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.”
We revisit one of the juiciest episodes of our podcast, “The Checkup”: it’s called “Sexual Reality Check,” and it busts myths about size, age and desire.
In case you missed it: “Scary Food Stories,” part of our re-issuing of the best of CommonHealth’s podcast, “The Checkup.”
An opinion piece in the BMJ argues that women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infections — which are extremely common, including in young women — without a prescription.
As a recent town party demonstrated, centenarians are not as rare as they used to be — and many remain in good enough health to have a grand ol’ time — which is good because as the baby boom reaches advanced age, there may be a couple of million American centenarians by 2060.
It’s not just the heat of the heat waves or the cold of the cold snaps; the very sharpness of New England’s dramatic shifts in weather can affect health and mortality rates, according to a big study in the journal Nature that looked at the region’s entire Medicare population, zip-code by zip-code.
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.
Wherever Lyme disease is widespread, other less common infections borne by ticks tend to follow; in Lyme hotspots like Massachusetts, public health officials are seeing a dramatic rise in these infections that can land patients in the hospital and even, in very rare cases, kill them.
Massachusetts now has paid sick time, but a study of health care workers suggests that the next big challenge is changing workplace culture so people actually take sick leave when they should.
“Motivational interviewing,” a subtle but powerful method for changing unhealthy behavior, is sizzling hot in medicine these days as doctors try to change the patient behaviors that drive illness.
For gardeners who fear back or joint injuries, the usual wisdom focuses on “bio-mechanics,” like bending your knees when you lift, but an expert emphasizes the importance of core strength, particularly your “para-spinal” muscles. Included: Link to exercises to strengthen them.
Studies suggest that same-sex couples who can now wed will gain more employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, and perhaps even more health.
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.