Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir “Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood.”
After she started a job with an hour-plus commute, a Boston-area woman gained 40 pounds and got back pain and high blood pressure. She’s a textbook case of the growing research on how long commutes can harm our health.
A new study suggests there are “genetic superheroes” — rare people whose genes suggest they should be sick or dead, but aren’t. An expert says we should be careful about acting on our genetic data, and we desperately need more research to match genes with medical records.
Would you like to share some of your own fitness/exercise lessons to help and inspire others? Record a voice memo and send it to Carey Goldberg for a podcast now in development.
As WBUR begins to develop a fitness podcast, we’re inviting you to nominate someone you know as a “fitness inspiration” who could be featured in an episode or post.
Sure, you might like to amp up your workout with a few electrodes, but specialists warn in the journal BMJ that electrical stimulation used to enhance fitness at the gym may cause a serious side effect: rhabdomyolysis, or muscle breakdown.
More and more women with cancer in one breast are choosing to have a double mastectomy — their numbers tripled from 2002 to 2012, even before the Angelina Jolie effect — even though studies find that the major operation will not help the vast majority of patients live longer.
“We’re characterizing [flu activity] as ‘moderate’ and ‘widespread’ in Massachusetts right now,” a state Department of Public Health official said.
“Subtle, even unconscious death reminders can radically skew everything from [people’s] political preferences to the way they take care of themselves,” says psychology researcher Sheldon Solomon.
Boston’s Museum of Science begins renovation on its huge lobby in what officials are calling the building’s most dramatic change since it was built in 1949.
Remember “the little pink pill”? Months after the FDA approved the so-called “female Viagra,” a new meta-analysis confirms that its benefits are marginal and its potential harms are real, from severe drowsiness to potential fainting if combined with alcohol. Health analysts suggest a moral for the the odd story of how this drug got approved.
Research shows that even 10 minutes — actually even two minutes — of movement instead of sitting at your desk all day can improve your wellness. Hence: the handy-dandy new office corner workout that should be posted on every office wall, even if space is so tight you can’t do a plank or crunch without being run over by your colleague’s desk chair.
Lyme is not the only tickborne disease worth worrying about. There are several other diseases that, although less common than Lyme, can make people quite sick.
The most thorough report yet on the state of New England plant life includes climate change as one of the threats the plants face; already, global warming has led to earlier bloom times for flowering plants like lilacs, and if current trends continue, in 50 years Massachusetts could have the climate of current-day Georgia.
Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov seems to be saying, “Don’t blame Chechnya.” He also points the finger at America. The text is translated from Russian.
From the major Russian newspaper Izvestia: Izvestia has learned that the suspect in the Boston terrorist acts, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, did come to America from Makhachala.
To all appearances, this image is a social media page created on V Kontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, early last year, and purports to belong to Djohar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
What does it mean to grow up gaming? Critics warn that games may be addictive and lead to aggression. Supporters say that games may be the best educational tools ever.
It’s hard to tell exactly how much Lyme disease there is in Massachusetts, but an estimated 1 in 100 people get it each year in most areas.
Lincoln is one of the richest towns in the U.S. But Lincoln’s wealth has provided no immunity to a disease that is spreading dramatically across Massachusetts: Lyme disease.
A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.
The Massachusetts Senate rolled out its proposal for health care cost control Wednesday. It follows a similar plan the House released Friday.