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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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I Never Expected To Love My Kids’ Sex Ed Course, But I Do

August 28, 2015
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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.

Cut Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s? Growing Evidence Says Maybe You Can — Modestly

August 24, 2015
Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer’s assisted-living facility, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

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.

Carter’s Cancer: Melanoma Is ‘Bad’ Skin Cancer, But Better To Have Now Than Past

August 20, 2015
Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis at the Carter Center in Atlanta, on Thursday. Carter, 90, said the cancer has spread to his brain, and he will undergo radiation treatment at Emory University Hospital. (Phil Skinner/AP)

Some perspective on melanoma, which former President Carter is being treated for, from a specialist: It’s the “bad boy” of skin cancer, but progress on treating it using immune therapies is “so exciting right now.”

Possible Key To Weight Loss? Researchers Find ‘Master Switch’ To Crank Up Fat-Burning

August 19, 2015
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Researchers say new science on a “metabolic master switch” may hold the promise of someday making a dent in the obesity epidemic. They’ve found a possible “third knob” for affecting obesity, separate from diet and exercise — getting fat cells to burn fat instead of storing it.

Autism, Then And Now: Sweeping New Book Puts ‘Epidemic’ In Perspective

August 17, 2015
Author Steve Silberman (courtesy)

A sweeping new book on autism, by the author of Wired magazine’s landmark “Geek Syndrome” article, explores the past and present of autism and argues that as research continues on causes and prevalence, the most urgent need is for services for autistic adolescents and adults.

Summer Listening From The Checkup: High Anxiety, Revisited

August 03, 2015
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We revisit one of the best episodes of “The Checkup,” the WBUR/Slate podcast: High Anxiety, on three aspects of anxiety: fear of flying, the role of hormones, and parental worry.

Summer Listening From ‘The Checkup': Sexual Reality Check, Revisited

July 30, 2015
The Checkup

We revisit one of the juiciest episodes of our podcast, “The Checkup”: it’s called “Sexual Reality Check,” and it busts myths about size, age and desire.

Summer Listening At Candy Store Or Salad Bar: Scary Food Stories, Revisited

July 28, 2015
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In case you missed it: “Scary Food Stories,” part of our re-issuing of the best of CommonHealth’s podcast, “The Checkup.”

Doctor: You Should Not Need Prescription To Treat Urinary Tract Infection

July 20, 2015
Cranberry juice is often recommended to help with UTIs. (Woo Woo/Flickr Creative Commons)

An opinion piece in the BMJ argues that women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infections — which are extremely common, including in young women — without a prescription.

Happy 100 To You, And You — Centenarians Multiply, At Forefront Of Age Wave

July 17, 2015
Ethel Weiss, 100, dances with her daughter Anita Jamieson at the “Party Of The Century” at the Brookline Senior Center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As a recent town party demonstrated, centenarians are not as rare as they used to be — and many remain in good enough health to have a grand ol’ time — which is good because as the baby boom reaches advanced age, there may be a couple of million American centenarians by 2060.

Beware Uptick In Tickborne Diseases In Mass. — And We’re Not Just Talking About Lyme

July 13, 2015

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.

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.

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