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

Research Says Antibiotics Could Cause Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – Doctor Mallika Marshall reports on three big health stories: With increasing concerns about the overuse of antibiotics, now there’s evidence that they may promote weight gain in children. Researchers at John’s Hopkins University found that 15-year olds who had been prescribed antibiotics seven or more times during childhood weighed three pounds more on average than kids who didn’t take antibiotics. These drugs kill off certain bacteria in the gut and leave others behind that break down food differently, which may cause kids to absorb more calories. This is another reason to avoid anti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Soaring EpiPen Prices Raise Questions About Pharmaceutical Industry
BOSTON (CBS) – For someone with an allergy, an EpiPen can mean the difference between life and death. The price of this indispensable injectable drug has soared in recent years. Dr. Mark DeMatteo, an emergency room doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth, said the cost was around $60 ten years ago. The price now is about $400. Every bite Dylan Frazier takes needs to be watched closely because the 9-year-old from Duxbury has severe food allergies. “If we don’t have an EpiPen and he has a reaction, it could be deathly for him,” explained his mother Kristen Frazier. Frazier makes sure there are Epi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Allergies Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Husband And Wife Battle Breast Cancer Together
BOSTON (CBS) – Mike Selsman says he’d just finished jogging when he realized something was wrong. “I showered and felt a little lump above the nipple on left side of my chest,” Selsman said. He was later diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. “It moved to stage IV metastasized to other organs in my body,” Selsman said. Related: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Mike, like most men had no idea he could even get breast cancer but health officials say an estimated 2300 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with it each year and about 450 men die from the disease. “I’m going to di...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Mike Selsman Paul Burton Source Type: news

ACS Changes Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
BOSTON (CBS) – There is brand new advice from the American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer screening in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Mallika Marshall spoke to a local expert about the new guidelines. “I get mammograms every year on a yearly basis and I’ve been starting since age 40,” says Katrina Harris of Braintree. She says that’s because that was the advice of the American Cancer Society (ACS), but no longer. For the first time in 12 years, they’re changing their guidelines. The ACS now recommends that average risk women begin screening ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

American Cancer Society Says Start Mammograms At 45, Not 40
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Cancer Society is revising its advice on when women should start getting mammograms and how often. The updated guidelines recommend annual breast cancer screenings at age 45 instead of 40 and switching to every other year at age 55. The update moves the society closer to guidelines from an influential task force that recommends starting routine screening at age 50. It’s not a one-size-fits-all recommendation. Both groups say women’s preferences for when to be scanned should be considered. The advice is for women at average risk of breast cancer. Doctors generally recommend more...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Breast Cancer CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Chelmsford Man Fighting For His Life After Mosquito Bite
BOSTON (CBS) – From the confines of a wheelchair, Mark Maynard described the partial paralysis that has radically changed his life. “I just didn’t have the strength to move,” says the 41-year-old Chelmsford man. Maynard was a study in good health – but can’t walk now thanks to his wobbly legs, stiff torso, and weak arms. “We’ve all been bitten by mosquitoes during our lives,” he says. “So it is certainly unusual to think that just one time you can get nailed like that. But it can happen.” Maynard thinks it happened during an August 8th family cookout at his ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ken MacLeod Kim Tunnicliffe Mark Maynard West Nile Virus Source Type: news

Estrogen May Help Some Women With Anxiety Disorders, Expert Says
BOSTON (CBS) — There is no question that women are juggling more than ever these days and that burden can lead to a lot of stress. Rosy Gil knows that first-hand. The 36-year-old was diagnosed with panic attacks in her early 20s. “Your heart racing, thinking you’re really ill and having trouble sleeping,” recalls Ruby. “The prevalence of anxiety disorders is twice as high in women as it is in men,” says Dr. Mohammed Milad, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital studying how women regulate stress differently than men. “You don’t need a neuroscientist to tell you th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Anxiety Dr. Mallika Marshall Estrogen Source Type: news

Study Shows Stress Affects Women More Than Men
BOSTON (CBS) – New research appears to show that stress at work takes a disproportionate toll on women. Scientists have known that excessive stress at work can increase an employee’s risk of heart disease but a new study from China looked specifically at stroke. Researchers found that workers with high-demand jobs but little control over their work, like restaurant servers or nursing aides, had a 22% higher risk of stroke than those in low-pressure jobs. The researchers also found women suffered more. Women in the same positions were at a 33% higher risk of stroke. One theory is that high-stress jobs lead to po...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Stress Women's Health Source Type: news

Lamar Odom Health Situation Raises Questions About ‘Herbal Viagra’
BOSTON (CBS) – Viagra is a prescription drug that is commonly used for erectile dysfunction in men and “herbal Viagra” products claim to be a cheaper alternative to the drug without the need for a prescription. While these products may contain the active ingredient in Viagra, they are often shipped from overseas and could be tainted with harmful ingredients, like germs, pesticides, and even other medications. Some of Viagra’s side effects are unsuitable for many men with various health risks. Men who are taking certain heart medications, for example, should not take Viagra as it can lower blood pres...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Herbal Viagra Source Type: news

SOS Via SMS: Help For Suicidal Teens Is A Text Message Away
BOSTON (AP) — With younger generations using cellphones less for actual conversation and more for text messaging, suicide prevention organizations are setting up ways that let distraught youths seek help that way. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and college-age adults, making a text messaging initiative — started this month by Samaritans Inc. of Massachusetts to supplement the more traditional phone help line — a natural, Executive Director Steve Mongeau said. Nearly 5,300 U.S. residents younger than 24 took their own lives in 2013, the most recent year for which data are avai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Eye Injuries Caused By BB Guns On The Rise, Study Shows
BOSTON (CBS) — 12-year-old Joshua Schermerhorn is lucky he can see anything out of his left eye after an accident with an Airsoft BB gun. “I thought I was dying,” he said. “I was scared to death. It was so painful I thought I was either gonna be blind or die.” Joshua was at a friend’s house when he picked up the Airsoft gun, thinking it was a foam pellet gun. He accidentally hit the trigger, and the pellet ricocheted off his nose and into his eye. Joshua’s mother, Nicole Schermerhorn, said “It looked pretty bad at first. He couldn’t even open his eye, and I thought for ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen BB Guns Dr. Mallika Marshall Eye Injuries Source Type: news

New Wearable Technology Promises Drug-Free Pain Relief
BOSTON (CBS) – Living with pain isn’t a lot of fun, and taking medication isn’t always a good alternative. The Food and Drug Administration has given Waltham based Neurometrix the green light to market new wearable technology that can help with all kinds of conditions. “Quell” is a washable sports band with a slim lithium battery operated therapy pod which gets inserted in a pocket. It is attached to the calf area and then relieves pain all over. “It basically stimulates sensory nerves in your leg which triggers the release of endogenous opioids, and those are the body’s natural p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Pain Killers Quell Source Type: news

Study: U.S. Could Be On Verge Of Measles Outbreak
BOSTON (CBS) – A new Emory University study released this week says the number of Americans vaccinated against measles is dropping dangerously close to the level where large outbreaks of the disease are more and more likely. “A bigger measles outbreak unfortunately is a real possibility and that’s because we are seeing a decrease in a vaccination rates around the country,” according to WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall. A now-discredited study once linked vaccines to autism. But even without that claim there’s still tension among some parents about vaccination. And increasing numbers are opt...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Jim Armstrong Measles Vaccination Source Type: news

Mass. General Doctors Study Promising New Preeclampsia Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a new way to treat one of the most common pregnancy complications, preeclampsia. Currently, doctors have no choice but to deliver the babies of women with preeclampsia, but as Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, local doctors are using a new method to help bring those babies closer to term. “She’s been so far a very good girl,” a good girl indeed but Meghan Sise hasn’t even met her baby girl yet. Thirty-nine weeks pregnant, the Massachusetts General Hospital nephrologist says there was one potential complication in particular that worried her, preeclampsia. It’s a co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Mass General Hospital preeclampsia Source Type: news

Brigham & Women’s Hospital Uses Cooling Blankets To Help Babies At Risk
BOSTON (CBS) – “The day you’re born might be the riskiest day of your life,” says Dr. Michael Prendergast, a neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “For most babies, thankfully this is a wonderful and healthy event but for some babies this is complicated by a period of reduced blood supply to the brain,” he adds. In an attempt to protect brain injury, doctors are now doing something that might sound strange. Within hours of birth, they’re wrapped in cooling blankets to lower their body temperature about four degrees below normal. It’s called therapeutic hypother...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Michael Prendergast Source Type: news

Matters Of The Mind: Mental Health Screening Kiosk
BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker and several lawmakers will mark National Depression Screening Day at the State House Thursday by showcasing a new tool imagined by Massachusetts advocates. Screening for Mental Health, a Wellesley-based organization, started a movement 25 years ago encouraging people to get screened for common mental health concerns. Their latest project is a self-screening kiosk that would sit alongside other medical equipment, such as a blood pressure cuff, on college campuses or in medical clinics. Read: More ‘Matters Of The Mind’ Stories The message they want to send is that menta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bree Sison Matters Of The Mind Source Type: news

Research Shows Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Help Smokers Cut Back
BOSTON (CBS) – New research shows low-nicotine cigarettes may help people light up less. For years, tobacco companies marketed so called light cigarettes making smokers believe they were healthier though they really weren’t. Now we’re talking about cigarettes with lower levels of nicotine, the compound that is responsible for tobacco addiction. And researchers wanted to know, what would smokers do if they smoked cigarettes with lower nicotine? Would they smoke more cigarettes to compensate? The answer is no. The study published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine looked at 800 smokers and had...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Smoking Source Type: news

I-Team: Attleboro Man Receives Stranger’s Welfare Benefits, Claims State Ignored His Calls
BOSTON (CBS) – The mysterious mail started arriving at Stephen Gainer’s home late last year. The correspondence was addressed to a complete stranger. At first, Gainer tossed them in the trash, thinking the post office had made a mistake. But when the mail continued arriving at the Attleboro condominium he’d owned since 2008, Gainer took a closer look. He realized it was all coming from state agencies that provide assistance to needy families. The mail included healthcare statements from MassHealth and letters from the Department of Transitional Assistance. There were even a couple of checks from the gover...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Fraud Ryan Kath Welfare Benefits Source Type: news

Doctors Give New Advice For Treating Morning Sickness
BOSTON (CBS) – Morning sickness can make life unbearable for some expectant mothers, but now there is new expert advice so women don’t have to suffer as much. Gaby Barajas has been miserable with morning sickness during her pregnancy. At times, she couldn’t keep food or drink down. “It was to that point that I was so desperate just to feel better already,” says Gaby. Her doctor suggested the 32-year old try a treatment that combines vitamin B6 and the antihistamine, doxylamine. Now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending the combination as a first-line tr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Morning Sickness Pregnancy Source Type: news

Doctors Not Warning College Students Enough About Drinking Dangers, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) — Government researchers say “deplorably” few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use. Their survey suggests that most doctors ask college students and other young adults about alcohol or drug use at regularly scheduled visits. But doctors don’t go much beyond that initial question less than half of the time. The study by National Institutes of Health researchers was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Some highlights about the findings: THE SURVEY About 2,100 college students and other young adult...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News College Drinking Source Type: news