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 New Yorker piece on Peter Lanza, father of the Newtown shooter, offers a detailed look of the family’s life and the shooter’s troubled behavior.
A new student-run journal, the Harvard Medical Student Review, converts issues and thoughts typically discussed in the school’s hallways into online articles accessible to all.
A new study links Facebook use to a higher risk of eating disorders in college women.
A neuroscience study finds that in mice, exercise can offset the tendency for obesity to “gum up” the brain.
Analysts look at prescription drug usage by American children, from infancy to the teen years, and find that boys cost more than girls until the teen years, when things even out, and that psych meds dominate prescriptions from early childhood on.
A new study of siblings find no long-term benefits in childhood for those who were breast-fed over those who were bottle-fed.
Head lice update: A study finds ordinary conditioner is as good as specialized products for helping to remove nits, and an expert says it’s unlikely group “selfies” are spreading lice among teens.
Television journalist Miles O’Brien reports that a minor mishap — his forearm hurt by a toppling case — led to a dangerous condition, ‘Acute Compartment Syndrome,’ and amputation of his left arm.
MIT researchers work on detecting cancer using a simple paper-based test of urine, much like a pregnancy test.
Fitbit has issued a voluntary recall of its Force fitness wristband after hundreds of complaints about rashes online. Is this an Internet-age lesson in health activism?