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Stories by Katherine Harmon

Cancer research faces changes with health care reform

WASHINGTON—Many doctors and medical researchers applauded a new federal focus on comparative effectiveness research that was boosted through the 2009 stimulus package and codified with the signing of the health care reform bill in March...

April 21, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Mat of microbes the size of Greece discovered on seafloor

Gargantuan whales and hefty cephalopods are typically thought of as the classic marine mammoths, but they might have to make way for the mighty microbes, which constitute 50 to 90 percent of the oceans' total biomass, according to newly released data...

April 18, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Are public health students guilty of "fatism"?

Health care workers are subject to the same human foibles as the rest of the population. But prejudice can get in the way of care, especially when it determines how a health professional decides to work with a patient...

April 16, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

How Long Will Iceland's Volcano Keep Planes Grounded?

As the volcano in Iceland continues to erupt, travelers in Europe are left to wonder how long local airspace will remain closed. A volcanologist from the Smithsonian explains why this eruption could cause long-term disruption...

April 15, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

The Future of Your Medical Data

How health data is becoming better connected, a la Facebook, changing the way patients, doctors and institutions interact

April 12, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Genetics in the Gut

Intestinal census suggests how microbes can drive obesity and other metabolic ills

April 1, 2010 — Katherine Harmon
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