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.”
There’s a cheap new IUD on the block: the Liletta. Its entire purpose is to help address the class gaps in birth control, and make IUDs, which can cost $1,000 or more, affordable to all. The Liletta is also part of a major shift in American birth control back toward IUDs.
Massachusetts doctors are so fed up with federal electronic medical record requirements — and so concerned about the next phase, expected to kick in soon — that they’re joining for a “town hall” meeting, backed by the AMA, to air their EMR woes.
Boston-based scientists report a key step toward a genetic fix for sickle cell disease, which affects about 100,000 Americans but tends to be under-funded.
Why I just threw out my spray can of Raid: A new Harvard study finds a consistent link between indoor insecticide use and childhood cancers.
It’s not nymphomania, it’s not sex addiction. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder afflicts mainly older women with unwanted, unrelenting physical feelings of arousal — but now, research is finding some possible causes, including spinal cysts that affect the nerves running from the genitals to the brain.
A Harvard psychologist who’s expert on narcissism lays out eight ways you might want to be a little more like Donald Trump — even if you can’t stand him.
A specialist talks about the possibility a bleeding disorder may be linked to baby’s death. Murder charges were dropped against a nanny after a new report on the child’s cause of death did not conclude her 2013 death was a homicide.
A pediatrician who’s an expert in child abuse says that despite the striking reversal in Boston’s latest nanny case, there are hundreds of clear shaken baby syndrome cases nationwide each year, and the diagnosis itself is not in question.
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.
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.