Jon Hamilton

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Researchers Hope Experimental Gene Therapy Is An Answer To A Fatal Genetic Disorder

Monday, July 20, 2020

Researchers believe gene therapy is poised to change the lives of thousands with the fatal genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy — thanks to over 40 years of scientist Jude Samulski's work.


New Clues To ALS And Alzheimer's Disease From Physics

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Structures inside healthy brain cells nimbly move from one state to the next to perform different functions. But in certain degenerative brain diseases, scientists now think, that process gets stuck.


Scientist Makes A Discovery That May Lead To New Drugs For Rare Brain Diseases

Monday, July 06, 2020

J. Paul Taylor has found that some brain diseases, like Alzheimer's and ALS, are linked to a basic process inside brain cells. Scientists hope drugs that tweak the process can treat illnesses.


This Coronavirus Doesn't Change Quickly, And That's Good News For Vaccine Makers

Friday, June 26, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine could become ineffective if the virus were to undergo certain genetic changes. But so far, so good: Scientists see no evidence that's happening.


How Mutations In The Coronavirus May Affect Development Of A Vaccine

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Researchers around the world are tracking the mutations in the coronavirus as it reproduces and spreads to ensure changes in the virus do not affect the development of the vaccine.


Alzheimer's Researchers Go Back To Basics To Find The Best Way Forward

Thursday, June 25, 2020

After a decade of failure in treating Alzheimer's with drugs, the National Institutes of Health is funding a five-year effort in Seattle to learn more about how the disease starts in the brain.


A Scientist's Pink Cast Leads To Discovery About How The Brain Responds To Disability

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A neurologist who wanted to know how the brain changes in response to a physical disability put his arm in a pink cast for two weeks to find out.


What Happened Today: Ex-Police Officer In Minneapolis Arrested, Pandemic Questions

Friday, May 29, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin are joined by NPR's science correspondent Jon Hamilton to talk about the information about the coronavirus learned since the beginning of the pandemic.


Antibody Tests Point To Lower Death Rate For The Coronavirus Than First Thought

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tests for the immune response to the coronavirus are revealing thousands of people who were infected but never got severely ill. The findings suggest the virus is less deadly than it first appeared.


New Data Show The Coronavirus Is Less Lethal Than First Thought

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Scientists have found evidence that the coronavirus is less deadly than it first appeared — for Americans infected with the coronavirus, the chance of dying appears to be less than 1 in 100.


New Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Patients On Ventilators Usually Survive

Friday, May 15, 2020

Early reports found death rates as high as 90% among COVID-19 patients on ventilators. But some hospitals are now reporting mortality lower than 30%.


New Data Shows That Patients On Ventilators Are Likely To Survive

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Early studies have found high mortality rates among COVID-19 patients on ventilators. But the new data from some major medical centers shows that many of those patients are much likely to survive.


Hospital ICUs Are Adapting To COVID-19 At 'Light Speed'

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

With COVID-19 becoming a critical focus in hospital intensive care units, nurses, doctors and other caregivers have had to shift gears to protect staff and save patients.


Doctors Link COVID-19 To Potentially Deadly Blood Clots And Strokes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

COVID-19 appears to thicken the blood of many patients, making them vulnerable to clots that can damage the lungs, kidneys and brain.


COVID-19 Thickens Blood, Causes Strokes In Some Patients With Mild Symptoms

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 can cause a person's blood to thicken, doctors say. This manifestation of the infection may be causing strokes and other circulatory problems in patients whose symptoms are mild otherwise.


ICUs Are Changing To Meet The Needs Of The Coronavirus Patients

Monday, April 27, 2020

Medical staffs are reeling from the changes COVID-19 has brought to intensive care units — from redesigning the spaces to changing what it means to care for patients who are facing death alone.


After The ICU, Many COVID-19 Survivors Face A Long Recovery

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

David Williams, 54, spent eight days on a ventilator after he got COVID-19. Weeks after being discharged from the hospital, he still needs an oxygen tube and a walker.


Life After Intubation: People Face Physical, Cognitive Issues

Monday, April 20, 2020

The majority of people recover from COVID-19, but some who have been in intensive care still have a variety of health problems, both physical and cognitive, after they leave the hospital.


Coronavirus Precautions Pose A Particular Challenge For Alzheimer's Patients

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Coronavirus poses special challenges for people with Alzheimer's disease. Many cannot be isolated because they depend on caregivers. Others may not remember instructions like washing their hands.


What Happened Today: New Drug Study, Questions About COVID-19 Impact

Friday, April 10, 2020

An NPR science correspondent takes listener questions about the specific impacts of the coronavirus — and the race to stop it.