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

Asthma, Lyme Disease, Salmonella: How Climate Change May Worsen Your Health

May 28, 2015
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks in Washington in 2014. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/File)

Among the states where Lyme disease is most common [New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts], on average, these five states now report 50 to 90 more cases per 100,000 people than they did in 1991.

Report: Judge Approves $200M Settlement Plan For New England Compounding Center Victims

May 19, 2015

A Massachusetts bankruptcy judge gave verbal approval for a $200 million settlement plan for victims of a national meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center.

Study: Even After Depression Lifts, Sufferers Face Higher Stroke Risk

May 14, 2015
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The study authors conclude that to mitigate this risk of stroke, depression should be identified and treated early.

Study: Sexual Minority Kids More Likely To Be Bullied — As Early As 5th Grade

May 07, 2015
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This ongoing victimization can have short-term consequences, of course, but can also lead to problems down the road: from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress and negative school performance, researchers report.

Is There A Lesson About Treadmills In Sandberg Spouse Death? Yes: Keep Exercising

May 05, 2015

The apparently accidental death of Sheryl Sandberg’s husband has led to predictable follow-up stories on the dangers of exercising on treadmills.

A Weight Watching Life, And (Maybe) A Post-Diet Era

May 01, 2015
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“Inadvertently, Nidetch also did real harm with her eating system and the conditional support that goes with it,” says a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.

Bomber Trial: How Do You Talk To Children About The Death Penalty?

April 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty points to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

“It’s important not to expect that you will explain everything perfectly all at once or that your child will understand perfectly. It requires being comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Why Do So Many Women Have Anxiety Disorders? A Hormone Hypothesis

April 23, 2015
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime.

Why To Exercise Today: To Promote Cognitive Health (It’s Official)

April 16, 2015
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The Institute of Medicine’s number one recommendation to help mitigate the impacts of cognitive aging: be physically active.

The Complex Interplay Of Genetics And The Placebo Response

April 14, 2015
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A provocative new paper introducing the concept of a “placebome” — that is, the complex interplay between genetics and an individual’s response to placebos — raises questions that might ultimately lead to changes in how clinical studies of drugs are evaluated.

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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