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

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

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

New Pill To Treat Asthma Shows Promise
BOSTON (CBS) – If you have severe asthma and current treatments don’t seem adequate, a new treatment may be on the horizon. About 1 in 12 people has asthma, a condition which cause tightening and inflammation of the airways in the lungs. It’s usually treated with inhalers and occasionally steroid pills, but there hasn’t been a new treatment introduced to treat asthma for more than 20 years. That may change. In a small study, a twice a day pill, called fevipiprant, has shown promise in reducing inflammation in the lungs. Further study is needed but the hope is that this new drug will help prevent ast...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Michael Phelps Sports Dark Bruises From Cupping
BOSTON (CBS) — If you watched Michael Phelps swim his way to his 19th gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay, you might have noticed round reddish-purple marks on his back and on a few of the other swimmers as well. These bruises are the result of an ancient Chinese therapy called “cupping”.  Suction is applied to draw the skin up into special cups, breaking small capillaries under the skin.  The goal is to improve blood flow to sore, tired muscle, reduce pain, and speed healing. Does it work?  Many athletes, trainers, and celebrities swear by it, but the science behind it is thin.&n...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston WBZ Source Type: news

Vaccines Developed In Boston Provide Protection Against Zika In Monkeys
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are making some great progress in coming up with a vaccine against Zika. Working in partnership with Walter Reed Army Institute of Researchers, scientists have developed three experimental vaccines and all three provided unbelievable protection against Zika in rhesus monkeys, the closest cousins to humans. Dr. Mallika had a chance to speak one-on-one with the lead researcher who says this initial data is very encouraging. “The protection was striking,” says Dr. Dan Barouch. “In the animals that did not receive the vaccine, all of the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Zika Virus Source Type: news

New Narcan Works Faster To Stop Overdose
BOSTON (CBS) – With opioid overdoses continuing to increase in Massachusetts, first responders are always looking for ways to save lives. Now, there’s a new Narcan applicator that’s taking hold. “It’s fast, and easy to use,” says Cohasset Police Officer Paul Wilson. “No assembly.” Wilson found the new applicator at a conference in Atlanta last spring and has now convinced South Shore Hospital to distribute the small device which is like a nasal spray. Narcan applicators (WBZ-TV) “Anything that reduces time helps patients, and us in the ER,” says Dr. Jason Tracy, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Bill Shields Narcan Source Type: news

Removal Of Tonsils, Appendix May Affect Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) – Could there be a link between having your appendix or your tonsils removed and your fertility? Some people have worried that if a woman has her appendix removed that she might have a harder time becoming pregnant. The theory is that scar tissue formation after surgery could affect her reproductive organs. But according to a new study out of the United Kingdom, women who had either their appendix or their tonsils removed had higher pregnancy rates than women who didn’t, and the rates were even higher among women who had had both surgeries performed. It’s important to point out that this was ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Women's Health Source Type: news

Researchers Find Genes That May Be Linked To Depression
BOSTON (CBS) – Scientists have known for years that depression can run in families but how? For the first time, researchers, including those at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, found a treasure trove of genes that seem to be linked to depression, at least in people of European descent. Researchers looked at data on hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom had provided their genetic profiles through services like 23andMe. They identified 15 areas of genetic variations that can affect a person’s risk of developing depression. Experts are calling it a big step closer to finding all of the genes tha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News CBS Boston Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Dana-Farber Named Best Cancer Center In New England
BOSTON (CBS) — For the 16th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center New England’s best place for cancer care. The institute ranks fourth nationwide, behind Houston’s University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (WBZ) CEO Ed Benz said Dana-Farber is working on some of the most promising developments in cancer care, including immunotherapy. “These treatments are really, probably the most exciting thing ha...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dana Farber Cancer Institute Kim Tunnicliffe Source Type: news

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Attack Survivors Heal
BOSTON (CBS) – New research finds a common supplement may help heart attack patients heal. Jim Kelley suffered a heart attack eight years ago but didn’t have the classic symptoms. “I didn’t know it was my heart,” he said. “I just wasn’t feeling good.” The now 80-year old took part in a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to see if omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil would help his heart heal. Jim’s doctor, Raymond Kwong, a cardiologist at the Brigham, authored the study. Dr. Raymond Kwong. (WBZ-TV) “On average,” says Dr. Kwong, “ If they were giv...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall omega -3 Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About Zika
BOSTON (CBS) – Understandably, there is a lot of confusion out there about Zika.  What it is.  What it means.  And who should be worried.  Part of the confusion stems from the fact that the infection is relatively new to these parts of the world, and scientists don’t yet have all the answers. But there are some things we do know and there are some things that we all can do to help protect ourselves and our loved ones. What is Zika? Zika is a virus that is spread through the bite of specific type of mosquito, namely, the Aedes species mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). W...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall zika Source Type: news

New Report Finds Serious Health Risks From Taking Dietary Supplements
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of people in the U.S. use dietary supplements, but a new report may have you taking a closer look at what is in your medicine cabinet. Logan Stiner’s family has been taking on the supplement industry after the healthy 18-year old suddenly died from a powdered caffeine supplement. “He had no idea what he was doing,” says his mother, Katie Stiner. A new Consumer Reports’ investigation finds serious health risks from supplements including vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. Researchers have identified 15 ingredients to always avoid, including kava, red yeast, and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Doctors Discover Specific Inner Ear Deficit In Kids With Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Diagnosing autism as early as possible is crucial to early intervention. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a simple, non-invasive hearing test could be a valuable tool. Kids with autism often have problems with both language and hearing, and researchers at the University of Rochester used a technique like the one used to screen newborn babies for hearing loss to evaluate the hearing of kids ages 6 to 17. They found a specific inner ear deficit in the kids with autism that could impact their ability to form speech. Maria Mody, PhD, a researcher at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hosp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Experts Want Doctors, Pharmacies To Include Reason For Prescription On Label
BOSTON (CBS) – Many Americans take multiple prescription drugs and often don’t know why. This can cause patients to make mistakes mixing up their medications or simply not take them because they don’t know what they’re for. Experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences want to change that. They want doctors and pharmacies to include the reason a medication is ordered right on the prescription to educate patients, reduce medication errors, and make it easier for other doctors to understand what a patient is taking and why. Brigham resear...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Helped Fund New ALS Gene Discovery
WORCESTER (CBS) — An international team of scientists funded by Ice Bucket Challenge donations–including a professor from UMass Medical School in Worcester–has isolated a gene variation present in many ALS patients. Related: Frates Family ‘Grateful’ For Donations That Led To ALS Gene Discovery It was two summers ago when the Ice Bucket Challenge first went viral, raising millions for ALS research as challengers across the country dared each other to dump buckets of ice water over their heads in honor of those affected by the disease. Pete Frates and the entire Red...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Pete Frates UMass Medical School Worcester Source Type: news

Dehydration May Be Cause Of Increase In Kids With Kidney Stones
BOSTON (CBS) – An important reminder to keep your children well hydrated during these hot summer months. Doctors say they are seeing more and more kids suffering with kidney stones. Chase Carucci plays sports but excruciating pain has sidelined him for years. “On a scale from 1 to 10 probably a nine or 10. It’s bad. It’s probably the worst pain you could ever have,” says Chase. The 14-year old has suffered through multiple kidney stones and has needed surgeries. “If you were me, you would take that stone so that you never see your child in that kind of pain,” says Maria Carucci, C...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Kidney Stones Source Type: news

‘ Origami Robot ’ Treats Patients Inside The Body
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers are developing robots that can treat patients inside the body. Dr. Mallika Marshall reports on one such robot designed to treat problems in the gut. You could almost call it a stomach bug. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) call it an “origami robot”, designed to be swallowed in a pill-sized ice cube so it can deliver drugs or patch internal wounds. Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, describes this unusual technology. “Origami means folding,” says Rus. “When the robot ge...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall MIT Source Type: news

Exercise May Be As Effective As Surgery For Knee Pain, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Do you have an injured knee?  Doctors are rethinking how some injuries should be treated and it could help you avoid going under the knife.  Dr. Mallika Marshall reports. Every year about 2 million people undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair tears to the meniscus, the rubbery cushion between the thigh bone and the lower leg bones in the knee. But a new study finds that in middle aged patients, a supervised exercise program may be just as effective as surgery when it comes to pain, function and quality of life. As an added benefit, after three months, muscle strength had also improved i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Woods Hole
WOODS HOLE (CBS) — West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes on Cape Cod for the third summer in a row. The Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project said Thursday that mosquitoes collected in Woods Hole tested positive for West Nile on July 14. These are the first positive results for the virus found on the Cape this summer. The organization said they will continue to trap and test mosquitoes all summer throughout Cape Cod. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cape Cod West Nile Virus Woods Hole Source Type: news

Study: IVF Patients At No Greater Risk Of Breast Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – Good news for women who have undergone in vitro fertilization. Many women undergoing fertility treatments worry that hormonal manipulation might raise their risk of breast cancer, but a new study found that’s not the case at all. Researchers followed about 25,000 women for more than two decades and found breast cancer rates were not any higher in women who underwent IVF than those who had other fertility treatments or women in the general population., In fact, women who had seven or more IVF cycles had a much lower risk of breast cancer than those who had just one or two rounds of treatment. (So...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Breast Cancer Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Florida Health Officials Investigate Locally Transmitted Case Of Zika
BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials are investigating what could be the first case of a Zika infection from a mosquito bite in the United States. There have been more than 1,300 cases of Zika in the United States but almost all have been related to travel to countries where the virus is prevalent. Now health officials in Florida are looking into what could be the first case of local transmission here in the U.S. by an infected mosquito. “We anticipated that,” says Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “As soon as it’s discovered, local and state health departments and ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Zika Virus Source Type: news

Team Of Bellingham Moms Riding Pan-Mass Challenge For Nate Solder ’ s Son
BOSTON (CBS) — With a big smile and confident steps, Hudson Solder may not quite be ready to protect Tom Brady on the field like his dad does, but he’s still pretty tough for a 1-year-old. “He is a joy. He just loves life,” his mom Lexi told us. That  joy comes through even as Hudson undergoes chemotherapy for tumors in both kidneys. Hudson has been receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund Clinic since he was just 4 months old. “I don’t think kids are supposed to get cancer,” said his dad. When Pan-Mass Challenge weekend arrives, Hudson will be the pedal partner for te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer CBS Boston Nate Solder Pan Mass Challenge PMC Source Type: news

Team Of Bellingham Moms Riding Pan-Mass Challenge For Nate Solder’s Son
BOSTON (CBS) — With a big smile and confident steps, Hudson Solder may not quite be ready to protect Tom Brady on the field like his dad does, but he’s still pretty tough for a 1-year-old. “He is a joy. He just loves life,” his mom Lexi told us. That  joy comes through even as Hudson undergoes chemotherapy for tumors in both kidneys. Hudson has been receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund Clinic since he was just 4 months old. “I don’t think kids are supposed to get cancer,” said his dad. When Pan-Mass Challenge weekend arrives, Hudson will be the pedal partner for te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer CBS Boston Nate Solder Pan Mass Challenge PMC Source Type: news

Report Says Children Should Get Sex Ed From Their Pediatrician
BOSTON (CBS) — Fourteen-year old Ryan Herrera’s annual checkup with his pediatrician includes a conversation about sex. “Do you feel comfortable that you have a place to go if you have questions about things like that?” pediatrician Robert Riewerts asks Ryan. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says pediatricians should play an active role in educating young patients about sex. The AAP says sex education is effective in preventing and reducing the risk of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. “We want to make sure that, whatever issues they’re dealing wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Palmer Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall sex education Teens Source Type: news

Violence On TV Can Lead To Aggressive Behaviors In Children
BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve seen more than our fair share of violence in recent events, both overseas and here at home, but should we be worried about what our children see on television? Dr. Mallika Marshall reports on how screen violence, both real and fictional can be harmful for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics says exposure to violence on television, movies and video games can lead to aggressive behaviors and feelings of anger in children. Pediatricians said the link between screen violence and aggressive tendencies in kids is stronger than the link between secondhand smoke and lung cancer. The best ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New App Lets Parents See Through Baby ’ s Eyes
BOSTON (CBS) — Unlike many other animals, human babies are born with their eyes open, but what can they actually see?  Not much.  As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a new app is allowing parents a glimpse of what the world looks like to a young child. Cordelia Angle is a healthy baby girl who seems to take in the world around her, but in truth, her 5-month old eyes don’t see that clearly. Baby Cordelia Angle taking a vision test (WBZ) Dr. David Hunter, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, says newborn babies don’t have 20/20 vision and while their vision improves quickl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

New App Lets Parents See Through Baby’s Eyes
BOSTON (CBS) — Unlike many other animals, human babies are born with their eyes open, but what can they actually see?  Not much.  As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a new app is allowing parents a glimpse of what the world looks like to a young child. Cordelia Angle is a healthy baby girl who seems to take in the world around her, but in truth, her 5-month old eyes don’t see that clearly. Baby Cordelia Angle taking a vision test (WBZ) Dr. David Hunter, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, says newborn babies don’t have 20/20 vision and while their vision improves quickl...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Weighty Issues: Bedtime Could Have Long-Term Impact On Kids
BOSTON (CBS) – Obesity continues to be a huge problem in this country. Dr. Mallika Marshall reports on three weight-related stories beginning with a simple step parents can take at home to help their children avoid becoming overweight. Early to bed, early to rise makes a young child healthy in size. In other words, putting your child to bed at a reasonable hour not only helps prevent crankiness but can also reduce excessive weight gain. Researchers at Ohio State found that preschoolers who go to bed by 8:00 PM are far less likely to become obese teens. Those who hit the sack after 9:00 PM double their chances of bein...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Obesity Source Type: news

Artificial Sweeteners May Lead To Consumption Of More Calories
BOSTON (CBS) – While many of us use artificial sweeteners to cut back on sugar a new study suggests that doing so could actually cause us to take in more calories. Fruit flies were given a diet with high levels of sucralose for more than five days. Then they were given a diet naturally sweetened. They ended up eating more calories, begging the question: Did the artificial sweetener trick the brain into craving more sugar calories? Keep in mind that these were fruit flies. And obesity experts say artificial sweeteners can be very helpful in helping people lose and maintain their weight. Just don’t overdo it. (So...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: amandamhajjar Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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