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.”
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.
Yet another reason to exercise, among the hundreds: Researchers report that in mice, it can fend off a potentially fatal complication of diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Massachusetts parents can now look up the specific vaccination rate for a child’s school, and they vary widely — but if your child’s school’s rate looks low, don’t freak out — there are a few caveats about the data.
With measles vaccines suddenly more political than ever, experts say we need research on how to persuade “vaccine-hesitant” parents that vaccines will protect their children — and their communities.
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.
Riley Cerabona was born with a rare disease that currently can only be treated with surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over claims the hospital violated privacy regulations.