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.


Shots - Health Blog
5:00 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Treatment Boosts Survival Rates For Some Kidney Transplant Patients

Doctors perform a kidney transplant operation in Spain in 2010. One in three people with kidney failure has antibodies that make it hard to receive a transplant, but a new treatment can get rid of them prior to transplant.
Xurxo Lobato Cover/Getty Images

Everybody knows there's a dire shortage of kidneys (and other organs) for transplant. The math: Over 80,000 on the kidney waiting list, but only 17,500 transplants are performed annually.

But there's another side to that coin. Thousands of patients with kidney failure have willing donors lined up among family members and friends. But they're just about impossible to transplant.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:32 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Modesty Upgrade Coming To Some Airport Scanners

A sign at Chicago's Midway Airport informs travelers about the millimeter wave scanners used to screen passengers.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 27, 2011 11:36 am

It may have seemed that the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration turned a deaf ear to Americans who objected to the virtually naked images created by whole-body airport scanners. But it turns out, they heard.

Over the next few months TSA says it will retrofit 241 of its 488 airport scanners with software that's so unrevealing anybody, including passengers, can look at the pictures.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:01 am
Tue July 19, 2011

HIV Treatment In Africa Brings Near-Normal Lifespan

A study of Ugandans found antiretroviral drugs can extend the lifespans of people with HIV to nearly normal lengths.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

Lately the good news about HIV/AIDS just keeps rolling in.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:41 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

As Cholera Surges In Haiti, Aid Withers Away

Mourners attend a memorial service for recent cholera victims in Haiti that took place Wednesday in Savanette, an isolated community in the mountains outside Mirebalais, Haiti.
Cate Osborn Partners in Health

Cholera is back in Haiti.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:17 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Who Should Get Pills To Prevent HIV?

Bottles of antiretroviral drug Truvada, a medicine used in trials that showed a reduction in transmission of HIV between heterosexuals.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

AIDS researchers are excited — to use their word — about two new studies that seem to nail down the effectiveness of a daily antiviral pill to protecting heterosexual men and women against HIV.

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