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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

Ethics: How Could Doctors Help With Harsh CIA Interrogations, ‘Rectal Feeding’?

December 10, 2014
(Source: NPR)

A Harvard-affiliated psychiatrist and bio-ethicist discusses the medical ethics of the health-care staffers who participated in harsh CIA interrogations.

You’ve Heard Of The ‘Slow Food’ Movement? Now Meet ‘Slow Medicine’

December 08, 2014
(Photo: Facebook, at left: Dr. Pieter Cohen)

Two doctors propound the medical equivalent of the “slow food” movement.

Boston Survey: Most Parents Say Sure, I’d Like To Know My Newborn’s Genes

December 04, 2014
(Wikimedia Commons)

A Boston survey finds that most parents of newborns would be interested in information about the baby’s genome, or full set of genes.

Study: New Way To Hold Back Herpes, Keep Virus Latent

December 03, 2014
Fluorescent staining shows areas of the cornea affected by herpes virus in a Korean patient. (Source: Wikipedia)

A study in animals — mice, rabbits and guinea pigs — shows a new way to keep herpes viruses in abeyance in their hosts, by altering how genes are turned off and on.

Another Suspected Ebola Case In Boston: 5 Reassuring Thoughts

December 03, 2014
(Adam Cole/NPR for the Goats and Soda blog)

Amid news of a suspected case of Ebola virus at Massachusetts General Hospital, five reassuring thoughts that make this latest scare less scary.

Quadruple Amputee Gains New Arms, From Donor Who ‘Gave Best Hugs’

November 25, 2014
Arm transplant recipient Will Lautzenheiser uses his new arms to hug his partner, Angel Gonzalez, at a Brigham and Women's Hospital press conference. (Photo courtesy BWH)

A quadruple amputee who lost all his limbs to a virulent infection now has two new arms, thanks to an anonymous donor and transplant surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

‘Vladimir Pootin’ To Poop Pills: Saga Of First Stool Bank Goes On

November 24, 2014
Bottles of frozen human stool for fecal transplants at the nation's first stool bank, OpenBiome. (Photo: Gabrielle Emanuel/WBUR)

The nation’s first stool bank, begun at MIT, has moved to Medford, pays $40 per donation, and The New Yorker reports that it continues to operate despite uncertain prospects.

Parent Dilemma: When A Kid’s Concussion Lingers On

November 21, 2014
soccer concussion

Most concussions pass quickly, but some kids have long-lasting symptoms that can keep them long benched from school and sports. How to cope? Two parents who’ve been there are creating an online venue to help connect families facing those challenges.

Suit Over ‘100% Natural’ Label On Nature Valley Granola Bars Settled

November 19, 2014
(AP Photo: Matt Rourke)

A consumer group hails the settlement of a suit that argued that granola bars should not be called “100% natural” if they contain highly processed sweeteners.

Yes, Medicare Will Cover Lung Cancer Scans For Longtime Smokers, But…

November 14, 2014

Medicare plans to cover lung-cancer screening for longtime smokers, but the issue continues to spark hot debate.

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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