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Carey Goldberg

Editor, CommonHealth, WBUR

Carey Goldberg is the editor 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

Cancer Patient Receives Nation’s First Penis Transplant At MGH

May 16, 2016
In this photo provided by Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas Manning gives a thumbs up after being asked how he was feeling following the first penis transplant in the United States. (Sam Riley/Mass General Hospital via AP)

The patient is 64-year-old Thomas Manning from the South Shore town of Halifax.

Why To Exercise Today: Study Finds Fitness May Protect Against Harm Of Sitting

May 06, 2016
(Paul Haeberlin/Flickr Creative Commons)

Research has suggested that exercise does not offset the potential health harms of prolonged sitting, but a new Norwegian study suggests that exercise is in fact protective — if you do it hard enough to improve your fitness level.

Harvard Study: Shopping For Health Care Fails To Lower Costs

May 03, 2016
A new study is bad news for the push for health care shopping. (Caden Crawford/Flickr)

A new Harvard study finds that, contrary to hopes and expectations, helping people shop for health care does not bring down costs — in fact, shopping may even lead people to spend slightly more.

Weight Gain, Heart Disease, Back Pain: Longer Car Commutes May Harm Your Health

April 28, 2016
The worsening traffic in Boston -- or any metropolitan area -- does not just cost drivers time. It may also cost them health. Here's early afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on 93 in Milton (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After she started a job with an hour-plus commute, a Boston-area woman gained 40 pounds and got back pain and high blood pressure. She’s a textbook case of the growing research on how long commutes can harm our health.

‘Genetic Superheroes’: Rare Exceptions Resist Mutations Thought To Be Disease Destiny

April 11, 2016
(Dan Steinberg/Invision for Warner Bros. Consumer Products/AP)

A new study suggests there are “genetic superheroes” — rare people whose genes suggest they should be sick or dead, but aren’t. An expert says we should be careful about acting on our genetic data, and we desperately need more research to match genes with medical records.

Lend Us Your Voice? Inspire Someone Else With Your Own Fitness Wisdom

April 08, 2016
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Would you like to share some of your own fitness/exercise lessons to help and inspire others? Record a voice memo and send it to Carey Goldberg for a podcast now in development.

WBUR Asks: Want To Nominate Someone As Your Fitness Inspiration?

March 31, 2016
Retired Marine Col. Jonathan Mendes crosses the finish line at the end of the 2010 New York City Marathon. The 90-year-old was the oldest entrant in the race and crossed the finish after 9 hours and 55 minutes. (USMC via Wikimedia Commons)

As WBUR begins to develop a fitness podcast, we’re inviting you to nominate someone you know as a “fitness inspiration” who could be featured in an episode or post.

Why To Exercise Today: Journal Warns Zapping Your Muscles At Gym Not Safe

March 30, 2016
Fitness training with electrical stimulation (Bodystreet/Wikimedia Commons)

Sure, you might like to amp up your workout with a few electrodes, but specialists warn in the journal BMJ that electrical stimulation used to enhance fitness at the gym may cause a serious side effect: rhabdomyolysis, or muscle breakdown.

‘Medically Unnecessary, But A Choice:’ Tripling Of Women Who Have Healthy Breast Removed

March 25, 2016
Dr. Mehra Golshan performs a bilateral mastectomy (Courtesy Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center)

More and more women with cancer in one breast are choosing to have a double mastectomy — their numbers tripled from 2002 to 2012, even before the Angelina Jolie effect — even though studies find that the major operation will not help the vast majority of patients live longer.

Warning: Flu Season Peak Hits Late This Year — Like Maybe Now

March 21, 2016
(Charles Krupa/AP)

“We’re characterizing [flu activity] as ‘moderate’ and ‘widespread’ in Massachusetts right now,” a state Department of Public Health official said.

Museum Of Science Transforms Lobby: Down With Granite, Up With Waterfall, Screens

March 07, 2016
The new lobby will include a two-story "living wall" and a waterfall. (Courtesy Museum of Science)

Boston’s Museum of Science begins renovation on its huge lobby in what officials are calling the building’s most dramatic change since it was built in 1949.

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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