Richard Harris Award-winning journalist Richard Harris reports on biomedical research for NPR's newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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A British study found that people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were more successful than those who tried nicotine patches and gum. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options

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A study found that parachutes were no more effective than empty backpacks at protecting jumpers from aircraft. There was just one catch. Michael Htten/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers Show Parachutes Don't Work, But There's A Catch

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Shauna Pelfrey talks to her husband, Dorian, while preparing for his dialysis appointment. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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Vitamin Treatment For Sepsis Is Put To The Test

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Atorvastatin, the generic form of Lipitor, can reduce the chances of heart attacks and strokes in people at risk. Side effects, such as muscle pain, are uncommon but should be part of the conversation about starting the medicines, a study concludes. Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images/Visuals Unlimited hide caption

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Before Starting A Statin, Talk It Over With Your Doctor

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The Average Length Of An American Life Continues To Decrease

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Researchers zeroed in on the ages of kids when they enrolled in kindergarten to investigate discrepancies in ADHD diagnoses. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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Youngest Children In A Class Are Most Likely To Get ADHD Diagnosis

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"Everything is private information, stored on your computer or a computer you designate," says George Church, genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, about the approach of Nebula Genomics. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

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A Search For New Ways To Pay For Drugs That Cost A Mint

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Cancer of the cervix is one of the most common cancers affecting women and can be fatal. Here, cervical cancer cells are dividing, as seen through a colored scanning electron micrograph. Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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For Cervical Cancer Patients, Less Invasive Surgery Is Worse For Survival

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A major study published Monday finds that widely prescribed antipsychotic drugs like haloperidol are no more effective than a placebo for treating delirium. Nehru Sulejmanovski/Getty Images hide caption

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Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Ease ICU Delirium

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According to the law in most states, health care providers own patients' medical records. But federal privacy law governs how that information can be used. And whether or not you can profit from your own medical data is murky. alicemoi/Getty Images/RooM RF hide caption

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If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Get A Cut?

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Randy and Karen O'Burke together at their son's home in Hendersonville, Tenn., last week. "Apparently, I'm pretty much of a miracle," Randy says. Morgan Hornsby for NPR hide caption

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How To Prevent Brain-Sapping Delirium In The ICU

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Richard Langford, at home in East Nashville, Tenn., still has significant trouble with mental focus and memory issues 10 years after a sudden and serious infection landed him in the hospital ICU for several weeks. Morgan Hornsby for NPR hide caption

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When ICU Delirium Leads To Symptoms Of Dementia After Discharge

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Dr. James P. Allison, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, poses for a photo in New York in 2015. Allison and Tasuku Honjo have jointly been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Scientists Who Sparked Revolution In Cancer Treatment Share Nobel Prize In Medicine

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2 Immunologists Win 2018 Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

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