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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.”

Recent stories

The Bionic Mind: Building Brain Implants To Fight Depression, PTSD

October 30, 2014
Liss Murphy this summer, with husband Brian, son Owen and sheepdog Ned. (Courtesy)

More than 100,000 people have brain implant to treat Parkinson’s disease; now, with funding from the military, researchers aim to take brain implant technology to the next level and use it to treat severe depression and PTSD.

Rat Study Suggests Teen Binge Drinking Could Cause Lasting Brain Effects

October 29, 2014
(Photo: Yakobusan Jakob Montrasio via Compfight)

A new study finds that binge drinking in adolescence could cause lasting effects on the brain.

Review: ‘Ether Dome’ Play Won’t Put You To Sleep But Could Use Scalpel

October 24, 2014
Greg Balla, Lee Sellars (seated), Tom Patterson and Richmond Hoxie act in a scene from "Ether Dome." (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson/Huntington Theatre)

A review of ‘Ether Dome,” a play about the origins of modern anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, won’t put you to sleep but could have used more of an editorial scalpel.

E-Cigarette Debate: 7,000 Flavors Of Addiction, But What Health Risks?

October 22, 2014
(From the Boston University video)

A new Boston University research website lays out the debate over e-cigarettes.

Reality Check: How People Catch Ebola, And How They Don’t

October 22, 2014
Dr. Elke Muhlberger (Photo:  Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University)

A Boston University researcher who has worked on Ebola virus for more than 20 years lays out the state of knowledge on how Ebola is transmitted and how it is not — helping to explain why more people in Dallas didn’t catch it.

Study Of 80,000 Birthing Moms Suggests Epidurals Safer Than Thought

October 15, 2014
(archibald jude via Compfight)

A study just presented at a national anesthesia conference finds epidurals safer than previously thought, with rates of the most-feared complications well below 1 percent.

Enterovirus D68: Good News, Bad News, What To Do

October 08, 2014
(CDC)

Good news, bad news and what to do about enterovirus D68, which health authorities say may be on the wane already in Massachusetts.

Mystery Author Cornwell Funds $500K Brain Research On Medical Pot At McLean

October 06, 2014
The administration building at McLean Hospital (Wikimedia Commons)

The mystery author Patricia Cornwell funds $500,000 in medical marijuana research at McLean Hospital.

The Artery: Atul Gawande On How We Want To Die

October 06, 2014
Dr. Atul Gawande is a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. (Courtesy)

The Artery, WBUR’s arts blog, reviews the latest book by Dr. Atul Gawande, on end-of-life care.

10 Ways The Birds And The Bees Have Changed

October 03, 2014
The cover of the "go-to" book on puberty, "It's Perfectly Normal." (Courtesy Candlewick Press)

“It’s Perfectly Normal,” a book for kids and teens on sexuality, is now out in its 20th-anniversary edition, and changes in its content reflect how the birds and the bees — and kids’ worlds — have changed over the last 20 years.

Translation: Chechnya Leader Says Don’t Blame Us, Look To America

April 19, 2013

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.

Russian Media On Bombing Suspects: Childhood In Kyrgyzstan, Hints Of Extremism

April 19, 2013

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.

Translation: Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Possible Social Media Page

April 19, 2013

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.

My Son, The Dragon Slayer: The Risks And Rewards Of Growing Up Gaming

January 24, 2013
Carey’s 8-year-old son Tully plays the game “Skyrim” on their family computer. (George Hicks/WBUR)

BOSTON — 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.

How Much Lyme Disease Are We Living With?

June 28, 2012
The Blacklegged tick, commonly referred to as the deer tick, is prevalent in Massachusetts. (AP)

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.

In Lincoln, It’s Town Vs. Ticks

June 25, 2012
Lincoln resident Robin Wilkerson pulls ticks off her dog Stella several times each day. (George Hicks/WBUR)

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.

Resource List: Lyme Disease

June 25, 2012
Relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages. In general, adult ticks are approximately the size of a sesame seed and nymphal ticks are approximately the size of a poppy seed. (CDC)

A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.

Mass. Senate Unveils Health Care Financing Bill

May 09, 2012

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rolled out its proposal for health care cost control Wednesday. It follows a similar plan the House released Friday.

Riley Cerabona: A Young Girl Living With CLOVES Syndrome

April 06, 2012
Riley Cerabona (Courtesy of Kristen Davis)

BOSTON — Riley Cerabona was born with a rare disease that currently can only be treated with surgery

MGH Settles For $1M Over Lost HIV/AIDS Records

February 25, 2011

BOSTON — Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over claims the hospital violated privacy regulations.

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