Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris appears in the following:

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.


Bacon, Booze and the Search for the Fountain of Youth

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Brooklyn's Susannah Mushatt Jones, formerly the oldest living person in the world, passed away yesterday at 116. We featured Ms. Jones in this story about supercentenarians living it up.

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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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Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Healthcare costs are staggering in the U.S. — is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an architect of the ACA, talks about how we can be smarter healthcare consumers.

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Patients and Doctors Fess Up

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hear stories from patients — as well as doctors — as they discuss the mistakes, mishaps, and near fatal errors that happen between doctor and patients.


Putting Care Back in the ICU

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Does a more humane hospital equal a safer one? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes.

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Let's Talk About Death

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bishop Gwendolyn Phillips Coates is on a mission. She’s a preacher in a small church in South L.A., and she’s made it her job to get her congregation prepared for the end of life.

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We're All Hearing Differently, and Here's the Proof

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

If you couldn’t stop debating whether that dress was blue and black or white and gold, check out a sort of audio version of that illusion — courtesy of neuroscientist Nina Kraus.
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Your Brain On Sound

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

When Rose was growing up, she knew she was hearing the world differently. It took her years to figure out what was happening — until she met Professor Nina Kraus.

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