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

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
katiebordner/flickr

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
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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.

Why A U.S. Obstetrician Says Some Women May Be Better Off Having Baby In U.K.

June 05, 2015
Dr. Neel Shah (Courtesy)

At its core, this debate is not about the superiority of midwives over doctors or hospitals over homes. It is about treatment intensity and when enough is enough.

Differing Views On Antidepressants During Pregnancy

June 04, 2015
Pregnancy silhouette (Chris Martino/Flickr)

Research studies evaluating the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants during pregnancy are mixed. There are documented harms, like an elevated risk of pre-term birth. But there are also the documented harms of untreated depression. In other words, it’s a deeply personal health decision that requires judgement based on a body of data that offers no easy answers.

Why To Exercise Today: Because It’s Not Sitting

June 02, 2015
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Two more reports that underscore the perils of sitting, one from the UK and one out of New York City.

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.

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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