On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker Touts Mass. As Example For Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — In his testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for bipartisan solutions in making necessary healthcare reform. “Massachusetts has achieved near-universal coverage, with the highest rate of individuals with health insurance in the nation,” he said during his testimony. “And that’s because we’ve been working and re-working it for more than ten years.” Gov. Charlie Baker testifies about healthcare before a congressional panel. (WBZ-TV) Baker was among a bipartisan group of governors testifying before the U.S. Sena...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Capitol Hill Charlie Baker Congress Elizabeth Warren Healthcare Washington D.C. Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Cancer-Detecting App; First-Time Dads Getting Older
BOSTON (CBS) — Pancreatic cancer usually has a poor prognosis, often because it’s caught too late, but could your smartphone one day give you an early warning? Researchers at the University of Washington are developing the BiliScreen app, which will allow people to screen themselves for pancreatic cancer and other diseases by snapping a selfie. The Biliscreen app in use. (WBZ-TV) One of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer, and other conditions like hepatitis, is jaundice or yellowing of the eyes, which is caused by a build-up of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood. This BiliScreen app uses the smartphon...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Fathers HealthWatch Mallika Marshall Pancreatic Cancer Source Type: news

FDA Approves Therapy Using Patient ’ s Own Cells To Fight Cancer Cells
BOSTON (CBS) — The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital will work to fight cancer in a new way thanks to a new treatment approved by the FDA. CAR-T therapy is for kids and young adults with relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). “It’s really an entirely new type of therapy, an entirely new way to fight cancer,” said Dr. Lewis Silverman, the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancies Center. Chemotherapy drugs attack dividing cells but are not specific to cancer cells, unlike this new treatment, according to Silverman. “It&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Dana Farber Cancer Institute Juli McDonald Leukemia Source Type: news

HealthWatch: A New Gene Therapy For Leukemia; A Study On Carbohydrates
This study does not mean you can now eat a ton of butter and steak without worry, but you probably don’t need to feel guilty about eating some fat. In terms of carbohydrates, the study did not distinguish between refined carbs and complex carbs, so further study is needed. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Cancer Research Dr. Mallika Marshall Leukemia Source Type: news

Beverly Hires Contractor To Euthanize Canada Geese In Controversial Plan
BEVERLY (CBS) — The Beverly Police Department said Wednesday that they had hired a private contractor to remove Canada geese from their public parks and take them off site to euthanize them. But the department did not confirm or deny a Salem News story that reported part of the plan involved then sending the goose meat to homeless shelters. “Geese pose a public health concern for our children, families and senior citizens,” Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill said in a statement Wednesday. “The City has contracted to safeguard against these risks humanely, to ensure our parks remain clean and safe for the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Beverly Canada Geese Carl Stevens Source Type: news

Teen Gets To Be Patriots Photographer For A Day
FOXBORO (CBS) — Even when health problems get her down, 13-year-old Meghan Condon stays passionate about two things: the New England Patriots and photography. Meghan has had two heart surgeries in her young life and suffers from other health issues. To help lift her spirits, her mother decided to reach out to the New England Patriots as a surprise. “I didn’t know who the gift was from, or even what it was, so all I knew was I was getting something from someone,” explained Meghan. Meghan shares her scrapbook with Paul Burton (WBZ-TV) A few days later, she received a package in the mail. It was a scra...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Meghan Condon New England Patriots Paul Burton Photographer Robert Kraft Source Type: news

New Implant Treatment Helps Recovering Opioid Addicts Stay Clean
FALL RIVER (CBS) – Many people addicted to opioids are desperate to quit, but the drug has such a powerful hold over their bodies, they simply can’t fight the cravings. A recovering addict from Fall River who didn’t want to use her real name, so we’ll call her Kate, says opioids took over her life. “When I was using, I was a mess,” she said. “It was lie after lie. I put my mom through a lot of stuff and she never deserved it.” But Kate finally realized, she had to find a way to stop. “Either I’m going to die, or I’m going to get my life back together,”...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch opioid crisis Probuphine Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Slow, Steady And Successful Weight Loss; Benefits Of Coffee
BOSTON (CBS) — Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss, at least according to a new study. For one year, nearly 200 overweight or obese adults followed a weight loss program and researchers found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first 6 to 12 weeks were more likely to keep the weight off 1 to 2 years later than those whose weight fluctuated. Almost half of people who go on a diet to lose weight regain more than half of it over a two year period, but this research suggests if you lose weight consistently, you can change that. So find a weight loss program that you can stick with week...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Coffee Dr. Mallika Marshall Weight Loss Source Type: news

Gov. Baker: Massachusetts Should Be Model For Opioid Fight
BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker, who sits on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, says he believes some of what Massachusetts has done to combat opioids should become the national model. The commission was created in March, and the Governor says it has met several times. Baker pointed to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program as an example of a Massachusetts initiative that would work well nationwide. “We doubled the number of inquiries on that prescription management program over the past year or so,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kary...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charlie Baker Drugs Karyn Regal opioid crisis White House Source Type: news

Sen. Markey Calls For Ban On Menthol Cigarettes
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, arguing that tobacco companies disproportionately target African-Americans when they market and promote the cigarettes. The Massachusetts Democrat is leading a group of fellow senators in calling on the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the cigarettes, noting that African-Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the U.S. The letter to the FDA sent earlier this week was also signed by fellow Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Cigarettes Ed Markey Source Type: news

Opioid-Related Deaths In Massachusetts Appear To Be Dropping
BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts appear to be dropping. Public health officials said Tuesday that the number of opioid-related deaths fell about 5 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. The decline is modest — 978 estimated and confirmed deaths in the first half of 2017 compared to 1,031 estimated and confirmed deaths during the first half of 2016. The report says the presence of fentanyl in opioid-related deaths continues to climb, even as the presence of heroin in such deaths continues to drop. While white residents account for the majority of opioid...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News opioid opioid crisis Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $417 Million In Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News baby powder Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

36th Annual MS Harborfest Held In Portland Harbor
PORTLAND, Maine (CBS) — More than 50 sailboats raced Saturday to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The 36th annual MS Harborfest Regatta was held Saturday in Portland Harbor. The sailors raised money for vital research initiatives through sponsorships. Sailboats in Portland Harbor for the MS Harborfest Regatta. (WBZ-TV) Once the race was over, those sailors got to come back to shore for a celebration. “We have awards in eight divisions, and we have a great feast for them, and lots of great music,” said MS Harborfest Development Director Sue Tidd. “It’s a celebration of how they&rsqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Maine MS MS Harborfest Multiple Sclerosis Portland Source Type: news

How To Protect Your Eyes During The Solar Eclipse
BOSTON (CBS) – On Monday, August 21, all eyes will be on the solar eclipse, a spectacular sight, but even though the sun will be shaded, it will still be dangerously bright. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, if you have the right protection, you can safely enjoy the rare show. “I’ve never seen an eclipse before but I’ve heard it’s a cool experience,” says 22-year-old Simon Archambault who plans to watch Monday’s solar eclipse with a bunch of friends in Boston, but he knows he’s taking a risk. “I heard you can go blind,” he admits. RELATED: Where To Watch Eclipse Yo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Solar Eclipse solar glasses Source Type: news

Death Of MMA Fighter After Match In Plymouth Under Investigation
BROCKTON (CBS) — The death of a 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter is now being investigated by the Plymouth County District Attorney. Rondel Clark, of Sutton, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Tuesday morning, according to officials. Over the weekend, Clark competed as part of Cage Titans XXXV at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. Officials said Saturday’s match ended about two minutes into the third round and it was ruled a technical knockout. Rondel Clark (Photo Courtesy: Marc Vasconcellos | Brockton Enterprise) After the fight, Clark was transported to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Mixed Martial Arts Plymouth Source Type: news

Study Finds Half Of Workers Find Jobs Taxing
BOSTON (CBS) — A new study says the workplace can be physically and emotionally taxing. Researchers at Harvard surveyed more than 3,000 working Americans. About half said their job spilled over into their personal lives and they often had to work during “off” hours. A third said they have no control over their schedule and sadly, a fifth of workers said they face a hostile or threatening social environment at work. While the survey revealed red flags for both white-collar and blue-collar workers, it wasn’t all bad. American workers, in general, say they enjoy a certain amount of autonomy, feel confi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Harvard University Source Type: news

What Men Eat May Determine How Good Or Bad They Smell
BOSTON (CBS) — Listen up guys: Do you pass the sniff test? Researchers in Australia had women smell the sweat of healthy, young men and found that the ladies preferred the scent of men who ate a lot of vegetables versus those who ate a lot of meat. Body odor develops when bacteria on our skin metabolize compounds in our sweat, and this wasn’t the first study to find that women may prefer the body odor of men who eat less meat. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local body odor Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Your Social Media Posts May Give Clues About Your Mental Health
BOSTON (CBS) — The photos you post on social media may say a lot about your mental health. Researchers at the University of Vermont and Harvard University used computers to analyze more than 40,000 photos on the Instagram feeds of 166 volunteers looking for brightness, color, and shading. Volunteers with depression were more likely to post black and white photos or ones with bluer, grayer or darker filters while healthy volunteers posted photos with warmer, brighter tones. They also found that even though people with depression were more likely to post photos with faces, those photos had fewer faces, in general, sugg...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News Dr. Mallika Marshall Mental Health Social Media Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Intense Exercise May Suppress Appetite
This study was performed on healthy, young men so more research is needed to look at the effects of vigorous exercise on women and older individuals. And remember, even light exercise is better than no exercise for your overall health. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch News appetite Dr. Mallika Marshall Exercise Weight Loss Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Make Potentially Groundbreaking Alzheimer ’ s Discovery
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found a way to reverse memory loss in mice, a potential breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Even though there’s a long way to go, it’s an exciting development. “This has the potential to really make a difference,” says Jay Penney, PhD, one of the lead authors of a new study. Jay Penney. (WBZ-TV) The team focused on one enzyme that causes memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. “What we’ve done is found a new way to basically prevent ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Alzheimer's Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Conflict Of Interest? State DPH Employee Applies To Open Marijuana Dispensary
BOSTON (CBS) – As the state readies to open more pot shops, one Boston woman looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary has critics calling Massachusetts pot policies hazy at best. “It raises doubt about the integrity of the process. This woman isn’t trying to open a flower shop someplace. It’s a marijuana shop she wants to open up,” says David Tuerck, who heads up the watchdog group, Beacon Hill Institute. The applicant’s name: Nicolette Smith, of the Petrichor Medicinal Corporation. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirms she’s an employee there. Yes, the very ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Christina Hager Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Colon Cancer Deaths Increasing; Women Have Higher Brain Activity
BOSTON (CBS) – The death rate from colorectal cancers among younger white adults is on the rise, increasing by one percent a year since 2004. Experts are not sure why and say what is particularly concerning is that screening for colon cancer usually begins at age 50 yet the mortality rates are still rising for those between the ages of 50 and 54. Doctors need to urge patients to get timely follow-up for any concerning symptoms and consider early screening for some patients. —– Are women’s brains more active than men’s? A new study finds that women have much higher brain activity in more region...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

EpiPen Alternative Costs $4,500, But Many Get It For Free
NEW YORK (CBS) – After the price of EpiPens rose to more than $600 last year, the ensuing controversy led to the rise of much cheaper generic auto-injectors. So why is there buzz surrounding a newer alternative that costs $4,500? The Auvi-Q and the EpiPen (Image credit: CBS This Morning) CBS News reports that families dealing with life-threatening allergies are looking at the Auvi-Q , which is smaller and comes with a voice instructor. The list price may be expensive, but an affordability program by drugmaker Kaleo means families are paying nothing in out-of-pocket costs. “It’s an access model built for p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News EpiPen Source Type: news

Salmonella Cases In Massachusetts Linked To Papayas From Mexico
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to a farm located in southern Mexico, U.S. public health officials said in an update on the outbreak first reported more than two weeks ago. Salmonella has now sickened 109 people in 16 states and 35 were serious enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its web page dedicated to the outbreak. One person in New York City died. (Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) Papaya traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, appears to be the likely source, the FDA...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News papaya SALMONELLA Source Type: news

Fenway Park Ranks 2nd In Study Of Ballpark Food Safety
BOSTON (CBS) — According to one recent study, you can feel better about chowing down on those Fenway franks. Sports Illustrated released their ranking of the ballparks Tuesday using info from public health inspection records across the US and Canada, and Fenway Park came in second place. The ranking found the Sox’ home field had a total of 30 food safety violations last year, with only two of those violations categorized as “critical”–meaning violations that could have led to spreading food-borne illness. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) In comparison, the median number of critical violati...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Red Sox Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Baseball Fenway Park Food Safety MLB Sports Illustrated Source Type: news

Nancy Frates Says New ALS Treatment Offers Hope
BOSTON (CBS) – A powerful wave of hope moving through the ALS community – the FDA has approved a drug for the first time in more than two decades that slows the symptoms of the devastating disease. Radicava has shown promising signs in Japan – slowing the progression of ALS by 33%. Trials were done on patients in the earliest stages, but anyone living with the disease can take it — including an optimistic Pete Frates. His mother Nancy told WBZ this new medicine totally changes the dynamic of the diagnosis: “The doctor told us five years ago when Pete was diagnosed, ‘There’s no effe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Juli McDonald nancy frates Pete Frates Radicava Source Type: news

Concussion Expert Says Letting Kids Play Football Should Be Considered Child Abuse
BOSTON (CBS) — The doctor who discovered CTE believes that letting anyone under 18 years old play football should be considered child abuse. Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist and expert in the study of the effects of concussions, recently reacted to the study that found 110 of 111 former NFL players who had their brains donated suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He said that letting children play football is the definition of “child abuse,” and doesn’t believe there is any way to make the sport safer. “Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health NFL Sports Syndicated Sports Bennet Omalu Concussions CTE Football Sports News Source Type: news

Brigham And Women ’ s Left Out Of Top Hospitals List
BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a surprise in the new U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the nation’s best hospitals. (Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images) This year there is just one Massachusetts hospital in the top 20. Massachusetts General Hospital comes in at number 4, trailing Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the Cleveland Clinic and the top-ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (WBZ-TV) But, for the first time in 24 years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston does not make the top 20. The hospital’s chief quality officer told the Boston Globe that’s largely because of a chang...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital US News And World Report Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Healing Organs With Chip; Tear-Free Onions?
BOSTON (CBS) – Healing organs with a single touch. Scientists in Ohio have developed a “chip” the size of a cufflink, which when touched to the skin with an electrical current injects DNA into skin cells, in less than a second. That genetic material can then reprogram skin cells to become virtually any type of cell in the body. Using the chip in mice, the scientists were able to heal blood vessels in damaged legs and restore brain tissue after a stroke. One goal of the new technology is to help heal the brains of people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since it uses the patient’...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

3 Chelsea Police Officers Treated After Exposure To Fentanyl
CHELSEA (CBS) – Three police officers were rushed to the hospital after responding to reports of three men who overdosed in a van in Chelsea. The officers may have been exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl while reviving the men with Narcan. Chelsea Police and fire arrived on Williams Street to find the three men passed out from an apparent drug overdose. Police say 3 men may have overdosed in a minivan before a crash in Chelsea (WBZ-TV) Police say the men were riding slowly in a minivan when they rear-ended another vehicle. The other driver got out and noticed that the three men, all in their late 20’s to e...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Chantee Lans Chelsea Louisa Moller Narcan opioid crisis Source Type: news

NH Lawmakers Denounce Trump ’ s ‘ Drug-Infested Den ’ Comment
BOSTON (CBS) – One thing we’re learning about President Donald Trump – in public or in private, he doesn’t always measure his words carefully. In the transcript of his phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto obtained and published by the Washington Post, the president presses his case for the expanded border wall and criticizes Mexico’s efforts to stop drug trafficking. And that’s when he drops a description of New Hampshire that is drawing bi-partisan condemnation. The opioid-addiction crisis was one of the signature issues of Trump’s successful New Hampshire primary ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Politics Syndicated Local Jon Keller New Hampshire opioid crisis President Donald Trump Sen. Elizabeth Warren Sen. Maggie Hassan Source Type: news

HealthWatch: High Salt Diets Weaken Heart; Yoga To Treat Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – The typical American eats enough salt on a daily basis to hurt their heart. Researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults and found that about half of them consumed more than 3.7 grams of sodium each day, which is about 2 teaspoons of salt. In addition, scientists found that eating more than 3.7 grams of sodium a day is enough to weaken the heart over time. A high salt diet can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure puts strain on the heart leading to enlargement of the chambers of the heart and makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Unfortunately, even if we don’t add table salt to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Salt Yoga Source Type: news

‘ New Hampshire Is A Drug-Infested Den, ’ Trump Reportedly Told Mexican President
WASHINGTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump called New Hampshire ‘a drug-infested den” during a conversation with the Mexican president, according to transcripts published Thursday by the Washington Post. The Post said it obtained transcripts from the president’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The White House prepared but did not release transcripts of the talks that happened a few days after Trump’s inauguration, according to The Post. Trump made the comments about New Hampshire on a Jan. 27 call with President Pe&n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Donald Trump New Hampshire Source Type: news

HealthWatch: How Sweeteners And Sleep Influence Weight Gain
BOSTON (CBS) – A new report shows inadequate sleep could be making you fat. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that adults who slept an average of 6 hours a night weighed more and had a waist circumference about an inch larger than those getting 9 hours of sleep a night. They also had lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. While most of us do not get 9 hours of sleep a night, we should all strive to get at least 7 to 8. That’s because there is growing evidence that chronic sleep deprivation can increase our risk of obesity and metabolic disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol, which...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News artificial sweeteners Dr. Mallika Marshall Health Watch Weight Loss Source Type: news

Duxbury Mom Battling Cancer Challenges Others To Help Her Live Longer
Duxbury (CBS) – Lindsay McGrath knows she’s in the fight of her life. “I literally dropped to my knees when I got the call from my doctor and said this can’t happen to me,” Lindsay said. Just six weeks after her son was born this 36 year-old mother of three children has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called ocular melanoma. A cancer of the eye which is now spread to her liver, spine and ribs. “Among the cancers this is probably, unfortunately, one of the more deadly ones. People should get their eyes dilated because a lot of people have freckles on the back of their eyes, but ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Jump For Lindsay Lindsay McGrath Melanoma Paul Burton Source Type: news

Dozens Rally In Cambridge To Celebrate Defeat Of Obamacare Repeal
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — A few dozen people gathered at Cambridge City Hall Saturday to celebrate the results of the latest vote on health care. People chanted, “The people united will never be defeated.” Small crowd of protesters gathered at Cambridge City Hall to celebrate defeat of the bill to repeal parts of Obamacare. (Photo credit: WBZ-TV) The Cambridge’s mayor was there, joining the crowd to celebrate the defeat of the Senate’s effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. Event organizer Victoria McGroary said to some applause, “For events across the country, there are people at 16...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Chantee Lans Obamacare Skinny Repeal US Senate Source Type: news

Keller @ Large: Anyone Have A Clue About Fixing Health Care?
BOSTON (CBS) – Now that the U.S. Senate has rejected the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, it’s pretty much back to the drawing board for everyone in Washington. I have a few questions about this whole process that I suspect you may share. For starters, watching parts of the Senate debate this week, I was struck by how, after all these years, our political leaders still haven’t figured out what they want to do to fix health care’s problems. Some want to tweak the status quo, others want to scrap it altogether. Some want to make health care a do-it-yourself situation. Others want to...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Politics Syndicated Local Health Care Jon Keller Keller At Large Source Type: news

Possible Scabies Outbreak Reported At Winchester Hospital
WINCHESTER (CBS) – A possible scabies outbreak has been reported at Winchester Hospital, impacting at least two patients and at 20 hospital employees. On Wednesday, the hospital discovered that a patient who had been recently admitted may have had a scabies infection. The patient received treatment following the discovery. An additional patient who was in the same unit is also believed to have been impacted. More than 20 hospital employees showed symptoms and are receiving treatment for scabies, which the hospital described as “highly contagious but also highly treatable.” Appointments at Winchester Hospi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Scabies Winchester Hospital Source Type: news

Sens. Warren, Markey Rip GOP Efforts To Undo Health Care Law
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts two Democratic U.S. Senators are ripping Republicans for moving forward with an effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged her Republican colleagues on Twitter to step away from the repeal effort, saying they could decide either to stick with their political party or “prove we’re better than this” by siding with the people they represent. This is your moment in history, @SenateGOP. You can side with a political party, or the people you represent. Prove we're better than this. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWar...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Politics Sen. Edward Markey Sen. Elizabeth Warren Source Type: news

Single Mom With 2 Failing Kidneys Saved By Stranger
WINCHESTER (CBS) – A single mother with two failing kidneys was saved by the kindness of a complete stranger. “I work as a web developer. She’s a web designer,” Kara Yimoyines said. “She’s from the Midwest. I’m from the Midwest,” said Nicole Baltzer. “We both like sports.” This months-old friendship feels in so many ways meant to be. Once-strangers in the same town, now connected for life. “I certainly never set out to be a living donor as part of my life plan,” Nicole said. Nicole Baltzer and Kara Yimoyines (WBZ-TV) But that plan took a new direction,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Juli McDonald kidney donation Tufts Medical Center Winchester Source Type: news

Man May Have Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Hiking In New Hampshire
GRAFTON, N.H. (CBS) – A Florida man is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria he may have contracted while hiking in New Hampshire. The Union-Leader reports 32-year-old Wayne Atkins of Miami has been hospitalized since Father’s Day weekend. He spent two weeks in a coma. Doctors believe the deadly bacteria entered his body through blisters on his foot. Atkins said he got those blisters hiking Mount Garfield in Grafton County, and started feeling sick when he returned home to Florida. A New Hampshire public health official told the newspaper that it’s not clear if Atkins contracted the bacteria in the Granit...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News flesh-eating bacteria New Hamsphire White Mountains Source Type: news

Nurse Stabbed By Patient Pleads For More Hospital Security
BOSTON (CBS) – An emergency room nurse who was brutally attacked on the job is now one of the driving forces behind a bill that would require safety plans for healthcare workers. Elise Wilson says she was assessing a patient at Harrington Hospital on June 14 when he suddenly came at her with a knife. “I could have lost everything,” she tells WBZ-TV. “All of a sudden he swung at me and punched me in the head. I looked up and he was holding a knife over his head. The next thing I knew he stabbed me in the neck.” Elise Wilson was stabbed by a patient at Harrington Hospital (WBZ-TV) Not just in...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Beth Germano Elise Wilson Elise's Law Source Type: news

Southbridge Nurse Hurt In Stabbing Attack Shares Photo Of Her Recovery
SOUTHBRIDGE (CBS) — The nurse seriously injured in a stabbing attack at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge last month is sharing a photo of her wounds to raise awareness about violence faced by health care workers. RN Elise Wilson, 65, was stabbed multiple times by a patient, Conor O’Regan, 24, on June 14, and has been recovering ever since. On Wednesday, Wilson’s husband Clifton and her colleagues will testify at the State House to support a law named after her that will require hospitals and health care facilities to come up with plants to prevent workplace violence. The Massachusetts Nurses Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Elise Wilson Harrington Hospital Massachusetts Nurses Associaion nurse stabbed SOUTHBRIDGE Source Type: news

Hazmat Crews Respond To Lawrence Apartment After Fatal Overdoses
LAWRENCE (CBS) — A mixture of cocaine and fentanyl is to blame for two deadly overdoses that prompted a hazmat response Monday morning. Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police rushed to a Garden Street apartment just before six a.m. after a man called to say he may have ingested some sort of dangerous substance. Police entered the apartment to find two men dead. A third, the man who called 911, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. His condition is not yet known. State and Lawrence Police respond to a double fatal overdose on Garden Street. (WBZ-TV) The survivor told police that he had suffered nerve damage, and ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Carfentanil David Robichaud Lawrence Lawrence Police Massachusetts State Police opioid crisis overdose Source Type: news

Carfentanil May Have Played Part In Lawrence Double Fatal Overdose
LAWRENCE (CBS) — The highly-potent narcotic carfentanil may be to blame for two deadly overdoses that prompted a hazmat response Monday morning. Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police rushed to a Garden Street apartment just before six a.m. after a man called to say he may have ingested some sort of dangerous substance. Police entered the apartment to find two men dead. A third, the man who called 911, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. His condition is not yet known. State and Lawrence Police respond to a double fatal overdose on Garden Street. (WBZ-TV) The survivor told police that he had suffered nerve damag...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Carfentanil David Robichaud Lawrence Lawrence Police Massachusetts State Police opioid crisis overdose Source Type: news

Nurse Strike, Lockout At Tufts Medical Center Ends
BOSTON (CBS) — About 1,200 nurses returned to their regular shifts at Tufts Medical Center at 7 a.m. Monday, after a 24-hour strike and four-day lockout left them picketing outside for the last week. There is still no contract agreement between the hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Mayor Marty Walsh urged the nurses’ union and the hospital last week to negotiate. Nurses cheer as they return to work at Tufts Medical Center following 1 day strike, 4 day lockout #WBZ pic.twitter.com/3XaDoKnnWA — Anna Meiler (@AnnaMeiler) July 17, 2017 Mary Johnson, who has been a Tufts nurse for 31 year...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Anna Meiler Massachusetts Nurses Association Nurse Strike Nurses' Strike Tufts Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Sense Of Smell Plays A Role In Weight Gain, Study Finds
CBS Local — The sense of smell plays an integral role in the enjoyment of food, but is it possible that a person will gain more weight if they have a better sense of smell? According to a University of California, Berkeley, study, smell does play a role in metabolism. For the study, researchers split mice into groups that had little to no ability to smell, normal ability and strong ability. They were all given the same diet and same serving size, but the mice with a poor sense of smell slimmed down, while the mice with an average or strong ability to smell gained more weight. “This paper is one of the firs...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Smell Study Weight Gain Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Hit By First Nurses Strike In Boston In 31 Years
BOSTON (CBS) — More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed. It’s the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 30 years. The one-day strike at Tufts is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the nurses they represent at the hospital. “It’s not a place that any of us wanted to be but we feel very much forced into this situa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Nurses Association Tufts Medical Center Tufts Nurse Strike Source Type: news

Paramedics Use New Machine To Save Heart Attack Victim
PEPPERELL (CBS) – A new, lifesaving machine did its job for the first time in Pepperell this weekend. It’s called the Lucas 3, and it plays a crucial role in CPR. It is also the reason a 67-year-old man is alive today. It’s a device that performs perfect chest compressions for as long as needed. On Saturday that made all the difference in a house on Hollis Street. “I immediately flew up the stairs and saw my father laying on the floor,” says Derek Heath. His dad had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He was laying flat on the ground. He was unresponsive,” says Pepperell Police Officer ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CPR Lisa Hughes Pepperell Source Type: news

Health Watch: Sandbox Bacteria Warning
BOSTON (CBS) – It may not be all fun in the sun and sand this summer. That neighborhood sandbox may be a breeding ground for germs. A study out of Spain found that many of the playground sandboxes that they tested contained a bacterium which can cause a bad intestinal infection. The bacterium they were looking for in this small study is C. difficile which can cause a bad intestinal infection. Sandboxes could become contaminated through human and animal waste. Other studies have found parasites and worms in some sandboxes. Does this mean you shouldn’t let your children play in a sandbox? Not necessarily. But sta...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Children Health Health Watch playground sandbox Sandbox Bacteria Source Type: news