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Adults With Asthma Not Getting Pneumonia Vaccine As Recommended
BOSTON (CBS) – At about this time, we start talking about flu shots but many adults are missing out on another key vaccine. The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all adults with asthma, but a new study finds that only 42% of people ages 18 to 64 who have asthma getting it. Also known as the pneumococcal vaccine, it protects against a type of bacteria that commonly causes pneumonia. A version of the vaccine is given to kids in early childhood, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, including asthma. So why aren’t more than half of adults with asthma getting the shot? Perhaps they have never heard o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot pneumonia vaccine Source Type: news

Researchers Say Beer May Help Lift Your Spirits
BOSTON (CBS) – Beer lovers will tell you that a cold brew can lift your spirits, so it’s no surprise that researchers in Germany, the home of Oktoberfest, may have found out why. They looked at 13,000 molecules present in different foods and found a substance in beer, called hordenine, can mimic dopamine, the so-called “feel good” hormone. Now the question is whether beer has enough hordenine to stimulate the brain’s reward center. And remember, too much beer won’t make you feel good, it will make you feel sick, so don’t overdo it. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sport...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Your Mood Could Affect How Your Body Responds To Flu Shot
BOSTON (CBS) – Thrilled to get a flu shot?  Probably not.  But as it turns out, your mood could affect how well your body responds to the medication. Researchers looked at which factors might improve a senior’s immune response to the flu vaccine like diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, and mood. They found that a person’s outlook on the day of vaccination had the greatest impact, with a good mood increasing antibody levels to the flu by 8% to 14%. If, however, you never have a sunny disposition or if you’re not feeling particularly cheery on vaccination day, go ahead and get your flu ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shots Source Type: news

Losing Weight Could Help You Save Money
BOSTON (CBS) – Losing weight may not only help you feel better and live longer, it could save you some cash. A study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that a 20-year old who goes from being obese to a healthy weight can save more than $28,000 over her lifetime. A 50-year old could save more than $36,000. Researchers say you’re saving productivity losses, higher insurance premiums, and higher medical costs for chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. While it is certainly hard to lose weight and change your lifestyle, money can be a great motivator. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Johns Hopkins University Weight Loss Source Type: news

‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Louisa Moller opioid crisis Organ Donation Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Infections Linked To Sports; Gun violence Warning
BOSTON (CBS) – The American Academy of Pediatrics issues a new report detailing how children in organized sports can avoid infections that can easily spread between athletes. Pediatricians say student athletes should never share personal items like water bottles and towels and need to learn good personal hygiene. GUN VIOLENCE STUDY A heads up for parents when choosing movies for their children. In a new study of 8 to 12 year olds, those who watched a movie clip with gun violence later played with a real gun for longer and pulled the trigger more often than kids who watched a movie clip without gun violence. Parents ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New App Helps Parents Keep Track Of Medical Records
BOSTON (CBS) – A new app could change the way parents and individuals keep track of health issues and medical records. Caremap, an iPhone app designed by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Duke University, will hopefully one day replace all that paper parents accumulate from multiple visits to the doctor. (Image credit: Caremap) Mothers and fathers can input the usual medications, allergies and hospitalizations, but the app can also track symptoms and behaviors. “Pain, sleep, mood, bathroom habits, nutrition… temper tantrums or school attendance or whatever is important to your child and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Tech Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: People With ADHD Losing Sleep; Break From Diet Can Help Weight Loss
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s estimated that up to 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but could your child just be sleep deprived? A recent analysis found that 75 percent of children and adults with ADHD also have disruptions in their biological clocks, causing them to fall asleep later and sleep less. But it is unclear what comes first, if sleeplessness contributes to ADHD or if ADHD causes sleep problems. While more research is needed, experts say there may be a significant number of kids and adults diagnosed with ADHD who could benefit from better sleep....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ADHD Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Weight Loss Source Type: news

CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

Researchers Say Medicated Patch Melted Away Love Handles On Mice
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have developed a new way to get rid of “love handles” at least in rodents. Using a skin patch loaded with microneedles, researchers were able to deliver drugs painlessly into the tissue below, converting white fat into brown fat. Brown fat, which helps keep babies warm, is metabolically active and rather than storing fat, it can burn fat. In experiments with obese mice, the patch reduced the fat underneath by 20% in a week. The hope is that one day the patch could treat fat pockets like “love handle...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

American Academy Of Pediatrics Warns Teens About Tattoos, Piercings
BOSTON (CBS) – Tattoos and piercings have become quite popular with teens and young adults, and now for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is weighing in, hoping to reduce the risk of infection and complication. Pediatricians say it’s important to choose a salon that is sterile and regulated by the state.  Make sure your immunizations are up to date, and ask how to care for your tattoos or piercings at home. And it’s important to know the law.  The age limit for body piercings and tattooing varies by state.  Some states prohibit any tattooing under the age of 18 while ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV American Academy Of Pediatrics CBS CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study: Women Who Had Miscarriages Were More Likely To Have Received Flu Shots
NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a do...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Vaccine Miscarriage Source Type: news

Gov. Baker On ‘ Encouraging Signs ’ And Challenges Confronting Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been well over a year since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a landmark law to fight the opioid epidemic here in Massachusetts. Since then he has also joined the President Donald Trump’s commission to tackle the crisis nationwide. David Wade sat down with the Governor to talk about what’s working, what we can do better, and how Massachusetts could set an example for other states when it comes to confronting the crisis. David Wade: What is the priority, do you think, for our state? Gov. Baker: I think the big thing is to stay on the stuff that’s we’ve done and r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local Charlie Baker Confronting The Crisis David Wade opioid crisis Source Type: news

Football Not Safe For Kids Before High School? Poll Shows U.S. Divided
LOWELL (CBS) – Tackle football isn’t safe for kids before high school, according to a slim majority of Americans in a new national poll. The UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released Tuesday shows 53-percent of those surveyed feel that tackle football is not a safe game for children younger than 13. Forty-one percent believed it was safe. But once kids reached high school, that number jumped to 57-percent. Researchers interviewed 1,000 adults across the country for the survey. (WBZ-TV) Eighty-three percent believed there is “settled science” proving that playing football causes brain injuries. &ldq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Football Source Type: news

Impact Of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey Felt In New England Blood Collection Efforts
BOSTON (CBS) – New England was spared the wind, rain and flooding from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But the massive storms are impacting the region in a different way. Richard Kaufman, the medical director of the Brigham and Women’s blood bank, said the storms have caused shortages in blood. “Unfortunately, the hurricanes have disrupted both the ability to collect blood as well as in some cases the ability to transport blood around that’s already been donated,” Kaufman told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker. Kaufman said there is a constant need for blood, but particularly following storms ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Ben Parker Blood Donatation Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How Much Sitting Is Too Much; Dogs Sleeping In Your Room
BOSTON (CBS) — We could be sitting ourselves to death, reports WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall. Researchers at Columbia University looked at nearly 8,000 middle age and older adults and found they sat on average 11 to 12 hours a days. They also found that sitting for more than 12 hours on a given day increased the risk of death, regardless of how much they exercised. But people who kept periods of sitting to less than 30 minutes had a lower risk of death. This isn’t the first study to find that sitting is dangerous, but it is the largest to link sedentary time with the risk of death. And now some experts co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker Touts Mass. As Example For Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — In his testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for bipartisan solutions in making necessary healthcare reform. “Massachusetts has achieved near-universal coverage, with the highest rate of individuals with health insurance in the nation,” he said during his testimony. “And that’s because we’ve been working and re-working it for more than ten years.” Gov. Charlie Baker testifies about healthcare before a congressional panel. (WBZ-TV) Baker was among a bipartisan group of governors testifying before the U.S. Sena...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Capitol Hill Charlie Baker Congress Elizabeth Warren Healthcare Washington D.C. Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Cancer-Detecting App; First-Time Dads Getting Older
BOSTON (CBS) — Pancreatic cancer usually has a poor prognosis, often because it’s caught too late, but could your smartphone one day give you an early warning? Researchers at the University of Washington are developing the BiliScreen app, which will allow people to screen themselves for pancreatic cancer and other diseases by snapping a selfie. The Biliscreen app in use. (WBZ-TV) One of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer, and other conditions like hepatitis, is jaundice or yellowing of the eyes, which is caused by a build-up of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood. This BiliScreen app uses the smartphon...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Fathers HealthWatch Mallika Marshall Pancreatic Cancer Source Type: news

FDA Approves Therapy Using Patient ’ s Own Cells To Fight Cancer Cells
BOSTON (CBS) — The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital will work to fight cancer in a new way thanks to a new treatment approved by the FDA. CAR-T therapy is for kids and young adults with relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “It’s really an entirely new type of therapy, an entirely new way to fight cancer,” said Dr. Lewis Silverman, the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancies Center. Chemotherapy drugs attack dividing cells but are not specific to cancer cells, unlike this new treatment, according to Silverman. “It&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dana Farber Cancer Institute Juli McDonald Leukemia Source Type: news

HealthWatch: A New Gene Therapy For Leukemia; A Study On Carbohydrates
This study does not mean you can now eat a ton of butter and steak without worry, but you probably don’t need to feel guilty about eating some fat. In terms of carbohydrates, the study did not distinguish between refined carbs and complex carbs, so further study is needed. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cancer Research Dr. Mallika Marshall Leukemia Source Type: news

Beverly Hires Contractor To Euthanize Canada Geese In Controversial Plan
BEVERLY (CBS) — The Beverly Police Department said Wednesday that they had hired a private contractor to remove Canada geese from their public parks and take them off site to euthanize them. But the department did not confirm or deny a Salem News story that reported part of the plan involved then sending the goose meat to homeless shelters. “Geese pose a public health concern for our children, families and senior citizens,” Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill said in a statement Wednesday. “The City has contracted to safeguard against these risks humanely, to ensure our parks remain clean and safe for the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beverly Canada Geese Carl Stevens Source Type: news

Teen Gets To Be Patriots Photographer For A Day
FOXBORO (CBS) — Even when health problems get her down, 13-year-old Meghan Condon stays passionate about two things: the New England Patriots and photography. Meghan has had two heart surgeries in her young life and suffers from other health issues. To help lift her spirits, her mother decided to reach out to the New England Patriots as a surprise. “I didn’t know who the gift was from, or even what it was, so all I knew was I was getting something from someone,” explained Meghan. Meghan shares her scrapbook with Paul Burton (WBZ-TV) A few days later, she received a package in the mail. It was a scra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Meghan Condon New England Patriots Paul Burton Photographer Robert Kraft Source Type: news

New Implant Treatment Helps Recovering Opioid Addicts Stay Clean
FALL RIVER (CBS) – Many people addicted to opioids are desperate to quit, but the drug has such a powerful hold over their bodies, they simply can’t fight the cravings. A recovering addict from Fall River who didn’t want to use her real name, so we’ll call her Kate, says opioids took over her life. “When I was using, I was a mess,” she said. “It was lie after lie. I put my mom through a lot of stuff and she never deserved it.” But Kate finally realized, she had to find a way to stop. “Either I’m going to die, or I’m going to get my life back together,”...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch opioid crisis Probuphine Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Slow, Steady And Successful Weight Loss; Benefits Of Coffee
BOSTON (CBS) — Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss, at least according to a new study. For one year, nearly 200 overweight or obese adults followed a weight loss program and researchers found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first 6 to 12 weeks were more likely to keep the weight off 1 to 2 years later than those whose weight fluctuated. Almost half of people who go on a diet to lose weight regain more than half of it over a two year period, but this research suggests if you lose weight consistently, you can change that. So find a weight loss program that you can stick with week...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Coffee Dr. Mallika Marshall Weight Loss Source Type: news

Gov. Baker: Massachusetts Should Be Model For Opioid Fight
BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker, who sits on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, says he believes some of what Massachusetts has done to combat opioids should become the national model. The commission was created in March, and the Governor says it has met several times. Baker pointed to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program as an example of a Massachusetts initiative that would work well nationwide. “We doubled the number of inquiries on that prescription management program over the past year or so,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kary...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charlie Baker Drugs Karyn Regal opioid crisis White House Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls For Ban On Menthol Cigarettes
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, arguing that tobacco companies disproportionately target African-Americans when they market and promote the cigarettes. The Massachusetts Democrat is leading a group of fellow senators in calling on the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the cigarettes, noting that African-Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the U.S. The letter to the FDA sent earlier this week was also signed by fellow Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Cigarettes Ed Markey Source Type: news

Opioid-Related Deaths In Massachusetts Appear To Be Dropping
BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts appear to be dropping. Public health officials said Tuesday that the number of opioid-related deaths fell about 5 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. The decline is modest — 978 estimated and confirmed deaths in the first half of 2017 compared to 1,031 estimated and confirmed deaths during the first half of 2016. The report says the presence of fentanyl in opioid-related deaths continues to climb, even as the presence of heroin in such deaths continues to drop. While white residents account for the majority of opioid...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

36th Annual MS Harborfest Held In Portland Harbor
PORTLAND, Maine (CBS) — More than 50 sailboats raced Saturday to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The 36th annual MS Harborfest Regatta was held Saturday in Portland Harbor. The sailors raised money for vital research initiatives through sponsorships. Sailboats in Portland Harbor for the MS Harborfest Regatta. (WBZ-TV) Once the race was over, those sailors got to come back to shore for a celebration. “We have awards in eight divisions, and we have a great feast for them, and lots of great music,” said MS Harborfest Development Director Sue Tidd. “It’s a celebration of how they&rsqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Maine MS MS Harborfest Multiple Sclerosis Portland Source Type: news

How To Protect Your Eyes During The Solar Eclipse
BOSTON (CBS) – On Monday, August 21, all eyes will be on the solar eclipse, a spectacular sight, but even though the sun will be shaded, it will still be dangerously bright. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, if you have the right protection, you can safely enjoy the rare show. “I’ve never seen an eclipse before but I’ve heard it’s a cool experience,” says 22-year-old Simon Archambault who plans to watch Monday’s solar eclipse with a bunch of friends in Boston, but he knows he’s taking a risk. “I heard you can go blind,” he admits. RELATED: Where To Watch Eclipse Yo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Solar Eclipse solar glasses Source Type: news

Death Of MMA Fighter After Match In Plymouth Under Investigation
BROCKTON (CBS) — The death of a 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter is now being investigated by the Plymouth County District Attorney. Rondel Clark, of Sutton, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Tuesday morning, according to officials. Over the weekend, Clark competed as part of Cage Titans XXXV at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. Officials said Saturday’s match ended about two minutes into the third round and it was ruled a technical knockout. Rondel Clark (Photo Courtesy: Marc Vasconcellos | Brockton Enterprise) After the fight, Clark was transported to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Mixed Martial Arts Plymouth Source Type: news

Study Finds Half Of Workers Find Jobs Taxing
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study says the workplace can be physically and emotionally taxing. Researchers at Harvard surveyed more than 3,000 working Americans. About half said their job spilled over into their personal lives and they often had to work during “off” hours. A third said they have no control over their schedule and sadly, a fifth of workers said they face a hostile or threatening social environment at work. While the survey revealed red flags for both white-collar and blue-collar workers, it wasn’t all bad. American workers, in general, say they enjoy a certain amount of autonomy, feel confi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Harvard University Source Type: news

What Men Eat May Determine How Good Or Bad They Smell
BOSTON (CBS) — Listen up guys: Do you pass the sniff test? Researchers in Australia had women smell the sweat of healthy, young men and found that the ladies preferred the scent of men who ate a lot of vegetables versus those who ate a lot of meat. Body odor develops when bacteria on our skin metabolize compounds in our sweat, and this wasn’t the first study to find that women may prefer the body odor of men who eat less meat. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local body odor Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Your Social Media Posts May Give Clues About Your Mental Health
BOSTON (CBS) — The photos you post on social media may say a lot about your mental health. Researchers at the University of Vermont and Harvard University used computers to analyze more than 40,000 photos on the Instagram feeds of 166 volunteers looking for brightness, color, and shading. Volunteers with depression were more likely to post black and white photos or ones with bluer, grayer or darker filters while healthy volunteers posted photos with warmer, brighter tones. They also found that even though people with depression were more likely to post photos with faces, those photos had fewer faces, in general, sugg...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News Dr. Mallika Marshall Mental Health Social Media Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Intense Exercise May Suppress Appetite
This study was performed on healthy, young men so more research is needed to look at the effects of vigorous exercise on women and older individuals. And remember, even light exercise is better than no exercise for your overall health. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News appetite Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Weight Loss Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Make Potentially Groundbreaking Alzheimer ’ s Discovery
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found a way to reverse memory loss in mice, a potential breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Even though there’s a long way to go, it’s an exciting development. “This has the potential to really make a difference,” says Jay Penney, PhD, one of the lead authors of a new study. Jay Penney. (WBZ-TV) The team focused on one enzyme that causes memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. “What we’ve done is found a new way to basically prevent ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Alzheimer's Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Conflict Of Interest? State DPH Employee Applies To Open Marijuana Dispensary
BOSTON (CBS) – As the state readies to open more pot shops, one Boston woman looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary has critics calling Massachusetts pot policies hazy at best. “It raises doubt about the integrity of the process. This woman isn’t trying to open a flower shop someplace. It’s a marijuana shop she wants to open up,” says David Tuerck, who heads up the watchdog group, Beacon Hill Institute. The applicant’s name: Nicolette Smith, of the Petrichor Medicinal Corporation. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirms she’s an employee there. Yes, the very ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Christina Hager Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Colon Cancer Deaths Increasing; Women Have Higher Brain Activity
BOSTON (CBS) – The death rate from colorectal cancers among younger white adults is on the rise, increasing by one percent a year since 2004. Experts are not sure why and say what is particularly concerning is that screening for colon cancer usually begins at age 50 yet the mortality rates are still rising for those between the ages of 50 and 54. Doctors need to urge patients to get timely follow-up for any concerning symptoms and consider early screening for some patients. —– Are women’s brains more active than men’s? A new study finds that women have much higher brain activity in more region...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

EpiPen Alternative Costs $4,500, But Many Get It For Free
NEW YORK (CBS) – After the price of EpiPens rose to more than $600 last year, the ensuing controversy led to the rise of much cheaper generic auto-injectors. So why is there buzz surrounding a newer alternative that costs $4,500? The Auvi-Q and the EpiPen (Image credit: CBS This Morning) CBS News reports that families dealing with life-threatening allergies are looking at the Auvi-Q , which is smaller and comes with a voice instructor. The list price may be expensive, but an affordability program by drugmaker Kaleo means families are paying nothing in out-of-pocket costs. “It’s an access model built for p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News EpiPen Source Type: news

Salmonella Cases In Massachusetts Linked To Papayas From Mexico
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to a farm located in southern Mexico, U.S. public health officials said in an update on the outbreak first reported more than two weeks ago. Salmonella has now sickened 109 people in 16 states and 35 were serious enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its web page dedicated to the outbreak. One person in New York City died. (Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Papaya traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, appears to be the likely source, the FDA...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News papaya SALMONELLA Source Type: news

Fenway Park Ranks 2nd In Study Of Ballpark Food Safety
BOSTON (CBS) — According to one recent study, you can feel better about chowing down on those Fenway franks. Sports Illustrated released their ranking of the ballparks Tuesday using info from public health inspection records across the US and Canada, and Fenway Park came in second place. The ranking found the Sox’ home field had a total of 30 food safety violations last year, with only two of those violations categorized as “critical”–meaning violations that could have led to spreading food-borne illness. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) In comparison, the median number of critical violati...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Red Sox Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Baseball Fenway Park Food Safety MLB Sports Illustrated Source Type: news

Nancy Frates Says New ALS Treatment Offers Hope
BOSTON (CBS) – A powerful wave of hope moving through the ALS community – the FDA has approved a drug for the first time in more than two decades that slows the symptoms of the devastating disease. Radicava has shown promising signs in Japan – slowing the progression of ALS by 33%. Trials were done on patients in the earliest stages, but anyone living with the disease can take it — including an optimistic Pete Frates. His mother Nancy told WBZ this new medicine totally changes the dynamic of the diagnosis: “The doctor told us five years ago when Pete was diagnosed, ‘There’s no effe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Juli McDonald nancy frates Pete Frates Radicava Source Type: news

Concussion Expert Says Letting Kids Play Football Should Be Considered Child Abuse
BOSTON (CBS) — The doctor who discovered CTE believes that letting anyone under 18 years old play football should be considered child abuse. Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist and expert in the study of the effects of concussions, recently reacted to the study that found 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains donated suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He said that letting children play football is the definition of “child abuse,” and doesn’t believe there is any way to make the sport safer. “Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health NFL Sports Syndicated Sports Bennet Omalu Concussions CTE Football Sports News Source Type: news

Brigham And Women ’ s Left Out Of Top Hospitals List
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a surprise in the new U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the nation’s best hospitals. (Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images) This year there is just one Massachusetts hospital in the top 20. Massachusetts General Hospital comes in at number 4, trailing Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the Cleveland Clinic and the top-ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (WBZ-TV) But, for the first time in 24 years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston does not make the top 20. The hospital’s chief quality officer told the Boston Globe that’s largely because of a chang...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital US News And World Report Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Healing Organs With Chip; Tear-Free Onions?
BOSTON (CBS) – Healing organs with a single touch. Scientists in Ohio have developed a “chip” the size of a cufflink, which when touched to the skin with an electrical current injects DNA into skin cells, in less than a second. That genetic material can then reprogram skin cells to become virtually any type of cell in the body. Using the chip in mice, the scientists were able to heal blood vessels in damaged legs and restore brain tissue after a stroke. One goal of the new technology is to help heal the brains of people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since it uses the patient’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

3 Chelsea Police Officers Treated After Exposure To Fentanyl
CHELSEA (CBS) – Three police officers were rushed to the hospital after responding to reports of three men who overdosed in a van in Chelsea. The officers may have been exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl while reviving the men with Narcan. Chelsea Police and fire arrived on Williams Street to find the three men passed out from an apparent drug overdose. Police say 3 men may have overdosed in a minivan before a crash in Chelsea (WBZ-TV) Police say the men were riding slowly in a minivan when they rear-ended another vehicle. The other driver got out and noticed that the three men, all in their late 20’s to e...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chantee Lans Chelsea Louisa Moller Narcan opioid crisis Source Type: news

NH Lawmakers Denounce Trump ’ s ‘ Drug-Infested Den ’ Comment
BOSTON (CBS) – One thing we’re learning about President Donald Trump – in public or in private, he doesn’t always measure his words carefully. In the transcript of his phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto obtained and published by the Washington Post, the president presses his case for the expanded border wall and criticizes Mexico’s efforts to stop drug trafficking. And that’s when he drops a description of New Hampshire that is drawing bi-partisan condemnation. The opioid-addiction crisis was one of the signature issues of Trump’s successful New Hampshire primary ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Politics Syndicated Local Jon Keller New Hampshire opioid crisis President Donald Trump Sen. Elizabeth Warren Sen. Maggie Hassan Source Type: news

HealthWatch: High Salt Diets Weaken Heart; Yoga To Treat Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – The typical American eats enough salt on a daily basis to hurt their heart. Researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults and found that about half of them consumed more than 3.7 grams of sodium each day, which is about 2 teaspoons of salt. In addition, scientists found that eating more than 3.7 grams of sodium a day is enough to weaken the heart over time. A high salt diet can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure puts strain on the heart leading to enlargement of the chambers of the heart and makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Unfortunately, even if we don’t add table salt to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Salt Yoga Source Type: news

‘ New Hampshire Is A Drug-Infested Den, ’ Trump Reportedly Told Mexican President
WASHINGTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump called New Hampshire ‘a drug-infested den” during a conversation with the Mexican president, according to transcripts published Thursday by the Washington Post. The Post said it obtained transcripts from the president’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The White House prepared but did not release transcripts of the talks that happened a few days after Trump’s inauguration, according to The Post. Trump made the comments about New Hampshire on a Jan. 27 call with President Pe&n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Donald Trump New Hampshire Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How Sweeteners And Sleep Influence Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – A new report shows inadequate sleep could be making you fat. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that adults who slept an average of 6 hours a night weighed more and had a waist circumference about an inch larger than those getting 9 hours of sleep a night. They also had lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. While most of us do not get 9 hours of sleep a night, we should all strive to get at least 7 to 8. That’s because there is growing evidence that chronic sleep deprivation can increase our risk of obesity and metabolic disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol, which...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News artificial sweeteners Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Weight Loss Source Type: news