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Karen Weintraub

Writer, WBUR

Karen Weintraub spent 20 years in newsrooms before becoming a freelance writer in January 2010. She is a contributor for WBUR’s Health blog: CommonHealth.

Recent stories

Love And Rare Cancer: Widow Fights On For Eye Melanoma Research

June 27, 2013
Sara Selig and Gregg Stracks on the day they were engaged.

A young widow is devoted to improving research into and treatment of a disease that killed her husband.

One Mother’s Outrage At Longy’s Decision

March 14, 2013
A protest outside of the Longy School after it closed a community music program. (Michael Kuchta)

Karen Weintraub, whose daughter was a student in Longy’s music program, feels betrayed by the school’s decision to end it.

Can You Really Recover From Autism?

January 18, 2013

Autism researchers used to steer clear of the word “recovery” but a new study suggests that for a small group of children, a level of recovery from autism is possible.

Surgery For Young Children May Pose Subtle Brain Risks

August 20, 2012

A new study finds that surgery on children under three may post subtle brain risks.

ADHD: Girls Get It, Too

August 17, 2012
Although ADHD is generally associated with males, females have the condition, too. Celebrity Paris Hilton said in a 2007 interview that she has struggled with ADHD since she was 12. (Chesi-Fotos CC/flickr)

Although our stereotype is that ADHD is a boys-only condition, girls get it too – and may suffer even more from it.

A Biological Basis For Jewishness

August 07, 2012
The Jewish Quarter in Fez, Morocco (christopherjdavis/Flickr)

Jews from North Africa are genetically closer to Jews from Europe and the Middle East than to their African neighbors, according to a new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

More Americans Walking, But Still Not Enough

August 07, 2012

Walking, the most popular form of exercise among American adults, is up nationwide, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But more than half of Americans still get less than the recommended two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate aerobic exercise.

Taking On The Pink Juggernaut

August 02, 2012
Supporters at a Susan G. Komen for the Cure rally (leah.jones/Flickr)

Dartmouth professors accuse the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure foundation of overselling the benefits of mammography.

Cigarette Use Down But Cigars, Other Smokes Are Up. Blame Taxes.

August 02, 2012

Cigarette use declined by 2.5% between 2010 and 2011, while consumption of other forms of smoked tobacco such as cigars and homemade cigarettes rose more than 17%. A new study suggests the culprit is taxes.

Alzheimer’s Enemy May Help In Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

August 01, 2012
Stanford University Neurology Professor Lawrence Steinman (Stanford News Bureau)

A protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s may turn out to be helpful against multiple sclerosis, new research from Stanford University suggests.

Doctor: Too Many Women Get Unnecessary Repeat Breast Cancer Surgery

July 31, 2012

A Boston doctor argues that women are having too many second surgeries for breast cancer due to longstanding disagreements among physicians on the issue of “margins.”

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