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Carey Goldberg

Reporter, Common Health, WBUR

Carey Goldberg is the co-host 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.”

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Mom’s Memo To Schools: Please, Make These Random Half-Days Stop

April 18, 2014
(Photo: Rachel Zimmerman)

Consider my kids’ school schedule: three random half-days in April, one in early May, and a week of spring break in between. One mother I know said to the superintendent, “You must really hate parents.”

Boston Marathon Medical Director: Getting Back To What The Race Is About

April 11, 2014
Medical personnel work outside the medical tent after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Boston Marathon medical director Dr. Aaron Baggish was working about 15 feet away when the first bomb went off last year. Now, he’s preparing for this year’s race, focusing on the normal medical challenges and the real meaning of the marathon as a celebration of human performance and community.

Eat Fat But Stay Thin: Mice Can Do It, Maybe Someday We Can Too

April 09, 2014
Generic lab mice

Mice that ate a heavy, high-fat diet did not become obese, because researchers found a novel way to tweak their metabolism, researchers report in the journal Nature. But it’s a long way from this study to unlimited premium ice cream for humans, they warn.

The OCD In Us All: Study Finds Almost Everyone Has Intrusive Thoughts

April 09, 2014
Some people with OCD wash their hands compulsively. (Wikimedia Commons)

A study finds that virtually everyone has unwanted, intrusive thoughts typical of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The difference tends to be how frequently they occur and how much they upset the person thinking them.

What Your Shrink Thinks? Pilot Study Opens Psych Records To Patients

April 04, 2014
(Life Mental Health/Flickr via Compfight)

Would you want to see those notes your shrink takes? In a bold new experiment that takes us farther than ever from the old stereotype of psychiatrists as inscrutable, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center psychiatrists are letting some patients see what is written about them in their mental health records.

Mammogram? 50 Years Of Data And Decision Aids To Help You Think Through

April 01, 2014
A mammogram image, with arrow in upper left pointing to cancer

A sweeping paper examines a half-century of mammogram research and finds that they do save lives but can also cause harms, so the decision to get one should be individualized.

Obamacare Preview? Mass. Studies Find Some Hospital Use Stays Same

March 31, 2014
To prevent readmissions, new post-discharge clinics are sprouting up

Two Massachusetts studies find that Obamacare’s expanded health coverage is unlikely to immediately reduce emergency-room use and hospital readmissions.

Perennial Question: Is It Safe To Pee In the Pool? Answer: No

March 26, 2014

More reason to get out of the pool and use the toilet: A new chemical study finds that mixing urine with chlorine creates substances that can cause potential health problems.

Follow-Up On That $1126 Charge For A 2-Inch Bandage: Oops, It’s $2

March 20, 2014

A Florida hospital corrects a $1124 overcharge after a patient posts about it here and on the hospital’s Facebook page.

Nasty Rashes From Fitbit ‘Force’ Tracking Bracelet Prompt Lawsuit

March 20, 2014
The author's Fitbit Force rash (Courtesy)

Fitbit now faces a lawsuit over rashes from its Fitbit Force tracker, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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