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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:

I Thought the Truth Would Be Enough

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Marc Edwards uncovered lead in Flint’s water last year. But like others crusading for change, he discovered that convincing people to listen was harder than getting the science right. 

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Reddit's Role in Suicide Prevention

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SuicideWatch, a forum on Reddit, is providing a safe place for anonymous users to post during their most difficult hours. One young man credits it with saving his life. 
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Vacation Is All I Ever Wanted

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Three people tell Only Human what it’s like when life hands you a vacation from disease and then sends you home again.

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Microbiome: The Critters Within and Upon Us

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One hundred trillion bacteria living in our guts and on our skin make up the "microbiome" inside us, and are the focus of the new exhibit at the Natural History Museum.

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Part 3: A Star With Schizophrenia

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

In part three of our mental health series we meet Rachel Star Withers, a fearless woman with schizophrenia who offers a rare snapshot of mental illness on YouTube.

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Part 2: Be the Doctor Your Mom Wanted You to Marry

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In part two of our mental health and generation gaps series we talk to Giselle, a doctor-in-training who wants her field to be more open about mental health.

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Part 1: 'You Don't Watch Bollywood With Me Anymore'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In part one of our mental health and generation gaps series, a young Pakistani American tells her mother about her depression for the very first time.

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Too Ornery to Die

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scientist Paul Quinton has lived twice as long as expected for someone with cystic fibrosis. And his research led to a breakthrough drug for the disease. But who gets to decide the cost?

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Medicine and Mistrust on Native American Reservations

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Native Americans have struggled with poor access to health care for many years. Two doctors who grew up on reservations are trying to change that, one patient at a time.

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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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