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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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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
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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.

More Health Coverage, And Perhaps More Health, For Same-Sex Couples

June 29, 2015
A crowd waves rainbow flags during the Heritage Pride March in New York on Sunday, June 28. (AP)

Studies suggest that same-sex couples who can now wed will gain more employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, and perhaps even more health.

Note From A Civilized City: Boston Parks To Offer Dispensers Of Free Sunscreen

June 26, 2015
The dispensers being installed in Boston parks (courtesy Melanoma Foundation of New England.)

Boston becomes the first major city to offer dispensers of free sunscreen in parks across the city to help fight skin cancer — will the idea spread across the country?

Calling All Gene Detectives: Solve Diagnosis Mysteries To Win Contest, Play Role In Film

June 19, 2015
Dr. Katia Moritz shares a happy post-interview moment with 5-year-old Jeremy, who is also undiagnosed. (Courtesy "Undiagnosed")

Call them “the undiagnosed” — patients, possibly millions of them, who are clearly sick but remain unsolved diagnostic mysteries. Now, a work-in-progress documentary chronicles their plight and a contest calls on gene detectives to help five patients find answers — and possibly give the film some happier endings.

When A Burst Appendix Doesn’t Kill You: Big New Study Adds Data

June 17, 2015
An urgent laparoscopic appendectomy performed aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons)

A burst appendix seems like the ultimate medical emergency, but medical treatment is moving away from surgery and toward antibiotics.

In Test Tube, ‘Pulse-Doses’ Of Antibiotic Wipe Out Lyme Disease Bacteria Persisters

June 12, 2015
Northeastern graduate student Bijaya Sharma, who worked on recent Lyme disease experiments that may have found a new way to kill "persister" cells.

A germ-fighting scientist finds a possible new way to eradicate Lyme disease bacteria that persist after antibiotics — in a test tube, at least — using a “pulse-dosing” regime of repeat hits of antibiotic.

Big Study Finds Autism Risk Higher If Teen Mom Or Parental Age Gap

June 10, 2015
In this May 23, 2014 photo, Colleen Jankovich works with her 11-year-old autistic son, Matthew, who is non-verbal and requires 24/7 care, in Omaha. (AP)

We already knew that children of older parents — particularly fathers — are at heightened risk for autism, but a big new study finds additional age-related risk factors: If the mother is a teen and if there’s a gap in age between parents.

Mass. General Launches Trial Of Old TB Vaccine For Type 1 Diabetes

June 08, 2015
A blood test to check glucose levels (Alden Chadwick/Flickr Creative Commons)

Massachusetts General Hospital is launching a clinical trial to test in 150 patients with Type 1 diabetes whether a century-old tuberculosis vaccine might reverse the disease’s symptoms.

Expecting, But Not This: Prenatal Blood Tests Can Reveal Moms’ Health Problems

June 03, 2015
(Flickr Creative Commons)

Popular new prenatal blood tests may carry a surprising side effect: They may reveal health problems not in the baby but in the mother, from chromosome anomalies to cancer. A commentary in the journal Nature warns that mothers-to-be should be aware of this possibility, and never rush to action just on the basis of such tests.

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.

Riley Cerabona: A Young Girl Living With CLOVES Syndrome

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

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

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