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Obamacare Architect: Headlines On Premium Increases Are Misleading
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Earlier this week, the federal government projected sharp increases in premiums for Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services also noted that many Americans will have just one choice for a health insurance company. Before federal subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Joe Mathieu talked with Professor Jon Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is known as the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Syndicated Local Joe Mathieu Jonathan Gruber Obamacare Source Type: news

‘ Time To Move On From Cranberries ’ : Doctors Say Cranberry Juice Does Nothing To Prevent UTIs
BOSTON (CBS) — Sorry, cranberry lovers. While it’s been said that eating cranberries or drinking their juice can help with urinary tract infections, the latest research says that’s just a myth. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Associated found that cranberry capsules didn’t do much to prevent or cure UTIs in a study of nursing home patients. Over a one-year period, 92 woman who received cranberry capsules had the same likelihood of developing a UTI as those who took a placebo. A cranberry bog. (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Dr. Lindsay E. Nicolle concludes that &ldquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News cranberries Cranberry Juice And Urinary Tract Infections Source Type: news

Peanut Allergy Patch Showing Promise
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of children have a peanut allergy in this country and it is one of the allergies that often lasts into adulthood, but a peanut patch could one day help. The peanut patch is a daily skin patch that contains tiny, tiny doses of peanut protein that helps train the immune system to tolerate peanuts. In a small study of nearly 75 young people, they found that almost half of the low dose patch group and almost half of the high dose group were able to eat 10 times more peanut protein than they could at baseline after a year. Kids younger than 12 had higher success rates than older patients, and lar...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Peanut patch Source Type: news

Retired Falmouth Doctor Sues State For Right To Die
FALMOUTH (CBS) — Dr. Roger Kligler is 64-years-old, and he knows he doesn’t have long to live. The retired Falmouth physician was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer 14 years ago. He says he isn’t sure how much longer he can survive, and wants to be able to end his suffering and his life when the time comes. He’s hoping he can die on his own terms–by means of a lethal dose of medication prescribed by his doctor. “I’m preparing for my future,” Dr. Kligler says. “I love my life, I hope I never need to use aid in dying. But I’ve had patients who have been in si...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Falmouth Mike Macklin right to die Roger Kligler Source Type: news

A Warning For Parents On Energy Drinks And Alcohol
BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall has a warning for parents about energy drinks and alcohol. Many teens are attracted to alcohol and to energy drinks, which can contain up to ten times more caffeine as soda. Mixing energy drinks and alcohol can be dangerous for teens. (WBZ-TV) According to a new study, when energy drinks and alcohol are added together, the effects can be so powerful that adolescent mice exhibit behaviors and changes in their brains similar to when they take cocaine. When the mice were given the highly caffeinated alcoholic mixtures repeatedly, they became numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Alcohol Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Training For Parents Of Kids With Autism Shows Benefit
BOSTON (CBS) — Research shows that children with autism can benefit from therapy, but what about their parents? In a recent study, when parents were trained how to effectively communicate with their kids and pick up on cues, their children showed improved communication and a reduction in the severity of their autism symptoms.  And the effects lasted more than six years. The children were young, between 2 and 5 years of age, so it’s not clear if the parental intervention would work with older kids, but experts say the results are encouraging and even modest improvements in communication can make a big diffe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Obamacare Hike: Premiums Will Go Up Sharply Next Year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less. Moreover, abo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Health Care Obamacare Source Type: news

What No One Tells You About Medicare Coverage — Carol (Vol. 2)
The following is an excerpt from Phillip Moeller’s Get What’s Yours For Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs, out now on Simon & Schuster. This is the second of a three-part series on Medicare coverage. The Medicare rules say that private Medicare Advantage insurance plans must cover at least the same things that Original Medicare (Parts A and B) covers. Many people naturally assume this means the two approaches to Medicare are the same. Big mistake. Phillip Moeller (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster) Carol’s husband, Ernesto, had a Medicare Advantage plan in Texas, when he wa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: CBS Small Business Pulse Guest Posts - National Health Only CBS Small Business – National Health Coverage Medicare Pulse Guest Contributors Retirement Source Type: news

Boston Children ’ s Hospital Gets Approval To Expand; Garden Will Be Removed
BOSTON (CBS) — A controversial plan to expand Boston’s Children’s Hospital — a plan that would place a new building in the place where its healing garden now stands — has been approved. “The Prouty Garden is a loss to all of us, but the needs of the children, the needs of the families, the needs of the staff is first and foremost,” said Sandra Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. But before that decision was made by the Massachusetts Public Health Council, opponents of the $1 billion expansion project held a rally at the State House ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Protest Prouty Garden State House Source Type: news

Framingham State University Food Study Helps Students Beat The ‘ Freshman 15 ’
FRAMINGHAM (CBS) — The temptations of the college dining hall can make any mouth water. All-you-can-eat burgers, fries, pizza, dessert, and yes, fruits and veggies too. “Freshman usually gain the ‘Freshman 15,’ but for me it was the ‘Freshman 20’,”  said Keith Marcoccia. The Framingham State University sophomore is among the dozens of people who are now part of an on-campus eating experiment. Keith Marcoccia. (WBZ-TV) “I wanted to use this as a learning experience, to learn how to eat healthy, how to lose weight, and how to keep it off,” he said. And that last...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Framingham Framingham State University Source Type: news

Army Won ’ t Pay Soldier ’ s Medical Bills After Heart Attack
BOSTON (CBS) – An Army reservist is in a new battle. He’s struggling to pay his medical bills after he had a heart attack during a fitness test. “I’ve been through a lot,” Shane Morgan said. “This past year has been as difficult, as challenging as my deployment to Afghanistan.” Morgan is an Army veteran, a captain who served in Afghanistan and a current active reserve member. But lately, Shane and his wife Jaime have fighting to get health benefits from the Army. It all began when Shane took a required Army physical fitness test last November. Shane Morgan (Courtesy Photo) “A...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Army Jim Smith Shane Morgan Source Type: news

Biden Outlines Progress In “ Moonshot ” For Cancer Cure In Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the White House’s “moonshot” to find a cure for cancer has been making real progress in the past year, but more needs to be done as the nation prepares to elect a new president. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of health care professionals and researchers gathered in Boston, the 73-year-old Democrat touched on a range of initiatives the “Cancer Moonshot” task force he chairs has been working on since President Barack Obama announced the effort in his final State of the Union in January. Biden, who lost his son, Beau, a former Dela...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Cancer Joe Biden Lana Jones Source Type: news

Norton Woman Who Didn ’ t Know She Was Pregnant Gives Birth
NORTON (CBS) — A Norton woman who gave birth to a baby boy in an Attleboro hospital Sunday had no idea she was pregnant, according to a published report. Ileana Martinez’s sister told the Sun Chronicle Ileana, 23, checked into Sturdy Memorial Hospital with what she thought was a stomach ache and severe cramping Sunday afternoon. “I just thought it was bad gas,” her sister, Madie, told the paper. Madie said Ileana never had any weight gain or morning sickness, never felt any movement, and had gone through a doctor’s checkup without any hint she could be pregnant. Doctors tol...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Attleboro Norton Source Type: news

Patients Praise ‘ Life-Altering ’ Pain Management Program
BOSTON (CBS) – Five years ago Julie Karaganis injured her left arm during a power yoga class. The 38 -year old a stay-at-home mom of two became virtually paralyzed with pain. “I stopped doing laundry and groceries and cooking and everything.  And my kids call it the bad arm and just knew that I couldn’t do what they wanted me to do.” Karaganis tried everything including surgery, nerve ablations, injections and narcotic pain pills. Eve Kennedy-Spaien, a certified pain specialist, says opioids aren’t very useful for chronic pain. “In the short run with acute pain those medications can...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Pain Source Type: news

What No One Tells You About Medicare Coverage — Glen (Vol. 1)
The following is an excerpt from Phillip Moeller’s Get What’s Yours For Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs, out now on Simon & Schuster. This is the first of a three-part series on Medicare coverage. Glen didn’t retire until he turned 70 in 2010. He and his wife, Margie, were covered until then by his employer’s health plan. Glen read the annual Medicare & You guide put out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). His clear understanding from the guide was that he had been automatically enrolled in Medicare since he turned 65. This was not true. Glen mad...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: CBS Small Business Pulse Guest Posts - National Health Only CBS Small Business – National Health Coverage Medicare Pulse Guest Contributors Retirement Source Type: news

FDA: Teething Tablets Could Be Linked To Deaths Of 10 Children
WASHINGTON (CBS) — The concern about teething tablets and the potential risk they pose to children is growing. The FDA told BuzzFeed and other media outlets this week that it is looking into whether homeopathic teething tablets and gels are responsible for 10 deaths, in addition to hundreds of reports of seizures, fever and vomiting in children and infants. “At this time, the FDA is still conducting our investigation, and we have not yet completed the analyses of products to determine if there is an association between the adverse events and the homeopathic teething products,” a spokeswoman said in a stat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News teething tablets Source Type: news

Marine Receives Double Arm Transplant At Brigham And Women ’ s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) — A retired Marine who lost all four limbs in combat in Afghanistan six years ago is recovering after getting a double arm transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. CBS This Morning caught up with 31-year-old Sergeant John Peck Wednesday as he learned to use his new arms. Dr. Simon Talbot led a team of 60 surgeons, nurses, and technicians for the 14-hour bilateral arm transplant surgery last summer. Peck will talk about that surgery and his journey, along with his doctors, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The new arms were from a donor who had died onl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local arm transplant Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital John Peck Source Type: news

New Building At Brigham And Women ’ s Could Revolutionize Health Care
BOSTON (CBS) – Last week WBZ reported on a new innovative building at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. That building opened its doors to patients Monday for the first time and Dr. Mallika Marshall was there to speak to one of those patients and his surgeons who helped make the building a reality. Plymouth’s George Svajian will never forget that one high school football game more than 50 years ago that destroyed his knee. “I went running down the sideline and as soon as put my leg down, the defensive back hit me right here and my knee felt like it went out,” recalls George. After years of cripplin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

MIT-Developed Robot Helps Nurses Make Decisions
BOSTON (CBS) – Robots in the operating room are nothing new—but now, a robot named Ginger has been specifically designed to help nurses. Kristen Jerrier works on the Labor and Delivery floor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She’s the resource nurse, which pretty much means she’s in charge. “I usually decide which nurse will take that patient, what room they’ll go to and I’m usually talking to the physician about what that patient might need,” she says. Resource nurse Kristen Jerrier. (WBZ-TV) And when it comes to the business of delivering babies, things can get hecti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beth Israel Deaconess Mallika Marshall MIT Nurses Robot Source Type: news

Target Pharmacy Customers Want CVS To Bring Back Red Prescription Bottles
Longtime customers of Target’s pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow. After CVS began operating Target’s drugstores earlier this year, distraught customers have been asking — in some cases begging — the drugstore chain to bring back the retailer’s red prescription bottles, which came with color-coded rings, labeling on the top and prescription information that was easier to read. Some customers also took more drastic steps. Vivian Ruth Sawyer went fishing through her trash to rescue the old Target bottles soon after opening her stapled prescription bag to find t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News CVS Target Source Type: news

Pregnant Women Who Suffer Morning Sickness Have Lower Risk Of Miscarriage
BOSTON (CBS) – Some reassuring news about morning sickness. If you’ve ever had it, you know it’s the pits, but a new study suggests all that nausea may provide a health benefit to your baby. New research out of the National Institutes of Health finds pregnant women who suffer morning sickness may be 50 to 75% less likely to have a miscarriage. It’s still not clear why morning sickness may be beneficial. One theory is that women who are feeling nauseated all the time are less likely to eat foods that may contain toxins or germs that could harm a developing fetus. And if you don’t develop morn...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Source Type: news

When Is The Best Time To Get Your Flu Shot?
BOSTON (CBS) – If you go to the websites of big drugstore chains, you’re bound to see a prominent ad saying something like, “Get your flu shot now.” Some are even offering discounted shopping while you’re at it, which is a good way for stores to get customers in to spend money. But is now really the best time to get your flu shot? Probably not. Flu season is generally between November and April with peaks usually in January or February. If you get a shot too soon, those antibodies that the flu shot stimulates may begin to wane before you’re out of the woods. So if you can wait a few week...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot Source Type: news

Cat-Scratch Fever Is Making Thousands Of People Sick, CDC Finds
ATLANTA (CBS) – Americans love their feline friends, but there is a danger that some cat owners may not know about. A new study from the Centers For Disease Control highlights the risks of “cat-scratch disease,” also known as cat-scratch fever. According to the CDC, there are 12,500 Americans diagnosed with the disease every year, and 500 of those cases are serious enough to require hospitalization. Cat-scratch fever is caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae, which is spread by fleas. It can be transmitted to humans through scratches and possibly bites, researchers says. (Photo by Christopher Fur...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cats Source Type: news

Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids ’ Coughs, Pain
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems. The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, Pediatrics, mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain. Studies suggest it is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs. Doctors and parents should choose another remedy when possible, i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News codeine Source Type: news

Men With Early Stage Prostate Cancer May Choose Watch And Wait Over Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – New research may give men dealing with early-stage prostate cancer more confidence in how they decide to treat the disease. Two new studies out of the United Kingdom suggest the chances of survival after 10 years is 99%. And that’s regardless of whether a man has surgery, undergoes radiation, or chooses to take a watch and wait approach. Often times, treatment can lead to some severe side effects, including sexual dysfunction and bowel and bladder problems. Right now about half of men with early stage prostate cancer choose monitoring over treatment. Scientists say after 10 years, treatment may p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Prostate Cancer Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Women Are Hardwired To Wake Up Earlier Than Men
BOSTON (CBS) – Ladies, have you ever wondered why your husband sleeps peacefully through the night but you wake up at the crack of dawn? Turns out men and women have different sleep-wake cycles. Women are hard-wired to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier than men which might explain why women often wake up in the wee hours of the morning and don’t feel as refreshed the next day. Best advice? Go to sleep as soon as you feel tired. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Doctors Develop Hydrogel That Could Cure Ear Infections In One Dose
BOSTON (CBS) – Almost every kid gets an ear infection at some point in their life, and they can be just as painful for their parents who have to give the medication. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, local doctors think they found something that could cure the problem in just one dose. Middle ear infections are one of the most common ailments in children but getting a kid to take medication can be a real bear. Dr. Daniel Kohane is a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Families will no longer have to force feed their child antibiotics three times a day for ten days which tends to turn into pro-w...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall ear infection Source Type: news

Family Rallies Behind Infant In Desperate Need Of Liver Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) — At Boston Children’s Hospital organ transplant floor, 7-month-old Gabriella puts on a brave smile even though she’s fighting for her life. “We are trying to keep hope. We are doing our best for her,” her mother Meghan Stuart said. Gabby has Biliary Atresia, a liver disease that develops shortly after birth. Gabby’s is now advanced and she’s in desperate need of a liver transplant. “Unfortunately, this is a disease if it gets to this point can be fatal for her if it progresses any longer without a liver transplant,” Boston Children’s Hospital Liver S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Chemical Resistant Head Lice Found In Mass.
BOSTON (CBS) – New clothes and a long list for the office supply store are all part of starting the school year. So too are concerns about head lice. The CDC estimates as many as 12 million children are infested every year and experts say it is getting harder to treat. Kerri Verrette of Danvers found that out the hard way when she got a call from her daughter’s school last year. “Hi your child has head lice and you have to go and pick them up,” she said. The phone call wasn’t the worst part. Trying to treat her daughter at home proved to be a real challenge. “[There were] lots of tears...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Natick Soccer Team Dedicates Season Opener To Boy Battling Cancer
NATICK (CBS) – The Natick High School varsity boys’ soccer team dedicated their season opening game to Connor Heffler, an 11-year-old who is battling a rare and aggressive cancer. Fans were asked to wear Connor’s favorite colors, blue and orange. The celebration was complete with an honorary Captain’s arm band for Connor. And, the National Anthem was sung by the Boston Bruins’ own anthem singer, Rene Rancourt. “It’s going to be impossible to top Connor Heffler. He is one of the nicest, truly nice people that I’ve ever met,” Rancourt said. Rene Rancourt sings National An...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Connor Heffler Louisa Moller Natick Source Type: news

FDA Bans Antibacterial Ingredients From Soaps
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it is banning certain antibacterial ingredients from soaps and washes. The final ruling from the FDA prohibits companies from marketing antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 ingredients. The order does not impact hand sanitizers or wipes. Related: Is Hand Sanitizer Safe? FDA Asks For More Info “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News antibacterial Source Type: news

Massachusetts Has The Lowest Obesity Rate In New England, Report Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – The obesity rate in Massachusetts is lower than the rest of the New England states, according to a new report. The Robert Wood Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health found that the obesity rate in the Bay State is 24.3 percent, which is the sixth-lowest in the country. Maine has the highest obesity rate in New England at 30 percent. Nationwide, Louisiana has the highest rate of obesity at 36.2 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. Massachusetts’ rate stayed steady compared to last year, while four states saw decreases for the first time in a decade. But the overall ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Obesity Source Type: news

New Brain Cancer Vaccine Gives Patients Hope
BOSTON (CBS) – A new vaccine is giving hope to patients with one of the most dangerous cancers. “I’m so lucky. I feel very lucky.” It’s hard to believe how Margaret Kruse, a mother of four, could possibly feel lucky when last fall doctors gave her the diagnosis of brain cancer, glioblastoma. It’s aggressive and usually fatal within months. “The prognosis is not good,’ says Mike Farkas, Margaret’s fiancé. “So we were looking for some hope, and the vaccine is that hope.” That vaccine is why Margaret feels so lucky. She is 1 of 15 people currently enroll...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brain Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Teens Playing With A Concussion Doubles Recovery Time, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) — Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found. It’s billed as the first to compare recovery outcomes for athletes removed from a game or practice compared with those who aren’t. The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwide The study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Concussions Source Type: news

New Concerns Arise About Mental Health Of College Students
BOSTON (CBS) – New concerns arise about the mental health of students on college campuses all across the country. Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist and Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, says 50% to 60% of college students have a psychiatric disorder. “What I’m including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems,” says Dr. Beresin. “If you add them all up 50% doesn’t seem that high.” Some undergraduates at ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Mylan To Lower EpiPen Costs By Expanding Savings Programs
NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak. EpiPen (WBZ-TV) The company said it’s also doubling eligibility for its patient assistance program, which it said will get rid of out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and underinsured patients and families. Patients will also be able to order the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions directly from the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News EpiPen Mylan Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Lens For Cataracts Patients
BOSTON (CBS) – The FDA has approved a new lens for people who suffer from cataracts. Doctors say the lens is giving patients back their natural vision and reducing the need for glasses. Bruce Goldblatt owns a towing company so he relies on his eyes for work. He says his vision changed about a year and a half ago. “I started to notice some shadowing especially driving at night,” explains Bruce. “My long distance vision was impaired and I was having more and more trouble reading up close,” he adds. The 65 year old was diagnosed with cataracts or a clouding of the lens of the eye. His doctor reco...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Drought ’ s Good News – Fewer Ticks
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks. From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. It’s too early to say, however, whether fewer ticks could mean a decline in Lyme disease cases. About 30,000 confirmed cases are reported each year across the country and those numbers have steadily risen. Scientists and state health agencies say they won’t be able to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Deer Ticks Source Type: news

Researchers Find Divorce Peaks Following Family Vacations
BOSTON (CBS) – If you find your family vacations are fraught with more friction than fun, your marriage could be taking a toll. Researchers find that divorce consistently peaks during August and March, times that typically follow family holidays. Couples may have high hopes that vacations and holidays will help heal their relationships but these times can be stressful and often disappointing and that can put even more strain on a struggling marriage. And August may be a particularly popular month to file for divorce because parents may want to take care of details before the children return to school. (Source: WBZ-TV...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Twins Live Longer Than Non-Twins, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re a twin, you can expect to live longer than your non-twin counterparts, and if you’re an identical male twin you might live even longer. One theory is that twins are born with a buddy for life who can provide social support and companionship. And identical twins may be even more emotionally bonded than fraternal twins. In general, having a twin, a spouse, or a close network of friends can help you be more physically active, can lend a shoulder to cry on, and become a caregiver if you become sick. (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 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Gloucester Needle Exchange Program Approved
GLOUCESTER (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials have approved the North Shore’s first needle exchange program. The Department of Public Health has given the Gloucester-based service agency North Shore Health Project the go-ahead. Director Susan Coviello tells The Gloucester Daily Times she hopes to have the program in place by October. The program will include counseling, disease screening, Narcan distribution and education in addition to the needle exchange. Under such programs, drug abusers and others can get clean, new needles, reducing the risk of disease and infection that comes with re-using needl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Gloucester needle exchange opiate crisis Source Type: news

More People Are Donating Their Bodies To Science
BOSTON (CBS) – Any medical student can tell you how important it is to study anatomy using a real human body, and some institutions have had trouble meeting their needs. But now there has now been a huge rise in the number of people donating their bodies to science. In fact, according to the Associated Press, the University of Buffalo doubled its donations to 600 cadavers in the past decade and the University of Minnesota nearly tripled there’s to 550 cadavers. There are two possible reasons. Funeral costs are higher and once frowned upon by some religions, cadaver donation has less stigma than it did in years ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Cracking Your Knuckles May Make Your Joints More Flexible
BOSTON (CBS) – Good news for the millions of Americans who crack their knuckles. The habit is probably not harmful and it may actually be beneficial. When you crack your knuckles, you release gas that has built up in the joints and when researchers studied four hundred knuckles under ultrasound, they found that the joints had more flexibility after they were cracked. (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 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Opioid May Kill Pain Without The Side Effects
BOSTON (CBS) – Scientists are studying a new opioid that has the pain killing effects of morphine without the side effects. Researchers in California tested the new drug on mice and found that it could reduce pain signals in the brain similar to morphine without causing constipation or breathing problems, which can result in death. The drug may also pose less risk for addiction. (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 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Texas Hospital First To Use ‘ Smart Pill ’ To Track Kids ’ Health
BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ reported on the development of a “smart pill” last winter that allows doctors to monitor patients remotely.  Now this new technology is being used by pediatricians and parents in Texas to keep a close eye on their young patients.  Dr. Mallika Marshall explains. Five-year-old Riley Kinman has to take medication twice a day after having a kidney transplant. The pills keep her body from rejecting the kidney she got from her dad.  But these aren’t just any pills. Each pill has a tiny sensor which activates inside Riley’s stomach and transmits a signal to a patch s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Reports Of Stroller, Baby Carrier Injuries On The Rise
BOSTON (CBS) – There are more and more reports of children being injured in strollers and baby carriers. In fact, dozens of children are hurt every day in equipment that is designed to keep them safe. You may think your baby is safe and secure strapped into their stroller, but 50 kids a day are ending up in emergency rooms with stroller or baby carrier related injuries. And about half have suffered a concussion or brain trauma. Most injuries occur when a child falls out or when a stroller tips over. The best ways to protect your children are to make sure they’re properly strapped in, don’t use stroller ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Aetna Slashes Obamacare Exchange Participation To 4 States
HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS) — Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country. The nation’s third largest insurer says it plans to leave nearly 70 percent of the counties in which it currently sells coverage as it trims exchange participation to four states in 2017, down from 15 this year. The insurer’s late Monday announcement comes after UnitedHealth and Humana detailed their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after more than a dozen nonprofit insuran...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Aetna Affordable Care Act Obamacare Source Type: news

Frozen Embryos May Increase Chances Of Becoming Pregnant
BOSTON (CBS) – Fertility experts usually prefer to work with fresh embryos when women are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), but according to a new study frozen may be better than fresh in some women. About 10% of women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s a common cause of infertility and IVF in these women can pose some risks. But researchers looked at more than 1500 women with PCOS and found that those who received frozen embryos had lower rates of complication and a greater likelihood of a successful pregnancy than those who received fresh embryos. The scientists say ferti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall In Vitro Fertilization Source Type: news

Women Surrounded By Greenery May Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) – According to Harvard researchers, women who live in homes surrounded by greenery may have longer lives than women who don’t. They looked at data on more than 100,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study and found that those who live in green areas with gardens, trees, and shrubbery had a 12% lower mortality rate and lower rates of dying from cancer and breathing problems. One theory is that vegetation can combat the health effects of pollution and excessive heat but may also reduce stress levels. (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 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Bi-Weekly Shot Shows Promise To Treat Severe Eczema
BOSTON (CBS) — For many years, the most common treatment for eczema has been steroid creams, but they can have drawbacks and do not work for everyone. Now for the first time in decades, there’s a new treatment for eczema that’s showing promise.  Tony D’Amico is itchy all the time. “I was like squirming, trying not to itch, and everything, but it’s impossible not to,” explains Tony. Tony has eczema, a condition in which an overactive immune system attacks the skin, leading to red, dry, irritated patches . Eczema affects 1 in 8 children. Tony has tried typical steroid creams, b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston eczema WBZ Source Type: news