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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

Coming To A Clinic Near You: The $50 IUD With A Fascinating Backstory

October 02, 2015

There’s a cheap new IUD on the block: the Liletta. Its entire purpose is to help address the class gaps in birth control, and make IUDs, which can cost $1,000 or more, affordable to all. The Liletta is also part of a major shift in American birth control back toward IUDs.

Mass. Doctors Join To Vent Frustrations With Electronic Health Records

September 28, 2015
(breaktheredtape.org, posted with AMA permission)

Massachusetts doctors are so fed up with federal electronic medical record requirements — and so concerned about the next phase, expected to kick in soon — that they’re joining for a “town hall” meeting, backed by the AMA, to air their EMR woes.

In Step Toward Genetic Fix, Scientists Pinpoint ‘Achilles Heel’ Of Sickle Cell Disease

September 21, 2015
A "sickled" cell among normal red blood cells. (Wikimedia Commons)

Boston-based scientists report a key step toward a genetic fix for sickle cell disease, which affects about 100,000 Americans but tends to be under-funded.

Bugs And Kids: Indoor Insecticide Use Linked To Childhood Cancers, Study Finds

September 14, 2015
(Tom Simpson/Flickr Creative Commons)

Why I just threw out my spray can of Raid: A new Harvard study finds a consistent link between indoor insecticide use and childhood cancers.

Story Of A Sexual Syndrome: New Clues, Possible Fix For Some With Relentless Arousal

September 11, 2015
Jeannie Allen, whose online Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder support forum has hundreds of members. (Courtesy)

It’s not nymphomania, it’s not sex addiction. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder afflicts mainly older women with unwanted, unrelenting physical feelings of arousal — but now, research is finding some possible causes, including spinal cysts that affect the nerves running from the genitals to the brain.

Healthy Narcissism? 8 Ways To Be (A Bit) More Like Donald Trump

September 07, 2015
Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A Harvard psychologist who’s expert on narcissism lays out eight ways you might want to be a little more like Donald Trump — even if you can’t stand him.

Bleeding Disorder? National Expert Discusses Questions Around Cambridge Baby’s Death

September 02, 2015
Aisling Brady McCarthy watches as her attorney addresses the court during a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. McCarthy, a nanny from Ireland, is accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

A specialist talks about the possibility a bleeding disorder may be linked to baby’s death. Murder charges were dropped against a nanny after a new report on the child’s cause of death did not conclude her 2013 death was a homicide.

What Does Nanny Case Reversal Say About Shaken Baby Syndrome?

September 01, 2015
In this July 30, 2015 photo, Aisling Brady McCarthy leaves court proceedings at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. Middlesex DA Marian Ryan announced Monday that the murder charge against the Irish nanny had been dropped. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP)

A pediatrician who’s an expert in child abuse says that despite the striking reversal in Boston’s latest nanny case, there are hundreds of clear shaken baby syndrome cases nationwide each year, and the diagnosis itself is not in question.

I Never Expected To Love My Kids’ Sex Ed Course, But I Do

August 28, 2015
Oh boy... (Romana Klee/Flickr)

A mother of middle-school kids describes her surprisingly pleasant experience with Get Real, a sex-ed course that aims to involve parents in the process and improve communication. At a time of rising debate over campus sexual assault — from college rape to this week’s New Hampshire prep school trial — experts say kids need to learn these relationship skills early. The course was created by the Planned Parenthood League of Mass.

Cut Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s? Growing Evidence Says Maybe You Can — Modestly

August 24, 2015
Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer’s assisted-living facility, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Beyond crossword puzzles: Growing evidence suggests that living a healthy lifestyle — from exercise to healthy diet — can modestly cut your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies offer snapshots of the data on a wide range of factors that could raise or lower your risk.

Beware Uptick In Tickborne Diseases In Mass. — And We’re Not Just Talking About Lyme

July 13, 2015

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.

Lilac, Hemlock, Maple: How Climate Change Is Transforming New England Plant Life

March 26, 2015
The Middlesex Fells Reservation is seen on March 10. (Albert Lew/Flickr)

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.

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)

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

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

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