Richard Harris http://kmuw.org en Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://kmuw.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Richard Harris 37345 at http://kmuw.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger http://kmuw.org/post/declining-domestic-sales-speed-talks-tobacco-mega-merger Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The U.S. tobacco industry could be in for a shakeup. Reynolds American, the maker of cigarette brands such as Camel and Pall Mall, confirmed today that it's in talks to buy its smaller rival, Lorillard. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the potential merger comes as the industry feels the pinch of declining sales.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: The U.S. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Richard Harris 37329 at http://kmuw.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://kmuw.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 37159 at http://kmuw.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab http://kmuw.org/post/smallpox-virus-found-unsecured-nih-freezer Scientists cleaning out an old laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., last week came across a startling discovery: vials labeled "variola" — in other words, smallpox.<p>Under international convention, there are supposed to be only two stashes of this deadly virus: one at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and another at a similar facility in Russia.<p>The CDC swooped in to collect the vials and carted them off to a secure lab at its Atlanta headquarters.<p>In a statement Tuesday, the agency said scientists did indeed find smallp Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:29:00 +0000 Richard Harris 37123 at http://kmuw.org Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed http://kmuw.org/post/quick-dna-tests-crack-medical-mysteries-otherwise-missed Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Richard Harris 35551 at http://kmuw.org Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle http://kmuw.org/post/once-year-cancer-research-news-comes-flood-not-trickle News about cancer therapies usually comes out in medical journals with the regular rhythm of an IV drip. But every now and then information comes out in a flood.<p>That's the case this weekend. The <a href="http://www.asco.org/">American Society of Clinical Oncology </a>is holding its 50<sup>th</sup> annual meeting in Chicago. The convention typically attracts 30,000 attendees, making it one of the biggest cancer meetings of the year. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Richard Harris 35304 at http://kmuw.org Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High http://kmuw.org/post/measles-hits-amish-communities-and-us-cases-reach-20-year-high Members of Amish communities in Ohio traveled to the Philippines for heartfelt reasons: They were there on service projects to help less fortunate people. Unfortunately, they came home with unwelcome hitchhikers: measles viruses.<p>Those travelers hadn't been vaccinated against this highly contagious disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:28:00 +0000 Richard Harris 35198 at http://kmuw.org Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit http://kmuw.org/post/experimental-malaria-vaccine-blocks-bad-guys-exit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrNL27eWKOI</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Richard Harris 34848 at http://kmuw.org Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says http://kmuw.org/post/medicine-needs-more-research-female-animals-nih-says Many potential new drugs look like they could be big winners — at least when judged by how well they work in mice or other lab animals. Over the years, there have been a number of promising cancer "cures," possible Alzheimer's treatments, and candidate drugs for holding back the ravages of various degenerative diseases.<p>But, time after time, these great promises fade away once the potential treatments are tried in people. There are lots of reasons for that. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Richard Harris 34497 at http://kmuw.org Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says Even Penguins Get The Flu http://kmuw.org/post/even-penguins-get-flu When you think of bird flu, you may conjure up images of chickens being slaughtered to stem an outbreak, or of migrating ducks, which can carry flu viruses from one continent to the next. Well, it's time to add penguins to your list of mental images.<p>Yes, <a href="http://www.penguinworld.com/types/adelie.html">Adelie penguins</a>, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, also harbor a version of the avian influenza virus, according to a <a href="http://mbio.asm.org/">study published</a> in the journal, <em>mBio</em>.<p>Fret not. Tue, 06 May 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Richard Harris 34032 at http://kmuw.org Even Penguins Get The Flu