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Lawmakers Prepare Overhaul Of Recreational Marijuana Bill
BOSTON (CBS) — State lawmakers are poised to unveil a new bill on recreational marijuana that proposes significant changes from what voters agreed upon last year. The bill includes a 16 percent tax increase on pot, making a total tax of 28 percent. Read An Outline Of The New Bill The legislation was met with controversy from the beginning, as many towns and cities did not want cannabis or pot shops in their communities. The revised bill would give them the option to vote against pot shops through council meetings. The current law requires a referendum to block such shops. The Marijuana Policy Committee will vote at n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ben Parker Marijuana Nicole Jacobs Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

Medford Man Receives Bionic Eye
MEDFORD (CBS) — After 20 years of darkness, there is light. It seems like science fiction, but a bionic eye implant is bringing a kind of sight to the blind. It’s not what you and I see, but for a small number of people, it’s making all the difference. “It’s not actual vision. It’s what they call artificial vision,” says Anthony Andreotolla, one of the first people to ever receive a bionic eye. Every day he puts on his gear, leaves his Medford home and rides the MBTA to his job in Downtown Crossing. Anthony Andreotolla wearing bionic eye (WBZ-TV) Andreotolla has retinitis pigm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Bionic Eye Medford Paula Ebben Second Sight Source Type: news

Eating Frozen Yogurt, Low-Fat Dairy Products Raises Parkinson ’ s Risk, Study Finds
CBS Local– Low-fat dairy products — such as frozen yogurt — are shown to raise the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in Neurology, says that the risk of developing Parkinson’s for those who consume three or more servings of low-fat dairy products of a day is raised, while those consuming one or less servings per day have a lower risk of developing the disease. While the differences aren’t huge, and the overall risk of a person gett...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Parkinson's Disease study finds Source Type: news

Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies
CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances — a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life or death. Drone-delivered devices weren’t used on patients in the preliminary study, but the results are “pretty remarkable” and proof that the idea is worth exploring, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, a former American Heart As...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heart Health Local News cardiac arrest Defibrillators Drones Heart Attacks Source Type: news

5-Year-Old Mendon Girl Recovering After Black Widow Spider Bite
MENDON (CBS) — A Mendon family is planning to have their backyard fumigated after their daughter was bitten by a black widow spider. Kristine Donovan said the bite on her 5-year-old daughter Kailyn’s leg just looked like a bruise–but then it turned black, and they took her to the hospital. Kailyn Doonovan of Mendon recovering from a Black Widow Spider bite. pic.twitter.com/wU1aOkvA62 — Lana Jones (@Lanawbz) June 12, 2017 Infectious disease specialists at UMass Memorial Hospital confirmed it was from a black widow. Like the brown recluse spider, black widow venom kills flesh around the bite. &l...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Black Widow Spider Juli McDonald Mendon spider bite Spiders Source Type: news

Cape Cod Man ‘ Lucky ’ To Recover From Tick-Borne Powassan Virus
BARNSTABLE (CBS) – Tucker Lane of Barnstable has been around ticks his entire life, but it was a bite from one during the summer of 2014 that almost killed him. “Woke up sweating, cold, shaking felt like I was going to puke,” said Lane. A few days later he fell into a coma for a week. “They kind of told my parents there’s nothing more we can really do,” said Lane. Tucker Lane (WBZ-TV) Doctors eventually diagnosed him with the tick-borne Powassan virus, which has no treatment. The virus attacks the brain causing inflammation leading to neurological problems and even death. “It&rsqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Mike LaCrosse powassan virus ticks Source Type: news

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivors Share Stories Of Painful Recovery In Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly one year ago, we were shocked by the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Forty-nine people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Some Pulse survivors were in Boston Friday, remembering what they lost and calling on authorities to recognize gun violence as a health crisis. It was Latin night at Pulse one year ago. Omar Mateen opened up with a semiautomatic rifle in the gay nightclub. “I was shot twice in my lower back,” says Norman Casiano, a survivor. “We can hear the gunshots, we can hear people screaming,” adds Sylvia Serrano who was also in the club...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Lisa Hughes Mass General Hospital Pulse Nightclub shooting Source Type: news

App Helps Patients Manage Chronic Illness
BOSTON (CBS) – Managing a chronic illness can be difficult, especially with many medications, but a company located in Boston has developed an app that could make a world of difference. “I have chronic neurological Lyme disease and co-infections,” says Emily Levy of Charlestown. The 23-year old takes more medications than most 80-year-olds. “On a daily basis, I’m taking anywhere from 20 to 30 pills and then I do anywhere from two to four IV infusions per day,” says Emily. (WBZ-TV) Staying on top of all of her antibiotics, supplements, probiotics, and infusions was a real challenge until...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Tech Dr. Mallika Marshall Medisafe Prescription Pills Source Type: news

Mothers Given Too Many Painkillers After C-Sections, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) –- Researchers are warning about a danger for some new mothers -– being prescribed too many painkillers after a Cesarean section. A study conducted by Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that the average prescription is double the number of pills the patients actually use. Oxycodone is often prescribed to women who have C-Sections, and they’re frequently left with extra pills. Most women studied reported keeping the pills in an unlocked cabinet. Researchers say this all adds up to an estimated 20 million pills that could be misused. “We are the source o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local C-section opioid abuse Source Type: news

Summer Of Savings: Free Fitness Classes
BOSTON (CBS) – To get into shape for the summer, you don’t have to choose between groceries or the gym, when there are free fitness classes available. Here are a few options in this week’s Summer of Savings: SUMMER FITNESS SERIES The city of Boston just kicked off its summer fitness series. The program brings 26 free classes per week to 14 different neighborhoods. There’s something for everyone from Zumba and yoga to high intensity interval training classes run for all age groups, including two weekday play inspired fitness classes for kids 12 and under. On weekends, there’s a family yoga clas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Anaridis Rodriguez Summer Of Savings Source Type: news

Blood Centers Have ‘ Constant Need ’ For Life-Saving Platelet Donations
BOSTON (CBS) – As summer approaches there is an urgent call for platelet donors. And with summer vacations, college students out of town, and new FDA guidelines restricting who can donate the need is greater than ever. “There is really a constant need and the unfortunate thing is platelets can only be stored for 5 days at room temperature,” explained Dr. Richard Kaufman, Medical Director at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana Farber and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. This isn’t a regular blood donation. Instead donors give just their platelets. “We need them for a wide variety o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News PMC Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Paula Ebben Platelet Donation Source Type: news

Quincy Dispensary Makes Pot Pizza For Patients
QUINCY (CBS) – A medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy is offering patients a delicious way to treat their pain: pot pizza. Ermont has been open since October and is uniquely integrated, complete with labs and growing areas, a retail space, and of a kitchen. Using years of experience in Boston restaurants, team members are constantly looking for new ways to infuse flavorless liquid cannabinoids into ingredients and sauces. Their edible menu helps make life more normal for patients in pain. Marijuana pizza made by Ermont dispensary in Quincy (WBZ-TV) “A lot of our patients really wanted to basically figure out...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Juli McDonald Marijuana Medical Marijuana Source Type: news

Drugs Score Big Wins Against Lung, Prostate, Breast Cancers
CHICAGO (AP) — Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There’s even a “uni-drug” that may fight many forms of the disease. What’s striking: The drugs are beneficial in some cases for more than a year, much longer than the few months many new drugs provide. Here are highlights from the world’s largest cancer meeting, the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. PROSTATE CANCER Janssen Biotech’s Zytiga improved survival and delayed cancer growth for 18 months when added to sta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health News Prostate Cancer Source Type: news

In Partnership With MGH, Chelsea High Gets More Than A School Nurse
CHELSEA (CBS) — As a student at Chelsea High School, Christina Fernandez dealt with a lot of anxiety. But instead of having to leave school or make an appointment with her doctor, she would go see Jordan Hampton in the nurse’s office. “I would feel my panic attacks coming in so I’d come down here,” says Christina. “And I’d like sit down and be like, ‘Jordan, can I just stay here for a few minutes?’ And she’d be like, ‘Yeah.” Christina Fernandez meets with Hampton. (WBZ-TV) School nurses see a steady stream of bellyaches, bumps, and bruises, but Jo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chelsea Chelsea High School Dr. Mallika Marshall Massachusetts General Hospital Source Type: news

Study Says One Round Of Golf Per Week ‘ Very Good ’ For Your Health
Bryan Altman Weekend warriors looking to hit the links and play some golf on Saturdays and Sundays this summer now have another good excuse for doing exactly that. According to a new study conducted by Britain’s Macmillan Cancer Support, golf is very good for your health and is an excellent way to get your 10,000 steps in and burn calories. Some players who find a round of golf to be nerve-wracking and full of club-throwing and obscenities may feel as though that statement doesn’t ring true, but research tells another story. The study says that during a typical round of golf, players can wal...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Pro Golf Sports Bryan Altman Source Type: news

Wounded Mass. Man Is First Veteran To Get Experimental Amputation
RAYNHAM (CBS) — A Raynham veteran is getting an experimental treatment that could have the brain talking to a new set of high-tech prosthetics. The CBS Evening News aired a report Monday evening on Brandon Korona – the first veteran to undergo this procedure. Korona’s left leg was crushed by a land mine in Afghanistan four years ago, and he’s given up on trying to save it. Brandon Korona (Image credit: CBS News) “It was all rods, screws and some bone that didn’t grow back right… It looked like a leg, but it wasn’t a leg,” he told CBS News. Doctors at Brigham ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Brigham & Women's Hospital Raynham Wounded Veterans Source Type: news

Boston Children ’ s Hospital Doubling Number Of Therapy Dogs
BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Children’s Hospital is celebrating the expansion of their pet therapy program. Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities for $360,300, the hospital will double the number of therapy dogs from 17 to 34. Therapy dog Molly visits a patient at Boston Children’s Hospital. (WBZ-TV) Since 2003, therapy dogs have made more than 12,000 patient visits at the hospital. Through the Pawprints program, four-legged friends make a huge difference for pediatric patients and their families, providing unconditional love during a tough time. Therapy dogs like Sophie help Boston Children’s Hospital...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital PetSmart therapy dogs Source Type: news

Chocolate Might Lower Risk Of Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate? There’s good news out of Harvard University, where researchers say including chocolate in your diet could keep your heart healthy. A study involving more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who ate moderate amounts of chocolate were at a lower risk for being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – a dangerous type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure, dementia and death. Men who love chocolate will be happier than women about the results of this study. The irregular heartbeat risk went down as much as 20 percent for...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chocolate Harvard University Study Source Type: news

Stop Giving Fruit Juice To Children Under 1, Pediatricians Say
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The American Academy of Pediatrics has a message for parents of very young children: No more fruit juice. The group has said for years not to give fruit juice to children under 6 months, but now it is advising against fruit juice for children until they turn 1. The recommendation is backed by growing evidence that fruit juice is linked to obesity and tooth decay. Photo illustration of a boy looking at apple juice.(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) “Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,&rdqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall juice Source Type: news

CVS Only Selling Sunscreen With SPF 15 Or Higher
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) — CVS is taking some sunscreens off the shelves in the name of better skin health. The Rhode Island-based retailer says it will only sell suntan lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher. It also plans to add more organic and natural options as part of its skincare line. SPF 15 is the FDA’s minimum recommendation. CVS is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Johnson & Johnson to raise awareness about skin health. CVS. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The chain recently stopped selling tobacco products as well.   (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS Sunscreen Source Type: news

Children ’ s Hospital Employee With Down Syndrome Inspires Doctors, Patients
BOSTON (CBS) – Anyone interested in the secret to success should take a lesson out of Nathan Simons’ playbook. Nathan is the first full time employee with Down syndrome at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I just love it! I love the people who come here and give good feedback,” Simons said. Nathan Simons (WBZ-TV) The 28-year-old first starting working in the Down syndrome program part-time. His superiors noticed he takes directions well and his go-go attitude caught on quick. Before he knew it, he was offered a full time position. “It’s amazing and my parents are like ‘Yes Nathan ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Down Syndrome Paul Burton Source Type: news

Families Say Lexington Nutrition Health Coach Can Cure Deadly Food Allergies
LEXINGTON (CBS) — Just a few years ago, digging into a bowl of Peanut M&M’s was out of the question for the Lombardo brothers of Needham–all three suffered severe, multiple food allergies. “I was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, peas, beans and sesame seeds,” explained Nick Lombardo, the oldest of the three boys who is about to graduate from Needham High School. Luke, a sophomore, said living with allergies was a constant struggle. “I always had to worry about what I was going to eat whenever I went out with my friends,” he said. Nick Lombardo used to be allergic to nuts&nd...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Allergies Amy Thieringer Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Lexington Needham Source Type: news

Families Say Lexington Nutrition Health Coach Cured Their Childrens ’ Deadly Food Allergies
LEXINGTON (CBS) — Just a few years ago, digging into a bowl of Peanut M&M’s was out of the question for the Lombardo brothers of Needham–all three suffered severe, multiple food allergies. “I was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, peas, beans and sesame seeds,” explained Nick Lombardo, the oldest of the three boys who is about to graduate from Needham High School. Luke, a sophomore, said living with allergies was a constant struggle. “I always had to worry about what I was going to eat whenever I went out with my friends,” he said. Nick Lombardo used to be allergic to nuts&nd...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Allergies Amy Thieringer Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Lexington Needham Source Type: news

Bill Would Hike Age For Purchasing Tobacco Products To 21
BOSTON (AP) — Public health advocates, former smokers, doctors, and teenagers are heading to the Statehouse to push for legislation hiking the age of sale for tobacco products in Massachusetts from 18 to 21. There will be a public hearing on the legislation Tuesday. The bill would also add e-cigarettes to the existing smoke-free workplace law and prohibit health care institutions — including pharmacies — from selling tobacco products. Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said last year he supports banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21. Similar legislation has ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Uncategorized Governor Charlie Baker Tobacco Source Type: news

Massachusetts Lawmakers Weigh Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks
BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining activists in other states pushing for taxes on sodas that they say will ease the rise in obesity-related diseases and bring in money for programs aimed at improving the health of children in Massachusetts. Supporters of the tax say that too many children and families in Massachusetts are suffering from chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and tooth decay. They say that the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet comes from sugary drinks and cutting down the intake of sugar could ease some of those health concerns. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Soda Tax Source Type: news

Local Researchers On Brink Of Treatment To Prevent Lyme Disease
BOSTON (CBS) – Here in New England we are at a higher risk of getting Lyme disease. Despite the danger there is no vaccine. But UMass researchers are closing in on a treatment that could prevent the debilitating illness. It’s an illness Jennifer Crystal knows all too well. It took eight years of feeling rundown with flu-like symptoms before Jennifer was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. “Basically lost the whole second half of my twenties to Lyme disease,” Jennifer explained. She was bedridden for months at a time, she had to quit her job, and move back in with her parents. “It wa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall LYME DISEASE ticks UMass Medical School Source Type: news

2 Massachusetts Women, Thousands Nationwide Say Breast Implants Made Them Sick
BOSTON (CBS) – Just a few months ago, the idea of lacing up her sneakers and going out for a run was impossible for Meghan Sullivan. “It got to a point where I couldn’t get out of bed anymore. I was in that much pain,” she said. The single mother from Hingham says she broke out into a terrible rash, her face was swollen, she had joint pain and barely had the energy to take care of her 7-year-old son. “It was hard. It was emotional. It was scary for me. I couldn’t live normally,” she said with tears welling up in her eyes. Kaylee Silcox of Quincy was just 24 when she got sick. &ldqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local breast implant illness Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study: More Sleep, Coffee May Be Better Than Painkillers For Treating Chronic Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – Getting a good night’s rest or perking up with a cup of coffee may be a more effective way to treat chronic pain than turning to painkillers, a new study suggests. Harvard Medical School researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center conducted their study on mice. They found that getting more sleep or taking something to feel more alert performed better than standard painkillers at treating pain sensitivity. Researchers kept the mice awake by entertaining them with toys, which is not unlike how many humans deprive themselves of sleep. They found...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Caffeine chronic pain Harvard Medical School Sleep Study Source Type: news

Eating Full-Fat Cheese Won ’ t Raise Chance Of Heart Attack, Study Finds
CBS Local —  Pass the cheese, please. While it may not be the healthiest thing in the world, a new study claims that full-fat dairy products are not as bad as once thought. Eating full-fat cheese, milk or yogurt does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a study published in European Journal of Epidemiology, via Guardian, The study was an in-depth analysis of 29 prior studies that looked at the link between dairy products and risk of cardiovascular disease or heart problems. Their findings were such that these dairy products have a “neutral” effect on those ar...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cheese study finds Source Type: news

Frates Family Applauds FDA For Approving New ALS Drug
BOSTON (CBS) – There is new hope for ALS patients like Pete Frates. The FDA just approved a new drug for treatment and as Dr. Mallika Marshall explains, while it is not a cure, it could help put the brakes on this fatal illness. In 2012, Boston College baseball star Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS. He was only 27 years old. “It’s the cruelest of the cruel,” says Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother. “It just continues to ravage your body until there’s nothing else to be taken away.” ALS attacks nerve cells, causing people to lose muscle function over time. Most patients die from r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Dr. Mallika Marshall Ice Bucket Challenge nancy frates Pete Frates Radicava Source Type: news

Study Warns Cotton Swabs Are Sending Thousands Of Kids To The ER
COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS) – There’s a new study out showing just how many children are visiting hospital emergency rooms because of cotton swabs causing ear injuries. Researchers with Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that 263,000 children went to the ER between 1990 and 2010 for “cotton tip applicator related ear injuries.” That breaks down to 12,500 each year, or around 34 injuries every day, the organization says. Doctors associated with the study say the idea that ear canals need to be cleaned with cotton swabs is a dangerous misconception. (Image credit: Nationwide Children’s Hospital...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Another Jury Says Yes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for the fourth time over whether the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. Late Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded $110.5 million to Lois Slemp, 62, of Wise, Virginia, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She blames her illness on her use of the company’s talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years. Besides Slemp’s case, three other jury trials in St. Louis reached similar outcomes last year, awarding the plaintiffs $72 million, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Cancer Source Type: news

Powassan Virus: The Rare, Deadly Tick-Borne Disease That ’ s Scaring Doctors
CBS Local – There are a few drawbacks to the calendar shifting to the summer months, like the influx of ticks and infections like Lyme Disease. Now doctors are cautioning of another, potentially fatal tick-borne disease: Powassan Virus. Powassan virus is even more serious than Lyme, as it causes inflammation to the brain. For the reported cases, 15 percent of those infected have died and another 50 percent have had some form of a neurological disability. As of right now, there’s no cure. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News powassan virus ticks Source Type: news

Mass. Medical Society: Safe Injection Clinics Necessary To Fight Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (CBS) — The Chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s opioid task force says the group is pushing for safe injection clinics, where drug addicts could shoot up in the presence of medical personnel. Dr. Dennis Dimitri told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens that safe injection clinics could save lives. “In an ideal world, we would like nobody to be injecting illicit drugs like heroin, but we know that those behaviors go on,” Dr. Dimitri said. “A public health approach to reducing the harm associated with that, such as a safe injection facility, is a reasonable approa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen addiciton Carl Stevens Dennis Dimitri Drugs Massachusetts Medical Society opioid crisis safe injection sites Source Type: news

84-Year-Old Man Completes Boston Marathon After Suffering Heart Attack
MARBLEHEAD (CBS) — Jimmy Green, like thousands of other runners, entered the Boston Marathon for the thrill of the race. What makes Green different is that he is 84 years old — and that he finished the race after suffering from a heart attack. Green is an experienced runner who has represented the United States around the world. He has completed the Boston Marathon almost 30 times. “By the last three or four miles, you can almost smell the finish line,” Green said. Throughout Monday’s marathon, Green felt nauseous, though. When he fainted at a restaurant after the race, Green was rus...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 121st Boston Marathon Heart Attack Jimmy Green Juli McDonald Source Type: news

19 Attorneys General Tell Trump, Congress Not To Cut Drug Treatment Money
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of attorneys general for 19 states plus Washington D.C., is the latest in a series of actions from Democrats who hold those offices to oppose Trump’s policies and actions. It comes a day after Trump touted progress on a “great plan” to overhaul the nation’s health care system, saying a deal could come together next week. Many Republi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Attorneys General Drug Treatment Source Type: news

Study: Drinking Diet Soda Could Increase Risk Of Dementia, Stroke
BOSTON (CBS) – Diet soda has long been touted as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, but a new study raises some concerning questions. According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, consuming one or more artificially sweetened drinks per day may be linked to a higher risk of stroke and dementia. Those who drank one or more artificially sweetened drinks daily had a 2.89 times higher risk of dementia, and 2.96 higher risk of stroke than people who had less than one of those drinks per week. The people studied are participating in the Framingham Heart S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Uncategorized Diet Soda Study Source Type: news

Boston Medical Center Provides Free Tax Services To Low-Income Families
BOSTON (CBS) – Tuesday is tax day and places like “H&R Block” will be very busy for the next few days. However, people like Carolyn Hamblin are getting free help with their taxes at an unexpected place: Boston Medical Center. Hamblin gets her taxes done at her son’s pediatrician’s office. “They’re doing an excellent job,” said Hamblin. Free tax services accessible within the Boston Medical Center. (WBZ-TV) The program is called StreetCred. It is located within Boston Medical Center and offers free tax services to low income families and hospital employees. It is a unique ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Dr. Lucy Marcil Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Michael Hole Streetcred tax day Source Type: news

Hyland ’ s Baby Teething Tablets Recalled Nationwide
WASHINGTON (CBS) – A nationwide recall is underway for baby teething tablets that the FDA says are unsafe. All Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets made by the Standard Homeopathic Company are being recalled. Full Recall Info The tablets used to relieve children of teething pain have been found to contain belladonna, which the FDA says represents a “serious health hazard to children.” Recalled teething tablets (Image credit: FDA) “There is no known safe dose or toxic dose of belladonna in children because of the many factors that affect it,” t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Recall teething tablets Source Type: news

Emergency Tracking System Will Monitor Runners ’ Health At Boston Marathon
BOSTON (CBS) – In just four days, 30,000 exhausted runners will try to run 26.2 miles with one goal: crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The task is a grueling one and athletes often need medical attention during the race. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, technology can help family and friends figure out what is going on with their loved ones. Blisters, twisted ankles, dehydration and hyperthermia are some of the more common ailments suffered by runners at the marathon. A medical tent during the Boston Marathon Race. (WBZ-TV) Last year, about 2,500 runners sought medical treatment during the race and th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen AT&T Dr. Mallika Marshall Emergency Tracking System Source Type: news

House Budget Puts Brake On Governor ’ s Medicaid Plan
BOSTON (AP) — A $40.3 billion state budget unveiled Monday by House leaders puts on hold Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan for an assessment on employers who don’t offer health insurance benefits to their workers. The spending plan for the July 1 fiscal year approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would increase total spending by 3.8 percent over the current year but is $180 million below Baker’s earlier $40.5 billion budget proposal. The House budget is “fiscally responsible, it makes some positive investments, while making sure we care for the most vulnerable among us,” Democ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Governor Charlie Baker Massachusetts House Budget State Budget Source Type: news

Rhode Island Pot Legalization Proponents Push For Vote
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state legislators hoping to legalize recreational marijuana say they have enough support to pass a bill if it comes to a vote this spring in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Rep. Scott Slater, a Providence Democrat and legalization proponent, said taking action this year would allow Rhode Island to have regulations and a new source of tax revenue in place before retail marijuana stores open over the border in Massachusetts. He said Rhode Island has already strengthened the way it regulates and taxes medical marijuana plants, so “flipping the switch” to allow r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News legalization Marijuana Providence Rhode Island Scott Slater Source Type: news

Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled By GSK
ZEBULON, N.C. (CBS) – More than 593,000 asthma inhalers in the United States have been recalled because of a problem that could cause them to deliver less medication than intended. An FDA document indicates the reason for the recall is a “defective delivery system” due to a leak in the Ventolin inhalers. Reuters reports drugmaker GSK is trying to figure out what caused the problem after an increasing number of complaints, and is pulling the inhalers from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers. “Though the overall benefit-risk assessment for Ventolin® HFA 200D Inhaler when used at presc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Asthma Recall Source Type: news

Maple Syrup Can Help Fight Infections, Scientists Say
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – Maple syrup doesn’t just make pancakes better – it could also increase the bacteria-fighting powers of antibiotics. Native populations in Canada have been using maple syrup extract as a remedy for decades. Now, scientists have discovered there may indeed be something to this sweet treatment. The researchers found that they only had to use 10 percent of the drugs they’d normally use after combining maple syrup extract with antibiotics. That’s important because antibiotics, while life-saving, can cause significant side effects, potentially kill off health cells and can ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Maple Syrup Source Type: news

Teen Running Boston Marathon To Honor Doctors Who Saved Him As An Infant
BURRILLVILLE, Rhode Island (CBS) — Before heading out for a run these days, Austin Prario makes sure the sneakers are snug, and then spends a moment with “the picture.” It’s a photo of his dad toting him across the Boston Marathon finish line as an infant. It’s all about where the 19-year-old has been–and where he’s going. “This means everything,” he says. “It’s so surreal to know I’m gonna be running in this race.” These photos show Prario’s father, Dave, carrying him across the Boston Marathon finish line in 1998. (WBZ-TV) Indeed, Austin ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Austin Prario Boston Children's Hospital Ken MacLeod Rhode Island Source Type: news

8-Month-Old Baby Arrives In Boston For 7th Open-Heart Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – A little baby from New York, who has spent half her life in Boston for medical treatment, came back Wednesday to face her seventh open-heart surgery. Piper Paddock turns eight months next week. Even before she was born her parents knew she needed the best care possible to save her life. That’s where Boston’s Children’s Hospital comes in. It’s a normal sight at Norwood airport as small planes come and go, but one landed carrying precious cargo. Piper Paddock and her mother and father arrived for the next part of their extensive medical journey in Boston. Piper Paddock (WBZ-TV) ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Brigham And Woman's Hospital Paula Ebben Piper Paddock Source Type: news

Holbrook Company Has Solution For Foggy Goggles
BOSTON (CBS) – If you are an outdoor person, or someone who wears glasses, the riddle of foggy goggles is a problem. WBZ Business reporter Jeff Brown says a Holbrook startup has a solution. The company, Sven Can See, created a gel that is applied on glasses, goggles, or visors to keep the water molecules from forming on lenses. The name of the product came from an interesting moment. “From the bedtime stories I used to tell my daughter of Sven the mountain climber and his trusty friend Chuck the goat,” said founder Scott Newman. The solution keeps the fog down and lenses clear, but people have to rememb...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Health Local News Syndicated Local Holbrook Jeff Brown Scott Newman Sven Can See Vision Source Type: news

Cancer Activists Push Bill To Hike Legal Age To Buy Tobacco
BOSTON (AP) — Over 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families from across Massachusetts are planning to gather at the Statehouse to press lawmakers to support efforts to protect young people from nicotine addiction. At the top of the agenda is a bill that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The legislation would also include e-cigarettes in the smoke-free workplace law and ban the sale of tobacco products in facilities that provide health care, such as pharmacies. About 95 percent of adults who smoke started by age 21. Wednesday’s visit to Beacon Hill is part of the Americ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News American Cancer Society Boston Cigarettes Tobacco Source Type: news

WPI Scientists Developing Patch For Diseased Hearts Using Spinach Leaves
WORCESTER(CBS) – Biomedical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are working on a patch for diseased hearts that uses spinach leaves. When mixed with human stem cells, the veins in spinach could become heart muscle that pumps blood when the original organ is infected or damaged. “And so we haven’t actually put blood in there we put dye in there and we put small particles that represent blood cells and those flow right through the leaves,” said biomedical engineering professor Glenn Gaudette. During the process, the green of the spinach is removed, leaving just the cellulose structure. Spinac...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Glenn Gaudette Lana Jones Spinach Worcester Worcester Polytechnic Institute Source Type: news

Cancer Comes Down To Luck More Often Than Not, Study Finds
CBS Local– In life we can try our hardest to do the right things and make the right decisions but sometimes the desired result isn’t achieved. That’s life. Unfortunately, according to a study led by Bert Vogelstein and Christian Tomasetti, cancer is no different. They found that cancer can be a matter of chance more often than we’d like to believe. Vogelstein did an admirable job of breaking down the arcane scientific terms and process into layman terms. Essentially, cells divide and make mistakes copying DNA. They’re “naturally occurring mutations.” For the most part, th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer study finds Source Type: news