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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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Project Louise: On Exercise, Sex, Free Stuff And The Secret Of Life

July 23, 2014
(Edson Fong via Compfight)

Project Louise: An attempt to persuade Louise that exercise is the magic secret of life, and she should start doing it regularly now that her year-long project is half done.

Mourning The AIDS Researchers Killed In Ukraine Plane Crash

July 18, 2014

The AIDS research world begins to mourn the researchers who went down on MH17 in Ukraine.

Please Discuss: ‘Gene Drives,’ Sci-Fi Scary Or Cool Leap Forward?

July 18, 2014
Scientists say new "gene drive" technology could help fight malaria by affecting the mosquitoes that carry it. (Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists call for a public discussion about “gene drives,” a novel genetic technology — still confined to the lab — that offers the promise of fighting malaria and improving agriculture but also carries the risk of unforeseen environmental consequences.

Why To Exercise Today: ‘Survival Of The Moderately Fit’

July 16, 2014
(Chris Brown via Wikimedia Commons)

The New Yorker discusses growing evidence that overdoing extreme exercise could damage the heart.

Buffer Zone Ruling Aftermath: Street Scene At Clinic, New Bill Filed

July 14, 2014
Outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston. (Photo: B.D. Colen)

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling to strike down the buffer zones around abortion clinics, Massachusetts lawmakers file a new bill to offset the ruling and anti-abortion protesters abounded last Saturday at one Boston clinic.

If You Find A Tick: Why I Resorted To Mooching Pills To Fight Lyme Disease

July 11, 2014
A March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. (Victoria Arocho/AP)

What do you do when you’ve been bitten by a deer tick, you meet all of mainstream medicine’s criteria for getting a single dose of antibiotics to help prevent Lyme disease, but your doctor refuses to prescribe it?

Ritalin Nation: ADHD Drugs Not Studied Enough For Rare Or Late Risks

July 09, 2014

Research from Boston Children’s Hospital finds that the ADHD drugs taken by millions have not been studied enough for rare or long-term safety risks.

Study: Pregnant Women Hungry For Better Info Earlier On

July 08, 2014

A small new study finds that pregnant women are ravenous for better information earlier on in their pregancies, before their first appointment with the obstetrician.

NY Times Sees Partners Merger As Cautionary Tale For Obamacare Era

July 07, 2014

The New York Times weighs in on the agreement that would allow Partners Healthcare to expand but cap later growth and costs.

For The Hard Core: The Gonzo Grown-Up Playground Workout In 10 Moves

July 03, 2014
Hanging leg raises (November Project)

The November Project, a free fitness movement founded in Boston, shares a gonzo playground workout for hard-core grown-ups.

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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