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Mass. Nurses Worried About Ebola Preparedness
BOSTON (CBS) – Nurses across the country and here in Massachusetts are sounding an alarm that they haven’t been properly trained to deal with Ebola. It’s a concern heightened after two Dallas nurses contracted the disease. The chief of infection control at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston says his days are now consumed with Ebola preparedness, and that training involves all staff including nurses. “We don’t usually feel ourselves at risk when we take care of patients, and for a disease as serious as this one, we can certainly understand their anxiety,” said Dr. David Hooper. Tr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beth Germano Dr. David Hooper Ebola ebola virus Massachusetts Nurses Association Source Type: news

Center For Salivary Diagnostics Could ‘Revolutionize’ Health Care Landscape
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – There was a ribbon cutting ceremony in Cambridge at the Forsyth Institute’s new Center for Salivary Diagnostics. WBZ NewsRadio’s Mary Blake reports the research there is cutting edge. Dr. Phil Stashenko, President and CEO of the Forsyth Institute, says the institute partnered with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, obtaining a $4.2 million development grant. He says over the past year, they have built out some core facilities and renovated space in their Cambridge research facility. He predicts the work there will be groundbreaking “We think that the center has the potential ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Center for Salivary Diagnostics Forsyth Institute Mary Blake Phil Stashenko Source Type: news

Keller @ Large: Ebola Threat Becoming Key Issue On Campaign Trail
BOSTON (CBS) – The government’s response to the Ebola outbreak has become a political issue. In politics, they often talk about an October surprise, a late-breaking news event that ends up having an unexpected impact on the campaign. And with the election just three weeks away, the Ebola threat and the government’s handling of it have jumped to the front of the national and local debate. “The first thing to do is contain and isolate,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “I’m praying the CDC is a lot more competent than the VA, the IRS and some of the other federal agencies,&rd...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Politics Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charlie Baker Ebola Jon Keller Keller @ Large Martha Coakly Richard Tisei Seth Moulton Source Type: news

Sick Passengers Removed From Emirates Plane In Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Five passengers with flu-like symptoms were removed from an Emirates flight that landed in Boston Monday afternoon. Ambulances and emergency crews met Flight 237 from Dubai at Logan Airport. Medical crews wearing protective clothing boarded the plane and walked the ill passengers off. The sick passengers were transported to Mass. General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. The remaining 182 passengers and 19 crew members were allowed to get off the plane after approximately three hours. Everyone on board cleared customs. Passenger walked off Emirates flight in Boston. (Photo from @barahont/Twitter) ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Emirates Logan Airport Source Type: news

Doctor Working On Pill To Heal Concussions
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re a parent with a child who plays sports, you’ve got to be worried about concussions. Right now treatment is mostly rest, with no TV, reading or using computers. But what if there was a pill that could heal concussions before they start damaging the brain? We found one doctor who is working on just that. “What we are doing is, we think, enhancing the natural protective pathway in the brain,” says neuroscientist James Lechleiter, Ph.D. The stakes are high. For 13-year-old football player London Glenn, it could have been a game changer. “My head whiplashed into the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Football Cancer Concussion Mallika Marshall Brain Damage London Glenn James Lechleiter Source Type: news

Study: Later Doctor’s Visits Lead To More Prescriptions
BOSTON (CBS) — A visit to the doctor later in the day makes it more likely that a patient will walk away with a prescription antibiotic, according to a new report. The study called “Time of day and the decision to prescribe antibiotics” found that doctors can also be affected by “decision-fatigue” that influences some people as the day goes on. “We figured doctors, like other people, get fatigued over the course of the day,” said study author Dr. Jeffrey Linder of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “The more decisions you make, the easier it i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Healthwatch Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Antibiotics CBS Boston Diane Stern Doctors Medicine Prescription Drugs Source Type: news

Ebola Patient From Providence Receives Experimental Drug
OMAHA, Neb. (CBS) – Ashoka Mukpo, a photojournalist from Providence, received an experimental drug as his treatment continues for Ebola. Nebraska Medical Center officials said Mukpo is being treated for Ebola with Brincidofovir, which is made by biopharmaceutical company Chimerix. “After looking at the data on this drug, collaborating with the CDC and FDA and speaking with the patient and his family, we decided this was currently our best option for treatment,” said Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit. “Every patient is somewhat different, an...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Ashoka Mukpo CBS Boston Ebola Ebola Treatment Experimental Medicine Nebraska Nebraska Medical Center Providence WBZ Source Type: news

Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Viewer Questions About Ebola, Enterovirus
BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall answered some viewer questions about the Ebola and enterovirus outbreaks. Q: “How long does the virus survive outside of a host, and is there any difference in this time among the various types of bodily fluids and the type of surface?” – Paula in Hyde Park A: Scientists have looked at this issue and even though Ebola is a terrible infection to get, it’s not that easy to get. Again, it’s not airborne, so you’re not going to get sick by breathing in the air after someone has coughed or sneezed around you. It requires significant contact with con...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Ebola Enterovirus Source Type: news

Cincinnati’s Devon Still Brought To Tears After Patriots Honor Daughter’s Battle With Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) — While the Cincinnati Bengals suffered a mighty big loss at the hands of the New England Patriots on Sunday night, defensive lineman Devon Still received a warm show of support from the Patriots and their fans. Still’s four-year-old daughter, Leah, is battling cancer, a fight that came into the public eye at the start of the season. The Bengals kept Still, a backup defensive tackle, on their practice squad so he could keep health insurance to pay for Leah’s treatments. She underwent surgery to remove a tumor two weeks ago, and a music video featuring Leah and other children battling can...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Geagan Tags: Health NFL Patriots Sports Syndicated Sports Devon Still Gillette Stadium Leah Still New England Patriots Pediatric Cancer Robert Kraft Sports News Source Type: news

NBC News Cameraman From Providence Diagnosed With Ebola
BOSTON (CBS) – A NBC News cameraman in Liberia, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, has been diagnosed with Ebola. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was on a freelance assignment for the network in Monrovia, reporting on the Ebola outbreak. His father, Dr. Mitchell Levy, said Mukpo will be transported to the isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Sunday, the same facility where Holden Dr. Rick Sacra was treated for Ebola last month. According to NBC, Mukpo started showing symptoms on Wednesday, when he ran a fever and began feeling tired and achy. He was tested for the virus Thursday and it came back positive j...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ashoka Mukpo Camerman CBS Boston Chris McKinnon Diana Mukpo Dr. Mitchell Levy Ebola Ken MacLeod Liberia Mark Katic Monrovia NBC News Source Type: news

Boston Hospitals, Colleges Make Ebola Preparations
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s labeled the EVD cart at Massachusetts General hospital for Ebola Viral Disease. It was ordered two months ago with the Ebola outbreak, full of gowns, booties, protective masks and newly stocked supplies for staff in the hazmat/decon area. “At least we can quickly identify people at risk and contain them if need be,” said WBZ’S Dr. Mallika Marshall. An urgent care physician at Mass General, she says healthcare workers are being trained for any potential Ebola cases and the questions they should now be asking. “Anyone who shows up with a fever is questioned thoroughly...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beth Germano Brigham and Women's Hospital CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Ebola Massachusetts General Hospital Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Boston Hospitals Make Ebola Preparations
BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Local hospitals are taking proactive steps to make sure patients and staff are protected just in case Ebola arrives on the Bay State’s doorstep. WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall reports that Tufts Medical Center in Boston has put up signs in its emergency room asking patients to notify staff if they have been outside of the U.S. in the past 21 days. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is holding a briefing with its infection disease experts and emergency staff and infection control personnel, which will be webcast to its employees. And at Massachusetts General Hospital, staff members receive...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Brigham and Women's Hospital CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Ebola Massachusetts General Hospital Tufts Medical Center WBZ Source Type: news

Studies: Breastfeeding, Gluten Exposure Won’t Ward Off Celiac Disease
BOSTON (CBS) — Neither breastfeeding nor timing the introduction of food with gluten makes a difference in whether a child develops celiac disease, according to new studies. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye, and celiac disease is an auto-immune condition that causes pain and digestive issues. Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center For Celiac Research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern that researchers wanted to study children with a family history of celiac disease. “If we introduce [gluten] very early while the kid is breastfed, can we eventually p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen breastfeeding CBS Boston Celiac Disease Diane Stern Gluten Source Type: news

Rhode Island Girl Dies From Infection Associated With Enterovirus
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS/AP) — The Rhode Island health department announced Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl has died from a staph infection associated with the enterovirus D68, a respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the country. At a news conference in Providence, health officials said Emily Otrando of Cumberland died last week, shortly after she was rushed to the hospital for shortness of breath. Read: CDC Guidance & Information Otrando did not have health problems, authorities said, calling it a “perfect storm,” a rare, isolated combination of a staph infectio...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Watch Listen CBS Boston Cumberland Death Dr. Mallika Marshall Enterovirus Enterovirus D68 Jim Smith Providence Rhode Island Source Type: news

Young, Healthy People Warned Not To Ignore Signs Of Atrial Fibrillation
BOSTON (CBS) – Heart problems are big problems for Americans, but if you think they only affect the elderly, think again. Younger and otherwise healthy people are having heart problems, too, even if they’re in great shape. Mark Marshall is only 51. The competitive wrestler was out for a training run when suddenly he felt a flutter in his chest and his vision blurred. “In my mind I’m thinking, you must be dehydrated. I had no idea I was in afib,” he remembers. But he was, even though Mark had none of the risk factors for atrial fibrillation like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and old ag...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen AFib Atrial Fibrillation Mallika Marshall Mark Marshall Source Type: news

CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. (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 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Dallas Ebola ebola virus Source Type: news

I-Team: Professor Helps Organ Transplant Patients On Multiple Waiting Lists
BOSTON (CBS) – The I-Team recently reported how patients in New England on organ transplant waiting lists wait longer than just about anyone else in the country. And if they are fortunate enough to receive an organ, they are usually sicker by the time it finally becomes available. Many patients now multi list in different regions across the country, hoping to improve their odds. When Apple founder Steve Jobs needed a liver transplant, he traveled in a private jet from his home in California to Memphis because that area of the country tends to have shorter waiting times. Dr. David Mulligan, a liver transplant speciali...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen i-team Lauren Leamanczyk MIT Organ Donation organjet Sridhar Tayur Source Type: news

Doctors Recommend IUDs, Implants For Teen Birth Control
BOSTON (CBS) – The nation’s most influential pediatricians’ group is making new recommendations to prevent teen pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending IUDs and implants as first line options for preventing pregnancy in adolescents. Dr. Rebecca O’Brien of Boston Children’s Hospital says it’s a good choice for young people. “It’s very safe and highly reliable,” says Dr. O’Brien. “Once these devices are inserted, there’s basically a 100 percent efficacy against pregnancy.” IUDs last three to 10 years. Implants under the sk...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Academy Of Pediatrics birth control contraception Dr. Mallika Marshall IUD Source Type: news

Generic Drug Prices On The Rise
BOSTON (CBS) — Generic drugs are the workhorses of health care. They are safe, effective, and affordable and they treat everything from migraines to life-threatening illnesses. But in the past few years, pharmacists and their patients have noticed a significant cost increase in some medicines. The prices are so high in some cases that patients are choosing to go without. Ron Nadir of Chelmsford takes 16 different medications for a number of different health issues. “Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and a few others,” he said. All those health problems make it impossible to work full time so ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Generic Drugs Mallika Marshall Medicine Source Type: news

Mass. Doctor Declared Free Of Ebola Virus Returns To Bay State
OMAHA, Neb. (CBS/AP) — The Nebraska doctors treating an aid worker from Massachusetts who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Africa last month declared Thursday he is free of the virus. Dr. Rick Sacra landed at Worcester Airport Thursday evening after being released in the morning from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Rick Sacra steps off a plane in Worcester. (WBZ-TV) He had been in the hospital’s isolation ward since he arrived from Liberia on Sept. 5. “The CDC has declared me safe and fee of virus. Thank God. I love you all,” Sacra said at a press conference Th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Watch Listen Beth Germano CBS Boston Debbie Sacra Doctor Ebola Holden Nebraska Medical Center Rick Sacra Worcester Source Type: news

Women Fight Back Against ‘Food Shaming’ Phenomenon
BOSTON (CBS) – Despite everyone’s tendency to indulge occasionally, women are experiencing a new phenomenon referred to as “Food Shaming.” Many women say they’re met with insulting comments by strangers if they eat a high calorie food in public. Some experts consider it a form of bullying. Britni De La Cretaz is the Boston director of Hollaback, a group committed to ending street harassment of all kinds.  She believes more women are speaking up about this kind of behavior. Food shaming can be found in a variety of comments. “Whether it’s a comment that they might lose the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Health Health Topic Center Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Bullying CBS Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Shaming Women Source Type: news

I-Team: Local Schools Using Subpar Football Helmets
BOSTON (CBS) – Football helmets are the first line of defense for high school football players’ heads and brains. As the focus on concussions has taken a higher profile, so have reviews of the helmets players wear. The I-Team found some local schools using helmets that at least one prominent research facility has deemed unacceptable. On the field, the players are focused on winning. Their parents, on the sidelines, though are often increasingly worried about their safety. Tammy and Pat McLeod say they know firsthand that parents have good reason to worry. “It’s just not worth losing a child to death...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Public Schools Concussion Football Football Helmets i-team Lauren Leamanczyk Virginia Tech Source Type: news

First Enterovirus D68 Case Confirmed In Massachusetts
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The Department of Public Health has confirmed its first case of Enterovirus D68 in Massachusetts. Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett said Tuesday the patient was an eight-year-old girl in elementary school with a history of asthma. Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. Michael Agus. (WBZ) Boston Children’s Hospital later confirmed the girl was treated there and released, according to Dr. Michael Agus. “We treated her in our unit as she was relatively ill at the time, but has done terrifically well and is home,” said Agus. “I just spoke with her mother and she’s doing...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston Enterovirus Enterovirus D68 Massachusetts Source Type: news

I-Team: Cancer Research In Jeopardy After Alleged Misuse Of Funds
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of dollars in federal grant money that was supposed to go to cancer research is missing. A respected cancer research center is now shutting down and scientists say life-saving work is being abandoned. Scientists at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology are hard at work on groundbreaking research that they hope will one day lead to new treatments. “It’s cancer research I think at its best,” said Dr. Philip Hahnfeldt. “It’s trying trying to understand basic rules by which we can treat cancer as one disease.” The lab is located at St. Elizabeth’s Medical ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cancer Cancer Research Dr. Lynn Hlatky GeneSys Research Institute i-team Joe Shortsleeve Source Type: news

New Device Helps Heart Failure Patients Stay Out Of The Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) – Gene Kelly of Rockland, Maine has severe heart failure and has been hospitalized seven times in the past year. “You just can’t do anything,” the 54-year-old explains. “It feels like you just ran a marathon and you’re done.” With heart failure, elevated fluid pressures can cause fluid to back up into the lungs, making it hard to breathe. Dr. Lynn Warner Stevenson is the Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She says if those fluid pressures are kept under control, patients can be kept out of the hospital. &ldqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital CardioMEMS Gene Kelly Heart Failure Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About Enterovirus
BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall answers the most commonly asked questions about Enterovirus, which has recently spread to New England. What exactly is Enterovirus? It’s a scary sounding term, but Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, and there are more than 100 types. They’ve been around forever. Today we’re talking about Enterovirus D68, and that is specially causing respiratory illness. Read: DPH advisory on Enterovirus (pdf) How would you know if you’ve been infected? You p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Children's Health Dr. Mallika Marshall Enterovirus Enterovirus D68 Source Type: news

Suspected Enterovirus Cases Being Treated At MGH
BOSTON (CBS) – Multiple children have been treated for suspected cases of Enterovirus at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, officials said Thursday. The hospital said one child with a suspected case of the respiratory illness has been treated and released, while others are still being treated. Doctors said there’s been a recent uptick of kids being admitted with suspected cases. “We have seen a lot of admissions over the last three days with respiratory virus,” Dr. Bernard Kinane said. “That could be related to the weather, but it could be Enterovirus.” The hospital typi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Baystate Medical Center CBS Boston Enterovirus Massachusetts General Hospital Sera Congi Springfield Source Type: news

What Has The Affordable Care Act Accomplished A Year Later?
The next Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) will begin on November 15, 2014. But with almost a year under its belt, has the Affordable Care Act impact as many people as it originally set out to? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, before the Affordable Care Act was put in place in late 2013, the number of uninsured Americans was around 42 million people or about 13.4 percent of the U.S. population in all age groups. This year isn’t finished, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed some key facts about the uninsured with data collected...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: ACA Information Affordable Care Act Health Health Insurance Healthcare OBAMACARE Shawn Thomas The White House Source Type: news

Study Links Prenatal Chemical Exposure To Asthma Risk
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study is linking prenatal exposure to some common household chemicals and a child’s risk of developing asthma. The chemicals are called phthalates, and they are so widespread that exposure to them is virtually unavoidable. But pregnant women may want to try to limit their exposure to certain household products if they want to lower their child’s risk of developing asthma. Dr. Robin Whyatt with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health says pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable time. “The prenatal period tends to be the greatest window of susceptibility, the ti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall phthalates Pregnancy Source Type: news

Suspected Cases Of Enterovirus D68 In Conn., Rhode Island
BOSTON (CBS) – The virus that has sickened thousands of kids and sent dozens to the hospital throughout the country has hit the Northeast. There are suspected cases of Enterovirus D68 in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Massachusetts Department of Health says they have no known cases yet, but are asking medical providers to let the department know if they see an increase in respiratory illness. The virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children. “In most people it just causes the common cold. It’s just for some reason that this summer it’s actually causing severe respiratory illness in youn...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Asthma Enterovirus Enterovirus D-68 Katie Brace Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Enterovirus D68: What Every Parent Should Know
Parents should be prepared for a new virus that is infecting the Midwest and looking to sweep the nation. Since mid-August 2014, around 82 people have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be infected with the dangerous Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six different states. Recent reports have shown most cases popping up in Missouri and Illinois, but Southern states like Alabama have gotten their first cases along with more western cities like Denver. With a new outbreak of disease spreading, it’s important to become familiar with what could plague much of the nation this fall and winter. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Asthma Children Cold Common Cold Enterovirus Enterovirus D68 EV-D68 Flu Infants Infection Parents Teenagers Source Type: news

Medical Colleagues ‘In Awe’ Of Ebola Victim Rick Sacra
WORCESTER (CBS) – Dr. Rick Sacra’s colleagues at Family Health Center in Worcester are praising the local doctor who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working with patients in Liberia. Dr. Greg Culley, Sacra’s supervisor at the Worcester clinic, said Sacra knew the potential dangers involved with his return trip to Liberia. “On the day before he left I asked him if he knew what he was getting into,” Culley told WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod. “He said he did, but he had to go.” Family Health Center president Frances Anthes said Sacra has a passion for his role as a missionary ph...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Source Type: news

Rick Sacra’s Family: Prayers Needed For Ebola Recovery
BOSTON (CBS) – The family of a Worcester doctor diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Liberia is asking for prayers for a full recovery. SIM USA announced on Wednesday that missionary doctor Rick Sacra, who is from Holden and practices medicine at Family Health Center in Worcester, was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while delivering babies in the obstetrics unit of SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Dr. Rick Sacra. (Photo courtesy: Family Health Center in Worcester) Sacra’s wife, Debbie, says he began experiencing a fever on Friday and he isolated himself. “He was admitted to the Ebola case manag...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Debbie Sacra Doctor Doug Sacra ebola virus Katie Brace Massachusetts Rick Sacra Source Type: news

Massachusetts Doctor Infected With Ebola In Liberia
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A third American doctor who tested positive for the Ebola virus in Liberia is a Massachusetts resident. SIM USA announced on Wednesday that missionary doctor Rick Sacra, who is from Holden and associated with Family Health Center in Worcester, contracted the Ebola virus while delivering babies in the obstetrics unit of SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Sacra was not caring for Ebola patients, and it is unclear exactly how he contracted the virus. Sacra, 51, is a Wayland native. Read: Rick Sacra’s Wife, Brother Speak Out It is unknown whether Sacra will return to the United S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall ebola virus Rick Sacra Source Type: news

Study Says Home-Packed Lunches Less Nutritious Than School-Made Meals
DiscussionFundraising Underway For Market Basket Workers That Didn’t Get Paid (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 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Grannan-Doll Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall School Lunches WBZ TV Source Type: news

‘Infant Cocooning’ Becoming More Popular Among New Parents
BOSTON (CBS) – Angela Keizer and Brian Miller are counting the days until the birth of their baby girl. “This Baby is very unexpected and very special,” Angela said. They didn’t think they would be able to have a baby and so they are taking no chances when she arrives. “We are going to request that family members vaccinate before they see her,” Brian said. They want to make sure everyone is up-to-date with their pertussis, diphtheria and influenza vaccines before they meet the baby. It’s called infant cocooning and it is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. According t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Academy Of Pediatrics diphtheria Dr. Mallika Marshall infant cocooning influenza vaccines pertussis Source Type: news

Local Researchers Find Ritalin Can Reverse Effects Of General Anesthesia
BOSTON (CBS) – General anesthesia is a wonderful thing, but it comes with risks, including lasting effects on the aging brain. As our population ages, and more and more seniors will be undergoing surgery, those brain effects could become a public health problem. Now researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are trying to find a way to reverse the effects of general anesthesia faster, and they seem to be on to something. “We’re trying to develop better way to wake people up from anesthesia,” says Dr. Ken Solt, an anesthesiologist and researcher at Mass. General Hospital. He says for ol...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Ken Solt Dr. Mallika Marshall General anesthesia Massachusetts General Hospital Ritalin Source Type: news

Highly Contagious Parvovirus Kills 15 Dogs In Lowell
LOWELL (CBS) — A highly contagious viral disease has killed at least 15 dogs in Lowell. Lowell Animal Control Officer Darlene Wood told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 there have been 15 confirmed cases of the canine parvovirus in the past two weeks. In each case the dog has died. “We’re asking dog owners to check and see if their dogs have updated vaccinations or have been vaccinated for the parvovirus, and if they have not, to certainly go to a veterinarian and get that done,” Wood said Tuesday. She told WBZ there have also been cases of the virus in the Berkshires, Worcester County and on the North Shore. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Canine Parvovirus CBS Boston Dogs Killed Lowell Source Type: news

Whole Foods Recalls Beef From Stores In Newton, South Weymouth
BOSTON (AP) — Two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that the beef was sold in June at the Whole Foods Market store in Weymouth and the Walnut Street store in Newton. Read: The Recall The agency says three people fell ill between June 13 and June 25 and an investigation determined that all three had eaten beef bought from one of those two stores. The federal agency and the company are concerned that some beef may have been frozen...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Business Health Local News beef recall E Coli Newton South Weymouth WBZ Whole Foods Source Type: news

Boston Researchers Train Bees To Detect Diabetes
BOSTON – (CBS)- “Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, not only in the US but worldwide,” says Dr. Allison Goldfine, a diabetes specialist at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is helping foreign graduate students, Tobias Horstmann and Juliet Phillips with their research project. They’re trying to use bees to sniff out diabetes. Bees don’t have traditional noses, but through their antenna, they can smell 10 million times better than humans. The students have collected bees, placed them in cartridges and trained them to detect a chemical called acetone, found in higher concentrations in the b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Grannan-Doll Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Diabetes Dr. Mallika Marshall Joslin Diabetes Center WBZ TV Source Type: news

What Robin Williams’ Death Tells Us About Parkinson’s Disease
The death of iconic comedian Robin Williams is still fresh in the minds and hearts of the public, with memorials and acts of remembrance taking place across the country. Williams passing has also shed light on his overall health; both mental and physical. Following Williams apparent suicide by hanging, questions about his battle with depression began surfacing, shedding light on a mental health issue that many turn a blind eye to or simply don’t know how to address. However, a statement provided by Williams’ wife Susan Schneider revealed another personal battle the world-class comedian was facing: Parkinson&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Entertainment Health Celebrity Deaths Depression Michael J. Fox Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Disease Suicide Source Type: news

Mass. Hospital Becomes Breast Milk Depot
BOSTON (CBS) – Years ago, wet nurses were commonplace, but in modern times, the idea of giving a baby another mother’s breast milk hasn’t been very popular. But breast milk donation is beginning to catch on. And one local hospital has become a breast milk depot servicing the greater Boston area. Anna Schaefer donates her breast milk to a milk bank in Newton. Her 2-month old son, Josiah, was born premature, and wasn’t able to consume all of the milk that she produced. “I had all this extra milk I knew he wouldn’t use,” Anna told WBZ-TV. “So I knew there were little babies who ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Breast Milk Breast Milk Bank CBS Boston Dr. Brigid McCue Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Robin Williams’ Death Prompts New Conversation About Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – Robin Williams’ suicide sparked a national discussion about depression and mental illness. Getting rid of the stigma is no easy task. “People will say all the time about Mr. Williams, I’m sure, ‘it’s funny he didn’t look depressed,’ but in fact, that’s the mask,” Dr. David Gitlin said. Dr. Gitlin, the vice chair of psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has treated patients with depression for 25 years. He says high profile suicides may lead to a brief increase in the number of suicides but more often encourages people to seek help. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Depression Dr. David Gitlin Dr. Mallika Marshall Robin Williams Suicide Source Type: news

Patrick Kennedy: “Depression Killed Robin Williams”
BOSTON (CBS) – Robin Williams’ suicide is prompting a larger discussion about depression. It’s a sad fact of life that a celebrity’s passing can sometimes bring badly-needed attention to an under-appreciated health issue. And one of the nation’s leading advocates for more focus on mental illness said that this is one of those moments. Patrick Kennedy knows what Robin Williams was going through. The former congressman has long battled mental illness and substance abuse issues. “Robin Williams was only one of 100 people that committed suicide yesterday,” Kennedy said in an intervie...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Entertainment Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Depression Jon Keller Patrick Kennedy Source Type: news

Video Games Being Developed To Target Depression, Anxiety
BOSTON (CBS) – Video games are often thought of as mindless entertainment. But some psychologists now believe specific games can be tailored to help alleviate mental health problems. Games are being developed to target issues related to depression and anxiety, for example. Cheri Plevek often winds down playing one of these games. She feels they help her relax and get rid of stress. They are also helping her in a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety. “You have quests that you do, and you earn points by doing something as simple as getting up and out of your chair and getting moving, to call a friend,&rdq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Anxiety Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Video Game Video Games Source Type: news

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Offering a Family-Centered Cesarean Section
BOSTON (CBS) – Anyone who has had a C-section knows it’s not a pleasant experience.  It’s major surgery and often wrought with anxiety and fear.  Now one local hospital is trying to make it as pleasant for mothers-to-be as possible, something they’re calling a “Gentle C”. Leilani Pascale just delivered her third baby, but instead of having a traditional C-section as she did for her first two, she opted for a “gentle” cesarean section offered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “It’s something that I will carry with me forever,” she says.  &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tim Wilson Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Bill Camann Dr. Mallika Marshall family-centered cesarean section Gentle C Health Watch Kathy Trainor Leilani Pascale Source Type: news

Mass. Keeping Existing Health Insurance Enrollment Website
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market. For the past several months the state has adopted a “dual-track” approach that called for buying software that has powered insurance marketplaces in other states while also laying the groundwork for a switchover to the federal marketplace if necessary. On Friday, Massachusetts Health Connector officials announced that Massachusetts will remain a state-ba...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Grannan-Doll Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston MA Health Care OBAMACARE WBZ TV Source Type: news

Doctors Link Stress To White Blood Cell Production
BOSTON (CBS) – Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease for decades, but the exact connection hasn’t always been clear. Does it lead to high blood pressure and that causes the heart disease? Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that your bone marrow may play a key role. Bone marrow is where blood cells are made, including white blood cells which fight off infection. Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf and his colleagues found that in mice who were exposed to stress, their bone marrow churned out more of these white blood cells. Researchers then looked at 29 stressed out “doctors-in-traini...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Grannan-Doll Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Stress WBZ TV Source Type: news

An Epidemic: Top 10 Outbreaks In U.S. History
Throughout the years, epidemics and plagues have shaken up societies and cultures around the world. The latest outbreak that Americans seem to be concerned about is the Ebola epidemic occurring in the African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.  With experts and doctors saying that the outbreak has the potential to become a full-blown pandemic that will become increasingly more difficult to control, the general public is scared. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continuously keep an eye on public health and any immediate health dangers, the American public still worries about how...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbskapost Tags: Health Africa avian flu Ebola Guinea Health Scare History Measles Nigeria Source Type: news

Dana-Farber Community Vans Providing Cancer Screening In Greater Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – 52-year-old Maria Teixeira gets annual mammograms on the Dana-Farber Mammography van at the Dimock Center in Roxbury. “It’s in my neighborhood,” she said. “ It’s right here.  I don’t need to take buses.” The van travels to communities within the city of Boston as well as outlying areas like Waltham, Brockton, and Quincy. “We work with the health center staff and they help schedule the women and all the women have to do is come to a place that they recognize and feel comfortable in,” said Magnolia Contreras, the Director of Community B...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: bostonwebintern Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Watch Listen Blum Family Van Cancer Screening CBS Boston Dana-Farber Community van Dana-Farber mammography van Dimock Center Dr. Mallika Marshall Skin Cancer WBZ Source Type: news