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.”
Chances are, if you call 911, it will be from a cellphone — but the system was built for landlines, and is still catching up to the smartphone era. Sure, Google Maps and Uber know just where you’re calling from, but when you make the most important call of all — to 911 — the dispatcher may not.
A study in the journal Neurology found that people who were less fit in middle age had smaller brains two decades later.
A Super Bowl ad for “Opioid Induced Constipation” left many of us scratching our heads — here’s the solution to that mystery, including the new drug that the ad didn’t mention.
Researchers based at the Broad Institute in Cambridge have pinpointed the gene that is the biggest risk factor for schizophrenia discovered so far, and figured out how it does its damage.
As the patent dispute over the biotech breakthrough CRISPR heats up, a leading genome scientist tells the back-story of the discovery.
A beautifully written cautionary tale from Cognoscenti highlights the unpleasant surprise that the patient satisfaction feedback form you fill out may not be anonymous.
Pulses — dried beans, peas and lentils — are sizzling hot both for their nutritional virtues and because they’re good for the environment. But they do pose digestive challenges, so here’s a handful of solutions for trying to reduce (or accept) the intestinal gas they tend to produce.
A review of the newer treatments for obesity finds little to get excited about, prompting a health policy expert who herself struggles with obesity to decide that the risks are not worth the benefits. “I’m off to the gym,” she says.
CommonHealth’s 2015 coverage ranged from sex and vegetables to suicide and opioids, from gene and brain science to drug prices and delirium. A list of some of the year’s best stories.
Spaces are going fast for the Jan. 26 WBUR launch event for a new CommonHealth feature, “Narrating Medicine,” a platform for first-person writing from across the health-care spectrum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of resources for more comprehensive information about Lyme disease.
The Massachusetts Senate rolled out its proposal for health care cost control Wednesday. It follows a similar plan the House released Friday.