Studies Show Online Therapy Provides Real Relief
BOSTON (CBS) – A recent review of studies finds online therapy is helping people with depression and anxiety. Abagail, a New York City actress has decided to forgo the traditional sit-down, face to face therapy for a once-a-week phone call and some online assignments. “There’s very little financial risk to do it,” says Abagail. Abagail is part of a new wave of people trying out online therapy, for its lower costs, convenience and anonymity. Studies are finding it provides real relief for people suffering from depression and social anxiety. “By having a solution that is technological where peop...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Online Eye Exams Growing In Popularity
BOSTON (CBS) — For many of us, eye exams are a must every year, but now some patients are skipping the trip to the doctor and simply logging online instead. “I was a little hesistant at first, but once I got the hang of it (you) just breeze right through it,” said one man who tried the online eye exam. One day later, the man’s prescription glasses arrived in the mail. “It saved me some time as far as getting to the eye doctor,” he said. Several companies are now offering the online eye exams. Users are asked to read an eye chart similar to the kind you’d find at the doctor’s ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Online Eye Exams Source Type: news

Walpole Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday
WALPOLE (CBS) – Alice Fischer, who is believed to be the oldest living resident of Massachusetts, turned 110 Wednesday. She was born in New Hampshire, but spent most of her adult life in Fall River. These days she’s a resident at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation home in Walpole where she was treated to a birthday party surrounded by her great and great, great grandchildren and many friends. Fischer worked as a bookkeeper until she was 85 and lived on her own until just a few years ago. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports What does she think about turning 110? “I worked so hard, I didn...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Alice Fischer Lana Jones Walpole Source Type: news

Children’s Hospital Uses 3D Printer To Get New Look Inside Heart
BOSTON (CBS) – Many kids born with heart defects need surgery to save their lives but it can be difficult for doctors to visualize the abnormalities before going to the operating room. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital are using 3D printer technology to give surgeons a whole new look into and feel of the human heart. “Whenever we make these models everyone wants to grab them and pick them up and rotate them around and play with them in their hand,” says Dr. Andy Powell, a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. 3D heart used by doctors at Bos...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 3D printer technology Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Links Source Type: news

Smart Pill Can Tell Doctor If Patient Is Taking Medication
BOSTON (CBS) – It may sound like science fiction or perhaps more like Big Brother — a medication that can tell your doctor whether you’ve swallowed it or not. Many patients take a drug called Abilify to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression, but soon patients may be offered a high-tech version of Abilify, a “smart pill”. It looks like a regular pill but hidden inside is a sensor which when swallowed sends a signal to a patch on a patient’s arm that transmits a message to the patient’s mobile phone verifying that the medication was taken. The data can also be sent to t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall smart pill Source Type: news

Helmetless Football Drills Can Reduce Head Injuries, Study Says
DURHAM, N.H. (CBS) — A new study that takes a counter-intuitive approach to decreasing head injuries in football has yielded some surprising results. Researchers in the study by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association divided 50 University of New Hampshire football players into two groups – one that participated in tackling drills throughout the season with helmets, and one without. Read The Study (PDF)  The results showed a 28 percent decrease in head impacts during practices and games among those who trained helmetless. “Given proper training, education and instruction, college footb...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Football Helmets Source Type: news

Deadline Approaching To Sign Up For Mass. Health Care Plans
BOSTON (AP) — A deadline for those hoping to sign up for health insurance plans in the new year is fast approaching in Massachusetts. Anyone who is currently uninsured and wants to have a health plan starting on January 1 has until Wednesday to sign up. Those looking for health coverage can start by visiting the Massachusetts Health Connector website where they can complete an application and find out whether they qualify for MassHealth or Massachusetts Health Connector coverage. The health care sign-up deadline for most states — including those that use healthcare.gov as an exchange — is Dec. 15. In Mass...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Health News Healthcare Massachusetts Health Connector MassHealth Source Type: news

Tufts NICU Nurse Fosters Children Exposed To Drugs
BOSTON (CBS) – Two nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have treated some of the sickest and tiniest babies and have brought more than a dozen home over the years as foster children. Dr. Mallika Marshall introduces you to this special family. Like many of us, the Sepulvedas are decorating gingerbread houses for the holidays, but this is no ordinary family. Shelly Sepulveda is a NICU nurse at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She and her wife Tami Sepulveda, also a NICU nurse, have taken in 16 foster children over the past seven years, almost all of them exposed to drugs at birth. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Matters Of The Mind: Finding Better Ways To Identify Psychotic Disorders
BOSTON (CBS) – New research findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry this month, report a disconnect between traditional diagnoses for psychotic disorders and biological signatures found in a patient’s brain. Related: More From The Matters Of The Mind Series “We need better labels that are based on objective, measurable, biological data, not just simply symptom based data,” said Dr. Matcheri Keshavan, a principal investigator in the study and Vice-Chair of Public Psychiatry with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A traditional method for diagnosing a psychotic illness like s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bree Sison Dr. Matcheri Keshavan Matters Of The Mind Source Type: news

Cigna Drops Coverage Of 3D Mammograms
BOSTON (CBS) — The medical advisor to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition wants to meet with the head of Cigna over what he says is a bad decision the provider is making. Dr. Michael Misialek is a pathologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a professor of pathology at Tufts University. He is unhappy with the insurance company’s recent decision to stop covering 3D mammograms, a method that he praises. “This does pick up more cancers, it saves women’s lives, and it reduces patient anxiety by the decreased callback rate,” Misialek told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “With that extra third ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local 3D Mammograms Diane Stern Source Type: news

Young Violinist Performs At Boston Hospital That Saved Her Life
BOSTON (CBS) – Sophie Fellows of Vermont plays the violin as beautifully as she smiles. “It’s a lot of fun,” Sophie laughs. The 10-year-old has a lot to smile about having overcome a brain tumor this past year. “I feel great. I don’t feel sick at all,” Sophie said. Exactly one year ago, Sophie fell sick during last year’s Christmas concert in Vermont. The headache that sent Sophie home turned out to be a brain tumor. “She was battling a big brain tumor and she developed headaches and was supposed to play in this concert last year,” Dr. Liliana Goumnerova of Dana...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dana Farber Cancer Institute Sophie Fellows Source Type: news

Blood Test Could Make Identifying Concussion A Lot Easier
BOSTON (CBS) – Concussions. Parents, players, and coaches are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk they pose, but they can be difficult to diagnose. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a local company has developed a blood test that could make identifying a concussion a lot easier. “From that moment on my life changed forever,” says Taylor Twellman thinking back to a fateful day in 2008 when he suffered a blow to the head that ended his career as a star soccer player with the New England Revolution. “Post-concussion syndrome has been a huge part of my life and it’s something I deal wit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Concussion Dr. Mallika Marshall Taylor Twellman Source Type: news

Flavoring Chemical Found In E-Cigarettes Linked To Lung Disease
BOSTON (CBS) — A majority of e-cigarette flavors contain a chemical linked to lung disease, according to a study by Harvard researchers. The study published Tuesday found that the chemical diacetyl, which has previously been linked to severe respiratory, was found in more than 75 percent  of e-cigarettes. The study also found two other potentially harmful compounds in many of the flavors. Researchers say this show that there is more to be learned about the dangers of e-cigarettes. (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 - December 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston E-Cigarette WBZ Source Type: news

Men Eat Twice As Much Dining With Women, Study Shows
BOSTON (CBS) — How much food a man eats depends on whom he’s dining with. A recent study out of Cornell University found that when men dine with women, they eat almost twice as much as when they eat with men. The thought is that men overeat in front of women to show their masculinity and fitness and perhaps to try to enhance their attractiveness to females. On the other hand, the women in the study did not eat more or less depending on their lunch date. (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 - December 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Eating Health News Source Type: news

How Much Weight Do You Need To Lose For Others To Notice?
BOSTON (CBS) — Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, how much weight would I need to lose for others to notice? A new study tries to answer that question. Researchers at the University of Toronto focused on facial fat because it can reflect a person’s body mass index and they generated digital images that gradually put on weight. They found that women and men of average height would need to lose between 6-and-8 pounds for it to be noticeable in their face, and about 14 to 18 pounds for them to appear more attractive. In general, women needed to lose less weight than men for people to enhance their fa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Weight Loss Source Type: news

Families Suffer As Medical Examiners Struggle With Backlogs
BOSTON (AP) — One of the most difficult things about losing her son was not knowing why. Rosanne Carruthers needed to understand how an active, outdoorsy man with no apparent health problems could drop dead at 34. Carruthers, a nurse, performed CPR after her son, Neil, collapsed in their suburban Boston home. For more than a year, she wondered: Was there something more she could have done? And were her daughter and her grandchildren at risk, too? For the Carruthers family and others across the country, long delays in receiving death certificates and autopsy reports from medical examiners can not only compound grief, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Medical examiners Source Type: news

Leading Drug For Type 2 Diabetes May Hold Key To Longer Living
BOSTON (CBS) — Metformin is a pill used by millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes to control high blood sugar.  It is also sometimes used in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility. Now researchers are looking at metformin as a possible anti-aging drug.  That’s because studies have shown that the drug may improve the health and lifespan of certain types of worms and mice. The FDA has given the green light for researchers to conduct the first clinical trials in humans with 3,000 older adults to see if the drug can slow the progression of certain age-related conditions and eve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Researchers Say They Can Now Cure “Bubble Baby” Disease
BOSTON (CBS) – Days after bringing home her newborn twin daughter, Alysia Vaccaro could sense Evangelina wasn’t as healthy as her sister. “I had a baby to compare her to and I just knew something was wrong with her,” explains Alysia. Her mother’s intuition – was right. Testing revealed Evangelina was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, also called “SCID” or “bubble baby” disease. It’s a genetic disorder that leaves the body without an immune system, making infants extremely vulnerable to illness. Even the common cold can be deadly. “We wore mas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

NH Woman With Late-Stage Cancer To Get Medical Marijuana Card
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient’s application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine. A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said Linda Horan would be issued a card Wednesday, a day after a court granted her emergency request and ordered the state to review her application. The state had argued that issuing the 64-year-old Alstead woman a card before dispensaries open next year would undermine its need to control marijuana distribution, but Horan, who was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in Jul...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Linda Horan Medical Marijuana Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Use High-Speed Video To Show How Sneezes Infect Us
BOSTON (CBS) – Did you know that a sneeze is actually a “high-propulsion” cloud that can rapidly infect a room? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have caught it on video and it may someday help improve infection control. They’ve been studying sneezing for years and the group presented their latest findings this week at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Boston. In April 2014, the researchers gained national attention when they used high-speed imaging to find that some droplets from coughs and sneezes may carry much farther than most people suspected. Thos...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Lydia Bourouiba MIT Sneezing Source Type: news

Wearable Technology Monitors Your Stress
BOSTON (CBS) — Stress is a daily part of life for this working Newton mom of three young kids. “My schedule is pretty hectic,” says Dr. Liz Scheufele. So WBZ asked the doctor to try out Spire, which tracks the pattern of your breath to determine if you’re calm, focused, or tense. “It’s probably one of the cutest wearables I’ve seen in a while,” she said, adding “It kind of shows you how you’re doing.” If the breathing speeds up too much, Spire buzzes and a message pops up in your iPhone, reminding you to take a deep breath. “There were a couple of tim...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Stress Source Type: news

New Wearable Technology Tracks Stress Level
BOSTON (CBS) – In the world of wearable technology, tracking fitness activity is typically the main goal. But now there’s also a product that wants to help people manage their stress every day. And stress is something Liz Scheufele knows all too well. So, we asked this busy working Newton mom of three young kids to try out Spire. Her first impression, “it’s probably one of the cutest wearables I’ve seen in a while.” Users just clip Spire to their pants or bra and the device tracks the pattern of your breath to determine if you’re calm, focused, or tense. If the breathing speeds up...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall wearable technology Source Type: news

Doctors’ White Coats May Spread Bacteria
BOSTON (CBS) — When you think of doctors, you probably picture them in their iconic white coats. But according to an article in today’s Boston Globe, a growing number of doctors believe those coats should be retired. The concern is not one of fashion, but rather of infection. As doctors tend to wear their coats from patient to patient, and the coats aren’t always washed on a regular basis, there is potential for bacteria and other germs to be spread. Though there is no documented proof that the white coats could spread an infection to a patient, some medical professionals believe a theoretical r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Mayor Walsh Proposes Raising Tobacco Purchase Age In Boston To 21
BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proposed changes to the city’s tobacco regulations Wednesday that would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco and nicotine products to 21. “It is our responsibility to do what we can to guide our young people and create a healthier future for all Bostonians,” said Walsh in a release Wednesday. “We know the consequences of tobacco use are real and can be devastating. These proposed changes send a strong message that Boston takes the issue of preventing tobacco addiction seriously, and I hope that message is heard throughout Boston and across the entire...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cigarettes Mayor Walsh Tobacco Source Type: news

Coffee Could Lower Risk Of Premature Death, Harvard Study Finds
This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases,” nutrition professor Frank Hu said in a statement. It also didn’t matter if the coffee was caffeinated or decaf. Researchers say that suggests the health benefits might come from naturally occurring chemical compounds in the coffee beans. The findings are based on a large study involving more than 200,000 men and women. (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 - November 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Coffee Harvard University Source Type: news

More People Experience Cybersickness From Technology
BOSTON (CBS) – If you feel a little queasy while watching the big screen or scrolling pages on your smartphone, you may be suffering from a relatively new phenomenon of the modern age, a condition called digital motion sickness or cybersickness. As reported by the New York Times, more and more users of technology are developing nausea and dizziness even if they don’t have a history of motion sickness. Women suffer more than men, and the more realistic an experience is, like a 3D action flick, the more likely you are to get sick. Experts say the brain can be trained to better handle these stimuli but that may da...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Digital Glasses Help Kids With ‘Lazy Eye’
BOSTON (CBS) — If your child is at risk for amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye,’ a condition in which the vision in one eye doesn’t develop normally, there may be an easier way to treat him or her than the standard practice of patching the good eye, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. New digital glasses use LCD technology to obscure vision in one eye for programmed periods of time, like a digital patch that flickers on and off. The glasses, called Amblyz, have been approved by the FDA and cost around $450. Studies have shown that it can be as effective as patching. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, We...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Glasses Vision Source Type: news

I-Team: Unregulated Dental Products Pose Health Threat
BOSTON (CBS) – Whether it’s a crown, an implant, or a bridge, dental work usually stays with us for life. Today, more of these products are now being imported. There are no regulations or mandatory inspections before these items are put in a patient’s mouth. Dickerman Dental Prosthetics in Sharon has made quality a priority for three generations. They use top notch materials and many of the workers have been at their craft for more than 20 years. Company president Ira Dickerman is concerned patients might be getting devices that aren’t up his standards. Dickerman believes the products coming in f...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dentist Ryan Kath Source Type: news

Two Boston Hospitals To Sequence Genome Of Newborns For The First Time Ever
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the very definition of optimism: a newborn baby. And to keep these little ones the perfect pictures of health, some day in the near future, routine newborn care could include a sci-fi screening that is slowly going mainstream. “Some people have called this the book of life,” explained Dr. Robert Green of Brigham & Women’s Hospital. For the first time ever doctors at Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospital are sequencing the genome of newborns. This allows doctors to decode the DNA and look for the possibility of future diseases and con...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall human genome Newborn Source Type: news

Local Researchers Use Toenails, Ponytails To Better Understand Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – Some seemingly unusual human samples are being stored in the basement of Brigham and Women’s Hospital: toenails and ponytails. Dr. Mallika Marshall explains why. Believe it or not, toenails and ponytails hold the keys to understanding certain diseases in humans. At the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Cohorts Biorepository, more than 3.5 million human specimens are being stored – not only blood and urine samples, but also toenail clippings from nearly 100,000 people and ponytail locks from hundreds of women. Blood and urine just reflect a moment in time, but hair and toenails ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Stress Source Type: news

Moms Sue Pharmaceutical Company, Say Birth Control Pills Failed
BOSTON (CBS) — More than 100 women are suing Qualitest Pharmaceuticals claiming defective birth control pills manufactured by the company led to their pregnancies. Moms from 28 states, including Massachusetts, have filed for millions of dollars in a class action lawsuit. Some of the women are seeking the total cost of raising their child into adulthood, including the cost of education. The suit states, “when the birth control pills were delivered to the Plaintiffs, they were defectively and dangerously designed, manufactured, packaged, sold, and distributed.” Indeed, Qualitest&nbs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Fitchburg Man Saves Life Just Days After Learning How To Use Narcan
FITCHBURG (CBS) – A Fitchburg man saved a woman’s life just days after learning how to use Narcan. As the Fitchburg Public Library’s maintenance man, Alfred Rivera knew it was only a matter of time until a heroin overdose came to his doorstep. Rivera asked his boss for the training after seeing the opioid epidemic in the area. “I seen things are getting worse out here,” Rivera says. Last Wednesday, he learned how to administer nasal Narcan, the opioid antidote. Lauren Saunders of LUK provides free training. “You have the ability to get trained in Narcan it takes a half hour and you c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Alfred Rivera Fitchburg Ken MacLeod Narcan Source Type: news

Home Cooking Might Lower Diabetes Risk, Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Cooking more meals at home might lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Harvard University researchers say that making a meal yourself instead of eating at restaurants or ordering take-out could be linked to less weight gain over time, which may lead to a lower diabetes risk. “People who ate about two homemade lunches or dinners each day — or about 11-14 meals a week — had a 13 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six homemade lunches or dinners a week,” the American Heart Association said...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local American Heart Association Diabetes Source Type: news

Is Charcoal Becoming A Popular Supplement?
BOSTON (CBS) — When Samantha Gregory is feeling a bit off, she adds charcoal to her diet. “The impact that charcoal has had on my health has been a better digestive system so I don’t have the gassiness after I eat,” she says. As you might guess, Samantha isn’t crazy about the taste so she’ll mix it with some juice. “Lemon-lime flavor has agave in it so that was pretty good,” she says. Activated charcoal is sometimes used by doctors to prevent damage from an accidental overdose. The charcoal can keep the body from absorbing drugs. Now, it’s also become a popular supplem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charcoal Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Senator Wants Review Of Caffeinated Peanut Butter Sold In Mass.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new caffeinated peanut butter that targets the athletic and fitness market. It’s called “STEEM Peanut Butter,” and was launched by three friends in Massachusetts last year. Right now, it’s sold mostly online and at a few fitness centers and small shops in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The developers say it combines the protein of peanuts with the energy boost of caffeine. They say the caffeine is released slowly because peanut butter takes longer to digest than coffee. The best thing you ne...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News FDA Peanut Butter Source Type: news

Botox Injections Help Stop Excessive Sweating
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s like getting your haircut, manicure or pedicure. You just need to get general upkeep. Tess Doyle gets Botox injections on a regular basis. “It stops the excessive sweating and that’s what I was after,” she says. The Botox is injected into her scalp to stop sweating at the hairline. “My hair is dry, my make up is on, and if you would’ve seen me before the treatment, you would think I just got out of the shower,” Doyle says. Dr. Joseph Eviatar says he treats patients with a condition called “hyperhidrosis,” which causes excessive sweating and in ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Botox Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Virtual Human At WPI Helps Make Medical Advances
BOSTON (CBS) – We got the chance to see something really remarkable today. They call it a virtual human, and it was created in our own backyard at Worcester Poly Tech. It has far reaching implications for advancing medical science that could help us all. It’s all on a computer screen, a digital representation of a human being, taken from a cadaver of a woman from Maryland who donated her body to science. It’s made up of 5000, high resolution cross sections of her body, digitally stitched together in a lab at WPI. “You are seeing the real person,” says Prof. Sergey Makarov, Ph.D., who leads the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Lisa Hughes Virtual Human Worcester Polytechnic Institute Source Type: news

‘Balloon In A Pill’ Allows Patients To Lose Weight Without Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, there may soon be a non-invasive option. It’s called Elipse, or the “balloon-in-a-pill”, and it was developed by a company in Wellesley called Allurion Technologies. A patient swallows the capsule which enters the stomach and when the outer shell dissolves it releases a balloon. Using a removable catheter, the balloon is inflated with water to the size of a grapefruit, filling the stomach and reducing the amount of food someone needs to eat to feel full. About four months later, the balloon automatically deflates and is excreted from...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Elipse Source Type: news

Two Mass. Companies Create Non-Invasive Devices To Treat Unwanted Fat
BOSTON (CBS) — Love handles, muffin tops, saddle bag.  These are some of the many problem areas that Americans dread. “Fat is the number one cosmetic issue among Americans,” says Dr. Mathew Avram, Director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Liposuction used to be the only option. Now there are two non-invasive treatments that are quickly becoming more popular. “They both kind of do the same thing,” says Dr. Avram, “which is injuring the fat. One’s using cooling.  One’s using heating.” The non-invasive laser suctions...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

I-Team: Mass. Families To Share Antibiotic Horror Stories With FDA
BOSTON (CBS) – Fluoroquinolones are a powerful family of antibiotics that can save lives. In serious cases, doctors often don’t have other options. But as the I-Team first reported last year, these drugs can often cause debilitating side effects. Critics maintain they are over-prescribed. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to consider changing how these drugs are used. Massachusetts families plan on attending to share how these drugs devastated them. Nick Newell will tell federal regulators how his brother Ollie started a downward spiral after taking several doses of Ciprofloxacin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Fluoroquinolones Lauren Leamanczyk Source Type: news

Company To Offer Instant Hangover Relief In Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – We all know what happens with too much alcohol. And this week a new company is slated to open here in Boston offering instant hangover relief or help when you just feel rundown by the flu, a migraine, or jet lag. “In 30 minutes we can have a patient feeling better,” said Dr. Adam Nadelson, the co-founder and CEO of The I.V. Doc. To get you back on your feet The I.V. Doc offers a different kind of cocktail of saline and vitamins, courtesy an I.V. drip, right in your own living room. “When you can’t move and you just feel so horrible you can’t even drink a glass of water, an...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall I.V. Doc Source Type: news

Boston Startup Launches New Bone Glue To Space
BOSTON (CBS) – A high-flying Boston startup is launching its product to space. Launchpad’s standout product is glue that fixes fractured bone and stabilizes metal hardware to the bone. CEO Brian Hess won $300,000 dollars in last week’s MassChallenge Awards Ceremony, the bulk of his winnings coming from the CASIS-Boeing prize for technology in space. The glue is now set to head to the International Space Station. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown reports “What’s interesting about the space station is that it is a microgravity environment so it actually creates an osteo-product like ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Jeff Brown New England Business Source Type: news

Do Menu Calorie Counts Make A Difference? Studies Raise Questions
By Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Tracking calories at chain restaurants is supposed to become easier next year, but new studies raise questions about whether the counts actually make a difference for diners and eateries. Some restaurants already post calorie counts. New York City was first in the country to require it, and six years later researchers say seeing the caloric consequences didn’t automatically lead to leaner choices. CBS This Morning: Restaurants Offer Healthier Choices As Nutrition Label Deadline Nears New York University researchers used receipts and surveys at McDonald&rs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Calories Restaurants Source Type: news

The Secrets To A Good Night’s Sleep
BOSTON (CBS) – Getting used to the clocks moving back can make a good night’s sleep nothing more than a dream. Thirty percent of men and 40% of women report some problem getting a decent night’s rest even when there isn’t this change of schedule. There are strategies, however, for sleeping better for people of all ages. New mom Julia Howland said her daughter Eva was a very alert baby from the start. Her lack of a regular sleep schedule put a stress on the entire family. “We had a hard time balancing our marriage and our careers with parenthood,” added Howland. After ruling out any medic...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Sleep Source Type: news

Study: Men Don’t Want Emotional Support From Spouses
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study of couples who had been married for an average of 39 years finds that while wives like emotional support from their husbands, the same isn’t necessarily true for most husbands. Husbands were more likely to feel helpless or less competent if they received lots of support from their wives, and sometimes felt they should focus their energies on something other than providing emotional support to their wives. Researchers say that support is good only if one views it as helpful and desirable. (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 - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

I-Team: Generic Drug Legal Loophole Puts Patients At Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – Most insurance companies require us to take cheaper, generic drugs when they are available, but the I-Team discovered a major drawback to these medicines that doctors and pharmacists don’t warn their patients about. If patients are harmed by the drugs, they have little or no recourse in a court of law. The Steele family of Foxboro is hoping their story will help make a meaningful change for thousands of Massachusetts residents who take generic drugs. Rowan Steele was born last November, two-and-a-half months early. But that wasn’t the biggest hurdle she would face. She had a congenital hea...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Generic Drugs Lauren Leamanczyk Source Type: news

Statins Could Reduce Effectiveness Of Flu Shot
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re one of the millions of Americans over 65 who use statins to control your cholesterol, the flu shot may not work as well for you as it does for others. In a study looking at nearly 7,000 seniors, those using statins were found to have a significantly reduced immune response to vaccination, as measured by antibody levels in the blood three weeks later. It’s not clear why this is the case, but if it bears out in future studies, it may be recommended that patients on statins get a high-dose flu vaccine or one with components that boost the immune response. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking N...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot Statins Source Type: news

Harvard Professor Teaches Class On Zombies
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Zombies have taken over the screen and our imagination. Halloween even brings them to the streets. One man says we can learn things about our minds from the mindless. Dr. Steven Schlozman is a child psychiatrist and MGH and teaches at Harvard. He has combined his love of the horror genre with medicine for a brainy hobby. He wrote the “Zombie Autopsies.” He lectures across the country about what we can learn from a zombie brain. #zombie brains on our mind. What the fictional characters can teach us #wbz @zombieautopsies pic.twitter.com/TxH1eltXRm — Katie Brace (@KatieBraceWBZ) Oct...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Steven Schlozman Harvard University Katie Brace Zombie Source Type: news

Lifelike Robot Prepares Doctors For Childbirth
BOSTON (CBS) – Delivering a baby can be routine, or tremendously complex, jeopardizing the lives of both mother and baby. And that means health care providers need a lot of training, but we don’t want them to practice during real births. On Monday, we got a closer look at the latest generation of birth “simulator,” a robot really, that goes by the name, Victoria. “This is Victoria,” says Jim Archetto from Gaumard Scientific, showing us what looks like a manikin. “You can see she’s a realistic, lifelike birthing simulator,” adds Archetto. We got a look at the robot at ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Robot Source Type: news

Bacon Causes Cancer, New Report Says
PARIS (CBS) — Bad news for bacon lovers. A new report from the World Health Organization says there’s sufficient evidence that bacon and other processed meats like hot dogs cause colorectal cancer in humans. Read The Report (PDF) WHO classifies processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” — the same designation given to cigarettes. Coming in at the next highest risk is red meat, which WHO says “probably” causes cancer in humans. “These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat,” Dr. Christopher Wild, director of the Internation...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bacon Cancer World Health Organization Source Type: news