Richard Harris

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reports Of Medical Breakthroughs Often Don't Prove Out

Monday, March 06, 2017

Medical breakthroughs that were covered by newspapers were often later disproved by more comprehensive research, a study finds. That's a problem for scientists and journalists.

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Why Are More Young Americans Getting Colon Cancer?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Data suggests that the rate of colon cancer among people under 50 is on the rise, but there are lots of possible explanations for that. Scientists say teasing out the truth will be tricky.

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Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Friday, February 24, 2017

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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