Richard Harris http://redriverradio.org en Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://redriverradio.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 22:34:00 +0000 Richard Harris 47093 at http://redriverradio.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger http://redriverradio.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 47079 at http://redriverradio.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://redriverradio.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 46921 at http://redriverradio.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab http://redriverradio.org/post/smallpox-virus-found-unsecured-nih-lab 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 17:52:00 +0000 Richard Harris 46886 at http://redriverradio.org Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed http://redriverradio.org/post/quick-dna-tests-crack-medical-mysteries-otherwise-missed Researchers are developing a radical way to diagnose infectious diseases. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Richard Harris 45354 at http://redriverradio.org Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed