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Halifax Man Receives First Penis Transplant In U.S. At Mass General
BOSTON (CBS) – A man from Halifax has become the first person to receive a penis transplant in the United States, Massachusetts General Hospital announced Monday. Thomas Manning, 64, underwent the 15-hour transplant operation, called a genitourinary vascularized composite allograft (GUVCA) transplant, earlier this month. “Our courageous patient, Thomas Manning, continues to do well, and we are optimistic about this outcome and future,” said Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, who helped lead the surgical team along with Dr. Dicken Ko, at a press conference Monday morning. Cetrulo said that due to penile cancer most ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Halifax Massachusetts General Hospital penis transplant Thomas Manning Source Type: news

Are Hormones Or Genes To Blame For Peripartum Depression?
BOSTON (CBS) — About one in eight women suffer from peripartum depression and it is often passed from mother to daughter to daughter. Local researchers are trying to figure out how a woman’s DNA affects her risk. “I woke up one morning in January in a full-blown panic attack about what to make the kids for lunch,” says Ashley Poniros of Auburn. Ashley Poniros with her son. (WBZ-TV) Pregnant, unable to eat or sleep and responsible for her two young sons, Ashley was suffering from severe anxiety for months. “My husband had to leave for work every day and trust that I was going to be OK, and trus...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall UMass Medical School Source Type: news

Rio Olympics ‘Must Not Proceed’ Due To Zika Virus, Professor Argues
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved as Brazil deals with the threat of the Zika virus, an article in the latest edition of the Harvard Public Health Review argues. The special commentary by Amir Attaran, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, says the games “must not proceed” because the mosquito-borne virus is flourishing in Rio. A municipal agent sprays anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Cristophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) “Simply put, Zika infection is more dangerous, and Bra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Olympics zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Northeastern University Student Dies Of Bacterial Meningitis
BOSTON (CBS) – A Northeastern University freshman from Wakefield has died of bacterial meningitis. Ryan Shaw, 18, died Sunday. Meningitis is highly contagious, but Northeastern told students that he became sick after leaving campus at the end of the spring semester. Sending our thoughts and love to the family and friends of Ryan Shaw, an NUin Program alum who will be dearly missed by the NU community. — The N.U.in Program (@TheNUinProgram) May 11, 2016 The university and Boston public health officials have reached out to his known close contacts to offer medication and immunization. Shaw graduated last ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bacterial Meningitis Laurie Kirby Northeastern University Source Type: news

Placebos Helping IBS, Migraine Sufferers Find Relief
BOSTON (CBS) — Is it possible to get real results from a fake pill? “I felt horrible. I didn’t have a life. I couldn’t do anything,” said Linda Buonanno of Methuen. Desperate for relief from irritable bowel syndrome, Buonanno signed up for a medical study with a twist. “He told me it would be a placebo and I was so disappointed,” she said. “A sugar pill? Are you kidding?” She knew it was a placebo through the entire study and it still worked. “I never felt better in my life,” Buonanno says. Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine and also social medicine at Harv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Irritable Bowel Syndrome Placebos Source Type: news

I-Team: Hospitals Face Difficult Decision To Hold Mental Health Patients
TAUNTON (CBS) – The family of Arthur DaRosa says Morton Hospital did not treat him appropriately when he came to the hospital Monday for help with a mental health issue. DaRosa was discharged early Tuesday morning, the same day he went on a rampage at a Taunton mall. The I-Team looked into whether the hospital had the right to hold DaRosa. State law says if a doctor believes a patient is a risk to himself or the public, that patient can be held involuntarily up to three days. David Matteodo represents the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems. He says it’s a difficult decision. “It&rsquo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Arthur DaRosa i-team Lauren Leamanczyk Taunton Rampage Source Type: news

Drinking Diet Soda While Pregnant Can Lead To Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests
WINNIPEG (CBS) – Pregnant women who drink diet soda every day may be more likely to have babies that develop weight issues, according to a new study. Canadian researchers say women who regularly consume artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy are twice as likely to have a baby who’s overweight by the time they turn 1. The study involved more than 3,000 women. It’s believed to be the first of its kind to look at artificially sweetened drink consumption during pregnancy and infant BMI. “To our knowledge, our results provide the first human evidence that artificial sweetener consumption durin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Diet Soda Pregnancy Source Type: news

Simple Screenings Could Reveal Hidden Heart Problems In Kids
BOSTON (CBS) — Josh Thibodeau was a boy with a big smile, tons of energy, and the fun family nickname “Moose.” “Super sensitive, super sweet kid,” says his mom, Deb O’Brien-Thibodeau.  Five years ago Josh collapsed at soccer camp.  The Holden boy was just 12 years old. His dad, Ralph Thibodeau, remembers every moment of that horrible day. “Josh is laying there and I think my first recollection is I hear, ‘I don’t hear a heartbeat,'” he said. Josh died from an undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM.  Sudden cardiac deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall ekg Source Type: news

Local Experts Urge EKG Heart Screenings To Save Lives
BOSTON (CBS) — Josh Thibodeau was a boy with a big smile, tons of energy, and the fun family nickname “Moose.” “Super sensitive, super sweet kid,” says his mom, Deb O’Brien-Thibodeau.  Five years ago Josh collapsed at soccer camp.  The Holden boy was just 12 years old. His dad, Ralph Thibodeau, remembers every moment of that horrible day. “Josh is laying there and I think my first recollection is I hear, ‘I don’t hear a heartbeat,'” he said. Josh died from an undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM.  Sudden cardiac deat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall ekg Source Type: news

Swaddling May Increase Risk Of SIDS
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers may have found a link between swaddling babies and sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Nadine Chawla swaddles her two month old son, Adnan, every time he goes to sleep. “He was used to being in my womb” says Nadine, “and he was used to being constricted and that’s like a position of comfort.” Many parents use the wrapping technique on new babies but a study in the journal pediatrics shows swaddling may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS when a baby is swaddled on their side or stomach. “You want to make sure as a parent you are al...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall SIDS swaddling Source Type: news

MIT Develops ‘Second Skin’ That Can Temporarily Erase Wrinkles
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – MIT scientists announced Monday that they’ve developed a new material that can temporarily erase wrinkles and more. They’re calling the silicone-based polymer a “second skin” that can smooth wrinkles for up to 24 hours and potentially be used to one day deliver drugs that treat eczema and other skin conditions. “It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated,” MIT associate professor Daniel Anderson said in a statement. “Those three things t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local MIT skin Source Type: news

Baby Boy To Leave Brigham And Women’s NICU On Mother’s Day
BOSTON (CBS) — Monica Shook says she and her husband Doug have a lot to be thankful for this Mother’s Day. Their son, William, has been a gift no words can describe. He was born prematurely at 29 weeks, weighing only 3 pounds. William Shook was born prematurely and has spent the past three months in the NICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. (WBZ-TV) For the past three months, William has been fighting for his life in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Everyone always says the NICU is a roller coaster and it is,” Shook told WBZ. “You have good days, b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Brigham and Women's Hospital NICU Paul Burton Premature Birth Source Type: news

Bellingham Moms To Ride In PMC For Nate Solder’s Son Who Has Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) — A group of Bellingham moms will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year in support of New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder’s young son who is battling cancer. Team “Your Pace or Mine” will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge on behalf of Nate Solder’s nine-month-old son, Hudson, who is undergoing chemotherapy for the cancerous tumors on both of his kidneys. Lexi and Nate Soldier’s son was among the hundreds of young cancer patients matched up with cycling teams Saturday at a Pedal Partners party at Fenway Park in Boston. The baby boy is handling everyth...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News NFL Patriots Seen On WBZ-TV Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Watch Listen Bellingham Ken MacLeod Nate Solder PMC Source Type: news

FDA Announces Sweeping New Rules For E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated. Before brands are allowed to stay in the market, regulators will check the e-cigarettes’ design and the liquid nicotine they contain. The fast-growing devices have found a foothold with teenagers. RELATED: New E-Cig Sale Regulations In Massachusetts “Millions of kids are being introduced to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending e-cigarettes FDA Source Type: news

Make Your Own Avocado Ice Cream With Tom Brady’s $200 Cookbook
FOXBORO (CBS) – Want to eat like Tom Brady? The New England Patriots quarterback is selling a limited-edition “nutrition manual” through his fitness company TB12 for $200. The cookbook is described as a “living document containing information about our core TB12 nutritional philosophies and featuring a library of 89 seasonally-inspired recipes.” The cover is made of natural maple and laser-etched with the “TB12” logo. It also features a unique binding that allows the buyer to insert new cooking instructions that TB12 expects to send in the future. Some of the recipes incl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Patriots Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports tb12 Tom Brady Source Type: news

Seekonk Police Say Teens Getting High, Sick From Eating Plant Seeds
SEEKONK (CBS) — The Seekonk Police Department is getting the word out to parents that some teens have been eating plant seeds in order to get high from their hallucinogenic properties. Police Chief Craig Mace said his department first heard of the problem when some teens who had eaten the seeds in neighboring Somerset got sick and were hospitalized. Now, the seeds have been found in the Seekonk School District. “We as human beings have a tendency to come up with different ways to become impaired, or however you want to describe it,” said Mace. Blue Morning Glory seeds (WBZ-TV) He’s referri...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Seeds Seekonk Seekonk Police Somerset Source Type: news

Medical Errors May Be Third Leading Cause Of Death In America
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers say medical mistakes should be listed as the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study, led by a Johns Hopkins surgeon, estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from unrecognized surgical complications or medication mix-ups. They say the Centers for Disease Control that ranks causes of deaths every year, does not take into account medical mistakes. Death certificates often list the cause of death as a patient’s underlying diagnosis whether it’s heart disease or colon cancer or emphysema. But the researchers argue that doctors should also be ask...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Centers For Disease Control Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Poll: 50% Of Teens Feel Addicted To Their Cell Phones
BOSTON (CBS) – About 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their cell phones, according to a new poll of 1,240 parents and children by Common Sense Media. The poll found that nearly 80 percent of teens check their phones hourly, 72 percent feel the need to respond to messages right away, and more than a third of parents say cell phones lead to arguments with their child. Kids ages 8 to 12 reported viewing media 6 hours a day, while kids ages 13 to 18 reported viewing it 9 hours a day. “This tool which connects us in a lower risk environment also can keep us from connecting in really meaningful and deep ways,&r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Cell Phone cell phone addiction Louisa Moller Source Type: news

Marijuana Addiction Uncommon But Real, Experts Say
BOSTON (CBS) — Is marijuana addictive? It’s a question many voters have as Massachusetts prepares to vote on legalized marijuana in November.  The ballot question would essentially mean the state would treat Marijuana the same way it does alcohol.  Highly regulated and taxed. Many believe marijuana is a relatively benign substance, and isn’t addictive, but 17 year old Elliott Italiano of Jamestown, Rhode Island would disagree.  He started smoking his sophomore year in high school and at first; it didn’t have much of an impact on his life. “For school at first I started doing bet...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health i-Team Local News Syndicated Local Addiction CBS Boston I-Team Pot or Not Marijuana WBZ Source Type: news

Pregnant Connecticut Woman Diagnosed With Zika Virus
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Officials say a Connecticut woman who traveled to Central America and became pregnant while there has been diagnosed with the Zika virus. The state Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that it contacted the woman’s physician in Connecticut with the test results, which were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in a lab at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito transmits the Zika virus and is being studied at the institute. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) The department says the woman becam...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Connecticut zika Zika Virus Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Loses Another Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The jury deliberated eight hours Monday before ordering the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of talcum powder use. In February, another St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talcum products. New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson will appeal th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending baby powder Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

Inside Boston Children’s New Simulation Center
BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Children’s Hospital  has gone Hollywood, and it’s all in hopes of teaching doctors and nurses to better care for you. Boston Children’s has partnered with Fractured FX, a special effects company responsible for the blood and guts in shows like “American Horror Show.” Now, they’re using their talents to build training models for doctors in a new simulation center at the hospital. The brain child of the initiative is Peter Weinstock, a critical care doctor. The center is designed to give clinicians hands-on experience treating some of the sickest child...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

NH Gov. Hassan Starts Study Of Health Care Worker Shortage
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan has created a commission to study New Hampshire’s shortage of health care workers. The Democrat says the shortage “increasingly threatens” the state’s ability to care for its citizens and limits health care choices. Her office says the state is facing a shortage of doctors, nurses, mental health workers, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists and home-care providers. An executive order creating the commission doesn’t offer details on the shortages in each profession. The panel will look at recruitment and training, rules and payment around home ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Politics Gov. Maggie Hassan Health Care New Hampshire WORKERS Source Type: news

Teacher Runs 5K Months After Undergoing Double Lung Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) — For 32-year-old Eamonn Kelly, crossing the finish line during a 5K race this weekend is more than just a dream come true; it’s really a new start at life. “I’m going to set my goal and do it,” he told WBZ. Kelly was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs. The older he got, the more his life began to deteriorate, he said. “Before the transplant, I was on oxygen 24-7,” Kelly says. “I had to carry a tank with me and it made life difficult for me.” Refusing to accept life this way, Kelly underwent a double lung transplant at Massa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen cystic fibrosis Kim Tunnicliffe Paul Burton Transplant Source Type: news

Working Longer May Mean Living Longer, Study Says
BOSTON (CBS) – If you want to keep living, keep working. Retiring at age 65 may not be the healthiest thing for you, according to a new study. Researchers at Oregon State University looked at data from 1992 to 2010 and found that those who stayed on the job past the traditional retirement age lived longer. They claim there’s an eleven-percent decrease in the risk of death for healthy people who worked a year past 65, because their minds and bodies stay active. As for unhealthy people who kept working beyond retirement age, they had a 9-percent lower risk of death. “The healthy group is generally more adva...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Retirement Source Type: news

New Test Diagnoses Cancer Faster, Offers Patients Better Treatment
BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall moderated a panel at the 2016 World Medical Innovation Forum Wednesday and learned of a new test that is being used to diagnose and help direct care for patients with certain cancers. “You gotta be kidding me,” was David Gill’s first thought when his doctors told him he had cancer last year. “I had no symptoms. No nothing,” Gill said. The 59-year old Army veteran from Greenland, New Hampshire was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome MDS, a blood cancer which quickly started to transform into acute leukemia. David Gill (WBZ-TV) “Acute leukemia ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Rapid Heme Test Source Type: news

Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller And Heroin Addiction?
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers. It’s a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis, with a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction. Advocates argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea, pointing to a study in the Journal of Pain this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Heroin Marijuana Medical Marijuana opioid crisis Source Type: news

Babies Who Eat Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds
LEBANON, N.H. (CBS) – A new study suggests that babies who eat rice products have higher arsenic levels. Researchers in New Hampshire found that infants who ate rice cereal had more than three times the amount of arsenic levels in their urine compared to infants who avoided rice products. The study published in JAMA Pediatrics involved nearly 1,000 infants living in New Hampshire. Scientists concluded that “efforts should be made to reduce [arsenic] exposure during this critical phase of development.” Rice cereal and other rice products are common first foods for babies. Earlier this month, the FDA announ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Rice Source Type: news

Report Says Bacon, Alcohol Can Cause Stomach Cancer
LONDON (CBS) — There is “strong evidence” that consuming alcohol and processed meats like bacon increases the risk of stomach cancer, according to a new health report. The analysis by the World Cancer Research Fund looks at the latest scientific research on diet and possible connections to stomach cancer. Stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer across the globe and one of the most deadly – the five-year survival rate is about 25 percent. Last year, the World Health Organization issued a report saying eating processed meats poses the same cancer risk as smoking. But experts say this is the fir...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Cancer Source Type: news

NH Hospitals Struggle To Treat Opioid-Addicted Babies
BOSTON (CBS) – New Hampshire public officials call it an epidemic. Not the opioid addiction, but the number of babies born into it. So far this year, 120 babies were reported born after having been exposed to drugs in the womb. The total in 2015 was 504, up 27 percent from 2014, when there were 367. “I don’t remember my pregnancy like most people do, because I was using the entire time,” explained Abi Lizotte, a recovered addict who gave birth to a baby boy in the throes of her addiction last year. “He was very shaky, tense,” she says. “They ended up dosing him on morphine.”...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Christina Hager Concord Hospital opioid crisis Source Type: news

In Moderation, Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Harmful, Doctor Says
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s hard to avoid them. Those little blue, yellow and pink packets found next to sugar at almost every turn, but are you putting your health at risk if you use them? Dr. Mallika Marshall gives us the skinny on artificial sweeteners. After breaking her leg in a car accident, Abby McGee started packing on the pounds. She had finally had enough when she couldn’t buy cute clothes and couldn’t do the things she enjoyed. “I couldn’t fit into a roller coaster seat and go on a roller coaster with my boyfriend,” says Abby. So Abby changed her diet and one of the first things...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen artificial sweeteners Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Device Helps Researchers Study Impact Of Runner’s Stride On Injury
BOSTON (CBS) – On Marathon Monday, thousands of marathon runners will push their bodies to the limits to support a cause. One of them? Advancing medical research in the area of running. One local hospital has recruited hundreds of marathoners to study the effect of a runner’s stride on injury. This will be Loren Newman’s second running of the Boston Marathon but 26.2 miles will be a breeze for him. The 29-year old from Cambridge is an “ultra” runner and has conquered two 100-mile races in the past. “It really kind of blurs the line between being a hobby, an addiction, a little bit of a r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Runner Resources Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 2016 Boston Marathon Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Mark Wahlberg Surprises Spaulding Rehab Hospital’s Boston Marathon Runners
BOSTON (CBS) – Members of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s “Run for Rehab” Boston Marathon team got a big surprise at their pre-race event when Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg walked out on stage with words of support. WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes, who emceed the event at the Revere Hotel in Boston, was in on the surprise. Members of the team and their families were delighted to see Wahlberg and fellow actor, Michael Beach. Beach is a Roxbury native who also lived in Dedham. Both actors thanked the Spaulding team for their fundraising efforts and wished them a great race. Mark Wahlberg speaks to S...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Race News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen 2016 Boston Marathon Lisa Hughes Mark Wahlberg Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Source Type: news

Study Links Living Close To Highways With Heart Attack, Stroke
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study conducted by Boston-area researchers shows evidence that links living near highways to increased health risks. The study by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Health claims people living close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93 were at higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. The study used mobile labs to study ultrafine particles–microscopic metals and chemicals in the air–in Chinatown, Dorchester, and South Boston. Tufts University professor Doug Brugge said he and his colleagues worked ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston University Pollution Tufts University Source Type: news

Trouble Sleeping? Try Dark Chocolate, Study Suggests
EDINBURGH, UK (CBS) – Up all night counting sheep? A new study has a tasty suggestion: Try some chocolate. Researchers at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland found that magnesium can help your body regulate its internal clock, so you can sleep better at night and feel more awake during the day. Dark chocolate, as well as leafy greens like spinach and kale, are rich in magnesium. The scientists said magnesium “has an unexpected role in helping living things remain adapted to the rhythms of night and day.” The mineral is also found in nuts, seeds, fish, beans and dried fruit. Previous studies have shown...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health News Trending Chocolate Source Type: news

Researchers Looking At Quicker And Easier Way To Diagnose Concussions
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers in southern California are looking at a new way to diagnose concussions in athletes quickly and more easily. High school junior Kordell Ross says he blacked out after making a tackle in football practice last year. “They had me try to remember five words and I couldn’t remember any of them,” says Ross. “And then they made me stand up and try to walk but I couldn’t do it.” Ross is part of a study testing a faster way to detect concussions. It involves a headset called a transcranial Doppler device. It uses ultrasound to map blood flow changes in the brain ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Concussion Test Concussions Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Zika Survivor Says ‘I Could Feel My Skin Shrinking’
BOSTON (CBS) – A 46-year-old landscaper, who does not want to be identified, says last month he went to Brazil to visit his 90-year-old ailing father. While he was there he was bitten by several mosquitoes. When he returned home to the U.S. he discovered he had the Zika virus. “My lips burned all over. I could feel my skin shrinking in my face and ears,” he said. “I was very hot.” Health officials say there are seven reported cases of Zika virus in Massachusetts. All are connected to people who were traveling abroad. Now they also say mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika virus can now be...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Paul Burton Zika Virus Source Type: news

Electronic Devices, Wearable Technology May Trigger Nickel Allergies
BOSTON (CBS) — Nickel allergies are fairly common, and for most people, the problem can be traced to jewelry. A red, itchy rash prompted Sue McCann to go see her dermatologist. She was surprised that it was caused by the nickel in her fitness tracker. Sue McCann’s fitness tracker caused her to have a nickel allergy. (WBZ-TV) Her dermatologist, Dr. Laura Ferris, is seeing more patients with similar problems. “Traditionally, we’ve seen nickel allergies in (objects) like earrings, or from belt buckles, but now we are tending to see it a lot on the wrist from electronic fitness trackers,” she says...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Nickel Allergies Source Type: news

Kellogg’s Adds Peanut Flour To Sandwich Crackers, Raising Allergy Concerns
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (CBS) — An ingredient change by the Kellogg Company has many parents of children with peanut allergies alarmed. According to the non-profit Food Allergy Research & Education organization, Kellogg’s is adding peanut flour to various flavors of Keebler and Austin cheese sandwich crackers starting this month. The Austin crackers affected are Austin Cheddar Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Austin Grilled Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Austin Pepper Jack Cracker Sandwiches and the Austin Variety Pack Cracker Sandwiches. The Keebler flavors that will get peanut flour include Keebler Club & Ched...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Trending Allergies Kellogg's Peanut Allergies Source Type: news

Should Foods Display Exercise Labels?
BOSTON (CBS) — We’ve heard the push for more nutritional information on labels and menus, but some experts suggest something different. British researchers think food packaging should include exercise labels as well as calorie counts. They might appear as pictures or symbols that would say you would have to run for 15 minutes or walk for 30 minutes to burn off a sugary soda or a candy bar. Experts think the information may do a better job of discouraging people from indulging because the labels would be easier to understand than regular nutrition labels. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for B...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Food Labels Source Type: news

Overweight US Workers Blame Weight Gain On Work, Survey Shows
BOSTON (CBS) — Could your work be making you gain weight? Two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese and the numbers are climbing every year, and many Americans feel their job is to blame. Career Builder’s national survey of 3,000 full-time workers found more than half of U.S. workers feel overweight and nearly half say they gained weight while at their current job. Many blame sitting at their desks all day and being too tired to exercise after work. A third of workers say stress-related eating is a problem. Experts say companies need to offer low-cost salad bars, on-site gyms and serve healthy snacks...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Obese Overweight Source Type: news

Eating Fruit Every Day May Prevent Heart Attacks, Study Suggests
BEIJING (CBS) – An apple a day may really keep the doctor away, according to new research. An article in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine reports that a large study out of China found that eating fresh fruit regularly could do wonders for the heart. Researchers discovered that people who ate fruit every day had lower blood pressure and “significantly lower risks of major cardiovascular diseases.” The U.S. National Library of Medicine writes that, according to this study, daily fruit consumption lowers the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third, compared to people who ra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Heart Health Local News Syndicated Local Trending Fruit Source Type: news

I-Team: Teen Athletes More Likely To Abuse Painkillers
BOSTON (CBS) – Most parents encourage their children to play sports so they get the benefits of fresh air and learn how to be a member of a team. Despite those positive benefits, there is a drawback. It is estimated about two million teen athletes are seriously injured every year. Often, those patients are prescribed narcotic pain medication which can create a set of new issues. Ann Ahearn-Avitibile remembers watching her son James score touchdowns at a young age on the football field. “He was an athlete, a star athlete.” But with the accolades came injuries for the star of Middleboro High School. A fract...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis Ryan Kath Source Type: news

Scientific Reason Some Women Say They Could Just ‘Eat Up’ A Baby
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people who see a cute baby, whether it’s their own or someone else’s think, “Yum. Delicious. I could just eat him up”. Well there may be some science behind it. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that the smell of an infant triggers a physiological response in moms similar to what you might experience when you’re really hungry and see a delicious meal. (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 - April 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Unspoken Words: Art Helps Young Girl With Autism Communicate
BOSTON (CBS) – This Autism Awareness Month, a new exhibit called “Unspoken Words” is open at the 42 Maple Gallery in Bethlehem, NH. It shows the powerful expression of 10 artists who are on the autism spectrum. And wait until you meet one of those artists. For Lucy Sutton of Braintree, the focus is on communication, beauty and even therapy. Lucy just turned 4, and paints like nothing you’ve ever seen. With her canvas on top of a sheet spread on the family room floor and her paints carefully chosen, she picks her brushes and goes to town. Lucy is on the autism spectrum, with all the challenges that ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Autism Paula Ebben Source Type: news

Haircuts Help Heart Patients At Boston Children’s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) – On Sunday, you can get a haircut and help some of the tiniest heart surgery patients in Boston. Five year-old Molly from Haverhill was one of them. She was born with a heart defect and spent her first eight months at Boston Children’s Hospital. On Wednesday, stylists at Salon Mario Russo made her a “princess.” Molly had her first open-heart surgery when she was six weeks old and more surgeries after that. Now she’s active, healthy and very happy now. Her parents say she loved the day of beauty and she’s living proof that Children’s Hospital is a lifesaver “To ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Lisa Hughes Source Type: news

Low-Fat Milk May Not Be Better For Dieting, Study Suggests
BOSTON (CBS) — For years doctors have been suggested people switch to low-fat or skim milk to cut down on calories and for better overall health. But WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall reports that a new local study is calling that advice into question. Researchers at Harvard and Tufts analyzed data on 3,333 adults and found that having a higher level of dairy fat in the blood was associated with a 46 percent lower risk of diabetes than those with lower levels. One theory is that when people reduce fat, they feel less full and are more likely to overeat. And they often replace those fat calories with sugar and carbo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dieting Dr. Mallika Marshall Milk Source Type: news

Botox Injections May Greatly Reduce Knee Pain, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) — British researchers have found a new use for Botox. Patients with a certain type of knee pain say just one injection is getting them back on track. Dr. Michelle Earby jogs every day, but splintering pain around her knee nearly sidelined her passion for the pavement two years ago. “It was really severe stabbing pain in my knee that I couldn’t run through,” she says. She was diagnosed with lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome (LPOS), a common injury impacting the muscle around the knee and thigh. One in eight runners has it, and it also affects cyclists and other athletes. Botox (WB...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Botox Dr. Mallika Marshall Knee Pain Source Type: news

Millions Wrongly Think They Have Penicillin Allergy
BOSTON (CBS) – Claire Branman is among the millions of Americans who think they have a penicillin allergy. It’s something that’s been listed on her medical records since she was a kid, “because my mom told me when I was a baby I had an allergic reaction,” she told WBZ-TV. At 26 years old, Claire is now getting an allergy test to find out for sure. And here’s why: “Ten-to-fifteen percent of the U.S. population thinks that they are allergic to penicillin. But, in actuality less than one-percent are truly allergic to penicillin,” explained Dr. Aleena Banerji, an allergist at Mas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: torrancelatham Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Allergy Dr. Mallika Marshall penicillin Source Type: news

Dr. Mallika Marshall Emcees Prostate Cancer Awareness Day Event
BOSTON (CBS) – WBZ’s Dr. Mallika Marshall served as an emcee at an important event at the Massachusetts State Souse Thursday morning, the 8th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. It provided an opportunity for legislators, including Governor Charlie Baker and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, prostate cancer survivors, advocates, and leaders in prostate cancer care to gather and share their commitment to finding better ways to detect, treat, and prevent the disease. (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 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local Prostate Cancer Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news