Richard Harris

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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?"


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.