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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Will computers alienate us from the healing touch? Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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As Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Medicine, The Human Touch Could Be A Casualty

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Google is looking to artificial intelligence as a way to make a mark in health care. Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Google Searches For Ways To Put Artificial Intelligence To Use In Health Care

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David Vetter, pictured in September 1982 inside part of the bubble environment that was his protective home until he died in 1984. Today most kids born with severe combined immunodeficiency are successfully treated with bone marrow transplants, but researchers think gene therapy is the future. AP hide caption

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Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease

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Nurse practitioner Debra Brown guides patient Merdis Wells through a diabetic retinopathy exam at University Medical Center in New Orleans. Courtesy of IDx hide caption

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How Can We Be Sure Artificial Intelligence Is Safe For Medical Use?

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The presence of the hepatitis C virus in donated hearts and organs for transplantation wasn't an impediment for a successful result for recipients. Kateryna Kon/Getty Images hide caption

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Hepatitis C Not A Barrier For Organ Transplantation, Study Finds

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Amir Kiani (from left), Chloe O'Connell and Nishit Asnani troubleshoot an algorithm to diagnose tuberculosis in computer lab at Stanford University. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

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"The optimist in me says in three years we can train this tool to read mammograms as well as an average radiologist," says Connie Lehman, chief of breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Kayana Szymczak for NPR hide caption

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Training A Computer To Read Mammograms As Well As A Doctor

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Statisticians say it may not be wise to put all your eggs in the significance basket. intraprese/Getty Images hide caption

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Statisticians' Call To Arms: Reject Significance And Embrace Uncertainty!

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There can be as many as 35 different inactive ingredients inside a medicine. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images hide caption

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Overlooked Ingredients In Medicines Can Sometimes Trigger Side Effects

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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles (orange) infecting a T cell, one of the white blood cells that play a central role in the immune system. Science Source hide caption

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Bone Marrow Transplant Renders Second Patient Free Of HIV

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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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