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

New Moms Cite Lack Of Advice From Docs On Key Issues: Sleeping, Breastfeeding

July 30, 2015
A new study found that about 20 percent of mothers said they didn’t receive advice from their baby’s doctors about breastfeeding or the current thinking on safe placement for sleeping newborns. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

When it comes to breastfeeding, infant sleep position, immunization and pacifier use, many new moms report they get no advice at all from their children’s doctors.

Docs In Training Confide Their Feelings On Performing Abortions

July 24, 2015
Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill hold signs outside the Texas Capitol on July 9 in Austin. (Eric Gay/AP)

Abortion can be hard for the patient. But it can also cause turmoil for the doctor performing the procedure.

Study: New Antibody Therapy Can Reverse Traumatic Brain Injury Damage (In Mice)

July 15, 2015
Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell lies near midfield after suffering a concussion in a game on Nov. 24, 2013. Traumatic brain injuries, whether they occur on a sports field or in a war zone, are on the rise. (David Richard/AP)

Researchers report they’ve discovered the “missing link” between traumatic brain injuries and certain degenerative brain diseases, like Alzheimer’s, and developed a special antibody that can be used to help prevent the conditions — at least in mice.

CDC: Certain Antidepressants, But Not All, Taken During Pregnancy May Raise Birth Defect Risk

July 08, 2015
A bottle of Prozac is pictured at a Eli Lilly and Co facility in Indiana in 2008. (Darron Cummings/AP/File)

But a broad new analysis from the CDC came to a fairly measured conclusion when comparing pregnant women who took SSRIs — a class of antidepressants — to women who did not take those medications during pregnancy.

Why Your Doctor Might Want To Track Your Tweets

June 26, 2015
(Medisoft via Compfight/Flickr)

The little digital breadcrumbs you blithely leave in your wake — from tweets to wearables — are beginning to coalesce into what could ultimately become a critically important portrait of your true physical and mental state.

Are Skinny Jeans Bad For Your Health?

June 25, 2015
(James Mitch/Flickr)

Researchers report: “She had been wearing ‘skinny jeans’, and recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day. Later…she noticed bilateral foot drop and foot numbness, which caused her to trip and fall. She spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found.”

An Uptick In Non-Jews Choosing Jewish Circumcision? Maybe

June 23, 2015
Preparing for a circumcision

This co-mingling of religious and non-religious realms may have “tricky implications for mohels performing non-Jewish circumcisions,” and raise thorny legal questions.

Researchers Say They Can Lift Depression In Mice By Activating Happy Memories

June 18, 2015

The findings, published in Nature, hint at a future in which depression might be treated by manipulating brain cells where memories are stored.

Just Sip It: More Than Half Of U.S. Kids Not Properly Hydrated

June 16, 2015

Researchers found nearly a quarter of the children and adolescents in the study reported drinking no plain water at all.

The Checkup: How To Feed Your Muffin Top, And Other Weight Loss Wisdom

June 09, 2015
The Checkup

So here, we vent about our personal challenges — how to finally lose that last 10 pounds, escaping from our self-imposed food prisons — and offer some new strategies for relief.

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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