Pasta Linked To Healthy Dieting And Weight Loss, Study Says
CBS Local — A new study has good news for pasta fans who are looking to enjoy their spaghetti but still watch their weight. According to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, carbohydrates found in pasta have a low glycemic index. This means that they cause smaller increases in blood sugar levels and are less likely to affect your waistline. “The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” Dr. John Sievenpiper said in the press release. “In fact analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Dieting Local TV Pasta talkers Weight Loss Source Type: news

Antibiotic Resistant ‘ Nightmare Bacteria ’ Spreading In U.S., CDC Warns
CBS Local — In recent years, antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerous levels and has become a growing public health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than 23,000 die from these infections. Now, a new government study finds more grim news. Researchers report that nationwide testing uncovered 221 instances of unusual resistance in the so-called “nightmare bacteria” — carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) — and other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Bacteria CDC Chris Melore Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Antacids, Antibiotics Could Increase Risk Of Allergy In Babies
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, babies who are given antacids like Zantac and Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies. Researchers looked at the health records of nearly 800,000 children and found that those had been treated with antacids were at double the risk of developing a food allergy. Babies treated with antibiotics also had a higher risk of allergy and asthma. The study doesn’t prove that antacids and antibiotics cause allergies but it certainly raises some questions. Many babies are prescribed antacids for reflux and babies are often given antibiotics for a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Allergies antacids Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Drug Could Help Treat Core Symptoms Of Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Currently 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the United States and there’s no drug yet to treat it, but now researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York are studying whether a first-of-its kind drug, called Balovaptan, could make a difference. Balovaptan prevents a molecule from binding to brain receptors and is designed to improve social interaction and communication in people with autism. Previous research in adults has been promising. Researchers say this treatment would not be a cure and that kids would still need speech therapy, occupational therapy and educat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Autism Drug Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse. The new studies don’t directly assess the effect of legalizing marijuana on opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Instead, they find evidence that legalization may reduce the prescribing of opioids. Over-prescribing is considered...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Legalized Marijuana opioid Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

Dining Out Could Be Riskier Than You Think
BOSTON (CBS) – Dining out could be riskier to your health than you might think. Researchers at George Washington University looked at data on more than 10,000 people and found that levels of certain chemicals called phthalates were 35% higher in those who regularly ate out at fast food places, cafeterias and restaurants. People who tend to eat out more, are more likely to have a high phthalate count. (WBZ-TV) Phthalates are found in many products including food packages like takeout boxes. We don’t know all of the long-term effects of phthalate exposure but these chemicals can disrupt hormones and could possibl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dining Out Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Study: Teens With ADHD Are More Likely To Get Into A Car Accident
BOSTON (CBS) – Teens with ADHD may be more likely to get into a car accident. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania took 60 kids, aged 16 to 17, that had recently been issued a driver’s license and put them through a driving simulator. Teens with ADHD are more likely to be distracted while driving. (WBZ-TV) They found that the kids who reported having problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulse control were more likely to have simulator errors and were more likely to engage in risky driving behavior, like speeding and not wearing a seat belt. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Children With ADHD Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Study: Second-Born Children Are More Likely To Break The Law
This study hardly means that second-born children are destined to be delinquents, but parents should be aware that their behavior and attitudes towards younger siblings can have long-term effects. (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 - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Children Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

If You Want To Trim Your Waistline, Get Some Sleep
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re trying to slim down, according to a study in the journal Sleep, you may not get very far if you’re sleep deprived. Researchers asked 36 overweight and obese adults to cut calories for eight weeks. While the participants each lost about seven pounds, those who got about an hour less sleep each weeknight lost less fat tissue and more lean muscle. Getting some “catch up” sleep on the weekends didn’t seem to make a difference. Previous studies have also suggested that sleep and weight are linked, and that if you sleep less, you tend to eat more, so if you want to los...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall sleep benefits Weight Loss Source Type: news

Sad In The Spring? Allergy-Mood Link Is Real
(CNN) — You know spring has sprung when hundreds of people daily turn to Twitter to vent about their itchy eyes, dripping nose and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing. Seasonal allergies, which affect about 36 million Americans, aren’t just an annoyance; many doctors agree that there is a real connection between allergies and mood. “‘Cranky’ is really the best word for it,” said Katie Ingram, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, a triathlete who has seasonal allergies. “I take a lot of medication for it, and that makes me sleepy. And I can’t do a lot of the things that I like to do ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Allergies Local TV Source Type: news

Boston Hospital Testing Device To Rid Epilepsy Patients Of Seizures
BOSTON (CBS) – Tess Niemy was an outgoing sporty young girl when all of a sudden, at the age of seven, her life changed on the soccer field. “I immediately just stopped, started staring into space,” said Tess, a Salem resident. Tess started having frequent staring spells sometimes six or seven a day.  She was diagnosed with partial complex seizures, a type of epilepsy. “It would just go all day and it was horrible,” she says. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are testing a new device which uses low intensity focused ultrasound to treat epilepsy patients. (WB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Epilepsy Local TV Source Type: news

Boy Hopeful Groundbreaking Surgery In Boston Will Improve Vision
BOSTON (CBS) – A medical breakthrough in Boston with far reaching implications offers a young boy a chance to see better. It’s the first time an FDA approved gene therapy has been used to fight an inherited disease. And after groundbreaking surgery at Mass Eye and Ear, both patient and doctor are beaming, with hope. “This is just the beginning. I’m the first one. There’s going to be more,” says 13-year-old Jack Hogan from New Jersey who has had serious vision problems his whole life. “I have trouble seeing at night. Probably around 6 o’clock, I’ll go inside and I can&rs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Gene Therapy liam martin Mass Eye And Ear Source Type: news

Researchers Identify New Gene Connected To ALS
WORCESTER (CBS) — If you’ve ever wondered where all that money from the Ice Bucket Challenge went – here’s part of the answer. Thanks to funding from the ALS Association, a team of international researchers led by UMass Medical School Dr. John Landers just identified a new gene called KIF5A that’s connected to ALS. They also have more evidence now that defects in a cell’s cytoskeleton are a common factor in the disease. “Identifying common mechanisms leading to ALS is essential in developing therapeutics for the disease,” Landers said in a statement. ALS is a cruel disease th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Local TV Source Type: news

Americans Binge 17 Billion Drinks Per Year, CDC Says
This study shows that binge drinkers are consuming a huge number of drinks per year, greatly increasing their chances of harming themselves and others,” study co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, lead researcher in CDC’s alcohol program, said in a statement. “The findings also show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, focusing on reducing both the number of times people binge drink and the amount they drink when they binge.” While binge drinking was more common among younger adults age 18 to 34, more than half of the binge drinks consumed over the study peri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alcohol Binge Drinking CDC Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Man Donates Kidney To Help Save Father-In-Law ’ s Life
BOSTON (CBS) – A local man gave his father-in-law a new lease on life in the most unconventional way. Tony Darosa was busy running his printing business on Martha’s Vineyard when his wife of 50 years suggested he see a doctor. “My wife said, ‘There’s something not right,’” Darosa said. The active 70-year-old said he felt fine but did what he was told and within days he was loaded onto an ambulance and shipped to Tufts Medical Center. He was in complete kidney failure. “The bladder backed up into my kidneys and basically I guess killed them,” he explained. Tony was place...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch kidney donation Kidney Donors Kidney Transplant Source Type: news

Male Birth Control Pill Found To Be Safe And Effective By Study
CBS Local — A new male birth control pill is being called safe and effective by researchers in a recent study. The daily oral contraceptive known as dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU) is being viewed as a major breakthrough in creating a similar product to female birth control. “DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily ‘male pill,'” Dr. Stephanie Page told Endocrine Society. “Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development.” According to scientists, 83 ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News birth control Chris Melore contraception Local TV Men talkers Source Type: news

$12,000 For A Bee Sting? Emergency Room Visits Get Even Pricier
(CNN Money) — Sylvia Rosas decided to go to the emergency room after getting stung by a bee in her yard in Valrico, Florida. She had experienced allergic reactions in the past, but didn’t have an EpiPen on hand. However, what really hurt was the $12,000 bill she received for the visit to the ER. The 53-year-old said she was seen by several doctors, who ordered thousands of dollars in blood tests and an EKG during the 2015 visit that lasted less than two hours. Since the hospital was out of network, her insurer wouldn’t cover the visit, and she ended up having to pay the entire bill. “Never did I thi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Source Type: news

FDA Releases Plan To Cut Nicotine In Cigarettes
CBS Local — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced their plan to drastically cut the amount of nicotine found in tobacco cigarettes. The anti-smoking policy, first revealed in 2017, hopes to push the smoking rate in the U.S. to under two percent. While the FDA can not force cigarette makers to remove all the nicotine from their products, the agency can regulate how much of the highly-addictive ingredient companies put into cigarettes. The new plan is expected to lower the nicotine amount in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” “Our estimates underscore the tremendous...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Cigarettes FDA Local TV nicotine Smoking talkers Source Type: news

Hidden Cancers Uncovered With Glowing Dyes
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung. They were hidden cancers revealed by fluorescent dye, an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year. Surgery has long been the best way to cure cancer. If the disease recurs, it’s usually because stray tumor cells were left behind or others lurked undetected. Yet there’s no good way for surgeons to tell what is cancer and what is not...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV TumorGlow Source Type: news

Study: Growing Number Of Children Going To ER With Anaphylaxis
BOSTON (CBS) — The number of children who go to the emergency room with life-threatening allergic reactions continues to rise. According to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which looked at almost 10 million children in the U.S., the rate of emergency room visits due to anaphylaxis increased by 150% from 2010 to 2016. It’s not clear why we’re seeing an increase in ER visits for severe allergies. Parents may be more aware of the warning signs and may be seeking care more often than before, but many experts subscribe to the “hygiene hypothesis” which suggests that because...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Allergic Reaction Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Scientists Discover New Drugs To Treat Hot Flashes
BOSTON (CBS) — Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new class of experimental drugs to treat menopausal hot flashes. In a clinical trial involving 37 women, the compound called MLE4901 reduced the number of hot flashes by almost three-quarters and significantly reduced the severity. The drug blocks a chemical in the brain called neurokinin B and in the study the drug also improved sleep and concentration during the 4-week study period. MLE4901 can affect liver function but two similar drugs which don’t have this side effect are being studied in larger patient trials including one in the U.S. t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Menopause Women's Health Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes Exposing Teens To Cancer-Causing Toxins, Report Says
CBS Local — A new report is shedding more light on what dangerous chemicals are inside e-cigarettes. According to scientists in California, vaping is exposing teens to “potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in tobacco cigarettes.” A study done by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has revealed that teens using e-cigarettes are inhaling at least eight different toxic compounds into their bodies while vaping. “Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, but actually contains some of the same toxic chem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Chris Melore e-cigarettes Local TV talkers Teens vaping Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Who Prescribe More Opioids Make More Money
This study suggests that conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry may influence oncologists in high-stakes treatment decisions for patients with cancer,” the authors concluded. Some studies have looked at whether the amount of money a doctor receives makes a difference. Studies by researchers at Yale University, the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have all found that the more money physicians are paid by pharmaceutical companies, the more likely they are to prescribe certain drugs. Dr. Patrice Harris, a spokeswoman for the American Medical Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Kids Who Have Trouble Sleeping May Be Exposed To Too Much Bright Light
BOSTON (CBS) – If your child is having trouble getting to sleep at night part of the problem may be the amount of light they are exposed to before bed. Researchers at the University of Colorado found that 3 to 5 year olds who were exposed to bright light before bedtime had suppressed levels of melatonin. Melatonin is essential to our circadian rhythms. Levels are low during the day and rise in the evening to get us ready for sleep. (WBZ-TV) Children’s eyes are more sensitive to light than adults. The lenses of their eyes are clearer and let in more light making them particularly susceptible to the suppression o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Family Focus Sleeping Source Type: news

Researchers Say Dogs Respond Better To High-Pitched Voice
BOSTON (CBS) – Do you speak to your dog like you do to a baby? Well, a new study finds that’s probably the best way to communicate with your pooch. Researchers at the University of York put dogs in rooms with people saying different types of phrases and using two different types of speech. They found that the dogs preferred to spend time with the people who spoke using a high-pitched emotional voice saying phrases that specifically relate to dogs. They liken it to how we change our pitch and our words when we’re talking to a baby versus talking to another adult. So it turns out saying “are you a goo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dogs Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

FDA Gives 23andMe Approval To Check For BRCA Mutations
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time the FDA has granted permission to market a direct-to-consumer genetic test to check for BRCA mutations that are associated with breast and ovarian cancer. 23andMe, a company which uses a saliva sample to analyze DNA, provides information to consumers about ancestry as well as certain genetic health risks. Now they can add information about three BRCA mutations to the health reports they issue. Approval of this testing a big step forward in the availability of genetic tests for consumers, but there are more than 1,000 BRCA mutations and this test does not screen for the ones that are ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Syndicated Local 23andMe Dr. Mallika Marshall Genetic Testing Source Type: news

Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds For Chronic Pain
CBS Local — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. They also provided slightly less pain relief. Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore Local TV opioid crisis opioids Painkillers talkers Tylenol Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Holding Hands Can Help Ease Pain
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study finds that holding hands can help ease the pain of a loved one. Researchers took 22 romantic heterosexual couples and applied mild heat pain to the arms of the female partners. They found when the male partners held the female partners’ hands, their brain waves synched up and the women’s pain subsided. In fact, the more their brain waves synced, the greater the pain relief for the women. Interestingly, just having the male partners nearby wasn’t as effective as hand-holding.  The skin to skin contact had the biggest impact on brain wave coupling and pain relief. (Sour...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: FDA Warns Against Fraudulent Flu Remedies
BOSTON (CBS) –  The flu season has peaked but it is still widespread in 45 states, including most of New England, according to the CDC. At the same time, the FDA is warning consumers about flu remedies which are making fraudulent claims.  Here are some tips on how to spot a shady product. You should be suspicious if an over-the-counter product says it will: Reduce the severity or length of the flu Boost your immunity naturally without a flu shot Prevent you from catching the flu Effectively treat the flu Watch out for online pharmacies that: Allow you to buy a prescription medicine without a prescri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Source Type: news

Flu Has ‘ Definitely Peaked ’ Nationally; Remains High In Mass.
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Flu has been shown the door in the United States. Illness activity peaked and began to decline during the eighth week of the year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly surveillance report indicated Friday. Just 5% of people who visited their doctors did so while complaining of flu-like illness, down from 6.4% the previous week. Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. “We have definitely peaked,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, “that doesn&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Source Type: news

More People Requesting Nose Jobs To Make Selfies Look Better
CBS Local — A picture may be worth a thousand words, but according to a new report a selfie is worth thousands of dollars in plastic surgery to a growing number of patients. A study published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found that selfies make a person’s nose appear to be 30 percent larger than it actually is. “Despite the ease with which selfies are taken, the short distance from the camera causes a distortion of the face owing to projection, most notably an increase in nasal dimensions,” researchers wrote. The study adds that selfies are typically taken about 12 inches away from the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV nose job Plastic Surgery selfies Smartphones talkers Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Mom ’ s Diet Could Affect Child ’ s Risk Of Allergy, Eczema
BOSTON (CBS) – In one of the largest reports of its kind, researchers in London find that a mom’s diet can affect her baby’s risk of allergies. Researchers from Imperial College London analyzed more than 400 studies involving 1.5 million people and found that when moms took fish oil supplements during late pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, their children had a 30% lower risk of having an egg allergy at age 1, and when moms took probiotics, there was a 22% lower risk of their children developing eczema. Fish oil supplements helps reduce the chance of a mother’s baby cy getting a food allergy if tak...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Reversing Alzheimer ’ s?
BOSTON (CBS) – A possible breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease has been made by researches at the Cleveland Clinic. Researchers have been able to completely reverse the disease, in mice, by gradually reducing levels of an enzyme called BACE1. By reducing the BACE1 enzyme there is a way to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease. (WBZ-TV) One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s is a buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain which interrupts connections between neurons. These scientists took 75 day old mice, with changes of Alzheimer’s, and slowly lowered the levels of BACE1 so that by the time ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Alzheimer's Breakthrough Alzheimer's Disease Cleveland Clinic Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Source Type: news

Doctors Rule Menstrual Cramps Can Be As Painful As Heart Attacks
CBS Local — After years of debate, doctors are publicly acknowledging the severity of pain linked to some women’s periods. With physicians admitting the pain can rival that of a heart attack, some are now questioning why more research hasn’t been done to stop the menstrual agony. Dysmenorrhea, better known as cramps, is a painful menstruation that can be severe enough to interrupt the daily routine of one in five women, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have. I do believe it’s someth...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Doctors Heart Attack Local TV Menstrual Cramps talkers Women Source Type: news

Former Boston City Councilor John Nucci Waits For A New Kidney
BOSTON (CBS) – John Nucci, a former Boston City Councilor, has developed a genetic disorder and desperately needs a kidney. Nucci is battling Polycystic Kidney Disease and is in the final stages of renal failure. He joined Liam Martin and Paula Ebben on WBZ-TV to discuss Kidney Awareness Month and how to become a living a donor. For more information visit: www.mghlivingdonors.org (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 - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local John Nucci Kidney liam martin Paula Ebben Polycystic Kidney Disease Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Do Calorie Counts Help You Eat Less?
BOSTON (CBS) — More and more food establishments are adding calorie counts to their menus and it may be paying off. A review published by the Cochrane Library finds that when calorie counts are posted, consumers typically eat 8% fewer calories. The researchers say that the studies they used in this analysis weren’t of the best quality so more research is needed before more definitive recommendations can be made. (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 - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local calorie counts Calories Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

‘ Moms Love Wine ’ Culture Is Ruining Lives, Says North Shore Mother
MARBLEHEAD (CBS) – It’s joked about on Facebook, in the movies and on TV – moms need wine. But according to a Marblehead mother, there is nothing funny about it and now she is trying to change a culture that she believes is ruining lives. “It was definitely a thing that was prized in mommy culture, to drink, and to drink because you were a mom, because you had kids. You needed this,” Laura McKowen told WBZ-TV. Laura McKowen. (WBZ-TV) Laura knows because she was one of those moms. She and her friends got together regularly with their kids and more often than not, the wine flowed freely. “...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Laura McKowen Local TV Wine Source Type: news

DASH Diet Could Help Prevent Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – One way to prevent depression could be with a healthier diet. A new study out of Rush University Medical Center looked at almost 1,000 adults and found that those who adhered to the DASH diet had up to an 11% lower risk of depression compared to others. The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was designed to reduce high blood pressure. The diet includes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and low fat dairy products while cutting back on sugary foods and saturated fat. The researchers found while the DASH diet was associated with a lower risk of depression, a typical wester...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dash Diet Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Annual Depression Screening Recommended For Children 12 And Older
BOSTON (CBS) – As many as 1 in 5 teenagers suffers from depression but only about half of them are diagnosed before adulthood. For the first time in 10 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidelines for diagnosing and treating depression in teens. The AAP now recommends annual screening for depression in children ages 12 and older. Many teens may not want to answer questions face to face but pediatricians can use a written or digital questionnaire to teens about their feelings. For example, have you recently been feeling down or depressed? Have you lost interest in things you once found pl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Fathers Can Pass Ovarian Cancer Risk To Their Daughters
BOSTON (CBS) – A new study finds that a higher risk of ovarian cancer can be passed from father to daughter. Researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY looked at data from the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry and discovered a genetic mutation passed from a father to his daughter on the X-chromosome that puts her at higher risk for ovarian cancer. The research team is looking for what the Ovarian Cancer gene looks like. (WBZ-TV) When we think of hereditary ovarian cancer, we often think of the BRCA genes that raise the risk of both ovarian cancer and breast cancer in first degree female relatives,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cancer Risk Dr. Mallika Marshall Genes ovarian cancer Source Type: news

Compounds In Red Wine May Promote Good Oral Health
BOSTON (CBS) – Compounds found in red wine may promote good oral health. When bad bacteria stick to teeth and gums they can cause cavities, dental plaque and gum disease. Researchers in Spain found that polyphenols may interfere with bacteria’s ability to stick to cells. Red wine may promote oral health. (WBZ-TV) Polyphenols are not only found in red wine but many other foods including teas and blueberries and many other foods. However, this study is not a reason to start drinking red wine. Wine also contains acids which can damage the enamel of your teeth. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports fo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Oral Health Red Wine Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat? Probably Doesn ’ t Matter
This study also looked specifically at the subjects’ genetics when it comes to metabolizing fat and carbohydrates, as well as, how their bodies secrete insulin and found that neither of those things seemed to matter when it came to weight loss with the two different diets. Scientists have wondered whether some diets fit a person’s biology better than others and this is an area which will continue to be studied. In the meantime, it’s probably best to find a meal plan that you can stick to. (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 - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Healthy Eating Low Carb Diets Low Fat Source Type: news

Preventive Treatment For Peanut Allergies Succeeds In Study
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that. California-based Aimmune (AIM-yoon) Therapeutics said 67 percent of kids who had its treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Local TV Peanut Allergies Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Drinking Soda May Impact Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) — Could drinking soda affect your chances of having a baby? Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health surveyed almost 5,000 men and women and found that drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day, by either partner, male or female, was associated with a 20% lower chance of getting pregnant each month. Prior studies have found that drinking soda can lead to poor semen quality, as well as obesity and type two diabetes which also can impact fertility. The researchers found little impact from drinking fruit juices or diet soda, but they say that couples who want to get pregnant m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Fertility Soda Women's Health Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Cleaning Products Could Cause Lung Damage In Women
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study finds that regularly using cleaning sprays or other cleaning products could put women at risk for lung damage. Researchers in Norway looked at data from more than 6,000 people followed for more than 20 years and found that women who clean regularly experience a faster reduction in lung function than women who don’t. They found, specifically for women who work as cleaners, the decline in lung function was almost as large as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years Cleaning products contain small particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and irritate the membranes that line th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Source Type: news

Blood, Urine Test Could Help Diagnose Autism Earlier In Children
This study does not tell us how effectively this measure can differentiate between autism and other neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions such as ADHD and anxiety.” Autism is a developmental disorder that mainly affects social interaction, causing a wide spectrum of behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety or speech disturbances. An estimated 30% of cases have been found to have genetic causes. The remaining 70% are thought to be caused by a combination of environmental factors, mutations and genetics, according to the study. Currently, if a child is suspected of having autism, doctors carry out...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Autism Local TV Source Type: news

Healthiest Office Snacks, As Chosen By Nutritionists
(CNN) — When your stomach starts grumbling during a midmorning meeting or when you’re stuck at your desk without a break in sight, what is the most satisfying and healthy snack to grab? To answer this question, I asked 10 nutritionists what their favorite go-to nosh is during a busy workday. Below, their responses. ALMONDS “Almonds are my number one go-to snack when hunger hits between meals. In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1.5 ounces of almonds (about 35 nuts) consumed as a snack daily for four weeks helped to suppress hunger between meals. How? Because the fiber, prot...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local TV Snacks Source Type: news

CBS Local Interview: Filmmaker Matthew Heineman
Matthew Heineman thought he was going to be a teacher. After getting denied by Teach for America, Heineman and his friends traveled around the country to create a documentary about their generation. Today, the 34-year-old is an award-winning filmmaker and Academy-Award nominee. Heineman stopped by the CBS Local Studio to discuss the beginning of his film career and the best piece of advice he ever received. Heineman also discussed his new docuseries on Showtime called “The Trade.” This series tells the story of the opiod crisis in America from the perspective of users, law enforcement and drug lords. The Dartm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Only CBS Entertainment Matthew Heineman Showtime Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How to Talk To Your Children After a School Tragedy
BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall has advice on how to talk to children about a horrific event like the school shooting in Florida: As a parent, don’t put your head in the sand. In all likelihood, your school-aged child or teen has heard something about the Florida tragedy, from their classmates or from social media or from television. Be open and available to talk to them and answer their questions. Start by asking, “Did you hear about what happened in Florida yesterday? What do you know about it?” If your child says he’s scared to go back to school, don’t just brush i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Florida School Shooting Source Type: news

Local Woman Waits For a Heart On Valentine ’ s Day
BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston woman is waiting for a new heart this Valentine’s Day. But while her heart may be broken, she is living as though it is full. Cindy Washington was 19 and a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a pre-law degree when she became overwhelmingly tired. “I started to lose my breath and to sweat a lot,” Cindy recalls. After many trips to the ER, doctors finally figured out her heart was enlarged, weak and failing. In fact, Cindy’s heart was so sick she went into cardiac arrest twice, both times revived by her mom. “She had to bring me to the floor and pump and re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Valentine's Day Source Type: news