NECN Healthweek is a 30-minute program hosted by Karen Swensen on Sunday mornings at 10:30. Each week will feature hard medical news, medical experts and an ask the doctor segment to bring you up-to-date on some of the top medical news of the week. NECN would like to hear about some of the health stories you are interested in learning more about. Or, if you have a question for pediatrician Gwenn O'Keefe, send us your questions and she will answer as many as possible on NECN HealthWeek. email@example.com.
(12/23/07 11:34 a.m.) What are the Top 10 Health Stories of 2007? We'll count them down with the Dr. Komaroff, Editor- in-Chief of the Harvard Health Letter. For more information, visit www.health.harvard.edu
(12/23/07 11:29 a.m.) Still looking for a gift for that special someone? Why not pick something that's good for their health? Dr. Robert Goldszer, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Director of Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston joins us with some gift ideas.
(12/16/07 11:33 a.m.) A national report by a coalition of public health groups ranks states according to funding used for programs to protect children from tobacco. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(12/16/07 11:41 a.m.) Mental health advocates say not enough is being done to treat mentally ill inmates in Massachusetts prisons. They are calling for improved care and the state is considering reforms. NECN's Josh McElveen has details.
(12/16/07 11:44 a.m.) A new internet dating service is based on genes. One young entrepreneur is experimenting in the science of love. NECN's Greg Wayland has the story.
(12/16/07 11:47 a.m.) Barbara Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW at Mass. General Hospital Geriatric Medicine Unit is the recipient of the Schwartz Center Compassionate caregiver of the year award and she shares her wise advice with us about how to prepare for the holiday season with your elderly relatives.
(12/16/07 11:52 a.m.) Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld of Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, Mass. Is here to share holiday gifts that are good for your skin! From special sheets and shirts to the latest in wrinkles free creams, her list includes lots. Also, check out www.dermaskin.com and www.dermatherapy.com for information on how to buy sheets and clothing that are good for people with certain skin conditions.
(12/9/07 9:37 a.m.) Although progress has been made when it comes to AIDS, experts say the disease still needs to be at the forefront of public policy. NECN's Ally Donnelly meets with some people on the front lines of HIV and AIDS. For more information on the Boston Living Center, go to www.bostonlivingcenter.org
(12/9/07 9:41 a.m.) Alexa Schmitt, R.D. at Mass. General Hospital Nutrition Services, talks with us about so called Superfoods --foods, high in antioxidants that are good for your energy and immune system as we enter the holiday season.
(12/9/07 9:45 a.m.) Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, CEO of Pediatrics Now takes a look at toys for kids from 0-14 years old. She shares what are appropriate gifts, especially in this age of the toy recall.
(12/2/07 1:12 p.m.) A potential breakthrough in stem-cell research. Scientists have found a way to create stem cells that could sidestep the on-going ethical debate. NECN's Stephen Iandoli explains.
(12/2/07 1:19 p.m.) Several national and local experts on drug addiction gathered Wednesday in Brockton, Mass. They discussed how to end abuse of prescription medication by young adults. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(12/2/07 1:22 p.m.) Researchers in Vermont are investigating what some say is a major problem in our healthcare system -- inequalities in access to care because of sexual orientation. NECN's Anya Huneke has the story.
(12/2/07 1:23 p.m.) Cathi Lee from Waterville, Maine shared her inspirational story on "Oprah" Wednesday. The program was devoted to weight loss. NECN's Amy Sinclair has Cathi's story.
(12/2/07 1:25 p.m.) Can you really be allergic to a Christmas tree? Dr. John Costa, Director of Allergy Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston joins us to talk about holiday seasonal allergies-- how people with asthma and allergies should prepare for parties and traveling so they can get through the season without any major flare-ups.
(11/18/07 1:07 p.m.) The medical community has worried aloud if the health care system will be able to handle the baby boomers when over age 65. A Boston non-profit hopes to help ease the burden through something called Intentional Communities. NECN's Ally Donnelly explains. Please visit www.house-works.com for more information.
(11/18/07 1:08 p.m.) Andrea Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of House Works joins us in studio to talk about intentional communities. Visit www.house-works.com for more information.
(11/18/07 1:09 p.m.) Massachusetts is launching its first tobacco cessation initiative in six years. The "Fight for Your Life" campaign features advertising on TV, the Internet, buses and trains. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(11/18/07 1:10 p.m.) Doctor Robert Goldszer talks about high blood pressure, which affects 50 Million Americans. He has advice on how to treat and detect it. We also look at a vaccine that may be used in the future.
(11/18/07 1:10 p.m.) Patrick Skerrett, Editor of the Harvard Health Letter and co-author of "Eat, Drink and be Healthy," talks about holiday eating-- how to cook from the heart and for the heart.
(11/11/07 10:40 a.m.) A new government study examining the link between weight and disease has some surprising results. Being overweight does not increase a person's chances of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease. NECN's Brian Burnell has more.
(11/11/07 10:41 a.m.) A new study finds that caregivers often put off convincing an elderly loved one that he or she is no longer fit to drive. Researchers and insurance companies have developed some new tools to ease the discussion. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(11/11/07 10:42 a.m.) Between November 15th and the end of the year, there is an open enrollment period for Medicare recipients. It's an opportunity for seniors to select their health and drug coverage for 2008. Earlier this month on "Good Morning Live," we talked with Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about how seniors can make the most informed decision. For more information go to www.medicare.com or call 1-800-MEDICARE
(11/11/07 10:44 a.m.) Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare but very deadly form of the disease and it is not routinely picked up by mammograms. We talk with Dr. Harold Burstein, breast cancer specialist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Susan Asci, An IBC survivor. For more information go to www.cancer.gov and follow the links to breast cancer. For information about a breast cancer support group, go to: IBCNewEngland@yahoogroups.com, or contact group coordinator Susan Asci at firstname.lastname@example.org
(11/4/07 11:18 a.m.) One of the biggest and most comprehensive cancer studies ever has found that one's diet and weight can directly affect whether one gets cancer. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(11/4/07 11:23 a.m.) New guidelines announced this week for early autism screening. The country's leading pediatricians' group is calling for a major campaign to screen all children under the age of two. ABC's Yunji De Nies reports.
(10/29/07 10:27 p.m.) Jon Lester and Mike Lowell are celebrated Red Sox players as well as cancer survivors. Other patients fighting the disease look to the men for inspiration. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(11/4/07 11:28 a.m.) Pediatrician, blogger and CEO of www.pediatricsnow.com Gwenn O'Keeffe reports on the new autism screening guidelines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has some tips on getting through the flu season with your kids and talks about ear infections which are now, in many cases, being treated without antibiotics.
For more information on the topics covered, you can check out these links, recommended by Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe:
Who Should Get The Flu Shot:
Ear Infection Info:
Treating viruses without meds:
Infant and Toddler Development Links:
(10/28/07 11:02 a.m.) Boston Mayor Tom Menino says most people on food stamps may be hard pressed to come up with a week's worth of meals for their families. On Tuesday, he tried to prove his point by going grocery shopping. NECN's Greg Wayland has more.
(10/28/07 11:03 a.m.) Connecticut has set up a hot line to answer questions about the antibiotic-resistant staph infection, MRSA. Leaders of the state are vowing to nip the problem in the bud. NECN's Brian Burnell has more.
(10/28/07 11:30 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszer, Director of Primary Care and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital touches on everything from good hygiene in crowds, to sleep deprivation to overeating and drinking.
(10/28/07 11:29 a.m.) A group of journalists at the Cable-Access station in Malden, Mass. turn the spotlight on a very personal topic. They are all men and women living with disabilities who want to tell stories that show who they are. NECN's Ally Donnelly goes behind the scenes of Ablevision.
(10/28/07 11:28 a.m.) A technology found only at one Boston hospital is changing the prognosis for hundreds of cancer patients. It is called "cyberknife" even though not a single incision is made. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(10/21/07 11:32 a.m.) There is a new warning about a potentially deadly and highly drug resistant staph infection. According to government research, MRSA could kill more than 18,000 Americans per year. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details about the Superbug.
(10/21/07 11:33 a.m.) Fewer Americans are dying from cancer and death rates are falling faster than ever, but is the news good for everyone? NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(10/21/07 11:33 a.m.) Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of chronic disease in the country, despite world class health care and the costs to the economy are unbelievably high.
(10/21/07 11:35 a.m.) Massachusetts hospitals this week became the first in the nation to release data on patient falls in the hospital. People can log on to www.patientsfirstma.org to see how their hospital compares with others in the state. A useful tool in the step towards transparency.
(10/21/07 11:35 a.m.) The school committee for Portland, Maine voted five to two Wednesday, in favor of offering birth control to middle school students. Parents have objected citing health & religious concerns. NECN's Latoyia Edwards has more.
(10/21/07 11:36 a.m.) A 4-year-old Minnesota boy died of lead poisoning last year when he swallowed part of a charm bracelet given away with kids' sneakers. As a result, various states are taking efforts to protect children from lead. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(10/21/07 11:37 a.m.) Karen Swensen talks with Papatya Tankut, CVS Caremark Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services about preparation for the cold and flu season.
(10/14/07 10:52 a.m.) The Massachusetts Public Health Council says scientists should not be held criminally responsible for their stem cell research. NECN's Latoyia Edwards has the story.
(10/14/07 10:52 a.m.) Bentley College says a first-year student has died of bacterial meningitis at a hospital in her home state of New York. College officials said 18-year-old Erin Ortiz died Sunday. NECN's Ally Donnelly takes a closer look.
(10/14/07 10:53 a.m.) Traditionally, women diagnosed with breast cancer have undergone chemotherapy in the hopes of putting the disease into remission. Now, doctors say tens of thousands of women may be able to avoid the difficult treatment. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(10/14/07 10:53 a.m.) New product tests show there's a large amount of lead in some of the most popular brands of lipstick. A detailed report on the tests were released at the Massachusetts State House Thursday. Visit www.safecosmetics.org for more information.
(10/14/07 10:54 a.m.) Nearly 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Two-hundred new cases are diagnosed each week. Wendy Booker has seized her MS diagnosis as a reason to reach new heights, and help find a cure. Health reporter Ally Donnelly has her story. For more information, please visit: www.mscurefund.org
(10/14/07 10:54 a.m.) Modern anesthesia was first successfully used in surgery at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. Now, more than 160 years later, researchers are hoping to create another milestone in surgical history. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(10/7/07 9:29 a.m.) As he had threatened to do, President Bush has vetoed a bipartisan children's health insurance bill. It's only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency. The measure was to add $35 billion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program over five years. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(10/7/07 9:30 a.m.) Stem cell researchers, government officials and potential patients were at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston Wednesday to take the pulse of the stem cell industry. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(10/7/07 9:30 a.m.) Ovarian cancer is the deadliest reproductive disease in women. While breast cancer has the mammogram and cervical cancer has the pap test, ovarian cancer has no reliable detection tool. NECN's Beth Shelburne takes a closer look at the disease.
(10/7/07 9:31 a.m.) Pediatrician Gwenn O'Keeffe talks about kids and cold medicines, kids and heart attack, fighting obesity in small increments and how to find the right Halloween candies when your kids have some dietary restrictions. Visit these websites for Halloween and special diets: www.diabetes.org/for-parents-and-kids/halloween.jsp, www.celiaccentral.org/Volunteer/Kids_Corner/Food/Candy_Halloween_Easter_and_More/189, www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/octhalloween.htm
(9/30/07 10:31 a.m.) There is a showdown shaping up in Washington between Congress and the White House over children's health insurance. On Tuesday, the President's health secretary was in Massachusetts. NECN's Prat Thakkar has the story.
(9/30/07 10:33 a.m.) The death of 6-year-old first grader Maeve Goulding has renewed debate over public defibrilators. Maeve died over the weekend of apparent cardiac arrest after collapsing during a soccer game. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(9/30/07 10:33 a.m.) A new report on breast cancer from the American Cancer Society finds less women are dying from the disease but also shows some persistent disparities in those fighting the battle. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(9/30/07 10:34 a.m.) Ovarian Cancer is the so-called silent killer, because its symptoms are usually not picked up until the disease has progressed to a point where it is hard to treat. Our guests are Dr. Ursula Matulonis, director of Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Patti Franchi Flaherty, an Ovarian cancer survivor and founder of Ovations for the Cure which raises money and awareness for ovarian cancer research. Some of the early warning signs include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and frequent or urgent urination.
(9/30/07 10:35 a.m.) We talk with Dot Duda, Director of the Prevention and Recovery Center at Mount Auburn Hospital about the best ways to proactively deal with the looming threat of gambling addiction, now that casinos seem likely to be on the way to Massachusetts. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, please contact the Mount Auburn Hospital Prevention and Recovery Center at 617-499-5051 or you can visit www.mountauburnhospital.org and click on Clinical Services.
(9/23/07 10:46 a.m.) Going into the holiday shopping season, the toy industry is in trouble. More than 80% of the toys sold in U.S. Stores are made in China. But a wave of product recalls involving the safety of Chinese-manufactured toys has the industry scared and Congress asking questions. A House committee heard from both the head of the federal agency in charge of consumer products and the world's largest toy maker. ABC's Yunji de Nies reports from Washington.
(9/23/07 10:47 a.m.) Hillary Rodham-Clinton says all Americans should be required to have health insurance. The Senator says the wealthy should pay higher taxes to help defray the cost. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(9/23/07 10:48 a.m.) Boston Medical Center is one of just a handful of hospitals in the nation that offers treatment for spinal cord injury patients. It is an innovative form of physical therapy that re-trains the central nervous system in the hopes that patients will one day walk again. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(9/23/07 10:49 a.m.) Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network is here to discuss further about spinal cord injuries and treatment.
(9/23/07 10:49 a.m.) Dr. Tony Hollenberg, Chief of the Thyroid Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center talks about the thyroid gland and how you can tell if something might be wrong. Visit www.thyroid.org for more information.
(9/16/07 10:38 a.m.) There is a new program in Boston with the goal of making school lunches both healthy and tasty. The move comes amid skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity. NECN's Brad Puffer has more.
(9/16/07 10:37 a.m.) New research has encouraging news for women who use birth control pills. Here's ABC's Doctor Timothy Johnson with our Medical Minute.
(9/16/07 10:36 a.m.) Boston University has spun out a start-up which has just announced a promising scientific development. Research by Cellicon Biotechnologies could eventually save lives. NECN's Mont Fennel has details.
(9/16/07 10:39 a.m.) New government data shows Americans are living longer - an average of almost 78 years. Many of those of baby boomers are remaining active longer. Now there is a new condition called boomeritis, it refers to a broad array of muscle and ache joints. Dr. Arun Ramappa, Chief of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center talks about the trend and has some advice for how people can prevent boomeritis.
(9/16/07 10:39 a.m.) Teenage suicide is on the rise, especially among young girls. We have an important and information filled discussion with two experts: Dr. Carol Glod of Northeastern University, studies adolescent depression and its possible treatments and Julie Totten, President and Founder of Families for Depression Awareness. Visit www.familyaware.org
(9/9/07 10:08 a.m.) Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, CEO of www.pediatricsnow.com talks about back to school issues including: dealing with morning madness, backpacks, lice prevention and the dangers of 'zoning out' while wearing ipods or talking on the phone.
(9/9/07 10:03 a.m.) Toymaker Mattel has added more toys to its list of those affected by lead paint. Most of the latest toys added are Barbie accessory items. ABC's T.J. Winick Reports.
(9/9/07 10:02 a.m.) Four of the nation's biggest microwave popcorn makers are working to remove a flavoring chemical from their products linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers while reassuring consumers about the safety of the snack. Several of the companies discussed their plans Wednesday, a day after a leading lung research hospital warned that consumers also could be in danger from the buttery flavoring diacetyl.
(9/9/07 10:01 a.m.) CVS wants to open 20-30 of what they call 'minute clinics' in their Boston-area pharmacies. Some medical professionals say it is a bad idea but it already works in CT. NECN's Brian Burnell has more.
(9/9/07 10:01 a.m.) A NH teenager is being treated for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. It is the second human case of the virus in the Granite State this year. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(8/23/07 10:41 a.m.) The same virus that causes chickenpox causes a nasty viral infection called shingles. One of every two people living to age 85 will get it. Dr. Robert Goldszer, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Director of Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, explains.
(8/22/07 5:58 p.m.) Gary Marino of Massachusetts has a new documentary out called, "Million Calorie March." It tells the tale of his 1,200 mile walk from Florida to Boston in an effort to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(8/21/07 9:49 p.m.) Residents of Newton, NH gathered Tuesday night to find out what they can do to protect themselves from triple-E. A local man was just recently infected with the virus. NECN's Stephen Iandoli has more.
(8/15/07 9:50 p.m.) Ambulances are turned away from emergency departments about once every minute while patients in the ER wait for hours and even days for hospital beds. Health care providers say the system is overburdened and under-funded. Now, a group of providers is asking Congress to take action.
(8/19/07 10:33 a.m.) The world's largest toymaker is defending itself in the wake of another major recall of toys made in China. Mattel is recalling more than nine million toys. NECN's Prat Thakkar has the details.
(8/19/07 10:33 a.m.) A new study being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one's diet may play a big role in surviving cancer. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(8/19/07 10:34 a.m.) When you go to the hospital, you assume you'll get healthy. But that's not always the case. Some people, hundreds of thousands of them, are contracting dangerous infections in there. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports.
(8/19/07 10:36 a.m.) Registered dietician Jenny Bourbeau talks about how to eat healthy on the road. How to pack the car for the family vacation without packing on the pounds. Lots of ideas and suggestions for food that is filling, nutritious and delicious!
(8/19/07 10:35 a.m.) Dr. Malissa Wood is co-director of the Mass General Hospital Heart Center, Women's Heart Health Program. This interview covers a lot of ground about the changes in conventional wisdom about what patients should do for optimal heart care and treatment. From hormone replacement therapy to stents to aspirin to antioxidants... we discuss it all.
(8/12/07 10:59 a.m.) Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to things such as bug bites, certain medications or foods -- and it can be fatal without treatment. Dr. John Costa, Director of Allergy Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, takes a closer look at EpiPens.
(8/9/07 9:26 a.m.) If CVS has its way, the pharmacy chain will unveil so-called "minute clinics" around Massachusetts, where customers can get treated for a variety of basic illnesses. NECN's Ally Donnelly explains.
(8/7/07 5:51 p.m.) A sad reality of war is that many servicemen never get to see their children being born. Thanks to technology however, one local Marine serving in Iraq got the gift of a lifetime. NECN's Ally Donnelly has his story.
(8/6/07 6:01 p.m.) An important new study on pregnancy has found that overweight women might want to consider shedding pounds before starting a family. NECN's Ally Donnelly explains.
(8/5/07 8:59 a.m.) Dr. Gerard Kugel, Professor and Associate Vice Dean for Research at Tufts University school of dental medicine joins us to talk about teeth whitening. How to get a million dollar smile without spending a million bucks!
(8/5/07 8:58 a.m.) Pediatrician Blogger and creator of Pediatrics Now, Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe joins us to tackle three topics: 1.) West Nile Virus and how to protect your kids. 2.) Booster seats and possible new requirements that will keep older kids in them. 3.)Back to School vaccines-- and what changes there might be in what parents can expect this year.
(8/5/07 8:57 a.m.) The Boston Herald reported Wednesday morning that a number of employees at the Mass. medical examiner's office in Boston have tested positive for TB. New information about the health scare is now emerging. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the latest.
(8/5/07 8:56 a.m.) A big toy recall is adding to the concern about the safety of Chinese-made products. Fisher-Price is recalling almost a million plastic preschool toys because their paint has excessive amounts of lead. A company official says a Chinese vendor had applied the decorative coating. Visit the Fisher-Price website for a complete list of recalled toys.
(8/5/07 8:55 a.m.) Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston has announced that it will offer the controversial and rare surgical procedure of partial face transplants. Only three such procedures have been performed elsewhere worldwide. NECN's Greg Wayland has more.
(7/29/07 10:36 a.m.) Interview with Tom Sommer, President of MassMEDIC-- that's the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council. We talk to him about the medical device industry and its contributions to the economy, plus look at a couple of devices that have made a big difference in people's lives.
(7/29/07 10:35 a.m.) Team NECN will be riding in the Pan Mass Challenge in honor of one very special young woman. Andrea Moore from Sherborn, Mass. is a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ALL is the most common type of childhood cancers. NECN's Ally Donnelly has her story.
(7/29/07 10:34 a.m.) MIT inventors unveiled a first of its kind "robotic ankle" in Rhode Island Monday. The device is already giving one Iraq veteran a new way to walk, even without his leg. NECN's Brad Puffer has more.
(7/29/07 10:33 a.m.) The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count Survey. New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont are among the top six states for overall child well being. All of the New England states finish in the top twenty. The survey looks at ten measures including death rates, the teen birth rate, drop out rates, infant mortality and kids living in poverty. For more details you can go to www.aecf.org/kidscount.
(7/29/07 10:32 a.m.) If you have ever tried to find a new doctor, you know it's no easy task. Some new figures show the problem is only getting worse thanks to a shortage of physicians. NECN's Ally Donnelly show us the impact.
(7/19/07 11:28 a.m.) Jon Kingsdale, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, joins NECN's HealthWeek to discuss health care reform in the Bay State.
(7/19/07 11:26 a.m.) Dr. Margaret Lawler, a breast cancer surgeon at the Faulkner Breast Centre, joins NECN's HealthWeek for a discussion about prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
(7/12/07 5:59 p.m.) Doctors at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. are the first in the world to perform a "notes" cyst gastrostomy. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(7/15/07 9:52 a.m.) In Boston, lawmakers are considering whether to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to ban trans fats. NECN's Latoyia Edwards has the story.
(7/15/07 9:52 a.m.) Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is raising the question of whether people really can become addicted to food. Experts say there is evidence saying it might be the case. NECN's Brian Burnell has more.
(7/15/07 9:53 a.m.) There's been a sharp increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism in Mass. in recent years. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports. The National Autism Center has more information.
(7/15/07 9:54 a.m.) In CT, more than 1,100 tubes of possibly tainted toothpaste made in China have been confiscated. The attorney general's office is seeking a customer list from seven Chinese manufacturers and two U.S. importers of toothpaste. NECN's Brian Burnell has more.
(7/15/07 10:20 a.m.) Most scientists agree that global warming is happening but vary in their opinions of how it will affect the planet. One group is putting the effects of global warming in terms they hope everyone will understand. NECN's Brad Puffer has details.
(7/15/07 10:24 a.m.) Consumers are being warned about a recall that affects pancake and waffle mixes sold in Massachusetts and New Hampshire at DeMoulas and Market Basket stores. The product contains dry milk that's not listed on the label. People who have allergies to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the mix. The recall was announced after a teenage boy suffered an adverse reaction.
(7/1/07 10:00 a.m.) Karen Swensen talks with Shonda Schilling about her personal experience with melanoma. She offers suggestions to parents on how to protect their kids from the dangers of the sun. It is a very moving interview and Mrs. Schilling reveals that she had a suspicious looking growth removed within the past year. Visit Shade Foundation for more information.
(7/1/07 10:03 a.m.) A recent study shows the number of kids working with personal trainers is on the rise. Eric Beard, Fitness Director at Longfellow Sports Club talks with us about kids and fitness and the trend to get personal training--alone or in groups-- for kids who are becoming more sedentary. He shows us some of the exercises he does with a group of kids and gives tips on how you can to do the same with your kids at home.
(7/1/07 10:02 a.m.) How do you pick the best ingredients and cook a perfect and healthy summer meal? Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly goes shopping with Rialto Founder and Chef Jody Adams to find out. She shares great tips on how to pick the best produce. Visit www.rialto-restaurant.com for more information on Jody's restaurant.
(6/29/07 4:06 p.m.) Celebrity chef Jody Adams shows NECN's Ally Donnelly how to make a delicious three course summer meal, using fresh, local offerings. The chef/owner of Rialto in Cambridge's Charles Hotel, makes summer greens, fava and faro salad, mussels on grilled bread with red and green tomatoes and strawberries.
Effortless summer strawberries
1 pint farm strawberries, rinsed
Makes 6 main course servings
½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus additional if needed
(6/24/07 9:47 a.m.) Summer is officially here and millions of us work on perfecting that golden tan. We all know how important it is to use sunscreen-- but a new study claims hundreds of brands don't perform well. ABC's Carla Wohl tells us what to look for.
(6/24/07 9:48 a.m.) 76-year-old Trudie Lawrence, of Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, has opened the doors of her life so that others might learn more about the disease she lives with, ALS. She is making sure her words are heard long after ALS takes her voice. NECN's Ally Donnelly has her story.
(6/24/07 9:49 a.m.) Summertime equals fun in the sun and lots of time outdoors. Sounds like a day at the beach right? Not so fast. Joining us to talk more about sunscreen safety, summer rashes and those pesky bug bites is doctor Rachel Herschenfeld, of "Dermatology Partners of Wellesley."
(6/17/07 9:24 a.m.) With approximately 127 million Americans overweight, drug companies have been in a race to find the magic pill that will cure obesity. This week, the first over the counter diet drug Alli hits the shelves. As ABC's Stephanie Sy reports, it comes along with some troubling side effects.
(6/17/07 9:25 a.m.) A number of families attended Vaccine Court Monday in Washington D.C. Those in attendance believe that a mercury-based preservative, previously used in immunizations, is to blame for their childrens' autism. NECN's Ally Donelly has details.
(6/17/07 9:35 a.m.) Dr. Aaron Nelson, Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory joins us. He talks about what is normal memory loss and when you should be more concerned. Also, how stress may affect memory.
(6/17/07 9:41 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszer, Director of Primary Care and Associated Chief Medical Officer, Brigham and Women's Hospital talks about the causes and treatments of vertigo and dizziness.
(6/10/07 10:45 a.m.) Until now, there was no medicine out to improve a person's chances of surviving liver cancer. More than a half a million people are diagnosed with the disease every year. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the promising news. Visit www.whathelpedgetmethrough.org for more information.
(6/10/07 10:47 a.m.) When it comes to treatment for breast cancer, doctors are finding that, in some cases, less is more. ABC's Doctor Timothy Johnson explains in this medical minute.
(6/10/07 10:47 a.m.) Even though enrollment in the new Mass. Health care program is way up, not all of the program's wrinkles have been ironed out. One area still to be worked on is that of affordability standards. NECN's Scot Yount has details.
(6/10/07 10:53 a.m.) A new report by the American Academy of pediatrics warns that young athletes are over specializing, playing just one sport for most of the year. Doctors say this burns them out mentally and physically. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(6/14/07 11:59 a.m.) Pediatrician and blogger Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe joins us to talk about a series of summer safety issues including swimming: how young is too young to give your kids lessons; she tells us about new recommendations for kids who use Heelys-- those sneakers with wheels in the soles. Plus, the dangers of lawn mowers and kids. Visit Pediatrics Now for more or visit: www.pediatricsnow.blogspot.com
(6/3/07 10:11 a.m.) We talk with Julia Gunn, the Associate Director of the Boston Public Health Commission Division of Communicable disease control about the first TB case that has left one man in quarantine in Denver and health officials searching for airplane passengers who flew on two flights with him.
(6/3/07 10:12 a.m.) In the month before the Mass. health care law is to be implemented, there are plenty of kinks to be worked out. One kink is whether there is enough coverage for young adults. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(6/3/07 10:13 a.m.) Picnics and backyard barbeques are popular during the summer, and a few precautions can ensure your family's weekend isn't ruined by food poisoning. NECN's Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly reports on some helpful advice to keep in mind.
(6/3/07 10:15 a.m.) Health experts, parents and kids turned out to talk junk food at the Massachusetts State House this week. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more on a proposed junk food ban.
(6/3/07 10:16 a.m.) Ken Fischer of Total Body Solutions joins us for an overview on footwear technology -- how certain kinds of footwear can be good for your whole body alignment and posture. For more information, you can call 508.827-4411
(5/27/07 8:23 a.m.) Federal regulators are expected to approve the new birth control pill, Lybrel. The pill, which can halt women's menstrual periods indefinitely, is the first designed to be taken continuously. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(5/27/07 8:28 a.m.) VT is taking steps to improve and expand services to families detailing with autism. The State House Friday, signed into law a bill that proponents say was badly needed. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(5/27/07 8:33 a.m.) Dr. Douglas Horst, Gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and President of the New England Chapter of the American Liver Foundation talks about the stunning rise in cases of Hepatitis C in Massachusetts. He tells us about the A, B and C of Hepatitis and overall liver health. Please visit www.liverfoundation.org for more information.
(5/27/07 8:40 a.m.) Todd Farchione, psychologist and Director of the Anxiety and Substance Abuse Program at The Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University talks about the difficulties students and their parents face this time of year when college kids come home for the summer-- or longer-- after the freedom of dorm life. What are reasonable expectations for both parents and their kids.
(5/20/07 10:53 a.m.) 12-year-old Corinne has Type 1 Diabetes. Her doctor, Lori Laffel, Chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult section of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and Corinne talk about what life is like for diabetics. www.joslin.org
(5/20/07 9:23 a.m.) It has been more than a year since Mass. passed its major healthcare reform. Leaders of the groundbreaking law gathered in Boston Monday to consider the remaining challenges. NECN's Brad Puffer has more. www.mahealthconnector.org
(5/16/07 7:40 a.m.) New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi and Senator John Kerry teamed up on Capitol Hill to voice support for a stroke prevention bill. Bruschi had a minor stroke ten days after the Patriots' 2005 Super Bowl win. After having surgery to repair a hole in his heart, he returned as a key player for the team.
(5/15/07 8:16 p.m.) Health experts say Medicare, the insurance program that covers nearly $43 million older adults, will be bankrupt in a little more than a decade if Americans don't take action. Ally Donnelly explains.
(5/14/07 9:44 p.m.) "Life in Chaos," is a new photography exhibit at the free library in Wellesley, Mass. The photos were taken from the back of a bicycle as the photographer trained and rode in the Pan Mass Challenge. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story.
(5/13/07 10:55 a.m.) Actor Michael J. Fox attended an international biotech conference in Boston Monday. Fox urged scientists and investors to aggressively translate scientific research into creative therapies for debilitating diseases. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(5/13/07 10:56 a.m.) A new report raises serious questions about drug company money influencing what type of medicines doctors prescribe. Also, how the the U.S. will handle health care for the aging baby boomer generation. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(5/13/07 10:57 a.m.) Dr. Daniel Carlat, a psychiatrist and text book author had many drug companies in hot pursuit of him. He eventually away from the money and perks and now puts out the Carlat Psychiatry Report, it's a newsletter than tries to be free of drug company influence. Dr. Carlat joins us with more on this.
(5/13/07 10:58 a.m.) A Boston, Mass. woman has made skin care her business after melanoma claimed the life of a loved one. In honor of May being Skin care Awareness Month, NECN's Kristy Lee has the story. Go to www.cancer.org for more information.
(5/13/07 11:01 a.m.) May is national arthritis month. More than 46 million adults in the U.S. have arthritis that has been diagnosed by a doctor, that's more than 1 out of 5 adults. Joining us with more on how to diagnose, treat and manage arthritis is Dr. Robert Goldszer, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Director of Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. To learn more, visit www.arthritis.org
(5/6/07 11:05 a.m.) Members of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation gathered at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston Monday, to raise awareness about autism. NECN's Prat Thakkar has the story.
(5/6/07 11:08 a.m.) Tuesday was day one of the new Mass. health care program. Residents with no health insurance were able to sign up for the plan. NECN's Mont Fennel has details.
(5/6/07 11:10 a.m.) You've got your degree and medical license and you are eyeing the medical mecca of Massachusetts to set up shop. A new report cites some of the rising challenges to practicing medicine in the Bay State. Joining us to talk more about this issue and how it's affecting patients, are Dr. Dale Magee, president-elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He's also an Ob-Gyn from Shrewsbury and Dr. Paul Hart, a primary care provider from Sterling, Massachusetts.
(5/6/07 11:13 a.m.) In an effort to fight obesity and encourage healthier eating habits in kids, the U.S. Institute of Medicine recently recommended new standards for school snacks: out would be things like chips and sodas, in would be veggies and 100% fruit juices. What about at home, do your kids eat well or is it a battle each and every day? Joining us with more on kids and nutrition is Pediatrician Gwenn O'Keeffe, CEO of www.pediatricsnow.com.
(4/29/07 10:50 a.m.) People who were sickened by tainted food met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They want stronger federal oversight of the food we eat.
(4/29/07 10:51 a.m.) There is a looming health care crisis in this country, and some say it's already here. As baby boomers age there may not be enough nurses. In response, a health care workers union has partnered with several New England hospitals to try to deliver strong medicine to an ailing system. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more.
(4/29/07 10:52 a.m.) A new national survey suggests many doctors are beholden to pharmaceutical companies. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson has more.
(4/29/07 10:55 a.m.) Dr. Joanne Manson, Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of the nation's premier experts on women's health, menopause and hormone replacement therapy. She joins us to talk about her book "Hotflashes, Hormones and Your Health." For people interested in hearing her speak in person, Brigham and Women's Hospital is holding a Women's Health Forum: Living With Menopause, Monday May 7th, 6:30-8:30 in the Cabot Atrium of the hospital and 45 Francis Street in Boston. For more information call 1-800-BWH-9999 or go to the following website: www.brighamandwomens.org/view/EventDetails.aspx?eventID=36927
(4/29/07 11:04 a.m.) As the temperatures rise, so too do the sleeves on the shirts we like to wear. How to de-flab those arms with a practical manageable routine. Eric Beard Fitness Director at the Longfellow Sports Club is our guest. Go to www.ericbeard.com or www.longfellowsportsclub.com for more information.
(4/22/07 10:47 a.m.) Dr. Michael Miller, Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter talks about the Virginia Tech massacre, including advice on how to discuss the deadly violence with your own children.
(4/22/07 10:50 a.m.) Mavis Prall reports on a new study which concludes the benefits of anti-depressants outweigh the risks for teenagers.
(4/22/07 10:54 a.m.) A new study finds that the United States health care system is no bargain. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson has more in this medical minute.
(4/22/07 10:57 a.m.) It's been just over one year since the law took effect and we take a look at the progress and challenges. Our guest Jon Kingsdale is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the independent group set up by the state to implement the new health insurance law. For more information you can go to www.mass.gov/connector or call 1-800-MA-ENROLL
(4/22/07 11:01 a.m.) Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld talks about the right way to read a sunscreen label-- from SPF to UVA and UVB. What are the important letters to keep in mind when you buy your sun protection products? Dr. Herschenfeld answers these and other questions. You can read Dr. Herschenfeld's Skin Sense column in the Washington Post at www.washingtonpost.com
(4/15/07 10:59 a.m.) Type one diabetes is not as common as type two, but still affects millions of people, most of them young. Patients must regularly inject themselves with insulin to stay alive. But now researchers have tested a stem cell transplant procedure that appears to help free patients of the need for insulin or any other medications. Mavis Prall explains in this week's JAMA Report.
(4/15/07 11:00 a.m.) Lexie Pace was just two weeks old when doctors found two holes in her heart, an aortic defect. Lexie survived her open-heart surgery and is now thriving. Now, more than a year later her parents are thanking the doctors and nurses who saved Lexie in a very special way. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the story. To donate please visit: www.milesformiracles.com
(4/15/07 11:00 a.m.) SERMO - It is an on line community of doctors, an exchange of ideas over treatments, drug interactions and recommendations. Some are paid for their contributions and investors can pay to observe the doctors findings. Dr. Daniel Palestrant, CEO and Founder of SERMO joins us. Go to www.sermo.com for more information.
(4/15/07 11:06 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszer, Director of Primary Care and Associate Chief Medical officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is here to discuss vitamins: Who should take them, can you overdo it and what problems might you have if you have a vitamin deficiency? He answers these and other questions. Check out www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamins.html to learn more.
(4/8/07 10:41 a.m.) Past studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy could increase risk of heart disease. However, some new analysis shows that how long a woman waits to begin therapy might be an important part of the equation. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(4/8/07 10:44 a.m.) Some lawmakers on Beacon Hill are pushing a bill that would ban youths under 16 years-old from tanning booths and exposing themselves to ultraviolet rays at an age when they can be most harmful. NECN's Kristen Caira reports.
(4/8/07 10:46 a.m.) Are you losing your hair as you age? For the first time ever, the government approved a drug-free therapy to fight baldness. NECN's Ally Donnelly has this story.
(4/8/07 10:57 a.m.) Dr. Benjamin Sachs is the Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He discusses the tragic story of a newborn that died at the hospital through a series of mistakes. Dr. Sachs wrote publicly about what went wrong and then went on to lead a major change in how his department functions. Safety records have improved. He talks about the changes they have implemented. Go to runningahospital.blogspot.com for more information.
(4/8/07 11:02 a.m.) Dr. Harvey Simon is Founding Editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch and author of "The No Sweat Exercise Plan." If you have an excuse not to exercise, Dr. Simon has an answer for you. His theory is, you can attain the benefits of fitness by making even the smallest changes in your daily life. Check out www.health.harvard.edu for more information.
(4/1/07 11:04 a.m.) A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that MRIs detected 3% more breast cancers than the mammograms. NECN's Prat Thakkar has more on this study.
(4/1/07 11:04 a.m.) A landmark study is challenging one of the most common practices in cardiac care. Researchers say drugs are just as effective for treating many heart problems as angioplasty, a surgical procedure. NECN Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly reports.
(4/1/07 11:05 a.m.) A new study suggests that aspirin in low to moderate doses may lower the risk of death in women. The study, appearing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says it may particularly help women who are older and prone to heart disease. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports.
(4/1/07 11:07 a.m.) Dr. Elaine Iuanow, Radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beverly Tardiff, a Breast Cancer Survivor join us to talk about the new guidelines which say people at an elevated risk for breast cancer should have an annual MRI as well as an annual mammogram.
(4/1/07 11:08 a.m.) Rapid Response Teams are a new trend, designed to bring better care to hospital patients. Dr. Paul Allen of Cambridge Health Alliance and Charles Arienti, Director of Respiratory Services at South Shore Hospital are here to discuss these teams. You will learn what they do and how they are improving care for patients while boosting morale of the staff at the same time.
(3/25/07 10:19 a.m.) The Alzheimer's Association says more Americans than ever are living with the disease. 5 million residents now suffer from the illness, up 10% from just 5 years ago. NECN's Ally Donnelly has details.
(3/25/07 9:19 a.m.) Six New England residents came together to participate in a 3-way kidney swap thanks to the New England Organ Bank. The procedure was the first-ever of its kind in Massachusetts. NECN's Ally Donnelly has more. For more information go to www.nepke.org
(3/25/07 8:20 a.m.) We talk with Dr. John Costa MA, Director of Allergy Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital about the impending seasonal allergy season. What causes allergies, how do you know if you have them and not a cold and when do you need to see a doctor for treatment? He answers these and other questions. For more information go to the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org
(3/25/07 9:21 a.m.) We talk with Dr. O'Keeffe about the child sports frenzy. We explore how parents should strike an appropriate balance of sport and activity that is good for a child's mind and body. Go to www.pediatricsnow.com for more information.
(3/16/07 4:19 p.m.) Tooth decay is one of the worst chronic illnesses children face. Bay State dentists are doing their part volunteering with fillings and root canals. NECN's Ally Donnelly takes a look at one unique rolling office.
(3/16/07 10:04 a.m.) Gov. Deval Patrick's wife Diane Patrick is hardly alone -- there are many Americans who suffer through depression. NECN's Kristen Caira has more.
(3/16/07 9:43 a.m.) A website is helping thousands of people nationwide help loved ones who are sick. NECN's Karen Swensen is joined by Hal Chapel, co-founder of Lotsa Helping Hands. For more information, please visit: www.lotsahelpinghands.com.
(3/16/07 9:42 a.m.) NECN's Karen Swensen is joined by Dr. Catherine Hayes, Chair of the Public Health and Community Service Group of the Tufts Dental School, to talk about the importance of dental care. For more information, please visit: www.massdental.org, www.ada.org or www.watchyourmouth.org.
(2/25/07 11:03 a.m.) Mount Hood Golf Course in Melrose, Mass. has been the scene of two sledding accidents in just 2 days. One accident sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries. NECN's Christine Caswell has details.
(2/25/07 11:04 a.m.) Merck is calling off a campaign to try and make Gardasil mandatory. The vaccine can protect young girls against the sexually-transmitted HPV - a leading cause of cervical cancer. Some said the shot would have also encouraged underage sex. NECN's Greg Navarro has more.
(2/25/07 11:05 a.m.) A worldwide consortium of scientists has made public the most extensive findings to date on the genetics of autism. They pin pointed to the complex brain disorder. That overturns almost all of what used to be conventional wisdom on the problem. ABC's Bill Blakemore explains.
(2/25/07 11:06 a.m.) Dr. Margaret Bauman is a leading expert in the field of pediatric autism. She joins us to talk about new research advances that could lead to a better understanding of what causes the condition. For more information you can check out her organization's website at www.ladders.org
(2/25/07 11:07 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszner is Chief Medical Officer and Director of Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He joins us to talk more about the new guidelines for women on heart disease and also to let us know it is not too late to get a flu shot!
(2/18/07 11:02 a.m.) Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. But doctors have been using data based on men's heart health to determine a woman's risk for heart attack, stroke, or other heart problems. Now the results of a new, huge study could more accurately determine risk for millions of women. Mavis Prall explains in this week's JAMA Report. Go to www.reynoldsriskscore.org for more information or to find your level of risk.
(2/18/07 11:03 a.m.) A salmonella outbreak has prompted a recall of peanut butter. The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak began last summer and was just recently traced to peanut butter made at a single ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Georgia. The spread being recalled was sold under the Peter Pan and Great Value brands. The only jars affected have a product code beginning with the number "2111" on the lid. NECN's Ally Donnelly has the details.
(2/18/07 11:04 a.m.) NECN's Ally Donnelly reports on a new technology at a Cape Cod Hospital that is helping stroke and multiple sclerosis patients walk. For more information contact Cape Cod Rehabilitation Hospital: 508-833-4141 or check out the product website at www.bioness.com
(2/18/07 11:05 a.m.) Anya Huneke reports on the new Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Vermont where researchers are trying to solve some medical mysteries.
(2/18/07 11:06 a.m.) Dr. Michael Miller, a psychiatrist and Editor in Chief of "The Harvard Mental Health Letter" talks about the prevalence of mental illness and the importance of fighting the stigma that can sometimes go with it. He also weighs in on the issue of how young is too young to diagnose and medicate young children for mental health problems. www.harvardmentalhealthletter.org
(2/18/07 11:07 a.m.) Celebrity Chef Jody Adams of Rialto in Cambridge, MA shows us an easy, tasty and heart healthy winter spread that you can make at home. www.rialto-restaurant.com Below are the recipes for the foods she brought!
Recipes from Celebrity Chef Jody Adams
Farro Mushroom Salad
Makes 4 servings
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small carrot, chopped into ¼-inch dice
1 small leek, chopped into ¼-inch dice, washed well
½ stalk celery, peeled and chopped into ¼-inch dice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups diced mushrooms (1/4 inch dice)a mixture of whatever is available
1 cup farro, picked through and rinsed
1 quart water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
Fiery Garlicky Greens
Makes 4 side-dish servings
1½ pounds broccoli rabe, washed and trimmed of tough or split stems
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, sliced paper-thin
½ pound chicory, washed and chopped crosswise into 2-inch sections
½ pound arugula, washed
½ to ¾ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Roasted Red Saffron Peppers with Mint and Chilies
Makes 4 side-dish servings
4 sweet red peppers
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, cut into slices ¼-inch thick
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon saffron
½ teaspoon Spanish paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper
(2/11/07 10:02 a.m.) The investigation into the death of a 4-year-old because of an alleged overdose of prescription drugs has now shifted to her doctor. At a meeting Wednesday, a medical board decided that the doctor should not practice medicine while the investigation is ongoing. NECN's Ally Donnelly joins us with the latest.
(2/11/07 10:03 a.m.) A Massachusetts Senator is looking to add one more vaccine to the list of required shots for kids to go to school. This one would only be required for girls entering the sixth grade. NECN's Alison King has more.
(2/11/07 10:04 a.m.) It may be tough to think about sunscreen while the temperatures are becoming more and more frigid, but a new study suggests it may make sense to apply it, even when driving in your car. ABC's Rob Simmelkjaer has more on the link between driving and skin cancer.
(2/11/07 10:05 a.m.) We talk with Dr. Jennifer Walker, Cardiac Surgeon at Mass. General Hospital, about women and heart disease. It's the number one killer of women, yet very few worry about this disease. Why the discrepancy and what can be done to make us more heart healthy? How are women's symptoms different? Log onto www.goredforwomen.org for more information.
(2/11/07 10:06 a.m.) If you're doctor tells you to exercise more, what are you supposed to do if you have back pain? Strengthening the Core-- it's the basic priority of most fitness routines and Eric Beard, Fitness Director, Longfellow Sportsclub brings in a preteen and an octogenarian to demonstrate exercises that pay off for the young and the young at heart! www.longfellowsportsclub.com
(2/4/07 10:02 a.m.) A key lawmaker suggests the state may have to step in and mandate health care rates if insurers can't come up with high quality, low cost plans. NECN's Mont Fennel reports.
(2/4/07 10:30 a.m.) You may remember when Shonda Schilling, the wife of Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling-- founded the shade foundation after being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2001. This week, she unveiled a new tool to help people detect skin cancer. NECN Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly has more. For more information log on to www.shadefoundation.org
(2/4/07 10:03 a.m.) An ad campaign will be launched this week targeting parents to showcase the dangers of ignoring their child's obesity. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports. Go to metrowestkids.org for information.
(2/4/07 10:48 a.m.) TV drug advertisements make medications seem emotionally and physically appealing, but consumers aren't getting the whole truth. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson takes a look.
(2/4/07 10:04 a.m.) We talk about how to choose a nursing home. There are 100,000 nursing home residents in the state and each year, half of those return home. Nursing home care has become an important part of acute care or transitional for certain patients. Also--How can you ensure that your loved one receives high quality care? What should you be looking for? Richard Bane, Chairman, Massachusetts Extended Care Federation is here with more. For more information visit the MA Extended Care Federation web site at www.mecf.org
(2/4/07 10:05 a.m.) We talk with Pediatrician Gwenn O'Keeffe about children and sleep issues: from newborns to teens. How much do they need and how to deal with night terrors and other problems as they arise. For more information visit Gwenn O'Keeffe's website at www.pediatricsnow.com
(1/28/07 9:51 a.m.) President Bush has used his State of the Union address to pitch proposals he says will improve the health care system. NECN's Ally Donnelly explains.
(1/28/07 9:52 a.m.) Is being overweight in the Baystate an epidemic or creating unnecessary panic? Health and Science reporter Ally Donnelly was at the Mass. Health Policy Forum where this and other questions were addressed.
(1/28/07 9:54 a.m.) Feodoroff is a former cancer patient turned fashion designer. She brings us her Healing Threads-- a line of clothing designed to make cancer patients feel more dignified as they go through the rigors of chemo, radiation and other tough treatments. The clothes are designed with special breakaway pieces and other special features. For more information, visit: www.healingthreads.com
(1/28/07 9:54 a.m.) Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld of Dermatology Partners, Inc. in Wellesley and writer of the Skin Sense column in The Washington Post answers viewer questions about Botox. How safe is it and what are the ups and downs of using it to make your skin wrinkle-free. Log on to www.washingtonpost.com to learn more.
(1/21/07 12:16 p.m.) We interview Dr. David Rosenthal, immediate past president of the American Cancer Society. We talk to him about the 2007 cancer statistics which show a major drop in cases of cancer. There are some other pieces in this segment as well including a John MacKenzie story abut Omega-3 Fatty acids and "baby Noah" born from a frozen embryo rescued from hurricane Katrina.
(1/21/07 12:18 p.m.) She talks with us about racial disparities in health care and cancer. What can be done to reverse these trends which are quite blatent and very disturbing.
(1/28/07 9:56 a.m.) We talk to the pediatrician about a recent warning about the dangers of giving cold medicines to children under the age of two. What is safe and what is not? And without cold medicines, what should you do to treat a child's cold?
(1/14/07 10:32 a.m.) Stem cell researchers are reacting with enthusiasm and reservations to a report that scientists have found stem cells in amniotic fluid. But one researcher says the discovery shouldn't be used as a replacement for human embryonic stem cell research. Health and Science reporter Anya Huneke has more.
(1/14/07 10:33 a.m.) A new study out this week in the "Journal Neurology" about women who have migraine headaches. According to the study, women who experience more frequent migraines also suffer from a series of other health problems. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson reports.
(1/14/07 10:33 a.m.) Dr. Jose Monteiro, epidemiologist for the state of New Hampshire talks about the first ever vaccine for cancer-- it's a shot to fight HPV, which causes about 70% of cervical cancers. New Hampshire is the only state in the country to provide the vaccine, free of charge, to all young girls as part of its routine immunization program. For more information you can check out the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services web site and follow the prompts to either immunizations or cervical cancer: www.dhhs.state.nh.us.
(1/14/07 10:34 a.m.) There's some important news this week for people who have already suffered from cardiac arrest. Dr. Timothy Johnson of ABC News reports on a new study that reiterates the importance of staying on your medications.
(1/14/07 10:36 a.m.) Nearly 80% of heart attacks happen at home. We provide a mini CPR lesson to help people learn what to do in case of an emergency so that they can potentially save the life of a loved one. Dr. Mark Pearlmutter of the Caritas Emergency Medical Group joins us. For information on how to get your Family & Friends CPR Anytime Kit, please go to cpranytime.org.
Starting an Exercise Program:
1) Set time dependant goals
2) Commit to a regular schedule
3) Select mode(s) of exercise
4) Take action
5) Enlist support/share your quest with others
6) Track your goals
(1/7/07 11:03 a.m.) Massachusetts made history in 2006 by becoming the first state to pass a universal healthcare law. This week, the program began its second phase: The process of signing up uninsured residents who will need to pay for part of the program. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports.
(1/7/07 11:03 a.m.) Network Health is one of four managed care organizations contracted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide coverage for the state's Medicaid population and for uninsured residents, who are now eligible to sign up for Commonwealth Care-- that's the new insurance program mandated to provide coverage for the state's uninsured. We check in as the second phase of the program officially launches and people start to sign up for the plan. Christina Severin, Executive Director, Network Health joins us. For more information, log on to www.network-health.org or call 1-888-257-1985.
(1/7/07 11:04 a.m.) Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 5,000 young people every year---many of them seemingly healthy athletes. Now, a Massachusetts company is working to prevent these unexpected deaths. For more information go to: www.heartscreenamerica.com
(1/7/07 11:05 a.m.) Doctors at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are introducing patients to fencing because it's a sport that's fun, low impact and has particular benefits for cancer survivors. NECN's Ally Donnelly explains.
(1/7/07 11:05 a.m.) We talk to nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward, RD about how to eat healthier during the new year. She has some practical tips and advice for would-be dieters so they can live with their healthier new plans. For more information log on to: www.elizabethwardrd.com
(1/7/07 11:06 a.m.) Eric Beard, Fitness Director at Longfellow Sports Club, talks with us about how to fit fitness into our lives in a way that really works. Go to www.longfellowsportsclub.com for more information.
2006 Top Ten Health Stories, according to Editors of the Harvard Health Letter.
For more information please visit the website of Harvard Health Publications:
1. HPV Cancer Vaccine
2. NYC Trans Fat Ban
3. MA Landmark Healthcare Plan
4. New Vision Loss Treatment
5. Germ warfare
6. New vaccines
7. Drug approvals
8. Bird Flu Preparations
9. Calls for FDA Reform
10. Vitamin D Makes the Grade
(12/24/06 11:01 a.m.) Dr. Anthony Komaroff is Editor-in-Chief of 'Harvard Health Publications.' He's also a senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor. Dr. Komaroff and his colleagues put the top 10 list together.
(12/24/06 10:59 a.m.) This year Boston's share of the average family health plan is $14,000 and that's expected to reach $18,000 by 2010. As Anya Huneke reports, if rates continue to rise, as expected, many including city officials worry we'll see cuts to staffing and services.
(12/24/06 10:58 a.m.) Breast cancer cases in the U.S. Dropped 7% in 2003, the largest drop ever recorded. The decline appears to be linked to hormone replacement therapy. ABC's John McKenzie has more.
(12/17/06 11:02 a.m.) A new study shows young medical interns working long hours are more likely to make mistakes, with some that result in patient death. NECN's Anya Huneke reports.
(12/17/06 11:04 a.m.) The government says antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal behavior in people up to 24 years old. The FDA and outside advisers support new warning labels, and say users of all ages should be closely monitored. ABC's John McKenzie has more on the debate.
(12/17/06 11:06 a.m.) New research shows an early sign of Alzheimer's disease might lie in our spinal fluid. This discovery might help doctors identify Alzheimer's earlier and consequently, treat it before it causes damage. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(12/17/06 11:07 a.m.) Christmas is just around the corner, but Canadian researchers have found there may be more than presents lurking under your tree. Reporter Avis Favaro has more.
(12/17/06 11:09 a.m.) Dr. Mark Gendreau of the Lahey Clinic is an expert on airplane air quality. If you're traveling this holiday season, what are the health risks? If the passenger behind you is coughing up a storm, are your bound to catch the same illness? Some interesting tips on how to protect yourself.
(12/17/06 11:12 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszer is here to talk about healthy holiday gifts. Forget about the chocolate-- how about a massage or an hour with a personal trainer!
(12/10/06 11:11 a.m.) Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers or grab bag gifts, but don't have a lot of money to spend? Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld of Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, Mass. has some suggestions. *Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, Vichy Reti-C Eyes, CeraVe moisturizing cream, Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer, Aqua Glycolic face cream, AmLactin XL Moisturing lotion and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunblock.*
(12/10/06 11:04 a.m.) From the frenzy of holiday shopping to family stress, this time of year can be fun, but it can also be painful. Here to tell us how to cope is Tom Wolfe, a clinical social worker and counselor at Mount Auburn Hospital's Employee Assistance Program.
(12/6/06 9:46 a.m.) The FDA has released a study showing that patients with drug-coated stents are at risk of blood clots. These stents, used to hold open choked arteries, will be the FDA's topic of discussion in a 2-day meeting beginning Thursday. NECN's Mont Fennel has more.
(12/6/06 6:01 p.m.) Heart surgery patients in Massachusetts will soon be able to research doctor performance online. Residents will have access to patient death rates for 55 Bay State surgeons. NECN's Anya Huneke explains.
(12/4/06 6:13 p.m.) Childhood obesity is a well-known problem -- almost 1/3 of children and teens in the U.S. are overweight. A new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health shows kids, on average, are taking in more calories than they need. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(12/3/06 11:20 a.m.) Advocates want to see mental health services for children improved. They feel there's been a lot of talk, but very little action when it comes to what they say is a broken children's mental health system. Health and science reporter Anya Huneke has more.
(12/3/06 11:21 a.m.) Millions of people take statins, drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Vitorin. They show great benefit in lowering cholesterol, but a new study finds there may be some additional health benefits. Health and science reporter Anya Huneke has this story.
(12/3/06 11:22 a.m.) Holiday shopping is in full swing and it may seem like an odd topic for a health show. But ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson reports there's new medical evidence that links your brain cells with the kinds of purchases you make.
(12/3/06 11:22 a.m.) Medical schools are great at teaching young doctors the science of medicine-- Now, one Boston hospital group is working to couple that care with compassion. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(12/3/06 11:23 a.m.) Dr. Beth Lown, Internist and Co-Chair of the programming committee of the Schwartz Center talks about some of the topics that they've covered over the years in this remarkable program.
(12/3/06 11:24 a.m.) Eric Beard, Fitness Director at Longfellow Sports Clubs and Educator for the National Academy of Sports Medicine joins HealthWeek. Beard, travels around the country to train other trainers-- about how to start children on an exercise program.
(11/19/06 11:21 a.m.) The Food and Drug Administration is adding a new label to Tamiflu, the popular drug that's used to treat the flu. It's warning parents to watch out for any bizarre behavior in their children. ABC's Dan Harris reports.
(11/19/06 11:23 a.m.) If you're thinking about eating red meat again this week, you may want to reconsider. A new study finds young and middle-aged women who eat a lot of red meat may be at a higher risk for developing a certain type of breast cancer. NECN Health and Science reporter Anya Huneke has the details.
(11/19/06 11:14 a.m.) Because every minute counts for heart attack victims, hospitals have been studying new ways to improve emergency treatment time. ABC's John McKenzie has this story.
(11/19/06 11:16 a.m.) The results of one of the largest, longest studies of aging claims that healthy life choices will lead to a longer life. ABC's Mavis Prall reports.
(11/19/06 11:18 a.m.) Dr. Irving Kaplan, Radiologist/Oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is here to talk about prostate cancer and the various treatment options.
(11/19/06 11:19 a.m.) Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld with Dermatology Partners in Wellesley talks about the skin-body connection and how your emotions can affect your skin and your skin can affect your emotions. Plus, a few tips on dry skin as we approach the winter season.
(11/12/06 11:03 a.m.) A new study shows that there appears to be no link between heart disease and low-carb, high-fat diets. ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson has more.
(11/12/06 11:10 a.m.) Many people worry about paying their home heating bills as the winter approaches. Some receive federal fuel assistance while others suffer both physically and financially. A new study shows the health of their families might be compromised because of it. NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(11/12/06 11:25 a.m.) Dr. Robert Goldszer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Brigham and Women's Hospital. We have a little coffee talk with Dr. Goldszer about the many studies percolating about the benefits and potential risks involved in coffee drinking.
(11/12/06 11:23 a.m.) Deborah Altschuler, President and Executive Director, National Pediculosis Association Doctors and parents have been scratching their heads for decades over how to treat head lice. Now, a promising new tool may provide a quick solution to this nagging problem that affects about 12 million kids a year.
(11/5/06 11:13 a.m.) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death among infants under the age of one in this country. Anya Huneke reports on a potential breakthrough that may unlock the mystery of SIDS.
(11/5/06 11:15 a.m.) One study on teen pregnancy suggests fewer teens are having babies, but teen childbearing is still costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year. NECN's Health and Science reporter Anya Huneke has more.
(11/5/06 11:17 a.m.) The fast food chain KFC has announced it will phase out artery clogging fats in its fried chicken, fries, and other menu items. As ABC's Stephanie Sy reports, the entire city of NY may be next.
(11/5/06 11:19 a.m.) With news of an 18 state salmonella outbreak, traced to tomatoes and lettuce, we talk with Patricia Kludt, Sr. Manager of the Epidemiology Program and the MA Dept. of Public Health about how consumers can eat safely. Some advice and tips that go beyond the usual wash and cook!
(11/5/06 11:21 a.m.) Two Celtics players suffer from debilitating skin infections within a week of each other. It is traced to MRSA-- a staph infection that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics. Dr. Robert Goldszer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Brigham and Women's Hospital has more on what steps you should take to protect yourself from these outbreaks which are becoming more and more common in locker-rooms.
(10/29/06 11:38 a.m.) This past week, thousands of doctors and scientists gathered in Boston for the annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society. Two-hundred-fifty new studies were presented on everything from gastric bypass surgery to portion size, to the infamous "freshman 15." NECN's Anya Huneke has more.
(10/29/06 11:39 a.m.) A controversial study on lung cancer shows that Computed Tomography or C-T scans may be a useful screening tool for high risk patients. NECN's Anya Huneke has more on this study.