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.”
A mother of middle-school kids describes her surprisingly pleasant experience with Get Real, a sex-ed course that aims to involve parents in the process and improve communication. At a time of rising debate over campus sexual assault — from college rape to this week’s New Hampshire prep school trial — experts say kids need to learn these relationship skills early. The course was created by the Planned Parenthood League of Mass.
Beyond crossword puzzles: Growing evidence suggests that living a healthy lifestyle — from exercise to healthy diet — can modestly cut your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies offer snapshots of the data on a wide range of factors that could raise or lower your risk.
Some perspective on melanoma, which former President Carter is being treated for, from a specialist: It’s the “bad boy” of skin cancer, but progress on treating it using immune therapies is “so exciting right now.”
Researchers say new science on a “metabolic master switch” may hold the promise of someday making a dent in the obesity epidemic. They’ve found a possible “third knob” for affecting obesity, separate from diet and exercise — getting fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.
A sweeping new book on autism, by the author of Wired magazine’s landmark “Geek Syndrome” article, explores the past and present of autism and argues that as research continues on causes and prevalence, the most urgent need is for services for autistic adolescents and adults.
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.
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.
In case you missed it: “Scary Food Stories,” part of our re-issuing of the best of CommonHealth’s podcast, “The Checkup.”
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.
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.
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.