Richard Knox

Since he joined NPR in 2000, Knox has covered a broad range of issues and events in public health, medicine, and science. His reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and newscasts.

Among other things, Knox's NPR reports have examined the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, North America, and the Caribbean; anthrax terrorism; smallpox and other bioterrorism preparedness issues; the rising cost of medical care; early detection of lung cancer; community caregiving; music and the brain; and the SARS epidemic.

Before joining NPR, Knox covered medicine and health for The Boston Globe. His award-winning 1995 articles on medical errors are considered landmarks in the national movement to prevent medical mistakes. Knox is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia University. He has held yearlong fellowships at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and is the author of a 1993 book on Germany's health care system.

He and his wife Jean, an editor, live in Boston. They have two daughters.



Wed April 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

New Clues To Why Gastric Bypass Surgery Cures Type 2 Diabetes

Gastric bypass surgery is great for curing type 2 diabetes. It works for up to 80 percent of patients. Now scientists are beginning to figure out why. And weight loss may be the least of it.

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Tue April 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Heart Attack Rates Declining, But Hospitals Lag On Providing Best Care

State-of-the-art care for people with dangerous heart attacks really saves lives. The latest evidence out of Sweden — which arguably has the world's most complete data on cardiac care — makes that clear in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

That study documents a sharp drop in mortality from the most serious heart attacks over a 12-year period as Swedish doctors and hospitals adopted scientifically validated practices.

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Mon April 25, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Banishing Wrinkles With Botox May Make You Miss Others' Emotions

A few well-placed Botox injections can erase your hard-won character lines. But that may also make you less likely to pick up on other people's emotions.

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Sun April 24, 2011
Your Health

Got Joint Pain? Maybe The Answer Is More Exercise

Like millions of baby boomers, I've always thought I'd stay active into my later years. That's unlike many in my parents' generation who gave up hiking, biking, running, kayaking and other strenuous pursuits (if they ever did these things in the first place) when they developed aches and pains.

So the last six months have been discouraging. First, there was a painful left Achilles tendon. That was brought on by a gentle two-mile run — after not running for a long time due to bone spur pain that took a year to go away.

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Thu April 21, 2011

Mothers' Pesticide Exposure Linked To Kids' IQs

Scientists report that children exposed before birth to a common class of pesticides can have lower IQ levels when they reach school age. The pesticides, known as organophosphates, are widely used in agriculture.

The new data come from three independent studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

One study, from California, involved several hundred women and children who live on or near farms where pesticides are sprayed on crops.

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