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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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Summer Listening From The Checkup: High Anxiety, Revisited

August 03, 2015
The Checkup

We revisit one of the best episodes of “The Checkup,” the WBUR/Slate podcast: High Anxiety, on three aspects of anxiety: fear of flying, the role of hormones, and parental worry.

Summer Listening From ‘The Checkup': Sexual Reality Check, Revisited

July 30, 2015
The Checkup

We revisit one of the juiciest episodes of our podcast, “The Checkup”: it’s called “Sexual Reality Check,” and it busts myths about size, age and desire.

Summer Listening At Candy Store Or Salad Bar: Scary Food Stories, Revisited

July 28, 2015
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In case you missed it: “Scary Food Stories,” part of our re-issuing of the best of CommonHealth’s podcast, “The Checkup.”

Doctor: You Should Not Need Prescription To Treat Urinary Tract Infection

July 20, 2015
Cranberry juice is often recommended to help with UTIs. (Woo Woo/Flickr Creative Commons)

An opinion piece in the BMJ argues that women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infections — which are extremely common, including in young women — without a prescription.

Happy 100 To You, And You — Centenarians Multiply, At Forefront Of Age Wave

July 17, 2015
Ethel Weiss, 100, dances with her daughter Anita Jamieson at the “Party Of The Century” at the Brookline Senior Center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As a recent town party demonstrated, centenarians are not as rare as they used to be — and many remain in good enough health to have a grand ol’ time — which is good because as the baby boom reaches advanced age, there may be a couple of million American centenarians by 2060.

It’s Not Just The Heat: How New England’s Sharp Shifts In Weather Affect Death Rates

July 13, 2015
(Flickr Creative Commons/Zacharmstrong)

It’s not just the heat of the heat waves or the cold of the cold snaps; the very sharpness of New England’s dramatic shifts in weather can affect health and mortality rates, according to a big study in the journal Nature that looked at the region’s entire Medicare population, zip-code by zip-code.

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.

‘Not Just Lyme Disease Anymore': 7 New Reasons To Fear Ticks This Summer

July 10, 2015
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)

Wherever Lyme disease is widespread, other less common infections borne by ticks tend to follow; in Lyme hotspots like Massachusetts, public health officials are seeing a dramatic rise in these infections that can land patients in the hospital and even, in very rare cases, kill them.

Mass. Has Paid Sick Leave, Now We Need To Change Culture Of Working While Ill

July 07, 2015
(Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services, via Wikimedia Commons)

Massachusetts now has paid sick time, but a study of health care workers suggests that the next big challenge is changing workplace culture so people actually take sick leave when they should.

What If Your Doctor Really Listened Instead Of Just Telling You What To Do?

July 03, 2015
(Photo: Alex Proimos, Flickr Creative Commons)

“Motivational interviewing,” a subtle but powerful method for changing unhealthy behavior, is sizzling hot in medicine these days as doctors try to change the patient behaviors that drive illness.

The Key To Gardening Without Blowing Out Your Back? It’s Not What You Think

July 02, 2015
Screen shot 2015-07-02 at 3.22.38 PM

For gardeners who fear back or joint injuries, the usual wisdom focuses on “bio-mechanics,” like bending your knees when you lift, but an expert emphasizes the importance of core strength, particularly your “para-spinal” muscles. Included: Link to exercises to strengthen them.

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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