Richard Knox

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Why The U.N. Is Being Sued Over Haiti's Cholera Epidemic

Monday, March 21, 2016

The demands: a U.N. apology for bringing the disease to the island, reparations for victims, repairs to the water system. Meanwhile, a study shows the toll is far worse than previously thought.


Fight Back Against Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

Several times a week Mike Quaglia dons bright red boxing gloves and pummels a hundred-pound punching bag. What's unusual is he has Parkinson's disease and the boxing helps alleviate his symptoms.


5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and rubble nearly everywhere.

The catastrophe also unleashed an unprecedented flood of humanitarian aid — $13.5 billion in donations and pledges, about three-quarters from donor nations and a quarter from private charity.

But today Haiti ...


Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The world is facing a double-barreled pandemic reminiscent of the dual epidemic of tuberculosis and HIV that emerged in the 1980s – only potentially much bigger.

It's a "co-epidemic" of TB and diabetes that's beginning to affect many countries around the globe — poor, middle-income and even rich nations.



A Diplomat Infected A Doctor, As Ebola Spreads In Nigeria

Friday, September 05, 2014

Ever since Ebola first appeared in Nigeria in July, health officials have been holding their breath. Could the country keep the virus from spreading outside its capital of Lagos?

The answer is no. The lethal virus has jumped to another major city. The outcome of a public health drama unfolding ...


A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's only a matter of time, some researchers are warning, before isolated cases of Ebola start turning up in developed nations, as well as hitherto-unaffected African countries.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The ...


Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

People under stress are more likely to have health problems, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. That's true for caregivers, too.


For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Monday, July 07, 2014

Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here's how it hurts.


A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

There's new evidence that an oral cholera vaccine might help stop an epidemic in its tracks.

That's the encouraging message from a study that tested a two-dose vaccine during a 2012 outbreak in Guinea. The virus was 86 percent effective in preventing immediate infection of a scourge that afflicts ...


How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Almost 50 million Americans get food poisoning every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. But only a tiny fraction of those cases get reported, making it tough to figure out where they came from.

But health officials recently discovered a trove of data that may help them ...


To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill

Friday, May 16, 2014

The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are ve...


Medicare Eases Restrictions On Pricey Hepatitis C Treatment

Friday, May 16, 2014

Federal Medicare officials are embracing medical guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C that could result in tens of thousands of older Americans getting access to expensive new drugs that can cure the deadly infection.

This policy change would pay for treatment with a combination of new, expensive drugs for ...


Medicare Backs Down On Denying Treatment For Hepatitis Patient

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two new drugs for hepatitis C can save lives. They are also wildly expensive, costing $66,000 to $84,000 per person. Insurers face paying billions for treatment, or explicitly rationing vital care.


Medicare Won't Always Pay For Boomers' Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

Monday, May 12, 2014

As many as 5 million Americans have hepatitis C, and new drugs can cure almost all of them. But patients worry they won't get these expensive treatments in time.


WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.

The new guidelines from the World Health Organization give strong endorsement to the two newest drugs. Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi costs $1,000 ...


Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When sweeping new advice on preventing heart attacks and strokes came out last November, it wasn't clear how many more Americans should be taking daily statin pills to lower their risk.

A new analysis provides an answer: a whole lot. Nearly 13 million more, to be precise.

If the ...


Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best

Monday, March 03, 2014

States are legalizing marijuana even though there's no clear understanding of its impact on health. The drug hasn't been subjected to the kind of rigorous medical research that would find that out.

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Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scientists have gotten close to pinning down the origin of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a dangerous respiratory disease that emerged in Saudi Arabia 17 months ago.

It turns out the MERS virus has been circulating in Arabian camels for more than two decades, scientists report in a study published Tuesday.



Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Sunday, February 16, 2014

As flu-watchers like to say, you can always count on influenza virus to surprise.

The latest revelation is that scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from. The dogma is that they always incubate in wild migratory birds, then get into domestic poultry, and then ...


Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Pennsylvania county judge has thrown out an assisted suicide case against a 58-year-old nurse named Barbara Mancini, who was accused of homicide last year for allegedly handing her 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine.

The decision is the latest in a series of recent developments signaling a ...