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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

Pop Awake At Night? Researchers Blame ‘Sleep Switch’ In Your Aging Brain

August 20, 2014
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Researchers pinpoint the area of the brain whose degeneration leads to sleep problems in older people — that awful popping awake in the middle of the night or too-early morning — raising hopes of better-targeted sleep aids.

Leading Pediatrician: Sick Time Is Health Issue; Will Doctors Step Up?

August 19, 2014
(Mary MacTavish/Compfight)

A leading pediatrician argues that sick time is a health issue — one that Massachusetts voters will consider this November when guaranteed sick time is on the ballot.

Why To Exercise Today: Get Better At Bearing Pain

August 14, 2014
(U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons)

Why to exercise today: A small study finds that exercise may increase people’s pain tolerance.

When Good Parents Pack Bad Lunches: Study Finds Kids’ Food Falls Short

August 11, 2014
(Wikimedia Commons)

A Tufts study of Massachusetts schoolchildren finds that most of their packed lunches flunk nutrition standards — and I’m one of the guilty parents who pack them.

Beyond Good And Evil: New Science Casts Light On Morality In The Brain

August 07, 2014
Ann Carroll fits nodes to Sarah Beth Spitzer’s forehead in preparation for transcranial direct current stimulation testing at the Center for Brain Research at Harvard. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New brain science teases out — and can even alter — some of the biological underpinnings of our choices to do good deeds or bad, of our judgments of what’s right and wrong. So what does this mean for moral responsibility?

Ask A Philosopher: What Does New Brain Science Mean For Free Will?

August 07, 2014
Tufts philosophy professor Daniel C. Dennett on a schooner in Greenland earlier this year. (Photo: Phil Wickens)

Philosopher Daniel C. Dennett addresses questions of moral responsibility — “My brain made me do it!” — raised by new neuroscience findings on the biological underpinnings of morality.

Ethicist To DEA: Mass. Docs Who Prescribe Medical Pot Are Not ‘Dealers’

August 06, 2014
(“Caveman Chuck” Coker/flickr)

A Boston University ethicist says federal authorities go too far when they treat Massachusetts doctors who prescribe medical marijuana as if they were drug dealers.

Ebola: As Other Doctors Die, Heading Straight Into The Outbreak To Help

August 01, 2014
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia in protective gear with Dr. Guillermo Madico at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Boston, where she directs infection control. This gear is slated to be donated to the Ebola-fighting efforts in Sierra Leone when she goes there in mid-August. (Photo: Jackie Ricciardi, BU Photo Services)

As the Ebola epidemic in western Africa worsens, infection-control expert Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is planning to head straight into the outbreak to help — and offers some insights into why so many health care workers have been dying there.

‘Cowboy’ Doctors Could Be A Half-A-Trillion-Dollar American Problem

August 01, 2014

A new study finds that ‘cowboy doctors’ — mavericks who treat more aggressively than the accepted guidelines suggest — are responsible for a surprisingly big chunk of America’s high health costs, possibly as much as half a trillion dollars. (And how to know if your doctor is one.)

Lessons From Boston Children’s: When Hackers Attack Your Hospital

July 31, 2014
Boston Children's Hospital (Wikimedia Commons)

The cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital last spring offers several possible lessons, including the central point that health care organizations, too, may become targets of hackers.

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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