Richard Harris

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What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.


Study Reveals Potential Conflict Of Interest In Patient Advocacy Funding

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Most patient advocacy groups get funding from the industry, a new study finds. That means they may have a conflict of interest when they are representing patients.


Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Monday, January 09, 2017

Most people's doctors put their health information in an electronic health record. Scientists are mining those records for clues to what treatments work best for individuals.


Morning Sickness Pill Gets Second Look From Persistent Researchers

Friday, January 06, 2017

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says pregnant women with morning sickness shouldn't reach hastily for the pill bottle. Controversy over one medicine called Diclegis continues.


Danish Study Links Fish Oil During Pregnancy With Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

But that's not the final word, caution pediatricians, including the Danish author. It's one of several recent studies with contradictory findings that suggest the supplements could help or hurt.


Medicare Pays For A Kidney Transplant, But Not The Drugs To Keep It Viable

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The federal government pays for kidney transplants. But the program only pays for essential anti-rejection drugs for three years. Many people can't afford them and can end up losing the kidney.


Mumps Bump: Cases Rise In Iowa, Illinois And Arkansas

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mumps spreads easily through schools and colleges. And in northwestern Arkansas, where the current outbreak is centered, students often live in close quarters with their families.


When Genetic Tests Disagree About Best Option For Cancer Treatment

Friday, December 16, 2016

Two recent studies comparing genetic cancer tests suggest that doctors need to be careful about assuming the results provide a complete picture for selecting among treatments options.


Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

Monday, December 05, 2016

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a gold mine for its inventors, but it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.


Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.


Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Monday, November 28, 2016

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.


Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

Monday, November 28, 2016

Medical researchers are no longer ignoring the people who have the most to gain — or lose. But as patient advocates become more influential, they risk being co-opted by the biomedical industry.


Biomedical Researchers Ponder Future After Trump Election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The federal government spends more than $30 billion a year to fund the National Institutes of Health. How will a new administration affect academic research? What about pharmaceutical research?


DNA Is Not Destiny When It Comes To Heart Risk

Sunday, November 13, 2016

People with unlucky genes but good health habits were half as likely to develop heart disease as those who had an unhealthful lifestyle and genes that increased their heart risk, a study found.


Cigarette Smoking In The U.S. Continues To Fall

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates have fallen from 21 percent of the adult population in 2005 to 15 percent in 2015, when the agency conducted its latest survey.


Testing Begins On An Experimental Zika Vaccine With Inactivated Virus

Monday, November 07, 2016

Scientists are racing to create a vaccine. The latest effort being tested uses inactivated virus, a technique that has been used successfully to fight other diseases, and human volunteers.


Renowned Authority On Climate Change Science, Ralph Cicerone Dies At 73

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Up until he retired as head of the National Academy of Sciences, the soft-spoken atmospheric scientist spent his career diligently directing a skeptical public to the human causes of climate change.


First Cases Of New, Infectious Fungus Reported In U.S.

Friday, November 04, 2016

The fungus Candida auris has infected hospitalized patients with weakened immune systems or other serious conditions. Four of the seven patients died, but it's unclear if the fungus was the cause.


Simplified Study Aims To Quickly Test A Long-Shot ALS Treatment

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fifty patients with Lou Gehrig's disease have volunteered for a study of a dietary supplement as an experimental treatment. Even a failure could help by eliminating a dead end from consideration.


When A Fainting Spell Is Caused By A Serious Blood Clot

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blood clots are on the list of conditions that doctors are supposed to consider when figuring out unexplained fainting spells. An Italian study suggests physicians should be more alert to clots.