Treating The Flu: Doctor, Urgent Care, Or Emergency Room?
BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials say the flu season may be peaking which hopefully means that cases will soon start to decline. There’s some evidence that this is happening in Massachusetts but only time will tell. That said it is still not too late to get a flu shot so please get one. People with flu symptoms often wonder when they should just stay at home or when they should see a doctor. If you have underlying medical conditions like asthma or heart disease or if you’re pregnant and you think you have the flu, call your doctor. They may want to treat you with anti-viral medication. Otherwise healthy o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Source Type: news

New Study Finds ‘ Baby Brain ’ Really Does Exist
BOSTON (CBS) – Many women say that when they’re pregnant they just don’t feel as mentally sharp as they do when they’re not pregnant, but is there really such a thing as baby brain? The answer is likely “yes”. In a new analysis of 20 studies including more than 1200 pregnant and non-pregnant women, researchers from Australia found that the memory, general cognitive functioning and executive functioning were reduced in the pregnant women. The phenomenon has been called “baby brain”, “pregnancy brain”, even “momnesia” and the researchers found that there...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Pregnancy Source Type: news

Urine Test Could Indicate Food Allergies, How Severe They Are
BOSTON (CBS) – It is estimated that 15 million Americans have an allergy to one or more foods but making the diagnosis can be somewhat painful and time consuming. But in a recent study, researchers from the University of Tokyo identified compounds in the urine of mice that can not only indicate whether a food allergy is present, but how severe the symptoms will likely be. Currently screening for food allergies involves a blood test or multiple pricks to the skin which aren’t terribly invasive but certainly can be a traumatic experience for a child. Then patients often undergo oral food challenges to determine t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Source Type: news

Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer
NORTH GRAFTON (CBS) – When it comes to cancer research, dogs just might be the key to unlock vital clues needed to find a cure. Veterinarians in central Massachusetts are excited about some recent results and it’s also making for some extremely thankful pet owners. “They gave me my best friend back and they gave him more time, quality time,” said Edward Sloan, whose dog, Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, became sick last fall. “All of sudden he went blind, overnight,” Sloan said. “He was scared.  He was sad.” Dozer had cancer. Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, is be...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Flu Cases Spike In Mass., Across The Country
BOSTON (CBS) – Cases of the flu have increased across the country, resulting in a season that health officials are calling “moderately severe,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. According to the CDC, regions experiencing high flu activity increased from 21 to 26 states this week. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity rose from 36 to 46. A GoFundMe page claimed the flu took the life of a 51-year-old Needham woman last week. The page stated that Jenny Ching was “diagnosed with flu, and that quickly led to pneumonia,” and “the infection spre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Flu Louisa Moller Source Type: news

New Device Helps People Suffering From Ringing In Ears
BOSTON (CBS) – It is estimated that 1 in 5 people suffer from tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear, that can be so intrusive it can affect a person’s quality of life. Now researchers at the University of Michigan say a new experimental device that targets unruly nerve cells in the brain can help quiet the “phantom sounds” of tinnitus. Human study participants who used the device daily said the loudness of the sounds was reduced and their quality of life improved. Some people have tinnitus so bad they can’t do their jobs and can’t function at home, and current treatments include usin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Tinnitus Source Type: news

Repeat Flu Vaccinations Can Help Protect Seniors
BOSTON (CBS) — While flu cases continue to spike nationwide, health officials are still urging the public to get their annual flu shot. And a new study suggests that older people, in particular, should make sure they get a flu shot year after year after year. Researchers in Spain found that people over 65 who get a flu shot every year are 74% less likely to require intensive care and are 70% less likely to die from influenza. While the flu vaccine varies in its effectiveness from year to year, any protection is better than no protection, and this study shows that the flu vaccine can have a cumulative effect over year...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Elderly Flu Shot Flu Vaccine HealthWatch Local TV Source Type: news

Regular Exercise Can Take Away ‘ Years Of Damage ’ From Laziness And Doing Nothing, Study Says
This study demonstrates that prolonged (two years) exercise training, initiated in middle age, can forestall the deleterious effects of sedentary aging by reducing cardiac stiffness and increasing fitness,” researchers wrote. The American Heart Association recommends “150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity)” to keep the heart healthy. (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 - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health American Heart Association Bryan Altman Exercise Local TV study finds talkers Source Type: news

Patients Worried About Future Of Medical Marijuana
BOSTON (CBS) – At Ermont on Tuesday, a medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy, they had a sign on the door, telling patients they could only buy with cash. The company’s bank has pulled the plug on debit transactions. “The banks are running scared,” said Greg Parquette, who uses marijuana for neuropathy in his legs. “Cash Only” sign at Ermont medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy (WBZ-TV) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reiterated his stance that marijuana use is still illegal, according to federal law and that there are “no safe havens.” Eight states, including Ma...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Bill Shields Local TV Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

IV Bag Shortage Hits Hospitals Nationwide During Flu Season
BOSTON (CBS) – Just as flu season hits its stride, there is a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags. The problem can be traced to Hurricane Maria. When the storm hit Puerto Rico in September, it knocked one of the country’s major suppliers of IV bags offline. The bags are used to deliver fluids and medications to patients. When in short supply, medical professionals have to use alternative methods of delivery which can be far more time consuming. Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells CBS News that the situation is serious. “This is a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Flu Mass General Hospital Source Type: news

Millennials ’ Quest For Perfection Causing Mental Health Issues, Study Says
CBS Local — “Close enough” apparently isn’t good enough for today’s young adults. A study looking at college students from 1989 to 2016 found that the personality traits that label someone a “perfectionist” have risen dramatically in recent years. Researchers at Britain’s University of Bath studied over 41,000 American, British, and Canadian students and administered a test known as the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale. The results measure three types of perfectionism: self-oriented (an irrational desire to be perfect), socially prescribed (perceiving ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV Mental Health mental health issues Millennials perfectionism talkers Source Type: news

Keto Diet Last, DASH First In New Diet Rankings
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — If you’re a fan of the “fat-burning” keto diet, you’ll be fired up about its ranking in the 2018 list of best diets from US News and World Report: It’s tied for last, along with the relatively unknown Dukan diet. Both stress eating a ton of protein and minimal carbs, putting the dieter into “ketosis,” when the body breaks down both ingested and stored body fat into ketones, which it uses as energy. People on such diets often deal with fatigue and light-headedness as they adjust to a lack of carbohydrates. Though the experts on the US News and Wo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Weight Loss Source Type: news

Romaine Lettuce May Be Linked To E. Coli Outbreak
CBS Local — A warning from health officials is urging people to be cautious of eating romaine lettuce after nearly 60 people were infected by E. coli bacteria. The illnesses were reported in Canada and 13 states including New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut. According to Consumer Reports, the dangerous bacteria has sent five to the hospital and killed one person in America. Another patient died of the illness in Canada, where the source of the bacteria was tracked down to the leafy greens. “Even though we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore E. Coli Food Poisoning Lettuce Local TV Romaine Lettuce talkers Source Type: news

Trendy ‘ Raw Water ’ Can Reportedly Give You Hepatitis, Other Diseases
CBS Local — A new health craze that has many people paying high prices for unfiltered water is also reportedly putting those people at risk for diseases like hepatitis and norovirus. According to a report from The New York Times, the demand for “raw water” in and around California’s Silicon Valley has sent prices soaring. The small companies bottling their untreated product have hiked the price from around $37 to over $60 for a 2.5-gallon jug. “It has a vaguely mild sweetness, a nice smooth mouth feel, nothing that overwhelms the flavor profile,” San Francisco grocery store manager Kevin...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Bacteria Chris Melore Fluoride Hepatitis Local TV Norovirus raw water talkers Source Type: news

MIT Is Creating Soft, Wearable Robot Technology
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Imagine a world where crutches, canes and walkers are no longer necessary for people with mobility issues. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working on a new kind of robotic technology that is light, flexible soft and wearable. Inside the @MIT lab developing soft, wearable robots: https://t.co/RT4rhyPTYf pic.twitter.com/eo2fKaqSPW — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 3, 2018 Parts are made of nylon and plastic and powered by compressed air. Artificial muscles two to three times stronger than a human being have folds to grip, lift and twist everything from flowers...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Local TV MIT robotics Source Type: news

Scientists Find Possible Alzheimer ’ s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes
CBS Local — Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders. The medication, known as a triple receptor drug — or “triple agonist” — reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain aga...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Alzheimer's Disease Chris Melore degenerative disorders Diabetes Local TV medical treatment talkers Source Type: news

App Helps Women Assess Risk For Breast Cancer
PEABODY (CBS) – Many women have an increased risk of breast cancer and don’t even know it. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, one local hospital is offering a new tool to women undergoing routine mammograms that helps them assess their risk. “My sibling and I joke we have cancer on mom’s side,” said 46-year-old Gia Leach of Lynnfield. “We’re just wondering what kind it’s going to be that’s going to get to us.” Leach has a strong family history of cancer, including breast, so she’s good about getting her routine mammograms. She had her last one in February....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Lahey Health Peabody Source Type: news

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Finds
(CNN) — More pregnant women seem to be using pot — sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety — and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. The prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of moms-to-be in California climbed from 4.2% to 7.1% from 2009 through 2016, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA on Tuesday. Among pregnant teens younger than 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5% to 21.8%, and among women 18 to 24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8% to 19%, the researchers found. That rese...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Marijuana Pot Pregnancy Source Type: news

Are Reduced Calorie Wines Worth It?
By Lisa Drayer, CNN (CNN) — If you’re counting calories, a glass of wine might be your alcoholic beverage of choice, as it’s a lighter option than many other mixed drinks. Reduced-calorie wines can save you even more calories, perhaps enough to earn a few bites of cheese or chocolate. Of course, you have also ask yourself: Are you actually enjoying it? The savings Depending on the variety, reduced-calorie wines have about 15% to 30% fewer calories than regular wine. For example, at 90 calories per 5-ounce glass, FitVine’s lower-calorie white wines have 25% fewer calories than a glass of regular whit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Wine Source Type: news

Christmas Brings Chocolate Poisoning Warning For Dogs
CBS Local — The holiday season is here and veterinarians are warning pet owners that all the extra candy laying around this time of year can be fatal for their dogs and cats. Writing in the journal Veterinary Record, Vets say Christmas and Easter are the most dangerous times of the year for pets to fall ill from eating chocolate. Their study found hundreds of cases of dogs suffering from chocolate poisoning after stealing candy, eating out of open chocolate boxes, or even drinking unguarded cups of hot cocoa. “The take home message is firstly to make sure that people recognize that chocolate is a potential...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chocolate Chocolate poisoning Chris Melore Christmas Dogs Local TV Pets talkers Source Type: news

5 Shocking Medical Stories From 2017
CBS Local — The field of medicine has made tremendous strides in 2017. Here’s a list of shocking stories from this year that shows just how far science has come and how unbelievable (and a little gross!) it can be. Laymen beware: the following may contain highly technical terminology for procedures (like swallowing balloons) and medical recommendations (like not to swallow coins). New Procedure Has People Swallowing Balloons To Lose Weight Having trouble hitting your goal weight? With the help of her doctor and a few gas-filled balloons, Bronx-resident Suzy Soto found out how to get rid of those last few pounds...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Medicine Science Shocking Stories Source Type: news

HealthWatch: More Hospitals Not Prepared To Treat Children; Christmas Baby Boom?
BOSTON (CBS) – A growing number of hospitals, including here in the Commonwealth are not equipped to treat children, even for some of the most basic conditions like belly pain or asthma. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital found that in four states, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and California the number of kids transferred from local hospitals to more distant referral centers, like a children’s hospital, rose 25% from 2006 to 2011. Kids are not just little adults. The way pediatricians evaluate and treat kids is often different from how they approach adults, and unfortunately, a growing number ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

A Salad A Day May Keep Dementia Away
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a hard concept, especially this time of year when sweets and Christmas cookies are everywhere, but as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, researchers at Tufts University believe a salad a day may keep dementia away. Pedro Velazquez is hitting the salad bar for lunch. He’s doing his best to get more greens into his diet. “I’ve been trying to get rid of this (belly) for a while now so I go to the gym, then I come have a salad and I go to work,” explains Pedro. New research in the journal Neurology suggests eating salad could also help keep his memory in good shape. Sarah Boo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dementia Dr. Mallika Marshall Salad Source Type: news

2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More
CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News best of 2017 Samantha Lazarus Bennet Source Type: news

Boston Hospital Brings Holiday Cheer To Families In NICU
BOSTON (CBS) – Home for the holidays is just not a possibility for some children and their families, but one Boston hospital is bringing the holidays to them. At the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it was a day to make memories and for the parents of their youngest patients, a much appreciated break. Little Rebecca has been in the NICU for almost two months. So have the twins Kaden and Kadance, who were not even three pounds when they were born. It’s been even longer than that for Kevin. “We evacuated from Hurricane Irma,” says Kevin’s mother ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Lisa Hughes NICU Source Type: news

Is Microwaving Plastic Food Containers Safe? Experts Say No
CBS Local — Despite concerning medical findings, many people still microwave their food in plastic containers. A new warning from the Cleveland Clinic is now urging people to ditch the containers, even if they are labeled “microwave-safe.” Lindsey Malone, dietitian and manager of nutrition, at the Ohio hospital says the materials in plastic containers can contaminate other objects when heated. “With plastic, you can have high temperatures from the microwave or the dishwasher, those plastics can become unstable and components can get into your food,” Malone told Cleveland 19...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Bisphenol A BPA Cancer Chris Melore Local TV microwave plastic plastic food container talkers Source Type: news

Women Who Have Trouble Sleeping May Struggle With Infertility
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re struggling to get pregnant, your sleep, or lack thereof, may be contributing. In a new study published in the journal Sleep, researchers looked at more than 50,000 women of reproductive age in Taiwan and found that those with sleep disorders other than sleep apnea had a more than three times greater likelihood of experiencing infertility compared to those who didn’t have trouble sleeping. The women with sleep problems were also more likely to have chronic health conditions like high blood pressure and thyroid issues, so it begs the question as to whether disordered sleep is just ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Pregnancy Sleeping Source Type: news

Could Your Christmas Tree Be Making You Sick?
BOSTON (CBS) – Could your Christmas tree be making you sick? If you suffer from mold allergies, the answer could be yes. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology found that mold spores can grow on common Christmas trees and often flourish in the warmth of your home. This isn’t necessarily a problem if you’re not sensitive to mold but if you are, having a tree in your home could cause itchy watery eyes, itchy nose, cough and wheezing. So what can you do? Wash your tree before you bring it into your home. Get rid of the tree right after Christmas. Try an air purifier in the ro...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Christmas Tree Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Size Of Wine Glasses Has Grown Significantly
BOSTON (CBS) – Remember how the Grinch’s heart “grew three sizes that day”? Well, the size of your wine glass has grown much more than that. Researchers in England have found that wine glass capacity has increased nearly seven-fold since the early 1700s. Three hundred years ago, wine glasses could hold about two ounces of liquid. Now the average wine glass holds about 15 ounces. The researchers point to a number of historical factors that may be responsible like removal of excise taxes and automated glass production. They also say some people get more pleasure drinking from a larger glass. And bar a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Wine Source Type: news

New Technology Can Help Detect Breast Cancer In Some Women
BOSTON (CBS) – More than 40% of women in the United States have dense breasts which can make it hard to find small cancers on a mammogram, but researchers are testing a new technology that could help. It is a 3-dimensional ultrasound called SoftVue. During the exam, the patient lies on her stomach, and her breast is placed into a warm water bath. In two to four minutes, the machine creates a 3D image using sound waves. SoftVue exam (WBZ-TV) There is no radiation and no compression of the breast. While SoftVue probably would not replace a woman’s annual mammogram, it might be used in conjunction with mammography...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HealthWatch Local TV Source Type: news

HealthWatch: New Treatment To Help Kids With Multiple Food Allergies
BOSTON (CBS) – Doctors may soon have a new option to treat kids with multiple food allergies. Researchers at Stanford University studied 48 children between the ages of 4 and 15 who have allergies to more than one food. They found that more than 80% of those treated with a combination of an asthma drug, Xolair, and an oral medication which helps block the body’s immune response, were able to eat at least two grams of two or more foods to which they were allergic. The allergies included milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts. About 30% percent of people with food allergies are allergic to more than on...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Allergies Source Type: news

Massachusetts Ranked Healthiest State In The Nation
By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent (CNN) — Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America’s Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation. The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Health Insurance Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Land Deal For Needle-Free Drug Injector
CBS Local — Scared of needles? Can’t stand all the pinpricks from taking medication or diabetes tests? Startup company Portal Instruments has landed a major deal to bring their needle-free solution to market in a move that could change the way people take medicine forever. The tech startup, which was created by MIT researchers in 2012, has reached a deal with Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda to help develop the “PRIME” injector and bring it to the market. MIT says Portal will receive an undisclosed payment for their invention, with the potential to earn up to $100 million for reaching cer...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore drug injector Local TV MIT Needles Portal Instruments talkers Source Type: news

Study Recommends Complete Ban On Window Blinds With Cords
CHICAGO (AP) — Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords. Image credit: CBS News Injuries continued even after manufacturers adopted voluntary safety standards including warning labels. The industry now has a plan in the works to make cordless bl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Moderate Exercise Can Make Fat Cells Healthier
BOSTON (CBS) – Imagine being able to eat all the fatty foods you want without gaining weight. Researchers say that could one day be possible. There is a pathway of proteins in the body that can inhibit the formation of fat cells, and researchers genetically modified mice to activate these proteins in response to fatty foods. The scientists found that after eating a high-fat diet for 8 weeks, the genetically altered mice gained no more weight than regular mice who were eating a standard diet. Not only that, the altered mice were leaner, had lower blood glucose and were more sensitive to insulin. These were experiments...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Food Source Type: news

New Study Reinforces Link Between Birth Control & Breast Cancer Risk
By Meera Senthilingam, CNN (CNN) — Birth control can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by up to 38%, depending on how long she has taken it, a new study finds. The risk was associated with all forms of hormonal contraception — such as the pill, injections or IUDs — when compared with women who have never used them. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen analyzed data from 1.8 million women under the age of 50 in Denmark. They followed the women for nearly 11 years, on average. The level of breast cancer risk increased the longer a woman had been taking hormonal contraceptives, with the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News birth control Breast Cancer Source Type: news

Robotic Baby Trains Doctors To Deal With Medical Emergencies
BOSTON (CBS) – She looks real. She feels real. She sounds real. And she’s no dummy. She’s a wireless robot that is the world’s most advanced neonatal patient simulator, recently called into service at Boston Children’s Hospital. Super Tory resembles an 8-pound baby and can virtually recreate any neonatal medical emergency. Caitlin O’Brien is a neonatal nurse and clinical educator for the Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). O’Brien runs mock scenarios to train nurses, doctors and other staff. “Within a couple of tweaks of a button, we can make the baby...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Super Tory Source Type: news

Eating Cheese Daily May Be Good For You, Study Finds
CBS Local — Cheese fans around the world, rejoice! The study you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Researchers have found that eating cheese every day is good for your health and may decrease your chance of developing heart disease. The findings, published in December’s European Journal of Nutrition, looked at 15 separate studies that followed over 200,000 people in the U.S. and Europe. Researchers say people who ate large amounts of cheese lowered their risk of developing heart disease by 14 percent and were 10 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to people who didn’t eat cheese. “Che...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cheese Chris Melore Heart Disease Local TV talkers Source Type: news

Research Finds Popular Blood Pressure Drug Increases Skin Cancer Risk
This study shows a possible link between HCTZ and basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. These are not melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer, but they both can pose serious health risks. This study shows an association between HCTZ and skin cancer, not proof that the medication actually causes cancer, but it’s link that needs to be studied further. In the meantime, continue to take your blood pressure medication and protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. (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 - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Being Unemployed Can Be Better For Your Health Than Working, Study Says
CBS Local — To work or not to work? That is the question being asked by a study claiming that it’s healthier for people to stay unemployed rather than take on an overly stressful job. Researchers in Great Britain followed over 1,000 unemployed workers, comparing their cholesterol, blood pressure, and other vital levels to those of people who were in poor working environments. “Job quality cannot be disregarded from the employment success of the unemployed,” University of Manchester’s Tarani Chandola said in a press release. “Just as good work is good for health, we must also remember poo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chris Melore Local TV Stress talkers Unemployed Working Source Type: news

Couple Wins Free Wedding Contest After Life-Changing Diagnosis
PEABODY (CBS) – High School sweethearts are about to get the wedding they have always wanted. The pair won a contest put on by a Peabody clothing store. Making the story even more dramatic, the groom-to-be says he decided to propose to his longtime girlfriend after being diagnosed with brain cancer. It was a moment the Gloucester couple truly didn’t see coming. The apparel store “The Ultimate” surprised bride-to-be Leah Palazola and her fiancé Paul Russo with the free wedding Tuesday night. The pair entered the giveaway after Paul’s mother saw a story about it on WBZ-TV. Paul Russo and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Tiffany Chan Wedding Source Type: news

Health Officials Warn Flu Season Could Be Severe
BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials are warning that the United States could be facing a relatively severe flu season this year, in part because the flu vaccine may not be that effective. Australia’s flu season, which precedes ours, was a bad one with higher than usual hospitalizations and deaths. Their vaccine, which has the same composition as the one we use here in the U.S., was estimated to be only about 10% effective. Every year, scientists have to guess which influenza strains will be circulating when they make the flu vaccine and sometimes the vaccine is off the mark. Scientists are anxious to develop a univ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Flu Shot Source Type: news

Study: Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats
BOSTON (CBS) – Who’s smarter, your dog or your cat? According to a new study, it’s probably your dog. Scientists counted the number of neurons or brain cells in the brains of a variety of carnivores and found that dogs’ brains have more than twice the number of neurons as cats’ brains. As it turns out the size of the brain is not what matters the most. It’s probably the number of neurons that are residing in the brain. Because dog brains possess more neurons, scientists say they probably are capable of doing more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can. Interestingly, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cats Dogs Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Study: Boston ’ s Weather Could Make You Have A ‘ Chilly ’ Personality
BOSTON (CBS) – Could the chilly climate in New England cause New Englanders to have a chilly disposition? A new study says “yes”. The climate you grow up in can have an effect on your personality. Those who are raised in more comfortable temperatures are more likely to be outgoing and more agreeable where those who grow up in extreme temperatures, either too cold or too hot, may be less so. Personalities can vary with regions of the country. For example, people in the Midwest are well-known for being friendly. Folks in California are thought to be relaxed and creative. And we New Englanders, well, some p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Death Risks
BOSTON (CBS) – More good news for coffee lovers. According to a large review or more than 200 studies, drinking three cups a day of either caffeinated or decaffeinated brew can reduce your risk of dying from all causes by 17 percent and can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. (WBZ-TV) Drinking caffeinated coffee, in particular, was linked to lower risks for heart disease, liver disease, cancer and other health problems. Coffee did pose some health risks.  For example, high coffee consumption in pregnancy was linked to miscarriage, low birth weight and preterm birth and may slightly increase the risk of fracture...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Coffee Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ-TV Source Type: news

The Good And Bad Of Drinking Tap Water
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a study from the University of North Carolina, children who do not drink tap water, which typically contains fluoride, are much more likely to have tooth decay. On the other hand, children and adolescents who do drink tap water are more likely to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. The public has become increasingly concerned about the water supply especially after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. And even if just a small number of kids are affected by lead, it can have long-lasting devastating effects. That said, tooth decay, which affects one in five preschoolers and more th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Tap Water Source Type: news

Self-Inflicted Injuries Surge Among Tween & Early Teen Girls
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) — Emergency room visits for non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries surged in recent years among US girls and young women, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14, according to a new study. However, rates of self-harm among boys and young men between the ages of 10 and 24 remained stable throughout the years 2001 through 2015, the researchers said. “Suicide is preventable,” said Melissa C. Mercado, lead author of the study published Tuesday in JAMA and a behavioral scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These findings underscore the need for the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Suicide Source Type: news

Study: Children Who Are Spanked Are More Likely To Have Behavior Problems
BOSTON (CBS) – Most Americans say that spanking is sometimes necessary to discipline a child, but there’s even more evidence that spanking not only doesn’t work, in fact it may be making matters worse. A new study finds that children who have been spanked by their parents at age five are more likely to have worse behavior problems at ages six and eight compared to children who have never been spanked. For years pediatricians have been warning parents not to spank their children, but some continue to do so for a variety of reasons including cultural, educational, and even the severity of their child’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Source Type: news

Researchers Say Many People Diagnosed With Cancer Suffer From PTSD
BOSTON (CBS) – Many people diagnosed with cancer suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Researchers in Malaysia looked at almost 500 adults who had been diagnosed with different types of cancer. One in five had developed PTSD within a few months of their diagnosis and some of those still had symptoms four years later. Getting the news that you have cancer can be shocking and the treatment itself can be traumatic. And then some patients continue to live in fear that the cancer will return. Patients with PTSD can have sleep problems, may be more likely to use substances, and may avoid seeking treatment fo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall PTSD Source Type: news

Want To Live Longer? Scientists Say You Should Get A Dog
CBS Local — Looking for the secret to a longer life and a healthy heart? A new study in Sweden says owning a dog is the best medicine for cardiovascular health, especially if you’re single. Researchers from Uppsala University have released the results of a 12-year study that followed over 3.4 million Swedish adults, looking at their heart health and risks for heart disease. According to the findings, Swedes who owned a four-legged friend were found to have a lower risk of death and decreased chance of cardiovascular disease. The report revealed that the health benefits of having a dog in your life were even mor...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular Health Chris Melore Dogs Heart Health talkers Source Type: news