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.”
Fights over whether to ban gas-powered leaf blowers tend to get ugly, pitting neighbor against neighbor, residents against landscapers and property owners, in a debate that has been called “a referendum over what it means to be a neighbor.” First world problems, yes, but problems nonetheless, and here’s the story of one affluent New England town seeking middle ground.
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A new analysis finds that emergency care costs about $80 billion a year, and chest pain is the most expensive diagnosis, amounting to nearly $5 billion of that care. So now that we see that prodigious price tag, what is to be done?
How’s this for a tale of horror? Neuroscientists who understand what scares you at the deepest level create a haunted house using their knowledge. Yikes. Actually, it’s fun, and demonstrates how to “curate fear” so you don’t need bloody gore to terrify; it may even teach you a bit about your own brain — if you survive, of course…
Bike lanes may actually lead to more severe bike injuries when cyclists are hit by cars — perhaps because of greater cyclist volumes or speeds.
Dr. Anita Kurmann, a Swiss surgeon and scientist who was just about to open her own lab, was killed in August when a truck struck her bike in Boston, but her scientific work lives on in a new paper that marks a major new stem cell advance that may someday help patients with thyroid problems.
The placenta may be the least understood and respected of human organs (not to mention the only one we routinely discard) but a $46 million federal project aims to further understanding of the role the placenta plays in disease — including pregnancy complications among obese women.
A study finds that exercise slashes a man’s odds of having erectile dysfunction by up to 43 percent.
Researchers report progress (in mice, at least) on a shot that people in Lyme disease territory could get in the springtime to protect them through high tick season. It would use monoclonal antibodies — narrowly targeted defenses — and begin safety testing in humans as early as next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.
The Massachusetts Senate rolled out its proposal for health care cost control Wednesday. It follows a similar plan the House released Friday.