Ben Harder

All Stories by Ben Harder

  1. Health & Medicine

    Calling Death’s Bluff

    New methods of assessing a person's risk of sudden death due to a heart arrhythmia may enable doctors to better identify which patients need to receive an implanted defibrillator.

  2. Humans

    Grounded Epidemic: Reduced air travel after 9/11 slowed flu spread

    The perennial winter-flu season developed more gradually than usual in the United States in the months after September 11, 2001, because of a reduction in air travel following that day's terrorist attacks.

  3. Earth

    Plowing Down the Amazon: Satellites reveal conversion of forest to farmland

    The clearing of jungle to create cropland is a major and previously underappreciated force behind deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil, according to an analysis of satellite images.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Herpes simplex viruses dip in prevalence

    Two viruses that cause genital herpes decreased in prevalence in the United States during the past 2 decades.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Old drug can stop clots as well as newer drug does

    A decades-old form of the anticlotting drug heparin is as safe, as effective, and potentially as convenient to use as recent derivatives that are many times more expensive.

  6. Earth

    When a Shot Is Not: PCBs may impair vaccine-induced immunity

    Exposure to certain pollutants early in life may do lasting harm to the immune system by blocking its response to vaccinations.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Risky Legacy: African DNA linked to prostate cancer

    The high rate of prostate cancer among African American men may result in large part from a newly identified stretch of DNA passed down from their African ancestors.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Sauna use among dads linked to tumors in children

    Men who expose themselves to excessive heat in the weeks before they conceive children may place their future offspring at unnecessary risk of brain cancer.

  9. Health & Medicine

    How to Wash Up in the Wilderness

    Many campers who wash their dishes in the wilderness use methods that don't consistently remove all bacteria.

  10. Earth

    Holy Smoke: Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches

    Incense and candles release substantial quantities of pollutants that may harm health.

  11. Health & Medicine

    The Screen Team

    New and experimental methods of screening for colorectal cancer that patients find less unpleasant than current tests could take a bite out of the malignancy's toll.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Blood sugar and spice

    Eating cayenne pepper with meals may mitigate a hormonal response to food that's linked to diabetes.