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.”
Consider my kids’ school schedule: three random half-days in April, one in early May, and a week of spring break in between. One mother I know said to the superintendent, “You must really hate parents.”
Boston Marathon medical director Dr. Aaron Baggish was working about 15 feet away when the first bomb went off last year. Now, he’s preparing for this year’s race, focusing on the normal medical challenges and the real meaning of the marathon as a celebration of human performance and community.
Mice that ate a heavy, high-fat diet did not become obese, because researchers found a novel way to tweak their metabolism, researchers report in the journal Nature. But it’s a long way from this study to unlimited premium ice cream for humans, they warn.
A study finds that virtually everyone has unwanted, intrusive thoughts typical of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The difference tends to be how frequently they occur and how much they upset the person thinking them.
Would you want to see those notes your shrink takes? In a bold new experiment that takes us farther than ever from the old stereotype of psychiatrists as inscrutable, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center psychiatrists are letting some patients see what is written about them in their mental health records.
A sweeping paper examines a half-century of mammogram research and finds that they do save lives but can also cause harms, so the decision to get one should be individualized.
Two Massachusetts studies find that Obamacare’s expanded health coverage is unlikely to immediately reduce emergency-room use and hospital readmissions.
More reason to get out of the pool and use the toilet: A new chemical study finds that mixing urine with chlorine creates substances that can cause potential health problems.
A Florida hospital corrects a $1124 overcharge after a patient posts about it here and on the hospital’s Facebook page.
Fitbit now faces a lawsuit over rashes from its Fitbit Force tracker, the Wall Street Journal reports.