WBUR Staff

Rachel Zimmerman

CommonHealth Co-host, WBUR

Rachel Zimmerman worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, most recently at the Boston bureau covering health and medicine. She’s also written for The New York Times, the (now-defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the alternative paper, Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon, among other publications. She is the co-author of The Doula Guide To Birth (2009), published by Bantam/Random House. In 2008, she spent the year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rachel lives in Cambridge with her two daughters.

Recent stories

Calls For Better Pain Relief Measures For Newborns, Premature Infants

February 04, 2016
In this file photo, an infant is seen in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. (Paul Joseph Brown/AP)

The American Association of Pediatricians is calling for better, more comprehensive pain relief measures for this vulnerable group, and for more research on effective treatments.

CDC Warns Of Fetal Alcohol Exposure, Says Drinking Any Time In Pregnancy Is Risky

February 02, 2016
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“Women wanting a pregnancy should be advised to stop drinking at the same time contraception is discontinued,” the CDC report says.

Study: Maternal Obesity And Diabetes Bring ‘Multiple Hits,’ May Raise Autism Risk In Children

January 29, 2016

One expert says any woman thinking about becoming pregnant should make sure her health is as good as it can be — in terms of nutrition, weight, infection — all of these are factors can can affect risk of autism in children.

Why To Exercise Today: Minimizing ‘Menopause Misery’

January 29, 2016

“If you are in your 40s and looking towards menopause, avoid the 12-15 pounds that most women gain by increasing your activity level now,” one expert says.

Panel Recommends Depression Screening For Women During And After Pregnancy

January 26, 2016
Pregnancy silhouette (Chris Martino/Flickr)

The task force recommends that all adults older than 18 be “routinely screened for depression,” including pregnant women and new mothers.

SharingClinic, To Help Patients Tell Their Stories, Opens At Mass. General Hospital

January 22, 2016
SharingClinic allows users to listen to a range of stories from different perspectives: hospital patients facing very serious illnesses, their families and friends, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and others. (Rachel Zimmerman/WBUR)

“Hospitals can be cold, scary, lonely places,” said Dr. Annie Brewster, an MGH internist. “SharingClinic aims to build community and to lessen this sense of isolation.”

More Evidence That Growing Up Poor May Alter Key Brain Structures

January 20, 2016
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A new study adds “to the growing awareness of the immense public health crisis represented by the huge number of children growing up in poverty and the likely long-lasting impact this experience has on brain development and on negative mood and depression,” researchers write.

FDA Reclassifies Vaginal Mesh, Device Used For Prolapse, As ‘High Risk’

January 06, 2016

Additionally, the agency will now require vaginal mesh manufacturers to submit “a premarket approval application to support the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair” of pelvic organ prolapse.

Ted Stanley, Who Donated Hundreds Of Millions For Mental Illness Research, Dies

January 05, 2016
Ted Stanley is seen in a YouTube video screenshot from the Broad Institute. Stanley has died at the age of 85.

Stanley’s 2014 donation of $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was billed as “the largest ever donation toward psychiatric research.”

Teasing Out How Anxiety Might Be Linked To Dementia In Older Patients

January 05, 2016
Researchers report an association between anxiety and dementia in older patients. (sparkle glowplug/Flickr)

In a study of Swedish twins, researchers found an association between anxiety and increased risk of dementia.

At 45, Caught Between Mammograms

November 17, 2009

New research says most women under 50 don’t need routine mammograms. That’s confusing news to a 45-year-old woman whose recent mammogram turned up a calcification.

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