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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

You Hate Leaf Blowers, Your Neighbor Uses Them: How One Town Seeks Middle Ground

November 13, 2015
(GBaile/Wikimedia Commons)

Fights over whether to ban gas-powered leaf blowers tend to get ugly, pitting neighbor against neighbor, residents against landscapers and property owners, in a debate that has been called “a referendum over what it means to be a neighbor.” First world problems, yes, but problems nonetheless, and here’s the story of one affluent New England town seeking middle ground.

Give Us Your Feedback On CommonHealth, And Win More Than Brownie Points

November 13, 2015
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Take our survey on how to tweak CommonHealth and get a brand new WBUR bumper sticker…

Chest Pain Is Top Item On Nation’s $80 Billion ER Care Bill, Study Finds

November 09, 2015
(Courtesy Dr. J. Slutzman, presented to the American College of Emergency Physicians)

A new analysis finds that emergency care costs about $80 billion a year, and chest pain is the most expensive diagnosis, amounting to nearly $5 billion of that care. So now that we see that prodigious price tag, what is to be done?

Haunted House Science: You Don’t Need Gore To Terrify, If You Know The Brain

October 30, 2015

How’s this for a tale of horror? Neuroscientists who understand what scares you at the deepest level create a haunted house using their knowledge. Yikes. Actually, it’s fun, and demonstrates how to “curate fear” so you don’t need bloody gore to terrify; it may even teach you a bit about your own brain — if you survive, of course…

In NYC, More Severe Injuries After Painted Bike Lanes Installed, Study Finds

October 28, 2015
A study found that the severity of injuries among bicyclists hit by cars appeared to go up after New York City installed painted bike lanes. Here, the author of that report, Dr. Stephen Wall, finds a blocked NYC bike lane. (Courtesy of Stephen Wall)

Bike lanes may actually lead to more severe bike injuries when cyclists are hit by cars — perhaps because of greater cyclist volumes or speeds.

Scientist Killed In Bike Crash, But Her Thyroid Stem Cell Work Lives On

October 23, 2015
Anita Kurmann's ghost bike is fastened to a street sign at the Back Bay intersection where she died. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Dr. Anita Kurmann, a Swiss surgeon and scientist who was just about to open her own lab, was killed in August when a truck struck her bike in Boston, but her scientific work lives on in a new paper that marks a major new stem cell advance that may someday help patients with thyroid problems.

Peering Into The Placenta, ‘Least Understood’ And Respected Of Human Organs

October 16, 2015
(Wikimedia Commons)

The placenta may be the least understood and respected of human organs (not to mention the only one we routinely discard) but a $46 million federal project aims to further understanding of the role the placenta plays in disease — including pregnancy complications among obese women.

Why To Exercise Today, Men: Daily Half Hour May Slash Odds of Erectile Dysfunction

October 14, 2015
(Flickr/Creative Commons)

A study finds that exercise slashes a man’s odds of having erectile dysfunction by up to 43 percent.

Research Raises Prospect Of Springtime Shot To Protect Against Lyme Disease

October 12, 2015

Researchers report progress (in mice, at least) on a shot that people in Lyme disease territory could get in the springtime to protect them through high tick season. It would use monoclonal antibodies — narrowly targeted defenses — and begin safety testing in humans as early as next year.

Coming To A Clinic Near You: The $50 IUD With A Fascinating Backstory

October 02, 2015

There’s a cheap new IUD on the block: the Liletta. Its entire purpose is to help address the class gaps in birth control, and make IUDs, which can cost $1,000 or more, affordable to all. The Liletta is also part of a major shift in American birth control back toward IUDs.

Beware Uptick In Tickborne Diseases In Mass. — And We’re Not Just Talking About Lyme

July 13, 2015

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.

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.

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