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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

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.

Study: A Simple, Cheap Way To Help Low-Income Kids With ADHD

March 23, 2015
Boston Medical Center

A Boston Medical Center study finds that just a week of special training for care managers can “move the needle” on ADHD symptoms and social skills in low-income kids.

How Contagious Is That Dinner Party? And How Best To Evade Friends’ Bugs?

March 18, 2015
(Faruk Ateş/Flickr)

An infectious disease expert addresses a social question: What does it make sense to do to avoid catching viruses from our friends at dinner parties and other gatherings?

Why To Exercise Today: It Could Help Your Partner Exercise, Too

March 16, 2015
(Lucky_sunny, Flickr via Compfight)

A study finds that being physically active can help lead your spouse to become fitter, too.

‘Come As You Are': Book Explores Old Lies And New Science On Women And Sex

March 13, 2015
Author and sex educator Dr. Emily Nagoski (Photo: Jon Crispin, posted with permission.)

A new book, ‘Come As You are,’ explores the new science on female sexuality — some of it developed during the hunt for a ‘female Viagra’ — and highlights the incorrect expectations that may hinder women’s sex lives.

Growing Burden: Toll Of Major Depression Now Put At $210 Billion A Year

March 11, 2015
(Wikimedia Commons)

The latest calculation by a Boston economist finds that major depression costs the American economy more than $210 billion per year, and that the last recession hit workers with depression particularly hard.

From McDonald’s To Obama To Prizes, Efforts Ramp Up To Save Antibiotics

March 09, 2015

As warnings mount that antibiotic resistance is a daunting threat, a Boston University expert discusses its magnitude and the economic changes needed to spur development of more new drugs.

Cautionary Tale: Vomiting Bouts And False Positive On Urine Test For Pot

March 06, 2015
Hollis Tufts, the teen who tested positive -- incorrectly -- for cannabis use in a cautionary tale published in the journal "Pediatrics."

The cautionary case of a 13-year-old girl who tested positive — incorrectly — for cannabis use casts light both on the possibility of such false positives and on a newly recognized syndrome in which heavy pot use leads to cyclic vomiting.

‘Am I Normal?’ Check Biggest Study Yet Of Penis Size, Among 15,000 Men

March 03, 2015
From the paper "Am I normal? A systematic review and construction of nomograms for flaccid and erect penis length and circumference in up to 15,521 men" in the British Journal of Urology International, © BJU International, posted with permission granted by Wiley.

The biggest study yet of penis size, encompassing more than 15,000 medically measured men, finds that the vast majority fall very close to the norm, and the average length of a penis is about five inches when erect and 3-1/2 when flaccid.

We’re Baaack! CommonHealth Podcast ‘The Checkup’ Relaunches With Slate

March 02, 2015
(From Panoply.fm)

WBUR and Slate relaunch “The Checkup,” a health podcast featuring the co-hosts of CommonHealth, now part of the Panoply podcast network.

Blue/Black Or White/Gold, And Why Care? A Neuropsychiatrist Examines ‘The Dress’

February 27, 2015
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Dr. Jon Lieff, a Boston-area neuropsychiatrist, casts some light on the Internet phenom “the dress” — why it has become such a thing and what it says about the tricky nature of our perceptions.

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.

Riley Cerabona: A Young Girl Living With CLOVES Syndrome

April 06, 2012
Riley Cerabona (Courtesy of Kristen Davis)

Riley Cerabona was born with a rare disease that currently can only be treated with surgery

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