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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

Quadruple Amputee Gains New Arms, From Donor Who ‘Gave Best Hugs’

November 25, 2014
Arm transplant recipient Will Lautzenheiser uses his new arms to hug his partner, Angel Gonzalez, at a Brigham and Women's Hospital press conference. (Photo courtesy BWH)

A quadruple amputee who lost all his limbs to a virulent infection now has two new arms, thanks to an anonymous donor and transplant surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

‘Vladimir Pootin’ To Poop Pills: Saga Of First Stool Bank Goes On

November 24, 2014
Bottles of frozen human stool for fecal transplants at the nation's first stool bank, OpenBiome. (Photo: Gabrielle Emanuel/WBUR)

The nation’s first stool bank, begun at MIT, has moved to Medford, pays $40 per donation, and The New Yorker reports that it continues to operate despite uncertain prospects.

Parent Dilemma: When A Kid’s Concussion Lingers On

November 21, 2014
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Most concussions pass quickly, but some kids have long-lasting symptoms that can keep them long benched from school and sports. How to cope? Two parents who’ve been there are creating an online venue to help connect families facing those challenges.

Suit Over ‘100% Natural’ Label On Nature Valley Granola Bars Settled

November 19, 2014
(AP Photo: Matt Rourke)

A consumer group hails the settlement of a suit that argued that granola bars should not be called “100% natural” if they contain highly processed sweeteners.

Yes, Medicare Will Cover Lung Cancer Scans For Longtime Smokers, But…

November 14, 2014
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Medicare plans to cover lung-cancer screening for longtime smokers, but the issue continues to spark hot debate.

Mass. Parents Report Early Logjam In Care For Mentally Ill Kids

November 12, 2014
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An advocate for children with mental illness reports a logjam in care for kids with mental illness in Massachusetts, several months earlier than usual. What’s going on?

Studies: It May Be Better For Kids Who Are Overweight Not To Know It

November 07, 2014
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New studies find that overweight teens who think their weight is fine tend to gain less weight and get less depressed than kids who are overweight and know it — findings that cast into question the recent practice of weighing kids at school and sending home “weight report cards.”

Berkeley ‘Says No To Big Soda,’ First To Pass Tax On Sugary Drinks

November 05, 2014
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Berkeley, CA, passes a tax on soda and other sugary drinks, a measure that has long been floated in Massachusetts.

Study: New Test For Finding Drugs To Fight Persistent Lyme Disease

November 03, 2014
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A Johns Hopkins study reports a new and improved test to determine which drugs could help fight persistent Lyme disease bacteria.

Primer: If Earned Sick Time Passes in Mass., When Can I Call In?

November 03, 2014
This WBUR tracking poll shows that support for ballot question 4 on earned sick days remained strong through late October. (WBUR's Poll Vault)

What you need to know about the “earned sick time” ballot measure, which appears likely to pass on Election Day.

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)

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rolled out its proposal for health care cost control Wednesday. It follows a similar plan the House released Friday.

Riley Cerabona: A Young Girl Living With CLOVES Syndrome

April 06, 2012
Riley Cerabona (Courtesy of Kristen Davis)

BOSTON — Riley Cerabona was born with a rare disease that currently can only be treated with surgery

MGH Settles For $1M Over Lost HIV/AIDS Records

February 25, 2011

BOSTON — Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over claims the hospital violated privacy regulations.

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