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.

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CDC: One-Third Of Children With ADHD Diagnosed With The Disorder Before Age 6

September 03, 2015
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The median age at which children with ADHD were first diagnosed with the disorder was 7 years old.

Why You Should Get Plenty Of Sleep Tonight: Avoid That Cold

September 01, 2015

Adults who slept fewer than 5 hours or between 5 and 6 hours were at greater risk of developing a cold compared to those sleeping more than 7 hours per night, according to the study.

Sleep Alert: Bright Screens May Be More Disruptive For Tweens and Young Teens, Study Finds

August 27, 2015
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Researchers report that children between the ages of 9 and 15 in the early stages of puberty were particularly sensitive to light at night compared to older teens.

Study: Kids Are Dumping Fruits And Veggies Offered At School — But Don’t Give Up Yet

August 26, 2015
A study finds that kids often trash the fruit and vegetables from their school lunches. (Sally McCay, UVM Photography)

Many school kids are trashing the fruits and vegetables they are now served as part of a federal law that was supposed to nudge the kids toward healthier food choices.

Shameful Operating Room Moments: Medical Journal On Calling Out ‘Dirtball’ Doctors

August 21, 2015
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An essay published in the Annals of Internal Medicine begs the question: How many of us are being mocked and crudely disrespected while we’re at our most vulnerable?

Women’s Health World Abuzz On ‘Pink Viagra’ Approval, But Are Expectations Realistic?

August 19, 2015
In this June 22 photo, a tablet of Flibanserin sits on a brochure for Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the company's Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. (Allen G. Breed/AP)

Along with the potential to ignite a low (or non-existent) libido among some women, the drug comes with a boxed warning, the strongest kind, on contraindications and potential side effects that include low blood pressure, fainting, nausea, dizziness and sleepiness.

Where Does Life Begin, And Other Tough Abortion Questions For Doctors In Training

August 18, 2015
Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill hold signs outside the Texas Capitol on July 9 in Austin. (Eric Gay/AP)

“I lose sleep over lots of things, but with abortion we have a choice — we can either opt in or opt out. We can’t opt in or out of performing surgery for anything else.”

Sexting Among Adults May Be More Common Than You Think, Survey Suggests

August 14, 2015
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Even the AARP acknowledges the trend: “…more and more of the 50-plus set, both single and married, routinely use text messaging to send tantalizing pictures and provocative words to their partner.”

Personalized Medicine Distracts From Public Health, 2 Scholars Argue

August 11, 2015
DNA double helix (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Two public health scholars argue that fawning over personalized medicine may be a “mistake” that diverts resources away from other public health efforts that could benefit far more people.

Carly Simon And Family Point To Positive, Creative Side Of Dyslexia (Including Theirs)

August 07, 2015
Few people know that Grammy award-winning musician Carly Simon struggled with dyslexia as a child. Here she is performing in California in 2012. (Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP)

One celebrated family is trying to spread the word that a diagnosis of dyslexia doesn’t spell doom; on the contrary, it can lead to more creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

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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