Richard Harris

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Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.


Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.


Think Your Hearing's Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

About a quarter of adults who think their hearing is fine actually have some hearing loss, according to the CDC. And many of them are in their 20s. Activities of daily living are often to blame.


The A1C Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate In African-Americans

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

People with sickle cell trait, which includes about 10 percent of African-Americans, can get erroneous readings on a common blood glucose test. That could mean they miss out on diabetes treatment.


Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

You'd think it would be a simple matter of looking at a few genes from Mom and Dad. But scientists say they've already found more than 700 variants that affect height and are still counting.


Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scanning people at risk for lung cancer finds many nodules that aren't cancerous but prompt more procedures, a study at the VA finds. A small number of people did get their cancer diagnosed early on.


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.