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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

Surgeon’s Death Spurs Painful Debate On Docs As ‘Face Of Health Care System’

January 28, 2015
Dr. Michael Davidson (Courtesy of Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

The shooting death of Brigham surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson spurs an agonized, angry debate online about doctors as the “face of the health care system.”

How Are We Today? Study Lets Patients Help Write Medical Notes, Google Doc Style

January 23, 2015
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A new study based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will let patients contribute to their own medical notes — much as colleagues collaborate on a Google Doc. It’s the latest step in the “open records movement” that aims to improve care by giving patients more access to their own medical records.

Worcester Telegram: Alleged Brigham Shooter Had Complained About Past Medical Bills

January 21, 2015
Flowers are left outside the Brigham in honor of the slain Dr. Michael Davidson. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The Worcester Telegram reports that the alleged killer of a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon had complained in the past about medical bills.

Diaper Power: Expanding Gel Could Help Scientists See Brain Workings

January 15, 2015
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MIT scientists find that by using the same sort of gel that lets disposable diapers expand so hugely when wet, they can expand brain cells to the point that microscopes can see nanoscale structures — a possible boon for researchers trying to map brain connections.

When A Nasty Cold Swept Harvard Medical School: Lessons To Be Learned

January 14, 2015
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A Harvard Medical Student Review article draws some lessons from the nasty cold that swept Harvard Med last fall, including the eternal “Wash your hands!”

Quick, Take Tamiflu? Maybe Not A Slamdunk If You’re Young And Healthy

January 12, 2015
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If you’re otherwise young and healthy, the decision on whether to take Tamiflu if you catch the flu may not be so simple.

View From Europe: ‘Appraising The Risks Of Reefer Madness’

January 12, 2015
Marijuana plant

A brain science journal offers a British psychiatrist’s views on the mental health risks of marijuana, particularly higher-potency forms and use at younger ages.

In Tough Flu Year, CDC Touts Prompt Tamiflu Prescriptions

January 09, 2015
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National health authorities say that in this tough flu year, doctors should prescribe more antiviral drugs like Tamiflu and patients should know that they need to be taken quickly to work best.

Rare Good News On Antibiotic Resistance: Promise Of Tougher New Drug

January 07, 2015
Researchers use an "iChip," a miniature device that can isolate and help grow single cells in their natural environment, and was instrumental in the discovery of Teixobactin. (Photo: Slava Epstein/Northeastern)

Rare good news on antibiotic resistance: Northeastern University researchers report the discovery of a promising new antibiotic that — so far, at least — bacteria do not seem able to evolve resistance to, raising the prospect of a new drug that could kill even superbugs for a long time.

Study: Do You Really Need Counseling On Your Alzheimer’s Gene Test?

January 05, 2015
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A new study finds that we may not need as much genetic counseling as we’d thought for simple tests like the one for a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

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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