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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bedford Company Using 3D Printer To Make Customized Knee Implants
BOSTON (CBS) – “We see a lot of knee injuries in here,” says Jeff Dosdall, a personal trainer and co-owner of Bodyscapes in Wellesley. “They’ve got arthritis. They’ve got overuse injuries, and the knees start to wear out on you.” Even for some people in their 30s and 40s, and a lot of folks end up having surgery. Knee replacement is the most common joint replacement worldwide. Providing huge relief, most of the time. Dr. Philipp Lang, CEO and co-founder of ConforMIS, a medical device company in Bedford, says about a quarter of patients aren’t happy with their results. “...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 3D knee ConforMIS Dr. Joseph Czarnecki Mallika Marshall Orthopedics Source Type: news

Speaking To Your Children About Ebola
BOSTON (CBS) – Children are starting to ask questions about Ebola. So what can parents do to reassure their kids during this time? Read: CDC Information On Ebola Keep in mind the ages of your children and speak to them in an age appropriate manner. You’re going to speak to a 5-year-old differently than you would a 15-year-old. You should ask them what specific questions they have so you know how much information to give them and psychiatrists say, most importantly, stay calm. “The last thing parents should do is respond in a somewhat excitable, hystrionic manner, because kids look up to their parents in t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Ebola ebola virus Kids Talking To Children Source Type: news

High Tech Gadgets Help Moderate Food Intake
BOSTON (CBS) – Losing weight can be a real challenge, but now there is high tech help available to help moderate the amount of food eaten. The Mandometer is a device that weighs the food you put on a plate. It then tells you how much to eat, and over how much time. If you eat too fast, you get an electronic warning advising that you need to slow down. Dan Correa has used it to help him lose 30 pounds, but admits “I’ve asked it to shut up a few times.” Studies show that eating too fast can cause weight gain. Joan Salge Blake, a professor of nutrition at Boston University, said “It is going to t...
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 Bite Counter Eating Food Hapi-Fork Mallika Marshall Mandometer Weight Loss Source Type: news

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