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19 Attorneys General Tell Trump, Congress Not To Cut Drug Treatment Money
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of attorneys general for 19 states plus Washington D.C., is the latest in a series of actions from Democrats who hold those offices to oppose Trump’s policies and actions. It comes a day after Trump touted progress on a “great plan” to overhaul the nation’s health care system, saying a deal could come together next week. Many Republi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Attorneys General Drug Treatment Source Type: news

Study: Drinking Diet Soda Could Increase Risk Of Dementia, Stroke
BOSTON (CBS) – Diet soda has long been touted as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, but a new study raises some concerning questions. According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, consuming one or more artificially sweetened drinks per day may be linked to a higher risk of stroke and dementia. Those who drank one or more artificially sweetened drinks daily had a 2.89 times higher risk of dementia, and 2.96 higher risk of stroke than people who had less than one of those drinks per week. The people studied are participating in the Framingham Heart Study, which is A...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Uncategorized Diet Soda Study Source Type: news

Boston Medical Center Provides Free Tax Services To Low-Income Families
BOSTON (CBS) – Tuesday is tax day and places like “H&R Block” will be very busy for the next few days. However, people like Carolyn Hamblin are getting free help with their taxes at an unexpected place: Boston Medical Center. Hamblin gets her taxes done at her son’s pediatrician’s office. “They’re doing an excellent job,” said Hamblin. Free tax services accessible within the Boston Medical Center. (WBZ-TV) The program is called StreetCred. It is located within Boston Medical Center and offers free tax services to low income families and hospital employees. It is a unique way to help families...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Medical Center Dr. Lucy Marcil Dr. Mallika Marshall Dr. Michael Hole Streetcred tax day Source Type: news

Hyland ’ s Baby Teething Tablets Recalled Nationwide
WASHINGTON (CBS) – A nationwide recall is underway for baby teething tablets that the FDA says are unsafe. All Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets made by the Standard Homeopathic Company are being recalled. Full Recall Info The tablets used to relieve children of teething pain have been found to contain belladonna, which the FDA says represents a “serious health hazard to children.” Recalled teething tablets (Image credit: FDA) “There is no known safe dose or toxic dose of belladonna in children because of the many factors that affect it,” the FDA says. Last fall, the ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Recall teething tablets Source Type: news

Emergency Tracking System Will Monitor Runners ’ Health At Boston Marathon
BOSTON (CBS) – In just four days, 30,000 exhausted runners will try to run 26.2 miles with one goal: crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The task is a grueling one and athletes often need medical attention during the race. As Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, technology can help family and friends figure out what is going on with their loved ones. Blisters, twisted ankles, dehydration and hyperthermia are some of the more common ailments suffered by runners at the marathon. A medical tent during the Boston Marathon Race. (WBZ-TV) Last year, about 2,500 runners sought medical treatment during the race and th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen AT&T Dr. Mallika Marshall Emergency Tracking System Source Type: news

House Budget Puts Brake On Governor ’ s Medicaid Plan
BOSTON (AP) — A $40.3 billion state budget unveiled Monday by House leaders puts on hold Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan for an assessment on employers who don’t offer health insurance benefits to their workers. The spending plan for the July 1 fiscal year approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would increase total spending by 3.8 percent over the current year but is $180 million below Baker’s earlier $40.5 billion budget proposal. The House budget is “fiscally responsible, it makes some positive investments, while making sure we care for the most vulnerable among us,” Democrati...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Governor Charlie Baker Massachusetts House Budget State Budget Source Type: news

Rhode Island Pot Legalization Proponents Push For Vote
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state legislators hoping to legalize recreational marijuana say they have enough support to pass a bill if it comes to a vote this spring in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Rep. Scott Slater, a Providence Democrat and legalization proponent, said taking action this year would allow Rhode Island to have regulations and a new source of tax revenue in place before retail marijuana stores open over the border in Massachusetts. He said Rhode Island has already strengthened the way it regulates and taxes medical marijuana plants, so “flipping the switch” to allow recre...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News legalization Marijuana Providence Rhode Island Scott Slater Source Type: news

Nearly 600,000 Asthma Inhalers Recalled By GSK
ZEBULON, N.C. (CBS) – More than 593,000 asthma inhalers in the United States have been recalled because of a problem that could cause them to deliver less medication than intended. An FDA document indicates the reason for the recall is a “defective delivery system” due to a leak in the Ventolin inhalers. Reuters reports drugmaker GSK is trying to figure out what caused the problem after an increasing number of complaints, and is pulling the inhalers from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers. “Though the overall benefit-risk assessment for Ventolin® HFA 200D Inhaler when used at prescribed doses remains...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Asthma Recall Source Type: news

Maple Syrup Can Help Fight Infections, Scientists Say
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – Maple syrup doesn’t just make pancakes better – it could also increase the bacteria-fighting powers of antibiotics. Native populations in Canada have been using maple syrup extract as a remedy for decades. Now, scientists have discovered there may indeed be something to this sweet treatment. The researchers found that they only had to use 10 percent of the drugs they’d normally use after combining maple syrup extract with antibiotics. That’s important because antibiotics, while life-saving, can cause significant side effects, potentially kill off health cells and can lead to antibiotic-r...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Maple Syrup Source Type: news

Teen Running Boston Marathon To Honor Doctors Who Saved Him As An Infant
BURRILLVILLE, Rhode Island (CBS) — Before heading out for a run these days, Austin Prario makes sure the sneakers are snug, and then spends a moment with “the picture.” It’s a photo of his dad toting him across the Boston Marathon finish line as an infant. It’s all about where the 19-year-old has been–and where he’s going. “This means everything,” he says. “It’s so surreal to know I’m gonna be running in this race.” These photos show Prario’s father, Dave, carrying him across the Boston Marathon finish line in 1998. (WBZ-TV) Indeed, Austin ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston Marathon Health Local News Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Austin Prario Boston Children's Hospital Ken MacLeod Rhode Island Source Type: news

8-Month-Old Baby Arrives In Boston For 7th Open-Heart Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – A little baby from New York, who has spent half her life in Boston for medical treatment, came back Wednesday to face her seventh open-heart surgery. Piper Paddock turns eight months next week. Even before she was born her parents knew she needed the best care possible to save her life. That’s where Boston’s Children’s Hospital comes in. It’s a normal sight at Norwood airport as small planes come and go, but one landed carrying precious cargo. Piper Paddock and her mother and father arrived for the next part of their extensive medical journey in Boston. Piper Paddock (WBZ-TV) ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Children's Hospital Brigham And Woman's Hospital Paula Ebben Piper Paddock Source Type: news

Holbrook Company Has Solution For Foggy Goggles
BOSTON (CBS) – If you are an outdoor person, or someone who wears glasses, the riddle of foggy goggles is a problem. WBZ Business reporter Jeff Brown says a Holbrook startup has a solution. The company, Sven Can See, created a gel that is applied on glasses, goggles, or visors to keep the water molecules from forming on lenses. The name of the product came from an interesting moment. “From the bedtime stories I used to tell my daughter of Sven the mountain climber and his trusty friend Chuck the goat,” said founder Scott Newman. The solution keeps the fog down and lenses clear, but people have to remember to us...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Health Local News Syndicated Local Holbrook Jeff Brown Scott Newman Sven Can See Vision Source Type: news

Cancer Activists Push Bill To Hike Legal Age To Buy Tobacco
BOSTON (AP) — Over 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families from across Massachusetts are planning to gather at the Statehouse to press lawmakers to support efforts to protect young people from nicotine addiction. At the top of the agenda is a bill that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The legislation would also include e-cigarettes in the smoke-free workplace law and ban the sale of tobacco products in facilities that provide health care, such as pharmacies. About 95 percent of adults who smoke started by age 21. Wednesday’s visit to Beacon Hill is part of the American C...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News American Cancer Society Boston Cigarettes Tobacco Source Type: news

WPI Scientists Developing Patch For Diseased Hearts Using Spinach Leaves
WORCESTER(CBS) – Biomedical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are working on a patch for diseased hearts that uses spinach leaves. When mixed with human stem cells, the veins in spinach could become heart muscle that pumps blood when the original organ is infected or damaged. “And so we haven’t actually put blood in there we put dye in there and we put small particles that represent blood cells and those flow right through the leaves,” said biomedical engineering professor Glenn Gaudette. During the process, the green of the spinach is removed, leaving just the cellulose structure. Spinach tested as ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen Glenn Gaudette Lana Jones Spinach Worcester Worcester Polytechnic Institute Source Type: news

Cancer Comes Down To Luck More Often Than Not, Study Finds
CBS Local– In life we can try our hardest to do the right things and make the right decisions but sometimes the desired result isn’t achieved. That’s life. Unfortunately, according to a study led by Bert Vogelstein and Christian Tomasetti, cancer is no different. They found that cancer can be a matter of chance more often than we’d like to believe. Vogelstein did an admirable job of breaking down the arcane scientific terms and process into layman terms. Essentially, cells divide and make mistakes copying DNA. They’re “naturally occurring mutations.” For the most part, the mistak...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer study finds Source Type: news

New Treatment Relieves Knee Pain Without Replacement Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – Americans of all ages suffer from knee pain and stiffness due to cartilage loss. However, a recent FDA approved treatment might bring relief to patients and it is being performed in Boston. Dr. Mallika Marshall introduces us to Chris, the first patient to undergo the procedure. Chris suffers from a rare condition called Osteochondritis dissecans, which causes cartilage in his joints to break down. Chris, who prefers not to use his last name, dealt with knee problems for most of his life, including unbearable pain in his left knee. “It was quite painful, sports were difficult, and then walking became ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Knee Treatment Maci Osteochondritis dissecans Source Type: news

New Treatment Relieves Knee Pain Without Surgery
BOSTON (CBS) – Americans of all ages suffer from knee pain and stiffness due to cartilage loss. However, a recent FDA approved treatment might bring relief to patients and it is being performed in Boston. Dr. Mallika Marshall introduces us to Chris, the first patient to undergo the procedure. Chris suffers from a rare condition called Osteochondritis dissecans, which causes cartilage in his joints to break down. Chris, who prefers not to use his last name, dealt with knee problems for most of his life, including unbearable pain in his left knee. “It was quite painful, sports were difficult, and then walking beca...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Knee Treatment Maci Osteochondritis dissecans Source Type: news

Family Of Boy Struggling After Heart Transplant Now Losing Home
BOSTON (CBS) — The family of a little boy who is fighting to survive after a heart transplant recently got some more bad news after an already rough year – they found out their home will have to be torn down due to a mold infestation. Five-year-old Ari “Danger” Schultz, who had a congenital heart defect, received a new heart earlier this month at Boston Children’s Hospital after waiting 211 days. But the family is facing new challenges, and says they need help now more than ever. It started with Ari fighting acute rejection after his transplant. “Ari is struggling mightily,” fath...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Ari Schultz Heart Transplant Schultz family Source Type: news

Group Fights To Salvage Billions Of Dollars In Medical Supplies From Trash
BOSTON (CBS) – It happens for a variety of reasons – working medical equipment scrapped when newer models are bought, strict infection control rules that result in perfectly usable stuff being tossed. Whatever the reason, it’s enough to make you shake your head and say – what a waste: an estimated $760 billion in medical supplies that financially-strapped hospitals and clinics here and abroad desperately need, tossed in the trash each year, a chronic problem spotlighted by the investigative website Pro Publica. A possible answer is in progress in a warehouse near Portland, Maine, piled high with million...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Keller @ Large Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Hospitals Jon Keller What A Waste Source Type: news

Rookie Doctors Can Work Up To 24 Hours Straight Under New Rules
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite. A Chicago-based group that establishes work standards for U.S. medical school graduates has voted to eliminate a 16-hour cap for first-year residents. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced the move Friday as part of revisions that include reinstating the longer limit for rookies — the same maximum allowed for advanced residents. An 80-hour per week limit for residents at all levels remains ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Source Type: news

Tufts Surgeons Perform 2 Double Transplants On Same Day
BOSTON (CBS) – A rare combined series of transplants for two men on the same day, and thanks to the expertise at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, both patients are on the verge of going home. Both men needed heart and kidney transplants, and with those two organs, you can’t transplant one without the other. That’s because without a healthy heart the kidney transplant may fail and vice versa. But what makes this story so unusual is that the organs became available on the same day. So Tufts transplant teams had to go into overdrive. “I had no strength. I wasn’t able to do any of the things I u...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen double transplant Mallika Marshall Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Fewer Heavy Americans Are Trying To Lose Weight, Study Finds
CHICAGO (AP) — Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed. “Socially accepted normal body weight is shifting toward heavier weight. As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we are fine, and no need to do anything with it,” said lead author Dr. Jian Zhang, a public health researcher at Georgia Southern University. Another reason could be people abandoning efforts to drop pounds after repeated failed attempts, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Obesity Source Type: news

Doctors Warn Against Teen Pot Use Amid Looser Marijuana Laws
CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman. The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in Pediatrics. The group opposes medical and recreational marijuana use for kids. It says emphasizing that message is important because most states have legalized medical use for adults, and many have...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Marijuana Source Type: news

Putting The Perk Caffeine Bracelet To The Test
BOSTON (CBS) – Many of us can’t get through the day without coffee. And Kate Merrill is WBZ-TV’s resident caffeine junkie. When she wakes up at 3 a.m. she pours herself a monster mug. After the morning newscast she heads out for a mid-morning coffee run with Chris McKinnon and Danielle Niles. And around noon time she gets a jolt of soda or even Red Bull. “I can’t go without caffeine,” said Merrill. So, we asked her to try Perk. The Perk caffeine bracelet. (WBZ-TV) It’s a new bracelet that uses a patch to deliver caffeine directly through the skin. The patch is the equivalent of one...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local caffeine bracelet Dr. Mallika Marshall Perk Source Type: news

Specially Trained Dogs Sniff Out Cancer, Save Lives
BOSTON (CBS) – Chicago firefighter Jim O’Malley’s cancer was caught by a group of dogs. “At first I didn’t believe it at all,” he said. Since 2013, O’Malley and hundreds of his fellow Chicago firefighters have breathed into masks as part of a study. The breath samples are tested by dogs trained to sniff out cancer. A raised paw means a sample is positive. “I thought this is crazy,” he said. At 49, O’Malley didn’t believe what the dogs had discovered. Then he went to his doctor. “They said you have colon cancer. And it really took the wind out of my sails. I ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dogs Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Local Researchers May Have Found Way To Restore Hearing
BOSTON (CBS) – Tiny hair cells inside our inner ear allow us to hear but they can be easily damaged by loud noises or certain drugs, causing hearing loss. And these hair cells don’t regenerate. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. But researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MIT, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have found a way to grow new hair cells in mouse, primate, and human tissues using a cocktail of drugs, which could restore hearing. They hope to begin clinical trials in humans in about 18 months. (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 - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Hearing Loss Source Type: news

Life Expectancy In U.S. Expected To Remain Behind Other Countries
BOSTON (CBS) – When it comes to life expectancy, the United States will continue to trail other industrialized countries in the year 2030. Female babies born in South Korea in 2030 can expect to live to age 91. In France and Japan, the average life expectancy for women will be about 88 years. But female babies born in the U.S. in 2030 will only live an average of 83 years. Boy babies will live about 79 years. Both are only about two years more than the life expectancy now. What is behind the life expectancy gap? Experts blame lack of universal healthcare, healthcare disparities, more homicide, more obesity and highe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Program Can Help Doctors, Patients Discuss Gun Safety
BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A program will provide guidance to Massachusetts doctors who want to discuss gun safety with their patients. Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Medical Society announced a partnership Monday to create brochures and a voluntary online training program for doctors to help prevent gun-related accidents and violence. The material is being developed after physicians and other health care professionals complained about a lack of information available for discussions with patients about firearms safety. Healey said in a statement that most gun owners are responsible and safety-consc...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Doctors gun safety Massachusetts Patients Source Type: news

Research Underway In Boston To Help Dogs Live Longer
BOSTON (CBS) – With a bounce in her step and a healthy wag in her tail, only the white on her face begins to betray her age. “She’s a typical golden retriever, a real pleaser, happy to hear your voice, wants to be around all the time,” an instant smile comes to Beth McGoldrick’s face when she talks about her dog, Layla, who just turned 12. “She’s really been a fantastic dog. It was heartbreaking to see her go lame.” That was when Layla was just 6 years old. Beth did everything she could to get her faithful companion back on her feet. For Layla that now means routine acupunctu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall MSPCA-Angell Rapamycin Source Type: news

Exercise May Not Be Completely Linked To Weight Loss, Study Finds
CBS Local – It’s possible that weight loss isn’t directly pushed by exercising, according to a study conducted by Loyola University of Chicago. Working out promotes good health across the board but not necessarily weight loss. Losing weight includes burning calories, but when the body burns more calories, the hungrier it gets leading those lost calories being replaced. Studies have also confirmed that notion as well as burning calories through exercise doesn’t make up the majority of your body’s calorie burning. “Our study results indicate that physical activity may not protect you from...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Exercise study finds Source Type: news

Iranian Scientist Unable To Begin Heart Research In Boston Due To Travel Ban
BOSTON (CBS) — As debates over President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions rage on, people affected by the ban who cannot get into the country worry for their future. With his name already on the door of his work space at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, PhD scientist and newly-accepted Harvard University fellow Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi should be starting his potentially groundbreaking research on heart disease in a few weeks. Iranian scientist Soheil Saravi. (WBZ-TV) But the Iranian immigrant’s dream of working in this science lab was abruptly halted after President Trump’s executive order ba...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Brigham and Women's Hospital Chantee Lans Donald Trump Harvard University Immigration Iranian scientist Soheil Saravi Travel Ban Source Type: news

Kids ’ Menu Is Just As Unhealthy As It Was 5 Years Ago, Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The healthy eating trend has impacted many Americans’ diets in recent years, but there’s one crucial area that has remained largely unchanged: the kids’ menu. A study conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that the Kids LiveWell program, launched to alter things like the kids menu, hasn’t changed much in restaurants. “Although some healthier options were available in select restaurants, there is no evidence that these voluntary pledges have had an industry-wide impact,” said Alyssa Moran, t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Gonorrhea Outbreak Reported In New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health officials say New Hampshire has reported a high number of gonorrhea cases for last year, at 465. The average in the past was about 130 cases per year, going back to 2007. Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist, said Thursday that New Hampshire historically has had one of the lowest rates of the sexually transmitted disease in the country. He said health officials are working to identify people who may have been exposed to gonorrhea to connect them with testing and treatment. Gonorrhea most commonly infects the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes in women, and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News gonorrhea New Hampshire Source Type: news

Warren, Walsh Hold Rally For Obamacare At Faneuil Hall
BOSTON (CBS) — Led by Mayor Marty Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, hundreds packed Faneuil Hall’s Sam Adams Park Sunday afternoon to voice their support for Obamacare–and their disdain for President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace it. “The right to healthcare is human right, and in 2017, that right is being threatened,” Mayor Walsh said. Huge crowd gathered outside @FaneuilHall for rally hosted by @marty_walsh against @realDonaldTrump 's efforts to repeal #ACA. #wbz #wbznews pic.twitter.com/6D6OOpzj4L — Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) January 15, 2017 Sen. Warren tol...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Affordable Care Act Ed Markey Elizabeth Warren Faneuil Hall Marty Walsh Obamacare Paul Burton Source Type: news

Increased Activity In Part Of Brain Could Predict Stress-Related Heart Attack Risk
BOSTON (CBS) — Stress and heart attacks have long been linked, but researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital may now know exactly why. Published in the Journal Lancet, Mass General researchers found a link for the first time between the area in the brain that processes stress and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Doctor Ahmed Tawakol, a cardiologist at MGH and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who took part in the study, said activity in the amygdala could provide answers. “We found that the amount of activity in that tissue of the brain actually very nicely predicted th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Brain Heart Attack Massachusetts General Hospital Stress Source Type: news

CVS Now Selling Generic Competitor To EpiPen At A 6th Of The Price
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers. The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600. EpiPen alternative (WBZ-TV) CVS Health Corp., the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, says it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS EpiPen generic epipen Source Type: news

Rob Gronkowski Surprises Teen Battling Cancer With Video Message
BOSTON (CBS) – It was the best kind of surprise from Patriot star Rob Gronkowski to a teenager battling brain cancer. The message is personal and very inspiring for the 13-year-old who is from Lawrence, but now lives in North Carolina. It comes at the perfect time, as the young patient goes for his last chemotherapy treatment after a very long journey. “What’s up Hunter?  It’s your buddy Rob Gronkowski,” was the first thing in a video Gronkowski sent Hunter Pietrowski, another fighter with a ton of heart. “I just want to say congratulations on your last chemo session coming up on Thursday.&...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News NFL Patriots Sports Syndicated Local Syndicated Sports Paula Ebben Rob Gronkowski Source Type: news

Lawyers Trade Blame In Meningitis Outbreak Trial
BOSTON (AP) — The former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 put “profits over patients” and ignored repeated warning signs that drugs manufactured by his company were being contaminated by mold, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in a federal racketeering trial. Barry Cadden, the former head pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, is charged with causing the deaths of 25 people who died after getting injectable steroids, mainly for back pain, from their doctors. Compounding pharmacies mix customized medications for patients in th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Uncategorized Barry Cadden Meningitis outbreak NECC Source Type: news

Man Opts To Receive Liver From Donor With Hepatitis C After First Transplant Fails
BOSTON (CBS) – After his first transplant failed, 26-year old Ben Blake was in need of another liver and fast. So he made the courageous decision to take one that is infected with a treatable disease in order to save his life. “Ben is my only son and he was very sick at birth,” says Duane Blake. Ben, had biliary atresia, a rare disease that eventually causes liver failure. At just seven months of age, he needed a liver transplant. “Every day was really a blessing and a gift,” says Duane. But by the end of college, Ben’s donor liver began to fail and he started to waste away. He lost 40 pounds, could barel...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall Liver Transplant Source Type: news

Struggling To Hit The Gym? It May Not Be Your Fault, Study Suggests
BOSTON (CBS) – If you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution to exercise more, it may not be entirely your fault. WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall reports there’s new research that shows a hormone released in the brain may affect a person’s motivation to get moving, especially if they’re overweight. A recent study looked at obese mice and found that the way their brains handled the feel-good hormone dopamine was altered and seemed to cause them to be less physically active. “In many cases, willpower is invoked as a way to modify behavior,” study author Alexxai Kravitz said in Cell Metabolism. &...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Diet Res-Illusions: Tips From The Pros On How To Lose Weight
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — We make ’em, we break ’em. New Year’s diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch of little ways to tip the scale toward success. His advice: Put it on autopilot. Make small changes in the kitchen, at the grocery store and in restaurants to help you make good choices without thinking. “As much as we all want to believe that we’re master and commander of all our food decisions, that’s just not true for most of us,” said the researcher,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Diet Source Type: news

WRITERS Program Helps Hospitalized Children Stay Busy
BOSTON (CBS) — Kids who have to spend long days at the hospital can get bored easily, but the WRITERS program at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center is making all the difference for one local boy. 12-year-old Sam Galette of Dorchester has sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that causes recurrent episodes of pain, but Sam has had a particularly hard road. “Sam has been pretty sick,” says Dr. Cathy Rosenfield, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Floating Hospital and Sam’s doctor.  “Sam had several strokes this summer and had a head bleed.” The strokes have left Sam weak on o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Lawmakers Delay Key Provisions Of New Massachusetts Pot Law
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Legislature approved a six-month delay of several key provisions in the state’s new recreational marijuana law, including the licensing of pot shops, angering backers of the voter-approved measure. The House and Senate passed the bill without a public hearing and without debate during lightly attended, informal sessions in both chambers Wednesday. The ballot initiative that allows adults 21 and over to possess and use limited amounts of recreational marijuana and grow as many as a dozen pot plants in their homes was approved by 53.7 percent of voters on Nov. 8 and took effect on Dec....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Marijuana Massachusetts Pot Source Type: news

Skin Cancer Drop In Northeast Bucks Rising Rates Elsewhere
CHICAGO (AP) — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs, a study suggests. In the years included in the study, the Melanoma Foundation of New England became more active with programs to prevent skin cancer, the researchers noted. Two years ago, the group started a program that funds sunscreen dispensers in public places and recreation spots in Boston and other New England cities. That effort expanded this year to other states. “Such programs may enhance public awareness about skin cancer and...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Skin Cancer Source Type: news

Harpist Touches Hundreds Of Lives At Brigham & Women ’ s Hospital
BOSTON (CBS) – Five days a week Nancy Kleiman plays her harp at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It’s her job as part of the hospital’s Caring and Healing Modalities. “I’ll go down to radiation oncology, go up to the NICU,” she says. It’s a soothing, peaceful sound. And she meets people, like the Sullivans from Portland, Maine. Last spring 21-year-old Patrick Sullivan was at the Brigham in tough shape with a form of cancer called lymphoma. “You could kind of watch the disease travel through my body,” he says. Four months of chemotherapy knocked it down, but not ou...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Brigham & Women's Hospital Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

New Recommendations On How Long Ear Infections Should Be Treated
BOSTON (CBS) – Ear infections are incredibly common among young kids and many get them multiple times a year, but for how long do they need to be treated? In children under 2, ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics for 10 days. But antibiotics can cause an upset stomach and rashes and there’s always the concern for antibiotic resistance, so doctors wanted to see if kids would do just as well with 5 days of treatment instead of 10. The answer is probably “no”. In a recent study they found that children less than 2 years of age treated with only 5 days of antibiotic therapy were more likely ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Ear Infections Source Type: news

Millions To Give Up Alcohol For ‘ Dry January ’
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s that time of year to start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight and quitting smoking. Well what about drinking? This year millions of people will be participating in what’s being called “Dry January” a campaign spearheaded by a British group called Alcohol Concern. The goal is to detox, lose weight, and save money by giving up alcohol for 31 days. It’s not clear if this will improve the health of most participants but some people who have done it before say they slept better, lost weight, and had more energy. It also encouraged them to reduce th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Alcohol Dr. Mallika Marshall Dry January Source Type: news

HealthWatch: Physical Activity Could Help Concussion Recovery
BOSTON (CBS) – When a child gets a concussion, he’s usually told to take it easy at home until their symptoms resolve. But a new study in JAMA suggests that physical activity early after a concussion may actually help children recover faster. In fact, the kids that returned to physical activity within 7 days of their injury were less likely to have ongoing concussion symptoms a month later compared to kids who remained inactive. A new report says that most states are easily caught off guard by a new contagious disease. Twenty-six states and Washington D.C. had low scores but not Massachusetts. The Bay State scored ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Syndicated Local Concussion Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

‘ Wendy ’ s Welcome ’ Eases Children ’ s Hospital Fears
SHARON (CBS) — Going to the Emergency Room can be scary, especially for children. But one local girl is making a trip to the ER a lot less intimidating for kids and their parents. You wouldn’t know it to look at her but 12-year-old Wendy Wooden of Sharon has been a very sick girl. At the age of three, she developed an E. coli infection, which damaged multiple organs and she required a kidney transplant. Wendy spent hundreds of days at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). So when a neighbor’s children needed to be admitted, she turned to Wendy and her mom with lots of questions. What should she bring? Wh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Syndicated Local Children Dr. Mallika Marshall Hospital Source Type: news

Older Patients With Female Doctors Are Less Likely To Die, Harvard Study Finds
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Want to live longer? Having a woman for a doctor instead of a man may help. A new Harvard University study reveals that older patients are less likely to die or end up back in the hospital if they have female doctors. The study looked at more than 1 million patients over the age of 65 who were hospitalized for common conditions including pneumonia, stroke and heart attack. Researchers say women physicians are more likely to practice evidence-based medicine and stick with clinical guidelines. “The difference in mortality rates surprised us,” said lead study author Yusuke Tsugawa. “The gender of the...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Harvard University Source Type: news