Richard Harris

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.


What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds that many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.


FDA Boosts Its Heart-Attack Warning On NSAIDs, Sows Confusion

Friday, July 10, 2015

High doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers do increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. But good luck trying to weigh risks and benefits for yourself.


Bill To Boost Medical Research Comes With A Catch

Friday, July 10, 2015

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would increase National Institutes of Health funding and ease rules for the approval of new drugs. But the Senate may not go along.


Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

All told, more than half a million Americans used heroin in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents a nearly 150 percent increase since 2007.


Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough

Thursday, June 11, 2015

More than half the young people in a recent study were at least mildly dehydrated — maybe enough to affect energy and concentration. Roughly 25 percent said they never drink water.


Data Dive Suggests Link Between Heartburn Drugs And Heart Attacks

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The drugs are proton-pump inhibitors, including Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. But the study doesn't show cause and effect. Other factors — diet, drink or tobacco — may play a role.


Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Up to half of all results from biomedical research laboratories these days can't be replicated by other science teams. Why not? Myriad flubs slow progress in the hunt for cures.


International Group Says Mammograms Of 'Limited' Value For Women In 40s

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Independent reviews said there's no question that mammography benefits women in their 50s and 60s. The reviews also agree that mammograms aren't universally valuable for women in their 40s.


How Worried Should We Be About Lassa Fever?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The tropical virus has killed a man who returned to New Jersey from Liberia this month. But chances that he could have spread the disease are remote.


Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

Monday, May 25, 2015

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.


Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.


Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.


Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

Monday, May 04, 2015

It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.


Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.


Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.


Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.


Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.


Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Friday, April 10, 2015

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.


Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?