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.”
“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.
Boston becomes the first major city to offer dispensers of free sunscreen in parks across the city to help fight skin cancer — will the idea spread across the country?
Call them “the undiagnosed” — patients, possibly millions of them, who are clearly sick but remain unsolved diagnostic mysteries. Now, a work-in-progress documentary chronicles their plight and a contest calls on gene detectives to help five patients find answers — and possibly give the film some happier endings.
A burst appendix seems like the ultimate medical emergency, but medical treatment is moving away from surgery and toward antibiotics.
A germ-fighting scientist finds a possible new way to eradicate Lyme disease bacteria that persist after antibiotics — in a test tube, at least — using a “pulse-dosing” regime of repeat hits of antibiotic.
We already knew that children of older parents — particularly fathers — are at heightened risk for autism, but a big new study finds additional age-related risk factors: If the mother is a teen and if there’s a gap in age between parents.
Massachusetts General Hospital is launching a clinical trial to test in 150 patients with Type 1 diabetes whether a century-old tuberculosis vaccine might reverse the disease’s symptoms.
Popular new prenatal blood tests may carry a surprising side effect: They may reveal health problems not in the baby but in the mother, from chromosome anomalies to cancer. A commentary in the journal Nature warns that mothers-to-be should be aware of this possibility, and never rush to action just on the basis of such tests.
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.
Riley Cerabona was born with a rare disease that currently can only be treated with surgery