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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

Calling 911 From Your Cellphone? Don’t Assume They’ll Know Exactly Where You Are

February 12, 2016
Trainer Kevin Lewis (Carey Goldberg/WBUR)

Chances are, if you call 911, it will be from a cellphone — but the system was built for landlines, and is still catching up to the smartphone era. Sure, Google Maps and Uber know just where you’re calling from, but when you make the most important call of all — to 911 — the dispatcher may not.

Why To Exercise Today: The Size Of Your Brain As You Age

February 10, 2016
(Wikimedia Commons/NIH)

A study in the journal Neurology found that people who were less fit in middle age had smaller brains two decades later.

Mystery Solved: Why That ‘Opioid-Induced Constipation’ Super Bowl Ad?

February 08, 2016
A screenshot from the Opioid-Induced Constipation ad

A Super Bowl ad for “Opioid Induced Constipation” left many of us scratching our heads — here’s the solution to that mystery, including the new drug that the ad didn’t mention.

Landmark Gene Discovery Cracks Open ‘Black Box’ Of Schizophrenia

January 27, 2016
Sydney and her mother Lori looking into the mirror where Sydney experienced her first symptoms of schizophrenia. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Researchers based at the Broad Institute in Cambridge have pinpointed the gene that is the biggest risk factor for schizophrenia discovered so far, and figured out how it does its damage.

‘Heroes Of CRISPR’: Vivid Yarn And Lessons Learned From A Scientific Leap Ahead

January 14, 2016
(Image: NIH)

As the patent dispute over the biotech breakthrough CRISPR heats up, a leading genome scientist tells the back-story of the discovery.

Don’t Miss: Surprise, Your Patient Satisfaction Survey Was Not Anonymous

January 11, 2016
A patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (Gerry Broome/ AP)

A beautifully written cautionary tale from Cognoscenti highlights the unpleasant surprise that the patient satisfaction feedback form you fill out may not be anonymous.

From U.N. To New U.S. Guide, All Say Eat More Beans, Peas, Lentils — But The Gas?

January 08, 2016
(Roger Smith/Flickr Creative Commons)

Pulses — dried beans, peas and lentils — are sizzling hot both for their nutritional virtues and because they’re good for the environment. But they do pose digestive challenges, so here’s a handful of solutions for trying to reduce (or accept) the intestinal gas they tend to produce.

Health Analyst Scans New Obesity Options From Drugs To Devices, Heads Back To Gym

January 04, 2016
Dr. Fiona Clement, an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Science at the University of Calgary, who writes in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine about her own struggle with obesity. (Courtesy)

A review of the newer treatments for obesity finds little to get excited about, prompting a health policy expert who herself struggles with obesity to decide that the risks are not worth the benefits. “I’m off to the gym,” she says.

Top CommonHealth Stories Of 2015: From Kale And Sex To Opioids And Suicide

December 30, 2015
This Jan. 1, 2014, file photo shows fireworks lighting up the sky over Boston Harbor to celebrate First Night in Boston, during New Year's celebrations. (Elise Amendola/AP)

CommonHealth’s 2015 coverage ranged from sex and vegetables to suicide and opioids, from gene and brain science to drug prices and delirium. A list of some of the year’s best stories.

Space Going Fast: Launch Event For Our New Feature, ‘Narrating Medicine’

December 24, 2015
(Dan Hodgett/Flickr Creative Commons)

Spaces are going fast for the Jan. 26 WBUR launch event for a new CommonHealth feature, “Narrating Medicine,” a platform for first-person writing from across the health-care spectrum.

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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