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Richard Harris

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Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The answer, this time, isn't simply more cash, says Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Instead, changing the way research money is distributed might fix systemic problems.

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Breast Cancer Patients Seek More Control Over Research Agenda

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon-Making

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When his home-brew tasted bad, a college student decided to pursue microbiology. After more than a decade as a scientist, he's going back to brewing — but this time, he's moving up to bourbon.

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

Monday, September 15, 2014

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

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Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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When Scientists Give Up

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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Why Ebola Is Making It Harder To Provide Good Health Care

Thursday, August 21, 2014

People are afraid to go to the doctor. Clinics have lost staff to the virus. Basic supplies aren't there. Ebola will have an impact on everything from malaria treatment to maternal health.

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Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola

Friday, August 15, 2014

The WHO has called for donations to help contain the outbreak. But money is just the first step. The challenges run from finding the right staff to prepping neighboring countries just in case.

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Why Is There No Drug To Treat Ebola?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Three companies are working to develop a drug that can battle Ebola. The free market has not produced a solution — a situation the U.S. government has been trying to correct.

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Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Friday, August 08, 2014

Drugs in development to treat Ebola virus are far from being ready for general use, but that hasn't stopped investors from rushing to talk up companies that are trying to develop the drugs.

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Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum: Why It Might Help

Saturday, August 02, 2014

In 1995, doctors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo skimmed serum rich in antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors to treat other patients. It's a 19th century approach. Does it work?

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Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

Friday, July 11, 2014

The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?

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Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in talks about a merger. For Reynolds, the move would mean doubling down on the future of e-cigarettes.

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scientists hoped the baby's apparent cure would lead to similar treatments in infants worldwide. But with the child still HIV-positive, some question the ethics of a large study in other children.

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HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus.

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Scientists used high-powered DNA sequencing to diagnose infections missed by usual lab tests. The pricey method is still experimental, but might offer a way to identify tough-to-diagnose infections.

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