Richard Harris

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Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.


Spot Shortages Of Antiviral Drugs Seen As Flu Season Drags On

Friday, February 09, 2018

Flu drugs recommended for vulnerable people, including young children and the elderly, are getting hard to find in some parts of the country, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thursday, January 18, 2018

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.


White House Physician Says Trump Is In 'Excellent Health'

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The White House physician made public comments on Tuesday about President Trump's checkup at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Last week, the doctor said the president is in "excellent health."


For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.


A Scientist's Gender Can Skew Research Results

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If a female researcher asks a man if he's in pain, he's less likely to admit it. The effect of gender on study results has been known for years. But it's rarely disclosed or discussed.


Teapot Is A Reminder Of The Remarkable 1922 Rose Bowl Game

Monday, January 01, 2018

In that game, a small Pennsylvania college, backed by a black quarterback, battled the University of California, Berkeley to the only tie in the history of the game.


Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem

Friday, December 29, 2017

The goal is to customize treatments for cancer and other diseases to a patient's own biology. But something as simple as failing to take care of tissue samples en route to the lab can derail that.


Will Gathering Vast Troves of Information Really Lead To Better Health?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into research labs in an effort to collect genetic information on a million people. But some skeptics say the focus should be on humans themselves, not DNA.


Scientists Train Bacteria To Build Unnatural Proteins

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.


Odds Are, They're Taking Your Blood Pressure All Wrong

Monday, November 20, 2017

New guidelines have lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80, which makes it even more important to get an accurate reading. Here's how to increase the odds of getting it right.


Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.


R&D Costs For Cancer Drugs Are Likely Much Less Than Industry Claims, Study Finds

Monday, September 11, 2017

Industry says it costs about $2.7 billion to bring a cancer drug to market. But oncologists who ran the numbers put the average closer to $650 million. Drugs are priced way too high, the doctors say.


6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.


A 'Vaccine For Addiction' Is No Simple Fix

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scientists are trying to develop a vaccine to block the euphoria of heroin without interfering with other pain relief. The Trump administration hopes the approach might help with the opioid epidemic.


Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.


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.


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.


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.


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.