Richard Harris

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A Boy's Mysterious Illness Leads His Family On A Diagnostic Odyssey

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Alex Yiu was born a healthy seeming baby. But by age 2, his muscle control and speech were deteriorating. His baffling condition took a decade to diagnose. The reanalysis of a DNA test was the key.


Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

Monday, October 14, 2019

Will a genetic test for Type 1 diabetes risk be valuable to parents, despite its shortcomings? Now many parents don't know their kids have this condition until they end up in the hospital.


3 Physician-Scientists Will Share 2019 Nobel Prize For Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 07, 2019

Three scientists will share this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine by discovering the mechanism cells use to sense and respond to oxygen.


3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 07, 2019

Three scientists who studied how cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine — the first recipients of prestigious awards for 2019.


Pharmacies Pull Zantac Over Concern That Contaminant Poses Cancer Risk

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Major U.S. pharmacies have pulled Zantac and its generic equivalent off the shelves after concern about a contaminant that poses a small cancer risk.


'Tantalizing' Results For A Test Of Vitamin C For Sepsis

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

The biggest study published to date on vitamin C as a treatment for sepsis couldn't say it helped patients. But the paper does hint that people who got the treatment were more likely to survive.


CDC Zeroing In On THC-Based Vaping Products As A Major Source Of Lung Injuries

Friday, September 27, 2019

Health officials say people with vaping-related illness have used more than 200 products sold under 87 brands. That's complicating efforts to identify the substances contributing to lung damage.


FDA To Banish Flavored E-Cigarettes To Combat Youth Vaping

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

With hundreds of unexplained cases of vaping-related illness, and the sharp rise in youth vaping, the Trump administration is acting to crack down on kid-friendly vape flavors.


FDA Sends Warning Letter To Vaping Company Juul

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning the company that it is violating the law by marketing its vaping products as a safer alternative to cigarettes.


How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Medical and genetic data from more than a million Americans are now in scientific databases. Some programs hoard the data, while others share widely with scientists, hoping to speed medical discovery.


UK Biobank Requires Earth's Geneticists To Cooperate, Not Compete

Saturday, August 31, 2019

A project that shares medical information from 500,000 volunteers is driving innovative research around the world. The richness of the database means scientists are motivated to make it even better.


Search For 'Gay Genes' Comes Up Short In Large New Study

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Researchers have long hoped to find out if genes contribute to sexual orientation. A new study of genetic data from thousands of people hints there may be some link, but it's still far from clear.


Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Scientists around the world are working to correct a problem with genetic health information — too much of it is currently based on samples of Europeans.


Can Maternal Fluoride Consumption During Pregnancy Lower Children's Intelligence?

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Canadian study suggests that fluoride consumed by pregnant women can affect the IQ of their children. No single study provides definitive answers, but the findings will no doubt stir debate.


FDA Rolls Out New Graphic Warnings For Cigarette Packages And Tobacco Ads

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The FDA is once again proposing graphic warning labels for tobacco products. A previous effort was blocked by lawsuits. The new warnings are less graphic than the agency's previous attempt.


2 Experimental Ebola Drugs Saved Lives In Congo Outbreak

Monday, August 12, 2019

Drugs tested in the Democratic Republic of Congo are effective in treating Ebola, scientists say. They have run a study in the midst of a deadly epidemic and in the face of armed assaults on doctors.


Trust In Scientists Is Rising, Poll Finds

Friday, August 02, 2019

The proportion of people who say they have a "great deal" of confidence in scientists to act in the public interest increased from 21% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center.


Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sepsis, the body's overreaction to infection, strikes more than a million Americans a year and kills more than 250,000. Evidence suggests that regulations can improve its diagnosis and patient care.


The Promises And Pitfalls Of Gene Sequencing For Newborns

Monday, July 08, 2019

Traditional blood tests still do a better job flagging common inherited diseases. Gene sequencing can be useful for detecting some conditions, but the results can be difficult to interpret.


Accumulated Mutations Create A Cellular Mosaic In Our Bodies

Thursday, June 06, 2019

It turns out you aren't simply a clone of cells from the womb. Over a lifetime, mutations create a patchwork of tissues made with pieces that have subtly different genetic signatures.