Richard Harris

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Scientists Train Bacteria To Build Unnatural Proteins

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.


Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

Monday, November 20, 2017

New guidelines have lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80, which makes it even more important to get an accurate reading. Here's how to increase the odds of getting it right.


Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.


R&D Costs For Cancer Drugs Are Likely Much Less Than Industry Claims, Study Finds

Monday, September 11, 2017

Industry says it costs about $2.7 billion to bring a cancer drug to market. But oncologists who ran the numbers put the average closer to $650 million. Drugs are priced way too high, the doctors say.


6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.


A 'Vaccine For Addiction' Is No Simple Fix

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scientists are trying to develop a vaccine to block the euphoria of heroin without interfering with other pain relief. The Trump administration hopes the approach might help with the opioid epidemic.


Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.


CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

Thursday, June 08, 2017

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.


Are State Rules For Treating Sepsis Really Saving Lives?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Some states dictate how doctors must treat this life-threatening reaction to infection, and early intervention is helping. But scientific evidence may be changing too rapidly for the rules to keep up.


Why Your Sense Of Smell Is Better Than You Might Think

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A neuroscientist argues that our noses are more powerful than we think. Humans, he says, actually have a great sense of smell.


Don't Screen For Thyroid Cancer, Task Force Says

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A federal task force says the risks of screening outweigh benefits. Many thyroid growths never develop into dangerous cancers, and overdiagnosis can lead people to have unnecessary surgery.


How A Budget Squeeze Can Lead To Sloppy Science And Even Cheating

Friday, April 14, 2017

The hypercompetitive world of biomedical research occasionally drives scientists to cheat. More often, scientists make decisions that undercut their results. That can lead colleagues astray.


Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.


Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

Monday, April 10, 2017

Most potential new drugs don't work when tested in people. It's a major disappointment and it drives up the cost of developing new drugs. One big reason is the use of animals in medical research.


Lawsuit Alleges Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Raped Teen 30 Years Ago

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The mayor held a brief news conference Friday to deny the allegations. He said the "untrue allegations" were painful to him and his husband, and said the person making the accusations is "troubled."


Why The Newly Proposed Sepsis Treatment Needs More Study

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The bodywide inflammation known as sepsis kills about 300,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Promising treatments have come and gone, warn skeptical doctors, who call for rigorous research.


Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.


Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.


Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.


Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Monday, March 13, 2017

Scientists hunting cures for cancer hope to find therapies with fewer side effects. But there's also new evidence that old-style chemotherapy sometimes helps gentler treatments work better.