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Hidden Red Hair Gene May Increase Risk Of Skin Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – We know that redheads are at greater risk of skin cancer but could people with brown or blond hair be at just as high a risk? Only 1% to 2% of the world’s population has red hair but they make up 16% of patients with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. To have red hair, you generally need two copies of a so-called red hair gene, which also cause freckles and paler skin. Now researchers have found that even if you don’t have red hair, carrying one red hair gene increases the number of mutations in skin tumors and raises your risk of skin cancer. That means some brunettes and blondes...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: amandamhajjar Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study Says Thumb Sucking May Help Keep Children From Developing Certain Allergies
BOSTON (CBS) — Like lots of kids, when Gracie Ingram was a baby, she used her hands to soothe herself. “When I was little instead of sucking a pacifier I sucked my fingers instead,” says Gracie. And like lots of parents, her dad, Chris Ingram, couldn’t seem to stop her. “We felt like we ought to discourage it but she was pretty tenacious,” explains Chris. But Gracie may have been doing a good thing. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows children who bite their nails and suck their thumbs are about one third less likely to develop certain allergies. Children who bite ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Goodbye Root Canals? New Treatment Uses Dental Stem Cells To Heal Teeth
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Could root canals one day become a thing of the past? That might just happen if a new treatment developed by scientists at Harvard University and the University of Nottingham catches on. The fresh approach by researchers that was just awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry prize works to stimulate native stem cells inside teeth, triggering repair and regeneration of pulp tissue. Dental fillings in their current state don’t do anything to help heal teeth and are actually toxic to cells, Dr. Adam Celiz of the University of Nottingham says. “In cases of dental pulp disease and injury a r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Teeth Source Type: news

Possibly Rabid Animal Bites Walmart Shoppers In Rhode Island
WESTERLY, R.I. (CBS) – Public health officials are alerting people to a possible rabies exposure in Westerly, Rhode Island after an animal bit several customers at a Walmart on the Fourth of July. The incident happened at the Walmart store on Post Road Monday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. At least two people were reportedly bitten by a small black mammal that might have been a ferret, mink or weasel, according to authorities. Those two people have not yet come forward to seek medical attention. The animal was not tested, and the concern is that it might have been rabid. Rabies is fatal in humans and animals once symptoms...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Rabies Rhode Island Walmart Westerly Source Type: news

New Device Helps Locate Perfect Spot For Epidural
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of women undergo epidurals to ease the pain of childbirth but as many know, sometimes getting the needle in the right place can be challenging. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a hand-held device could make placing that needle a lot easier for the doctor and the patient. “There’s a large failure rate in epidural injections,” says Kevin Owen, Co-Founder of Rivanna Medical, “And obviously we worked in an ultrasound research lab, so it was a good idea, and easy for us to try and develop something to solve this problem.” Owen and Co-Founder Will Mauldin came up wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Epidural Mass General Hospital Source Type: news

Pasta Isn ’ t Fattening, Italian Study Finds
POZZILLI, Italy (CBS) – Here’s some excellent news for pasta lovers. A new study done by Italian researchers concludes that pasta can be good for your diet. A statement from the experts at Neuromed, titled “pasta is not fattening, quite the opposite,” says that “pasta consumption is actually associated with a reduced likelihood of both general and abdominal obesity.” Researchers analyzed more than 23,000 people and found those who followed the Mediterranean diet, which includes eating pasta, did not gain weight. Including pasta as part of your diet can help contribute to a healthy body m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Pasta Source Type: news

Pasta Isn’t Fattening, Italian Study Finds
POZZILLI, Italy (CBS) – Here’s some excellent news for pasta lovers. A new study done by Italian researchers concludes that pasta can be good for your diet. A statement from the experts at Neuromed, titled “pasta is not fattening, quite the opposite,” says that “pasta consumption is actually associated with a reduced likelihood of both general and abdominal obesity.” Researchers analyzed more than 23,000 people and found those who followed the Mediterranean diet, which includes eating pasta, did not gain weight. Including pasta as part of your diet can help contribute to a healthy body m...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Pasta Source Type: news

Exploding E-Cigarette Burns Hotel Guest
CHELMSFORD (CBS) – A man suffered burns early Saturday morning after his electronic cigarette exploded inside a Chelmsford hotel. Firefighters responded to the Radisson just before 3 a.m. and found minor smoke and fire damage. An electronic cigarette exploded in a Chelmsford hotel, burning a man’s hand. (Image Credit: Chelmsford Fire Department) A 47-year-old man was treated at the hotel for second degree burns to his left hand after his e-cigarette’s battery back exploded. The explosion came while the man was charging the device. (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 - July 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chelmsford Electronic Cigarettes Source Type: news

Bare Necessities? Experts Say Personal Grooming May Pose Health Risks
BOSTON (CBS) — Getting a “Brazilian” bikini wax is no longer exotic.  For many, it’s become the new norm. Over the past five years, gynecologists have seen a significant rise in the number of women who routinely remove their hair “down there.” And some patients actually apologize to their health care providers for not “cleaning up” before their exam. According to a new study in the journal JAMA Dermatology, 84-percent of women prefer some form of bikini area grooming while 62-percent remove all of their pubic hair. Grooming was found to be more popular among younger...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Hair Removal Source Type: news

Doctors Identify 4 Types Of People At Higher Risk For Mosquito Bites
BOSTON (CBS) — Do you get eaten up by mosquitoes, while others get off scot-free?  Doctors say there are four types of people at higher risk of the bite. Every time she goes outside, Kelly Clark now thinks about protecting herself from mosquitoes. “I’m pretty concerned so I use DEET products and I’m pretty consistent about it,” Kelly explains. But as she enjoys a glass of wine, she’s unaware that each sip makes her more appealing to these pesky insects which can spread viruses like West Nile and Zika. “The theory is alcohol may raise your body temperature a little bit and make...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Is Hand Sanitizer Safe? FDA Asks For More Ingredient Info
WASHINGTON (CBS) – A squirt of hand sanitizer a few times a day has become routine for many Americans, but the FDA wants to know more about what exactly is going into those products. Government officials say they’re not implying that hand sanitizers are ineffective or unsafe, but there are “gaps in scientific data” they want to fill. “Today, consumers are using antiseptic rubs more frequently at home, work, school and in other public settings where the risk of infection is relatively low,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. &ldqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Consumer Health News Trending FDA Hand Sanitizer Source Type: news

The FDA Wants You To Stop Eating Raw Cookie Dough
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning that’s sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn’t eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour. The FDA says some of those who got sick ate or handled raw dough that contained flour made at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri. General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under the Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen brands. The agency a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Cookie Dough FDA Source Type: news

Millennials Have Weaker Hands Than Other Generations, Study Shows
BOSTON (CBS) – If a “millennial” doesn’t give you a firm handshake, perhaps it’s because they can’t. A new study finds young adults have weaker hands than they did 30 years ago. Researchers measured the grip strength of 20 to 34 year olds and found that it was significantly lower than the average grip strength in the 1980s, especially among men. One possible reason is that young people don’t perform as much manual labor and just don’t use their hands as much. And while texting and using Snapchat on a smartphone may make your thumbs stronger, it’s also straining the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: amandamhajjar Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Millennials Source Type: news

Experts Say Routine Pelvic Exams May Not Be Necessary
BOSTON (CBS) – Ladies, do you really need to have another pelvic exam? The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, a panel of health experts, says there isn’t enough evidence to recommend for or against routine pelvic exams in otherwise healthy women. It may not prolong women’s lives. This is welcome news to the millions of women who find pelvic exams uncomfortable or stressful, but the panel says they’re not suggesting doctors stop performing them. They simply say more research needs to be done to decide whether they should stay or go.That said, cervical cancer screening is still recommended every t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: amandamhajjar Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Women's Health Source Type: news

The MBTA Might Be Cleaner Than You Think, Harvard Germ Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Believe it or not, the MBTA might not be as dirty as you think. A recent Harvard University study had researchers combing the T for germs to see what kind of microbes commuters are passing around. The results? It doesn’t appear that riding the T puts you at a greater risk of getting sick than simply shaking someone’s hand. “We were surprised to find that the microbes that we collected of surfaces that people touch—and sometimes sneeze on—had low numbers of worrisome pathogens or antibiotic resistance genes,” study author Curtis Huttenhower said. “These environm...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Harvard University MBTA Source Type: news

Pole Vaulter With Cystic Fibrosis Clears Odds For Survival
BOSTON (CBS) — Clearing the bar and the challenges of life and living with cystic fibrosis far longer than anyone thought he would, Jerry Cahill says exercise has made all the difference.  He is in Boston for the premiere of a documentary about his extraordinary life.  This pole vaulter from New York not only has beaten the odds, he’s crushed them. “I’m 60 years old today, yes,” says Cahill smiling. And that’s a remarkable feat.  Jerry was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was a kid. “You build up a bacteria, the mucus gets really thick, and it st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Leading Pediatrician Group Urges Screening Children For Suicide Risk
BOSTON (CBS) — With suicide now the second leading cause of death for teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines so doctors can help identify patients at risk.  Dr. Mallika Marshall reports. Tessa is a volunteer counselor at Crisis Text Line.   She answers texts from teens who are often struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. “It can be something like ‘I want to die,’ explains Tessa.  “It can be that simple.” She is one of 1500 counselors at the 24/7 support hotline . “It’s definitely hard for these kids when they don&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Suicide WBZ Source Type: news

Brigham And Women ’ s Hospital Nurses Hold ‘ Walk-In ’ After Strike Averted
BOSTON (CBS) — Brigham and Women’s nurses cheered as they streamed in to the hospital entrance Monday morning, holding a celebratory “walk-in” after weeks of planning to walk out. After 10 months and 23 negotiating sessions, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and hospital management reached a tentative contract agreement early Sunday morning, bringing plans for a one-day nurses’ strike that was scheduled for Monday to a halt. .@MassNurses walk into @BrighamWomens after a one day strike is averted with a contract agreeement. #wbz pic.twitter.com/WbJATqgeTy — Ben Parker...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ben Parker Brigham and Women's Hospital Nicole Jacobs nursing strike Source Type: news

Brigham And Women’s Hospital Nurses Hold ‘Walk-In’ After Strike Averted
BOSTON (CBS) — Brigham and Women’s nurses cheered as they streamed in to the hospital entrance Monday morning, holding a celebratory “walk-in” after weeks of planning to walk out. After 10 months and 23 negotiating sessions, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and hospital management reached a tentative contract agreement early Sunday morning, bringing plans for a one-day nurses’ strike that was scheduled for Monday to a halt. .@MassNurses walk into @BrighamWomens after a one day strike is averted with a contract agreeement. #wbz pic.twitter.com/WbJATqgeTy — Ben Parker...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ben Parker Brigham and Women's Hospital Nicole Jacobs nursing strike Source Type: news

Nursing Strike Averted At Brigham And Women ’ s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) — Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses rejoiced early Sunday morning after marathon negotiations–lasting more than 15 hours–led to a tentative agreement with hospital management. Now, there will be no nurses’ strike Monday, as the Massachusetts Nursing Association, which has been negotiating salaries, benefits and staffing levels for months, had threatened if the agreement could not be reached. That strike would have been the largest in the state’s history, and the first such strike in the city in 30 years. The agreement was reached after 23 negotiating sessions. &l...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Contract Negotiation Jim Smith Karyn Regal Nurses' Strike Source Type: news

Nursing Strike Averted At Brigham And Women’s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) — Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses rejoiced early Sunday morning after marathon negotiations–lasting more than 15 hours–led to a tentative agreement with hospital management. Now, there will be no nurses’ strike Monday, as the Massachusetts Nursing Association, which has been negotiating salaries, benefits and staffing levels for months, had threatened if the agreement could not be reached. That strike would have been the largest in the state’s history, and the first such strike in the city in 30 years. The agreement was reached after 23 negotiating sessions. &l...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Contract Negotiation Jim Smith Karyn Regal Nurses' Strike Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Performs Two Heart Transplants In Same Day
BOSTON (CBS) – Performing an organ transplant takes a lot of staff and a lot of coordination. One local hospital completed two simultaneous heart transplants earlier this year and it may be a first time in New England. Two strangers met for the first time, but they will always share a special bond. Three years ago, Orrin Reed of Candia, N.H. contracted a virus that permanently damaged his heart. Six years ago, Delphine Andrews of Randolph developed heart failure that runs in her family. Both were on the transplant list and both received the call. Reed says when his wife came into the room and said the transplant doct...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Heart Transplant Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

CDC Says Flu Mist Vaccine Not Effective
WASHINGTON (CBS) — Sorry, kids. If you want to ward off the flu this year, you better get ready to roll up your sleeves and look away. The flu mist nasal vaccine is often given to children to protect them from illness, but an advisory committee to the Centers For Disease Control says it should not be used for the upcoming flu season because it’s just not working. “Two of the last three seasons it hasn’t worked at all,” says CDC Dr. Joseph Bresee about the nasal spray. “On the other hand, the flu shot has been effective.” It’s not clear why the nasal spray doesn’t work &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Vaccines Source Type: news

I-Team: House Approves Bill To Give Doctors More Control Over Drugs They Prescribe
BOSTON (CBS) – Patients can claim a small victory in their battle to get the best medications to treat their diseases. The Massachusetts House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give doctors more control over the drugs they prescribe for their patients. Current law allows insurance companies to force patients to try cheaper drugs before they will approve a more expensive treatment. It’s called Step Therapy. It is a term Eitan Kling-Levine knows all too well. For the past year and a half he has been battling a severe case of colitis. His doctors prescribed a fairly new medicine. It was expensive, bu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ryan Kath Step Therapy Source Type: news

Children May Have Been Exposed To Tuberculosis At Brookline Day Care
BROOKLINE (CBS) – Authorities from the Department of Public Health will be at a day care center in Brookline Tuesday evening to address any concerns about a tuberculosis case there. Parents received an email from Tiny World Child Care on Monday, warning them that their young children may have been exposed to tuberculosis. No information about the patient is being released, but DPH is notifying anyone who may have been exposed. They are recommending and offering tuberculosis testing.  Any positive results would be followed up with preventative treatment. “DPH is monitoring the situation, and working cl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brookline Tiny World Child Care Tuberculosis Source Type: news

Boston Children ’ s Hospital Ranked #1 In Nation For Third Straight Year
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the top children’s hospital in the country for the third year in a row, according to a new report released Tuesday. The hospital ranked number one in eight of the ten specialties that were evaluated in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. In the two areas where they weren’t number one – Diabetes & Endocrinology and Pulmonology – Boston Children’s ranked second in the nation. We're honored to be ranked the #1 Children's Hospital by @usnews! https://t.co/X6oaHWJI8q #ThisKidInspires pic.twitter.com/QwRPY...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Boston Children’s Hospital Ranked #1 In Nation For Third Straight Year
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the top children’s hospital in the country for the third year in a row, according to a new report released Tuesday. The hospital ranked number one in eight of the ten specialties that were evaluated in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. In the two areas where they weren’t number one – Diabetes & Endocrinology and Pulmonology – Boston Children’s ranked second in the nation. We're honored to be ranked the #1 Children's Hospital by @usnews! https://t.co/X6oaHWJI8q #ThisKidInspires pic.twitter.com/QwRPY...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Caffeine Loses Effect For The Overtired, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — If you relying on a cup of coffee to keep you awake after a few bad nights of sleep, think again.  In fact, caffeine can lose its “jolt” if you’re just too exhausted. In a U.S. military study, researchers looked at 48 volunteers allowed only five hours of sleep a night for five nights then given caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee and then a battery of tests. For the first few days, those who took caffeine had better test results than those on a placebo, but that competitive edge was lost after three nights of limited sleep. Again stressing the importance of getting good re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Source Type: news

Blood Test May Help Predict Likelihood For Heart Attack
BOSTON (CBS) — What if a simple blood test could help predict your likelihood of having a heart attack in the near future? Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that high levels of certain antibodies, molecules that fight infection, may protect people against heart disease, even if someone has high blood pressure or high cholesterol. This finding could lead to a blood test to predict heart disease and could help scientists figure out ways to use the immune system to fight it in the future. (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 - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Device Uses Small Electric Shock To Help Users Break Bad Habits
BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston company wants to zap away your bad habits. “You’re essentially training the habit center of your brain,” said Sims McGrath, Marketing Director at Pavlok. Pavlok training comes with a little bit of pain. Users press a lightning bolt on the wrist band to deliver a pre-set electrical jolt right to the arm. “You associate the stimulus from Pavlok with the habit that you’re trying to break and the association is what trains the aversion to the habit,” explained McGrath. Pavlok, as you may have picked up already, is a play on the Pavlovian Response. Eric Lanoue of...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Health Commission To Distribute Zika Prevention Kits
BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston is stepping up its efforts to stop the spread of Zika. Boston’s Public Health Commission says that starting in late July, it plans to distribute Zika prevention items. The kits will include mosquito repellent and condoms. What are we doing? Fact sheets in 8 languages, brochures/flyers/posters in 4 languages, handing out insect repellant/bed nets #zikaBOS — Boston Public Health (@HealthyBoston) June 16, 2016 The new efforts are intended to help families visiting countries that are hardest hit by the virus. On Thursday, the Centers For Disease Control announced that thre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Public Health Commission zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Drinking Very Hot Coffee Probably Causes Cancer, Experts Say
LYON, France (CBS) – Does that first sip of coffee burn your tongue? It could also put you at risk for cancer. That’s what experts at the World Health Organization are saying in a new report out this week. Scientists found that while there’s no evidence that the ingredients in coffee can lead to cancer, they did conclude that “drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer” in the esophagus. Scalding hot drinks can cause damage to tissue, triggering uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Coffee served at over 150 degrees is considered too hot, but many popular cafes serve their drinks at 1...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Cancer Coffee Source Type: news

New Weight Loss Device Drains Food From Stomach To Toilet
WASHINGTON (CBS) – The FDA has signed off on a new treatment to help obese people lose weight. The recently approved AspireAssist device is a surgically-placed tube connected to the stomach that can drain up to 30 percent of calories after every meal. “Approximately 20 to 30 minutes after meal consumption, the patient attaches the device’s external connector and tubing to the port valve, opens the valve and drains the contents,” the FDA explains. “Once opened, it takes approximately five to 10 minutes to drain food matter through the tube and into the toilet.” The AspireAssist device (Im...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Obesity Source Type: news

Whole Grains May Lower Risk Of Early Death, Harvard Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Want to live longer? Adding whole grains to your diet might not be a bad idea, according to a new study. Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered that people who ate about 70 grams, or four servings, of whole grains daily had a 22 percent lower risk of dying than those who consumed little to no whole grains. Eating more whole grains linked with lower mortality rates https://t.co/kLJEnn9Vqg pic.twitter.com/H5ePYvNOtf — HarvardPublicHealth (@HarvardChanSPH) June 14, 2016 Studies have already shown that whole grains can improve heart and gut health, and can reduc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Whole Grains Source Type: news

Antidepressants For Kids Ineffective, Potentially Harmful, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Major depression is usually associated with adults, but quite a few kids suffer from it as well, and more are being treated with antidepressants. But a new analysis published in the journal Lancet finds that most of these drugs are not only ineffective in kids but some may actually be unsafe. Only 1 of 14 antidepressants, fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, was better than a placebo pill at relieving symptoms.  And venlafaxine, or Effexor, was associated with a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts. Experts warn that while depression in kids should remain a priority, current anti-depres...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

One-Third Of Americans Never Floss Their Teeth, Survey Finds
ATLANTA (CBS) – When the dental hygienist asks “Have you been flossing?” – what do you say? It turns out a lot of Americans aren’t picking up the floss, according to new survey data from the Centers For Disease Control. Only about 31.5 percent of those asked said they flossed every day in the past week. On top of that, nearly one-third of adults told researchers that they never floss. Even though your fellow Americans might not be frequently flossers, the CDC says flossing every day can remove bacteria that causes gum disease and reduces dental plaque. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Flossing Teeth Source Type: news

UMass Researchers Discover Protein That Blocks Zika Infection
WORCESTER (CBS) — University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers, among scientists worldwide working to fight the Zika virus, have identified proteins that naturally block the virus’s infection. Assistant Professor Dr. Abraham Brass, lead author of the study published in Cell Reports on the discovery, said the work represents the first look at how cells defend themselves against Zika attack. The protein they’ve identified, known as IFITM3, is present in all our bodies and can dramatically reduce the ability of the Zika virus to infect mouse and human cells. “They’re...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Diane Stern UMass Worcester zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Estrogen Levels Lower Among Women Who Suffer From Migraines, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Almost 1 in 5 women suffers from migraines, and a new study provides more evidence that estrogen levels may play a role. Many women say they get migraines right before their menstrual cycles begin, when estrogen levels fall.  Now researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, have discovered that before menstruation, estrogen levels drop 40 percent in women with migraines compared to 30 percent for women without migraines. Rami Burstein, PhD, a headache expert at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today says while this is an in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

FDA Asks Food Manufacturers, Restaurants To Reduce Salt
BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time, the U.S. government is making proposed recommendations to limit salt in processed foods. The average American consumes about 3400 milligrams of salt a day, which is about 50% more than the upper limits currently recommended. Excess salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, which affects about one in three American adults. But now the FDA is asking food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce salt in their products, a move applauded by experts like Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Boston University. “Why this is fabulous is because over 70% of the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Salt Sodium Source Type: news

Man Who Got 1st US Penis Transplant Released From Hospital
BOSTON (AP) — A man who received the nation’s first penis transplant calls the operation a success and is going home. Thomas Manning left Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after the grueling 15-hour surgery. The 64-year-old traveled with his mother and a family friend back to his home in Halifax, where he looked forward to a spaghetti dinner and a night in his own bed. “We’re going to go home, just take it easy, have a nice, relaxing night,” Manning said as he prepared to leave his hospital room. “It’s almost all over. The worst of it is all done.” Afte...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Mass General Hospital penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news

Douglas College Student Biking Across Country For Young Adults With Cancer
DOUGLAS (CBS) — A University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student is getting ready to embark on a 4,000-mile trip across the country to support young adults affected by cancer. John Ferguson, a marketing major who will be a senior at UMass Dartmouth this fall, will leave Baltimore along with nearly two dozen other riders on the cross-country trip this weekend. The ride, called 4K For Cancer and in its 15th year, will support the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “I decided to give it a try,” said Ferguson. “What better time to give it than the last summer before I graduate?” A coll...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Ben Parker Cancer Douglas John Ferguson UMass Dartmouth Source Type: news

4 Confirmed Cases Of Zika Virus In N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — Four people in New Hampshire have Zika virus, according to a New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services report released Wednesday. The report says that the cases involve two pregnant women, one non-pregnant woman, and one man. The department said that all cases were contracted as a result of overseas travel. In one case, the department said, a woman contracted Zika via sexual transmission from her male partner, who had contracted it during travel to an area with mosquitos that carried the virus. Read: Zika Survivor Says ‘I Could Feel My Skin Shrinking’ ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local New Hampshire zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Cardiac Care Advances At Brigham And Women’s Hospital Lowers Likelihood Of Open Heart Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) — “I just wasn’t as energetic as I used to be. I just figured that was part of getting older.” That’s how 53-year-old Kevin De Gray of Bellingham explained away his symptoms. He’s been climbing mountains for years, but noticed he was having more trouble getting to the top. “By the time I got there I was a lot more tired and shortness of breath,” he says. Kevin was found to have a complete blockage of a main artery in his heart. Up to 20 percent of people with coronary artery disease have longstanding complete blockages of their arteries that can’t be t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Opioids Don’t Provide Much Relief For Back Pain Sufferers, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Many people with chronic back pain request opioid pain killers like Oxycodone or Vicodin to control their back pain, but a recent analysis found those drugs don’t significantly improve back pain or disability. A man receives treatment for back pain. (WBZ-TV) Researchers say there are better ways to approach back pain, such as doing back exercises and staying active. (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 - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Back Pain Dr. Mallika Marshall opioids Source Type: news

Women Teachers Develop Vocal Fatigue More Than Men Who Teach
BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine trying to keep the attention of 30 kindergarteners or 40 middle schoolers and it isn’t hard to understand how many teachers tend to lose their voices over time. But it seems female teachers develop vocal fatigue more than their male counterparts. A teacher. (WBZ-TV) A new study finds female teachers with hoarseness may have reduced lung function. Researchers suggest they could undergo easy and low-cost lung function testing to find out if they’re at risk, which could help them take steps to avoid voice problems like doing vocal exercises. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Teachers Voices Source Type: news

Researchers At Boston Children’s To Study Body Temperature
BOSTON (CBS) — Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, right? Or is it? 11-year-old Carson Domey of Bellingham was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease back in September. It causes inflammation in his gut. “My stomach hurts,” he told WBZ-TV. “My head hurts. My mouth hurts.” His symptoms are kept at bay by medications, which suppress his immune system, but they also put him at risk for serious infections so his mom, Michelle Domey, monitors him closely for fever. “His normal temperature is generally around 97.3,” she says. “Once we get into the 99s, we start gettin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Children's Hospital Crohn's Disease Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Eating More Potatoes, French Fries Linked To High Blood Pressure
BOSTON (CBS) – The next time someone asks “Do you want fries with that?” you might want to consider your heart. A new study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that eating more potatoes and French fries may result in higher blood pressure. People who ate four or more servings of potatoes a week had an 11 percent higher risk of hypertension compared to people who ate less than a serving per month, the study found. Frequent consumption of French fries raised that risk to 17 percent. “Additionally, we found that if a participant...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham & Women's Hospital Source Type: news

Location Of Cancer On Colon May Predict Patient’s Survival Chances
BOSTON (CBS) – New research shows the location of a patient’s colon cancer may predict their chances of survival. After being diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, Marine Combat Veteran Tim Carroll says he was planning his funeral. Doctors told him with chemotherapy, he may have only two years to live. “Dealing with this kind of fight, you can’t shoot it or stab it or run it over,” said Carroll. The 63-year old’s tumor originated on the left side. Now a new study finds metastatic colon cancer patients like Carroll survive significantly longer than patients with cancer that starts on the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Colon Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Boston Medical Center Is First In Mass. To Offer Sex Reassignment Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Medical Center is about to become the first hospital in Massachusetts to offer sex reassignment surgery. The hospital announced the launch of its new Center For Transgender Medicine and Surgery on Wednesday. The Boston Globe reports that there are already 100 patients on the waiting list for “male-to-female gender affirmation surgery.” BMC says it will be the only hospital between Philadelphia and Montreal that offers the procedure. “Transgender patients seeking this surgery have struggled for many years to find appropriate and necessary medical care,” BMC surgery chief G...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Transgender Source Type: news

‘Now I’m Back’: Halifax Man Grateful After Receiving Penis Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) – The man who received the nation’s first penis transplant at Mass General Hospital in Boston wants everyone to know how grateful he is. Tom Manning isn’t hiding. There are no taboos. Manning is eager to tell people about his experience in honest terms, sharing the story of this life-changing medical breakthrough that he had been hoping for years could become a reality. “When my surgeon operated on me, some of the first words out of my mouth were, ‘When am I going to get my transplant?’” Manning told WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes. “I just thought, if you can replace...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Lisa Hughes Mass General penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news