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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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‘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.

Why To Exercise Today: Protection (In Mice) From Diabetes Effect On Heart

February 25, 2015
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Yet another reason to exercise, among the hundreds: Researchers report that in mice, it can fend off a potentially fatal complication of diabetes.

Slashing The Pink Ribbon From Beyond The Grave

February 23, 2015
Longtime reporter Laurie Becklund speaks at Stanford last year in a talk titled "Treat me like a statistic and save my life."

A longtime Los Angeles Times reporter who died this month of metastatic breast cancer has left behind a blistering indictment of the current breast cancer world, including the pink-ribbon push for mammograms and the lack of useful patient/treatment databases.

Painkillers? Prozac? Brazilian Blowout? Hotline Counsels Pregnant Women On Risks

February 20, 2015
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The CDC says nine out of ten pregnant women take at least one medication during pregnancy, but only one out of ten drugs has good information on whether it poses risks to a fetus; an expanding pregnancy hotline counsels mothers-to-be on what’s known about the risks and what’s not.

On ‘Radio Open Source,’ An Intimate Look At Decades Of Depression

February 18, 2015
Writer George Scialabba (Courtesy Radio Open Source)

The writer George Scialabba is extraordinarily open about his decades of depression — he has even published excerpts from his medical records — and he shares encouragement about how depression can improve, but the deep mystery of its origins still remains.

10 Bits Of Blizzard Therapy From Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘The Long Winter’

February 16, 2015
A train stuck in snow  in 1881, the ferocious winter Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about.  Note the man standing on top for scale. (Minnesota Historical Society on Wikimedia Commons)

Boston is buried under record snow but this epic winter is nothing compared to the ordeals described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book “The Long Winter” — and that harrowing prairie experience serves to remind us of all the ways we have it better these days.

Biggest Gene Study Finds New Clues To Obesity, Apple Vs. Pear Shapes

February 11, 2015
(Wikimedia Commons)

The biggest study ever of the genetics involved in obesity tends to point to the brain as a driver of overall obesity but hormones and the fat cells themselves as important for whether you carry more fat on your upper or lower body.

Heroes And Zeroes Of Snowpocalypse 2015: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

February 09, 2015
A plow rolls down the street as people trudge on foot down Joy Street on Beacon Hill Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Stress can bring out the best in us, or the worst — as these stories of the good, the bad and the ugly behavior of neighbors during the relentless snows of 2015 demonstrate. Please add your own tale of a hero or a zero.

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

MGH Settles For $1M Over Lost HIV/AIDS Records

February 25, 2011

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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