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Mary Harris

Host and Managing Editor, Health

Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of Only Human. Her first and favorite beat was health, which she covered for ABC News, in nearly a decade of television producing. Before joining the newsroom, Mary helped launch WNYC's midday talk show, The Takeaway. Find her on Twitter @marysdesk.

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Mary Harris appears in the following:

A Deaf Composer Holds Out for Science

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Jay is a musician who has been losing his hearing over the past several decades. Now he must decide whether participating in an experimental treatment is worth the potential risks. 

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How Prenatal Testing is Changing Pregnancy

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Out with amniocentesis. Now, a routine blood test gives women information about Down Syndrome, along with the sex of their baby at just ten weeks. 

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How a Mother's Struggle Led to Early Detection for Down Syndrome

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The emergence of non-evasive prenatal testing for all types of fetal abnormalities has transformed early pregnancy care for women, thanks to one woman's struggle.

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Only Human: A Birth That Launched The Search For A Down Syndrome Test

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

After Stanford scientist Lee Herzenberg gave birth to a son with Down syndrome, she and her husband worked to find a noninvasive test that would help mothers learn about the health of the fetus.

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How a Prenatal Test Is Transforming Modern Medicine

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A mother's difficult choice sheds light on a new era of prenatal testing for Down syndrome.

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The Robot Vacuum Ate My Pancreas

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A young woman with diabetes hacks her insulin pump and takes DIY medicine to a new level. But could she find herself in trouble with the federal government?

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Real Doctors, Fake Medicine?

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

What actually makes you feel better when you go to the doctor? We explore the power of a placebo – the most misunderstood “medicine” of all.

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Every (Dead) Body Has A Story

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Medical students don’t always know who is under their scalpel.

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The Man Who Cured Everything

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In the early 1900s a fitness guru named Bernarr Macfadden discovered what he believed was a treatment for everything: fasting.

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When it Comes to Lead in School Drinking Water, Newark Isn't Alone

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tests found elevated levels of lead in 30 Newark Public Schools. One expert says half of all American schools likely have the same problem. 
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When Risky Sex Lands You in Jail

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

We’re often taught that sex comes with consequences. But is our fear of these risks making us alienate and punish people with sexually transmitted disease?

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The Science of Turning Her On

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The new “female Viagra” has been underwhelming. But researcher Nicole Prause is on a mission to find out what it takes for women to have better sex.

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Your Sanity or Your Kidneys

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17. But now the drug that has kept her sane for more than 20 years is also making her sick.

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When Opera Meets Autism

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A neuropsychologist and opera singer teamed up to create a form of vocal training for people on the autism spectrum. What does it mean for the patients who have to change just to fit in?

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A Doctor’s Love Affair with Vicodin

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harvard physician Peter Grinspoon spent years addicted to painkillers – often sharing pills with his own patients – before he was caught. 

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Don't Count on the Calorie

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Calories are sneaky, and measuring what we eat isn’t as foolproof as we thought. We team up with the podcast Gastropod to find out the truth about eating, and burning, calories.

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One Doctor’s Mission: Safe Abortions in the South

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dr. Willie Parker, a devout Christian, refused to perform abortions in his early career. Then he heard a Martin Luther King Jr. speech that changed his mind.

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How to Stop an Outbreak

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease claimed 16 lives and left more than a hundred people sick in New York City. We go behind the scenes to find how the city stopped the deadly bacteria.

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Bacon, Booze and the Search for the Fountain of Youth

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Is there a secret to longevity? The media have come up with some pretty illogical answers to that question. We set out to see what we can actually learn from supercentenarians.

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This Is the Year You Stick to It

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Why do we make bad decisions? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about why so many New Year's resolutions fail — and partners with Only Human on an exciting project.

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