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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

Can Mindfulness Help My Raging Anxiety When My Kid Gets Sick?

May 01, 2015
(Mary MacTavish/Compfight)

If you — like many parents — freak out when your child gets even a garden-variety sickness, a psychology professor explains how mindfulness may help.

Grandmother’s Last-Ditch Plea: Save The Garden At Children’s Hospital

April 29, 2015
A 65-foot dawn redwood tree slated for removal if the plans to build on the site of Prouty Garden proceed (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A grandmother who recently spent crucial healing time in the beautiful Prouty Garden at Boston Children’s Hospital laments the recent panel decision not to give landmark protection to the garden, which faces bulldozers as part of a major building plan.

Panel Says Beloved Garden At Children’s Hospital Can Be Bulldozed

April 29, 2015
Prouty Garden at Boston Children's Hospital (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Advocates for preserving Prouty Garden, a much-loved garden at Boston Children’s Hospital, suffer a key defeat before the Landmarks Commission, the Globe reports.

‘The Checkup’ Podcast On Aspects Of Anxiety: High, Parental And Hormonal

April 27, 2015
The Checkup

The latest episode of The Checkup podcast explores that most common of mental disorders (especially among CommonHealth co-hosts): anxiety, from fear of flying to parental nerves and the role that hormones may play.

Out Soon: First Official Consumer Guide To ‘The Bible Of Psychiatry’

April 24, 2015
The DSM-5, widely known as the "bible of psychiatry," is close to 1,000 pages and not exactly user-friendly. (Wikimedia Commons)

For the first time, the American Psychiatric Association is putting out a consumer-friendly guide to the DSM-5, the thick tome of nearly 1,000 pages that is known as “the bible of psychiatry.”

Elmo’s New Buddy, The Surgeon General, And Other Health Chiefs Urge Vaccines

April 22, 2015
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With the Disneyland measles outbreak still fresh in memory, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other public health chiefs are using quick videos to promote vaccinations — Dr. Murthy even helps Sesame Street’s Elmo through his shot.

On Point: Adulthood With Autism, And The ‘Cliff’ As Kids Age Out Of Care

April 17, 2015
In this May 23, 2014 photo, Colleen Jankovich works with her 11-year-old autistic son, Matthew, who is non-verbal and requires 24/7 care, in Omaha. (AP)

When “On Point” produced a segment on entering adulthood with autism, and how kids fall off a care “cliff” as they age out of services, many parents called in with their own stories.

This Blind Man Climbs Every Mountain, And Now Has Run The Boston Marathon

April 16, 2015
Randy Pierce with his guide dog, Autumn (Photo: Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Blind and once confined to a wheelchair, Randy Pierce, 48, has climbed every New Hampshire 4,000-footer in a single winter, successfully completed a Tough Mudder obstacle course, and now plans to run the Boston Marathon on Monday with the help of sighted guides. He didn’t choose to go blind, he says, “But the choice I made after going blind, that’s what defined my life.”

Wide Hips? Take Heart: Study Finds You Can Run Just As Efficiently

April 15, 2015
Biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist Kristi Lewton of BU School of Medicine. (Photo: Jackie Ricciardi for BU)

A new study finds that, contrary to popular beliefs that wide hips can be an athletic liability, wider-hipped runners move just as efficiently as their narrower-hipped peers.

You Are When You Eat: Study Explores Body Clock Effects On Blood Sugar

April 13, 2015
(Macro Mondays/Flickr Creative Commons)

A new study offers insight into why it’s better to eat “breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper” — and why shift workers are at heightened risk for Type 2 diabetes.

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.

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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