailed their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after more than a dozen nonprofit insuran...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Aetna Affordable Care Act Obamacare Source Type: news

Frozen Embryos May Increase Chances Of Becoming Pregnant
BOSTON (CBS) – Fertility experts usually prefer to work with fresh embryos when women are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), but according to a new study frozen may be better than fresh in some women. About 10% of women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s a common cause of infertility and IVF in these women can pose some risks. But researchers looked at more than 1500 women with PCOS and found that those who received frozen embryos had lower rates of complication and a greater likelihood of a successful pregnancy than those who received fresh embryos. The scientists say ferti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall In Vitro Fertilization Source Type: news

Women Surrounded By Greenery May Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) – According to Harvard researchers, women who live in homes surrounded by greenery may have longer lives than women who don’t. They looked at data on more than 100,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study and found that those who live in green areas with gardens, trees, and shrubbery had a 12% lower mortality rate and lower rates of dying from cancer and breathing problems. One theory is that vegetation can combat the health effects of pollution and excessive heat but may also reduce stress levels. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Bi-Weekly Shot Shows Promise To Treat Severe Eczema
BOSTON (CBS) — For many years, the most common treatment for eczema has been steroid creams, but they can have drawbacks and do not work for everyone. Now for the first time in decades, there’s a new treatment for eczema that’s showing promise.  Tony D’Amico is itchy all the time. “I was like squirming, trying not to itch, and everything, but it’s impossible not to,” explains Tony. Tony has eczema, a condition in which an overactive immune system attacks the skin, leading to red, dry, irritated patches . Eczema affects 1 in 8 children. Tony has tried typical steroid creams, b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston eczema WBZ Source Type: news

New Pill To Treat Asthma Shows Promise
BOSTON (CBS) – If you have severe asthma and current treatments don’t seem adequate, a new treatment may be on the horizon. About 1 in 12 people has asthma, a condition which cause tightening and inflammation of the airways in the lungs. It’s usually treated with inhalers and occasionally steroid pills, but there hasn’t been a new treatment introduced to treat asthma for more than 20 years. That may change. In a small study, a twice a day pill, called fevipiprant, has shown promise in reducing inflammation in the lungs. Further study is needed but the hope is that this new drug will help prevent ast...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Michael Phelps Sports Dark Bruises From Cupping
BOSTON (CBS) — If you watched Michael Phelps swim his way to his 19th gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay, you might have noticed round reddish-purple marks on his back and on a few of the other swimmers as well. These bruises are the result of an ancient Chinese therapy called “cupping”.  Suction is applied to draw the skin up into special cups, breaking small capillaries under the skin.  The goal is to improve blood flow to sore, tired muscle, reduce pain, and speed healing. Does it work?  Many athletes, trainers, and celebrities swear by it, but the science behind it is thin.&n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Vaccines Developed In Boston Provide Protection Against Zika In Monkeys
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are making some great progress in coming up with a vaccine against Zika. Working in partnership with Walter Reed Army Institute of Researchers, scientists have developed three experimental vaccines and all three provided unbelievable protection against Zika in rhesus monkeys, the closest cousins to humans. Dr. Mallika had a chance to speak one-on-one with the lead researcher who says this initial data is very encouraging. “The protection was striking,” says Dr. Dan Barouch. “In the animals that did not receive the vaccine, all of the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Zika Virus Source Type: news

New Narcan Works Faster To Stop Overdose
BOSTON (CBS) – With opioid overdoses continuing to increase in Massachusetts, first responders are always looking for ways to save lives. Now, there’s a new Narcan applicator that’s taking hold. “It’s fast, and easy to use,” says Cohasset Police Officer Paul Wilson. “No assembly.” Wilson found the new applicator at a conference in Atlanta last spring and has now convinced South Shore Hospital to distribute the small device which is like a nasal spray. Narcan applicators (WBZ-TV) “Anything that reduces time helps patients, and us in the ER,” says Dr. Jason Tracy, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Bill Shields Narcan Source Type: news

Removal Of Tonsils, Appendix May Affect Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) – Could there be a link between having your appendix or your tonsils removed and your fertility? Some people have worried that if a woman has her appendix removed that she might have a harder time becoming pregnant. The theory is that scar tissue formation after surgery could affect her reproductive organs. But according to a new study out of the United Kingdom, women who had either their appendix or their tonsils removed had higher pregnancy rates than women who didn’t, and the rates were even higher among women who had had both surgeries performed. It’s important to point out that this was ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Women's Health Source Type: news

Researchers Find Genes That May Be Linked To Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – Scientists have known for years that depression can run in families but how? For the first time, researchers, including those at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, found a treasure trove of genes that seem to be linked to depression, at least in people of European descent. Researchers looked at data on hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom had provided their genetic profiles through services like 23andMe. They identified 15 areas of genetic variations that can affect a person’s risk of developing depression. Experts are calling it a big step closer to finding all of the genes tha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Dana-Farber Named Best Cancer Center In New England
BOSTON (CBS) — For the 16th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center New England’s best place for cancer care. The institute ranks fourth nationwide, behind Houston’s University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (WBZ) CEO Ed Benz said Dana-Farber is working on some of the most promising developments in cancer care, including immunotherapy. “These treatments are really, probably the most exciting thing ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dana Farber Cancer Institute Kim Tunnicliffe Source Type: news

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Attack Survivors Heal
BOSTON (CBS) – New research finds a common supplement may help heart attack patients heal. Jim Kelley suffered a heart attack eight years ago but didn’t have the classic symptoms. “I didn’t know it was my heart,” he said. “I just wasn’t feeling good.” The now 80-year old took part in a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to see if omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil would help his heart heal. Jim’s doctor, Raymond Kwong, a cardiologist at the Brigham, authored the study. Dr. Raymond Kwong. (WBZ-TV) “On average,” says Dr. Kwong, “ If they were giv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall omega -3 Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About Zika
BOSTON (CBS) – Understandably, there is a lot of confusion out there about Zika.  What it is.  What it means.  And who should be worried.  Part of the confusion stems from the fact that the infection is relatively new to these parts of the world, and scientists don’t yet have all the answers. But there are some things we do know and there are some things that we all can do to help protect ourselves and our loved ones. What is Zika? Zika is a virus that is spread through the bite of specific type of mosquito, namely, the Aedes species mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). W...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall zika Source Type: news

New Report Finds Serious Health Risks From Taking Dietary Supplements
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of people in the U.S. use dietary supplements, but a new report may have you taking a closer look at what is in your medicine cabinet. Logan Stiner’s family has been taking on the supplement industry after the healthy 18-year old suddenly died from a powdered caffeine supplement. “He had no idea what he was doing,” says his mother, Katie Stiner. A new Consumer Reports’ investigation finds serious health risks from supplements including vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. Researchers have identified 15 ingredients to always avoid, including kava, red yeast, and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Doctors Discover Specific Inner Ear Deficit In Kids With Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Diagnosing autism as early as possible is crucial to early intervention. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a simple, non-invasive hearing test could be a valuable tool. Kids with autism often have problems with both language and hearing, and researchers at the University of Rochester used a technique like the one used to screen newborn babies for hearing loss to evaluate the hearing of kids ages 6 to 17. They found a specific inner ear deficit in the kids with autism that could impact their ability to form speech. Maria Mody, PhD, a researcher at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hosp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Experts Want Doctors, Pharmacies To Include Reason For Prescription On Label
BOSTON (CBS) – Many Americans take multiple prescription drugs and often don’t know why. This can cause patients to make mistakes mixing up their medications or simply not take them because they don’t know what they’re for. Experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences want to change that. They want doctors and pharmacies to include the reason a medication is ordered right on the prescription to educate patients, reduce medication errors, and make it easier for other doctors to understand what a patient is taking and why. Brigham resear...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Helped Fund New ALS Gene Discovery
WORCESTER (CBS) — An international team of scientists funded by Ice Bucket Challenge donations–including a professor from UMass Medical School in Worcester–has isolated a gene variation present in many ALS patients. Related: Frates Family ‘Grateful’ For Donations That Led To ALS Gene Discovery It was two summers ago when the Ice Bucket Challenge first went viral, raising millions for ALS research as challengers across the country dared each other to dump buckets of ice water over their heads in honor of those affected by the disease. Pete Frates and the entire Red...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Pete Frates UMass Medical School Worcester Source Type: news

Dehydration May Be Cause Of Increase In Kids With Kidney Stones
BOSTON (CBS) – An important reminder to keep your children well hydrated during these hot summer months. Doctors say they are seeing more and more kids suffering with kidney stones. Chase Carucci plays sports but excruciating pain has sidelined him for years. “On a scale from 1 to 10 probably a nine or 10. It’s bad. It’s probably the worst pain you could ever have,” says Chase. The 14-year old has suffered through multiple kidney stones and has needed surgeries. “If you were me, you would take that stone so that you never see your child in that kind of pain,” says Maria Carucci, C...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Kidney Stones Source Type: news

‘ Origami Robot ’ Treats Patients Inside The Body
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers are developing robots that can treat patients inside the body. Dr. Mallika Marshall reports on one such robot designed to treat problems in the gut. You could almost call it a stomach bug. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) call it an “origami robot”, designed to be swallowed in a pill-sized ice cube so it can deliver drugs or patch internal wounds. Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, describes this unusual technology. “Origami means folding,” says Rus. “When the robot ge...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Exercise May Be As Effective As Surgery For Knee Pain, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Do you have an injured knee?  Doctors are rethinking how some injuries should be treated and it could help you avoid going under the knife.  Dr. Mallika Marshall reports. Every year about 2 million people undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair tears to the meniscus, the rubbery cushion between the thigh bone and the lower leg bones in the knee. But a new study finds that in middle aged patients, a supervised exercise program may be just as effective as surgery when it comes to pain, function and quality of life. As an added benefit, after three months, muscle strength had also improved i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Woods Hole
WOODS HOLE (CBS) — West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes on Cape Cod for the third summer in a row. The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project said Thursday that mosquitoes collected in Woods Hole tested positive for West Nile on July 14. These are the first positive results for the virus found on the Cape this summer. The organization said they will continue to trap and test mosquitoes all summer throughout Cape Cod. (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 - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cape Cod West Nile Virus Woods Hole Source Type: news

Study: IVF Patients At No Greater Risk Of Breast Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – Good news for women who have undergone in vitro fertilization. Many women undergoing fertility treatments worry that hormonal manipulation might raise their risk of breast cancer, but a new study found that’s not the case at all. Researchers followed about 25,000 women for more than two decades and found breast cancer rates were not any higher in women who underwent IVF than those who had other fertility treatments or women in the general population., In fact, women who had seven or more IVF cycles had a much lower risk of breast cancer than those who had just one or two rounds of treatment. (So...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Florida Health Officials Investigate Locally Transmitted Case Of Zika
BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials are investigating what could be the first case of a Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the United States. There have been more than 1,300 cases of Zika in the United States but almost all have been related to travel to countries where the virus is prevalent. Now health officials in Florida are looking into what could be the first case of local transmission here in the U.S. by an infected mosquito. “We anticipated that,” says Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “As soon as it’s discovered, local and state health departments and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Zika Virus Source Type: news

Team Of Bellingham Moms Riding Pan-Mass Challenge For Nate Solder ’ s Son
BOSTON (CBS) — With a big smile and confident steps, Hudson Solder may not quite be ready to protect Tom Brady on the field like his dad does, but he’s still pretty tough for a 1-year-old. “He is a joy. He just loves life,” his mom Lexi told us. That  joy comes through even as Hudson undergoes chemotherapy for tumors in both kidneys. Hudson has been receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund Clinic since he was just 4 months old. “I don’t think kids are supposed to get cancer,” said his dad. When Pan-Mass Challenge weekend arrives, Hudson will be the pedal partner for te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer CBS Boston Nate Solder Pan Mass Challenge PMC Source Type: news

Team Of Bellingham Moms Riding Pan-Mass Challenge For Nate Solder’s Son
BOSTON (CBS) — With a big smile and confident steps, Hudson Solder may not quite be ready to protect Tom Brady on the field like his dad does, but he’s still pretty tough for a 1-year-old. “He is a joy. He just loves life,” his mom Lexi told us. That  joy comes through even as Hudson undergoes chemotherapy for tumors in both kidneys. Hudson has been receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund Clinic since he was just 4 months old. “I don’t think kids are supposed to get cancer,” said his dad. When Pan-Mass Challenge weekend arrives, Hudson will be the pedal partner for te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer CBS Boston Nate Solder Pan Mass Challenge PMC Source Type: news

Report Says Children Should Get Sex Ed From Their Pediatrician
BOSTON (CBS) — Fourteen-year old Ryan Herrera’s annual checkup with his pediatrician includes a conversation about sex. “Do you feel comfortable that you have a place to go if you have questions about things like that?” pediatrician Robert Riewerts asks Ryan. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says pediatricians should play an active role in educating young patients about sex. The AAP says sex education is effective in preventing and reducing the risk of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. “We want to make sure that, whatever issues they’re dealing wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall sex education Teens Source Type: news

Violence On TV Can Lead To Aggressive Behaviors In Children
BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve seen more than our fair share of violence in recent events, both overseas and here at home, but should we be worried about what our children see on television? Dr. Mallika Marshall reports on how screen violence, both real and fictional can be harmful for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics says exposure to violence on television, movies and video games can lead to aggressive behaviors and feelings of anger in children. Pediatricians said the link between screen violence and aggressive tendencies in kids is stronger than the link between secondhand smoke and lung cancer. The best ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news