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
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Monday, March 13, 2017
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that more people died from opioids in 2016 than from car crashes and homicides, combined.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thousands of New York parents are getting letters from their kids' schools saying there's lead in the water. We help translate what it means and what to do about it.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
When a little girl stops sleeping through the night, her doctor has to get to the bottom of a medical mystery that turns out to have big implications for scientists around the world.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
New York City is about to reach a milestone in drug overdoses. By the end of 2016, it's expected that more than 1,000 people will have died of overdoses. One reason for the spike: the drug fentanyl.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
New York City started tracking deaths by drug overdose in 2000. This year, the number hit a record high.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Why is the flu shot so ineffective? It can be better.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
While medical and drug experts admit the flu shot could be better, the work to create a better vaccine has been left largely to one scientist in New York City.
Monday, November 28, 2016
You went, you ate, you talked, you gave thanks -- but did you fight? We take calls from listeners about your Thanksgiving table talk.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The election hangover is casting a pall over some holiday tables. We've got advice.
Friday, November 18, 2016
With less than a week before Thanksgiving, Brian Lehrer takes calls and counsel on how to handle potentially charged discussions.
Monday, October 31, 2016
We're getting closer to the day when doctors can check a baby's entire genetic code to look for diseases that might develop during childhood or even later. But some parents are reluctant to do these tests.
Monday, October 31, 2016
A study offering the parents of newborns a scan of thousands of the baby's genes raises a big question: Do you want this kind of information on disease risk in your child's permanent record?
Monday, October 17, 2016
An effort to ban the potent leaf known as kratom by adding it to a federal list of dangerous drugs has met stiff opposition from users and scientists who say it deserves a closer look.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
In a medical first, doctors in New York reported they helped a woman have a child with genetic material from three people.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Over the last week, Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton have both released medical letters from their doctors testifying to their fitness to serve.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Presidential candidates often leverage lax requirements to skirt important medical information.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
While a heated debate continues about North Carolina's "bathroom bill," a clinic in the state is helping transgender teenagers transition. It's the only gender clinic in the South for teens.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the "bathroom bill." But the state is also home to one of the few clinics for transgender kids in the South.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
When host Mary Harris volunteered her microbes for a study by the American Museum of Natural History, she got a sneak peek on the preliminary findings about the healthy microbiome.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Robert Hoge was born with severe defects; growing up, he had to get used to people calling him “ugly.” This week, Robert reflects on the lie we all tell ourselves: looks don’t matter.